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IN MY WORDS: Jackie Rogers, Volunteer, Loaves and Fishes Community Meals for the Hungry

Posted 03/04/2015

I am a Nashville native and lived most of my early years in Donelson. As an adult, I moved to West Nashville for work and have been there "forever"! Growing up, for me, was pretty good. I never really had much exposure to homelessness until several years ago, while working at Ford Glass Plant. A coworker asked me to help fix food once a month for the homeless … read more >>

PUPPY LOVE: Spreading Happiness with Nashville Humane Association (Abby White, nfocus/Nashville)

Posted 03/01/2015

It's a quiet morning in the rec room at Catholic Charities' Adult Daycare, where just under a dozen senior citizens sit in a circle, patiently awaiting the arrival of guests. There's always something fun going on here, whether it's a holiday, the celebration of a birthday-one of the women just turned 92!-or a visit from a local musician. Everyone has their favorite … read more >>

Providing help. Creating hope. (Charities USA, Catholic Charities USA)

Posted 02/19/2015

The path that Abdishukri Abdi followed from a war-torn village in Somalia to a refugee camp in Kenya to an apartment in Nashville to receiving his U.S. citizenship has been a long, grueling journey. Uprooted from his home due to violent civil war and forced to live in a refugee camp for 18 years, Abdi said he often struggled to figure out where he fit in, wondering, … read more >>

New Program Offers Help in the Kitchen and Classroom (Briana Grzybowski, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/13/2015

A new program offered by Catholic Charities is helping Nashville residents enhance their lives through nutritional instruction and academic assistance.Recipes for Success is a free monthly workshop that strives to provide local families with school tutoring for their kids and tips for healthy living. Meetings began on Jan. 17 and will continue through the first Saturday … read more >>

Beehan ends 34-year career at Catholic Charities (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/30/2015

When Eileen Beehan first went to work for Catholic Charities of Tennessee in 1980, she saw the job as transitional, one she would hold for several years while she figured out what she really wanted to do. Thirty-four years later, "here I am transitioning into retirement," Beehan told friends and family who gathered at a reception on Jan. 16 to celebrate her years … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Louisa Saratora, Assistant State Refugee Coordinator, Tennessee Office for Refugees

Posted 01/20/2015

The following reflection by Louisa Saratora was written a short time after President Barack Obama's visit to Nashville last month. Louisa is Assistant State Refugee Coordinator for the Tennessee Office for Refugees (a Catholic Charities of Tennessee department) and also serves as co-chair of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean's New Americans Advisory Council.Nashville has been … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Chris Lillie, Refugee Services Mock Interview Volunteer

Posted 01/20/2015

We all remember our first job interview and the anxiety that surrounded it. Most of us don't love this process, but feel confident we can get through it. We might have prepared by having a dress rehearsal with a friend or family member, planning for the typical interview questions ("Tell me a time when...."), and providing solid answers to help us get that job. … read more >>

Catholic Charities Merges Two Departments (Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/16/2015

Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Social Services department has a new look and an expanded focus in 2015. On January 1, the agency's Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services department, also known as Caring Choices, was merged with the Social Services department, which provides an array of counseling, elder care and homelessness-related services. The consolidated … read more >>

"Cold Patrol" Seek Homeless on a Freezing Night (Jordan Buie/Holly Meyer, The Tennessean)

Posted 01/08/2015

It was 12 degrees when Nashville Fire Department Capt. Gary Standley drove the white van out of the headquarters on Hermitage Avenue at 6 p.m. Wednesday to start the last of the city's patrols for unsheltered homeless.Standley and emergency medical technician David Upton hoped to convince anyone considering sleeping outside to think otherwise on a night when temperatures … read more >>

Happy New Year Means Happy Birthday for Hundreds of Nashville Refugees (Blake Farmer, WPLN)

Posted 01/02/2015

The happy new year was also a happy birthday for hundreds of refugees who now call Nashville home. Many asylum seekers are assigned January 1st when they can't prove their date of birth.Hussien Mohamud had more friends than he could possibly handle celebrating birthdays this week. "On my Facebook, 1,056 friends of mine get their birthday on that particular day, so … read more >>

Volunteers Stretch Catholic Charities' Reach in Helping Others (Briana Grzybowski, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/02/2015

When Joseph Weekly was living in Memphis, he was a volunteer for an after-school refugee tutoring program. Since moving to Nashville, he's been able to continue volunteering in a similar program operated by Catholic Charities of Tennessee."I've been volunteering at Catholic Charities in Nashville for a little over a year now. It's been great to get to know … read more >>

IN OUR WORDS: Donato & Armstrong Families, Christmas Wishes Donors

Posted 12/15/2014

Four years ago at Thanksgiving time, my sister-in-law and I had a heart-felt discussion. We talked about how our combined four children (aged 8 to 12 at the time) were getting older and really didn't need anything for Christmas. We had been blessed in more ways than we could count. While the adults had stopped exchanging gifts years ago, we still continued with the toys … read more >>

IN OUR WORDS: The A Group, Perishable Food Distribution Volunteers

Posted 12/09/2014

Serving Up Food and Holiday Cheer Each year, The A Group team takes a day to step away from our desks and serve ministries and nonprofits in a more hands-on way. While we have the amazing opportunity to work with people making a difference in our daily work, we love the chance to witness the impact organizations like our clients make first-hand. It's become a holiday … read more >>

Advocates Work to Spread Accurate Information About Executive Order (Theresa Laurence/Catholic News Service, Tennessee Register)

Posted 12/05/2014

After President Barack Obama outlined his executive action on immigration during a primetime address on Nov. 20, Donna Gann, program coordinator for Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Immigration Services department, knew her phone would soon be ringing off the hook and she would be working in overdrive to get accurate information out to the Middle Tennessee immigrant … read more >>

Celebration of Mission to Service (The News)

Posted 12/04/2014

Longtime community volunteers Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss and former Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center Executive Director Mike Miller received the Spirit of Service Award at the 2014 Celebration of Mission to Service.Jerry Kearney, Nancy Anness,and Ed StackWilliam Sinclair, Laura and Allen Arrender, and Anne BlaufussThe celebration, which provides funding for the work … read more >>

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