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IN OUR WORDS: Begard and Sarwar Hawez (

Posted 12/15/2017

NOTE: There are some graphic descriptions included in this blog. Its content may not be appropriate for all people of all ages.As a case worker at Catholic Charities Refugee Services in Nashville, Sarwar Hawez is accustomed to the deer-in-a-headlight look of new immigrants. They are typically tired, confused, scared, and certain they have made a mistake. That is where … read more >>

CCUSA Advent Reflection: 1st Sunday of Advent (Mark Barry, Mission Advancement)

Posted 12/03/2017

Catholic Charities USA: Advent ReflectionSunday, December 3, 2017 - 1st Sunday of AdventSubmitted by Mark Barry, Director of Mission Advancement, Catholic Charities of TennesseeReadings: IS 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7; PS 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; 1 COR 1:3-9; MK 13:33-37The holidays, from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, often include travel. Regardless of the complexity of … read more >>

Sewing Training Academy Offers New Classes in New Year

Posted 11/29/2017

NEW Level II Velvet CourseThe Level II Atelier Course, as we know it, is focused on more challenging garment construction, but in 2018 we will be introducing a series of shorter Level II courses focused on handling challenging fabrics. This first course tackles the fabric of the season: VELVET!Duration: 1 week, January 8-12Time: Mornings, 9AM-12PMCost: Based on sliding … read more >>

Corporate Employees Walk in the Shoes of the Poor (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/17/2017

They were all white-collar workers for Procter and Gamble, one of the biggest, most successful companies in the country. But after a few hours of pretending to be members of a low-income family struggling to find a place to live or to pay their bills, their frustration and their stress were clear. After spending the "day" sitting in one corner of the room at … read more >>

Nashville’s Booming Housing Market Locks out Those on the Margins (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 11/17/2017

On a weekday afternoon at Villa Maria Manor, the Diocese of Nashville's affordable housing complex for seniors, elderly men and women, many using walkers, motorized scooters or wheelchairs to help with their limited mobility, warmly greet each other in the building's main lobby. They complement each other on new hairstyles or clothes, inquire about each other's plans for … read more >>

The Grievers Holiday Bill of Rights

Posted 11/15/2017

1. You have the right to say, "TIME OUT!" any time you need to. Time out to slow down, blow off a little steam, step away from the holidays, have a "huddle" and start over.2. You have the right to TELL IT LIKE IT ISWhen people ask, "How are you...?" you have the right to tell them how you really feel, not just what they want to hear. (P.S. … read more >>

Tips on Dealing with Stress during the Holidays(Lisa McGovern, L.C.S.W., Supervisor of Counseling Services, Catholic Charities of Tennessee)

Posted 11/15/2017

The Holidays can be a stressful time. We often are trying to spend time around family and "create magical memories." Often we can have unrealistic expectations that set us up for stress and disappointment. We can overextend ourselves or our finances. Here are some tips meant to help keep the joy in the holidays and manage the stress that can come as well. Have … read more >>

IN HER WORDS: Catholic Charities Volunteer Celebrates Interfaith while Serving (Liz Barry, Jesuit Volunteer, Refugee & Immigration Services)

Posted 11/13/2017

Jesuit Volunteers are able to truly focus on relationships of mutuality during their service experience. Our volunteers share that they leave with a widened sense of the power of humanity, connection, God and interfaith. For Liz, this occurred in conversations with co-workers and those Liz serves at Catholic Charities.This year I am serving as an Employment Specialist … read more >>

This Valedictorian Continues to Excel: Gina Emmanuel FRHS ’97

Posted 11/01/2017

NOTE: Gina Emmanuel joined the Catholic Charities of Tennessee Board of Trust on July 1, 2017. Gina Emmanuel '97 has been drawing since she could hold a pencil, so it is no surprise that one of her favorite subjects at Father Ryan was art. It's also no surprise that she now uses that skill and passion to follow her dreams as a principal at Centric Architecture … read more >>

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Director of Human Resources for the Diocese of Nashville

Posted 10/25/2017

DIOCESE OF NASHVILLEPOSITION ANNOUNCEMENTDirector of Human ResourcesThe Diocese of Nashville is seeking a Director of Human Resources. Position is full-time. Work location is the Catholic Pastoral Center at 2800 McGavock Pike in Nashville, TN.Primary functions of this position are to direct and coordinate human resources activities for the Governance and Service Offices … read more >>

Job Training Aims to Get People on Path to Fiscal Sustainability (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 10/20/2017

As director of the McGruder Family Resource Center in North Nashville, Alisha Haddock encounters people on a daily basis who have a wide range of needs: some seek emergency food and rent assistance, others are looking to improve their budgeting skills with a financial literacy class. Most weekday mornings, women gather downstairs for the Sewing Training Academy; once a … read more >>

Call to Help ‘The Least of These’ Drives Charities (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 10/20/2017

Donna Rossi, who has lived all of her 64 years in Nashville, was living with her cousin in a house in the Rosebank neighborhood until last April. That's when her cousin died, leaving Rossi with no place to go. "I couldn't afford the rent on my income," said Rossi. "You can't pay $1,500 a month on a $1,200 income." So for the last six months, Rossi has … read more >>

A Message from Fr. Mike Johnston, Diocesan Administrator

Posted 10/20/2017

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace" This powerful prayer by St. Francis of Assisi inspires us to use our voices to call for peace and demonstrate our love for our neighbor, no matter a person's race, background, country of origin or faith tradition. I lend my voice to the many speaking out in Middle Tennessee to decry the hatred and intolerance of … read more >>

When Life's Everyday Challenges Collide with Natural Disasters

Posted 09/12/2017

You don't have to look very far into the world beyond our windows to realize that there are a number of stressors that can impact almost all of us one way or another. Beyond the everyday ones like paying bills, managing workloads, and worrying about loved ones, we are currently faced with large external stressors such as hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and the … read more >>

How Can I Help? (Updated information)

Posted 09/11/2017

The disaster related news we have been exposed to over the past few weeks has almost been unfathomable. Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes...the list goes on and on.As we struggle with the news, we also want to respond to the urge to do something...anything... to help in whatever way we can.At this very early point in what we expect will be a very long recovery process, … read more >>

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