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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 >>

Mayor Launches Office of New Americans (Office of the Mayor)

Posted 09/22/2014

Catholic Charities of Tennessee was present at the signing and will, on a day-to-day basis, support the work of MONA in our community through our work with our refugee clients.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean today signed an executive order to create the Mayor's Office of New Americans (MONA), a new Metro Government office focused on engaging and empowering immigrants … read more >>

Young Professionals Plan Fall Wine Social Kickoff

Posted 09/16/2014

Area professionals are invited to a Fall Wine Social on October 18 from 7-9 p.m. hosted by Catholic Charities of Tennessee. The event will take place at the White House on the campus of event sponsor Aquinas College (4210 Harding Pike, 37205)."We are asking attendees to put on their best party dress (or suit) and join us for wine sipping, food tasting, friend making, … read more >>

Adoption Services on "The Plus Side of Nashville" (News Channel 5+)

Posted 09/10/2014

Two Catholic Charities of Tennessee Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services ("Caring Choices") initiatives -- Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) and FOCUS (finding forever homes for children who are in full guardianship in the State of Tennessee foster care system) -- are featured on The Plus Side of Nashville on News Channel 5+ during September 2014. … read more >>

Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss, Mike Miller Spirit of Service Honorees

Posted 09/04/2014

Longtime community volunteers Mary Ann and Bill Blaufuss and Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center executive director Mike Miller will be honored with the Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday, October 22, at the 2014 Celebration of Mission to Service. The Celebration, a benefit for Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Saint Mary Villa Child Development Center, will be … read more >>

Abdishakur Mohamed/Nes Door Neighbors Project (WNPT)

Posted 09/01/2014

Abdishakur Mohamed currently oversees the Catholic Charities of Tennessee Refugee Services Employment effort, assisting refugee clients as they prepare to seek and do seek meaningful employment in the Middle Tennessee labor market. In May 2014, he was appointed to the Metro Nashville/Davidson County Human Relations Commission by Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Council.Click … read more >>

Catholic Charities Accepting Applications from Nonprofit Organizations for Economic Development and Community Organizing Grants

Posted 08/25/2014

Catholic Charities of Tennessee is accepting applications from Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations for economic development and community organizing grants worth $25,000 to $75,000 to be awarded in 2015 by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The pre-application and application process runs from September 1 until November 1. Pre-applications for a … read more >>

Catholic Charities Announces Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest for Catholic Students in Grades 7-12

Posted 08/25/2014

All Middle Tennessee Catholic students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the 2014-2015 cross-discipline Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest presented by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and sponsored locally by Catholic Charities of Tennessee. This year's theme is Do Justice, Love Goodness and Walk Humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).Entries can take … read more >>

Catholic Charities Hope Program on NASHVILLE BY NICOLE (Lightning 100 -- 100.1 FM)

Posted 08/24/2014

On Sunday, August 24, Child Welfare Services counselor Nina Gilbert and Marketing director Mark Barry visited with Nicole Buckley, host of NASHVILLE BY NICOLE on Lightning 100 (100.1 FM). They discussed the HOPE program which provides trauma-focused individual and group counseling for children who are considered secondary victims of homicide or victims of assault, as well … read more >>

Raining Season helps Orphans in Africa, Partners with Catholic Charities (Tennessee Register)

Posted 08/01/2014

Thirteen years ago, Jason Rust and Erica Stone of Brentwood were considering an international adoption. While on a website seeking adoptive families for orphaned children, they found a photo of a young girl, and immediately felt a connection to her. Through more research they discovered she was living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone, Africa. "We found Jayda on … read more >>

As Humanitarian Crisis Looms at the U.S. Border, Nashville's Refugee Resettlement Services Face Severe Cuts
(Nashville Scene)

Posted 07/24/2014

At first glance, Deq Omer Mohammed, Ahmed Mustafa and Abdirizsak Abdullahi Duale don't have much in common. Mustafa, an Iraqi national in his 30s who's fluent in English, wears a neat beard and preppy Western attire. Abdullah, 21, is a former student from Somalia with a shy smile and … read more >>

Catholic Charities May Send Staffers to Help with Child Migrant Crisis
(Tennessee Register)

Posted 07/18/2014

With tens of thousands of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America detained at the U.S. border, Catholic Charities of Tennessee is waiting to see if some of its staffers are needed to help resolve the crisis. Responding to a request from the federal government, Catholic Charities USA asked the 187 Catholic Charities agencies across the country if they had … read more >>

Help for Nashville's Elder Refugees is in Jeopardy
(The Tennessean)

Posted 07/16/2014

Asfaw Hubtewold isn't yet fluent in English, but there's one word he knows well - and it's one he prefers to shout."Bingo!" calls the 84-year-old refugee immigrant from Ethiopia."Bingo! Bingo!" he repeats, reliving a winning moment from the brown recliner in his living room and tapping into the simple magic of a game that translates well across … read more >>

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