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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 >>

Reflections from a Newly Sworn in U.S. Citizen

Posted 11/10/2014

Although Catholic Charities of Tennessee staff works with resettling and resettled refugees each and every day, it is hard for many of us to fully understand - and appreciate - all that they have experienced - personally, emotionally, and, most likely, even spiritually - during their journey to the United States and, specifically, Middle Tennessee. Recently, Abdishukri … read more >>

Notre Dame Band Members Perform for Catholic Charities

Posted 10/21/2014

After a "working" weekend supporting the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team in Tallahassee, Florida, 60 members of the 380-member Notre Dame Marching Band spent part of their return trip to South Bend with Catholic Charities of Tennessee early this week.Breaking into three groups, the Band members provided their time, enthusiasm, and talents … read more >>

Miller has ‘given everything he could’ to St. Mary Villa (Tennessee Register)

Posted 10/10/2014

Photo by Rick Musacchio, Tennessee RegisterEven though Mike Miller has stepped down as executive director of St. Mary Villa Child Development Center due to advancing terminal cancer, he remains connected with the Center's staff and board. "He doesn't want to let go," said Susan Ney, president of the Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center Board of … read more >>

Financial Literacy: Training for a Lifetime (Fall 2014 Newsletter)

Posted 09/26/2014

Enhanced financial literacy has become an ever more critical component of Catholic Charities of Tennessee's efforts to help its clients break the cycle of poverty.Participation in a 4-session financial literacy class is a requirement for receiving any financial assistance from the agency's North Nashville Outreach program. "Class participation is treated as the basis for … read more >>

Family Empowerment Program: New initiative fills major area service gap (Fall 2014 Newsletter)

Posted 09/26/2014

Family homelessness is a growing problem in Middle Tennessee. Making matters worse, there are very few agencies specifically addressing family homelessness here."We are going to fill this gap," said Matt Preston, program coordinator for Catholic Charities of Tennessee's new Family Empowerment initiative.The agency was recently awarded a multi-year grant from … read more >>

FOCUS: Keeping the Family Together (Fall 2014 Newsletter)

Posted 09/26/2014

[Editor's Note: The names in this story have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the clients. Their story, however, is true.]The perfect image...the perfect family...a mother, a father, and children, living together, growing together.Perhaps the perfect image, but this is not the reality that clients of Denise Todd-Cottrell, FOCUS adoption recruitment … read more >>

Refugees Giving Back: Their actions make us better (Fall 2014 Newsletter)

Posted 09/26/2014

Most news stories on refugees tend to focus on the ways that they receive help to ease their transitions to new lives.Very few address the positive contributions made once the refugees settle in. In late June 2011, Bakry Mohamed, then 22, arrived in Nashville alone after spending two years in Egypt as a refugee from his homeland, the Darfur region of the Republic of the … read more >>

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