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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 >>

IN MY WORDS: Rachel Privett, Refuge Handicrafts Volunteer

Posted 12/02/2014

Earlier this summer, after earning my certificate for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), I was looking for a way to utilize my newly-developed teaching skills. An ESL class friend connected me to the Refuge Handicrafts program. I began volunteering in August. At first, I was there once a week. Now I am there every Monday and Thursday. The classes, each about … read more >>

New U.S. citizen balances old and new cultures (Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/21/2014

By Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register 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 … read more >>

Sister Sally Lessnau remembered as ‘living example of Christ’ (Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/21/2014

By Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register Sister Sally Lessnau, a Daughter of Charity who taught at St. Vincent de Paul School and served as a case manager at the Catholic Charities' North Nashville Outreach Office, died at the Seton Residence in Evansville, Ind., on Nov. 12 at age 71.During the eight years she worked at Catholic Charities, from 2004 to 2012, "she … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Nina Gilbert, LMSW, HOPE Counselor

Posted 11/20/2014

Nina Gilbert is a trauma counselor with the HOPE Program, providing trauma-focused counseling to children affected by crime. She joined Catholic Charities in early 2013. She earned her Master of Social Work degree at Fordham University. Children who have experienced trauma, whether a one-time occurrence or ongoing stress (such as domestic violence), often have … read more >>

Catholic Charities Prepares for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 2 (Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/17/2014

First came Black Friday, the retail-obsessed day after Thanksgiving. Then came Cyber Monday, when shoppers swamp the internet. Now, thanks to the wisdom of several New Yorkers who realized that there are people truly in need during this season of giving and that attention should be focused on them, too, #GivingTuesday was created.Catholic Charities will, once again, … read more >>

Women’s Health Fair Offers Clients Information, Learning Experiences

Posted 11/12/2014

Important health matters are hard enough to understand when both parties - the information provider and the recipient - speak the same language. When that is not the case, however, making sure that the material is accurately received and processed can be a tremendous challenge.The South Nashville Family Resource Center (FRC) hosted a Women's Health Fair recently. The … read more >>

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