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Refugees Can Carry Impact of Trauma to New Home (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 07/31/2015

For decades, Nashville has been a port to welcome refugees from around the world. Some were fleeing political or ethnic persecution. Some were tortured. Some lost members of their family. All have lost their home.Whether they are coming to the United States directly from a country at war or they've spent years in a refugee camp, all refugees "have experienced … read more >>

IN OUR WORDS: Relaxation Tips, Catholic Charities' Counseling Staff

Posted 07/28/2015

Catholic Charities' counselors have come together to pool -- and share! -- their thoughts on how to add some relaxation to our lives, especially as we move from the slower pace of summer to a busier fall.Many of us think of summer as a time to slow down and relax. School's out, vacations are taken, or maybe we get to loll by a river or lake somewhere. Relaxation is an … read more >>

Donna Thomas Retiring from Catholic Charities after 30 Years (Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register)

Posted 07/17/2015

At the end of July, Donna Thomas will retire from her position as department director of Caring Choices at Catholic Charities. That day represents a culmination of 30 years of serving families in Middle Tennessee and of greatly expanding the role of the agency's pregnancy and adoption counseling services.Thomas had been working as a case manager for Tennessee's Department … read more >>

Pathways to Possibilities “Phantom Luncheon” Raises $56,000

Posted 07/08/2015

Catholic Charities of Tennessee recently concluded its Pathways to Possibilities Phantom Luncheon spring fundraising initiative, reporting donations of $56,000. "The funds generated by the Pathways to Possibilities campaign are vitally important to our ability to meet our neighbors' needs," said Bill Sinclair, executive director. "We truly appreciate … read more >>

Catholic Charities of Tennessee Announces 2015-16 Board Officers, New Members

Posted 07/01/2015

The Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. has elected officers and new members for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, according to Bill Sinclair, executive director of the agency. The terms begin on July 1. Executive Committee members for 2015-2016 are: President Fran Bedard, Director, Deloitte Tax, LLP, Primm Springs; Vice President Frederick … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Elli Whiteway, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Family Empowerment Program/Support Circles

Posted 07/01/2015

Elli Whiteway served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer working with the Support Circles initiative of Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Family Empowerment Program from March 2014-2015. I started this journey as someone who loved volunteering, loved the Nashville community, and, on and off since 2008, had volunteered in some role with Nashville's homeless community.Although … read more >>

Catholic Charities Awarded PeyBack Foundation $7500 Grant: Peyton Manning's Foundation to Provide iPad Minis for South Nashville Tutoring Program

Posted 07/01/2015

Catholic Charities of Tennessee has received a $7500 grant from Peyton Manning's PeyBack Foundation for the South Nashville Family Resource Center's (SNFRC) Recipes for Success tutoring program. The funds will be used to purchase iPad Minis for the program and school supplies and backpacks for the program participants."Technology grants are often hard to … read more >>

Catholic Charities Awarded MDHA $27,000 Grant: Funds will Help Rapidly Rehouse Area's Homeless

Posted 07/01/2015

Catholic Charities of Tennessee has received a $27,000 Emergency Solutions Grant award from the Metropolitan (Nashville/Davidson County) Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) to support the agency's work to rapidly rehouse homeless families through its Family Empowerment program. "The grant is to be used to rapidly rehouse individuals housed in shelters or living on … read more >>

20,000 sq ft Sewing Factory Planned for Nashville (E. J. Boyer, Nashville Business Journal)

Posted 06/30/2015

Nashville will soon have a new, roughly 20,000 square-foot apparel manufacturing factory, a previously missing but much-needed piece of infrastructure for clothing designers looking to launch a business here.Dean Wegner, owner of Omega Apparel, a private apparel manufacturing plan in Smithville, has signed a lease at 5225 Harding Place, in the Airpark Business Center, … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Scott Gubala, Loaves and Fishes Volunteer Barber

Posted 06/24/2015

Saturday mornings for many people are a time to run errands, do chores around the house, or, perhaps, just sit and read the newspaper (or check out the news online). Not me.If you want to find me on a Saturday morning, especially between 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., all you have to do is stop by Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry in my neighborhood, East Nashville. … read more >>

Q&A: Laudato Si' ~ On the Care of Our Common Home

Posted 06/19/2015

Q. What is Laudato Si'? What is its message? A. In this teaching document, Pope Francis is reminding us that our obligation to protect and care for the environment is as essential as our responsibility to care for each other. Catholic Charities agencies across the country are committed to working within our communities to maintain and preserve all of God's creation, as … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Ericka Barrett, Adoption Services Material Assistance Client

Posted 06/18/2015

The news hit me like a ton of bricks when, 2 years ago, doctors told me that my son, Taylor, had Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder causing developmental disabilities, epilepsy, absent speech, and neurological problems. It was a humbling time as my husband and I realized that we would need assistance to help our son.I was not used to asking for help. To be honest, I … read more >>

Catholic Charities Wants You to Skip the Lunch, Make the Donation (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 05/22/2015

Catholic Charities of Tennessee wants people not to come to their Pathways to Possibilities fundraising luncheon. They don't want them to worry about taking time out of work in the middle of the day and find parking. But they do want people to make a donation as if they were attending a luncheon to support all the work Catholic Charities does to help people facing a … read more >>

Empowering Homeless Families to Achieve Stability (Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register)

Posted 05/22/2015

There's a bulletin board in Matt Preston's office at Catholic Charities that keeps track of the number of families who've been successfully transitioned from homelessness to housing. The number is up to 30 since July, when the United Way Family Empowerment Program grant began.Last April, Preston, the grant's program coordinator, was finishing up an internship at … read more >>

Nashville Fashion Raises $100K (E. J. Boyer, Nashville Business Journal)

Posted 05/22/2015

The newly formed Nashville Fashion Alliance, the city's first organized step toward building a sustainable fashion industry, passed its first big test last weekend.The nonprofit organization hit (and surpassed) its Kickstarter fundraising goal, which was $100,000. The campaign, which ended the morning of May 16, secured $103,321 through 666 backers. The seed money will be … read more >>

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