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 department retained the Social Services name.

"Our agency always seeks to provide the highest level of services to our clients," explained Bill Sinclair, the agency's executive director. "By grouping this array of programs together, our staff will be able to better coordinate the services they provide, by sharing best practices, consulting with each other on cases, and collaborating on resources available in the community."

"We are not, in any way, reducing our commitment to our community's needs for emergency pregnancy counseling or adoption services for families wishing to grow," Sinclair stressed.

The action was prompted, in part, by the January 9th retirement of longtime Social Services department director Eileen Beehan and the planned August 2015 retirement of Donna Thomas, Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services department director.

Assuming responsibility for the reorganized department is Collen Mayer, who joined the agency in June after earning a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to that, he worked with United Way of Central Alabama's annual campaign for five years.

Joining Mayer on the department's management team are four highly experienced social service clinicians who have been elevated to their new roles: Vickie Lawson, Family Support Services supervisor; Lisa McGovern, Counseling Services supervisor; Jan Clifton, Adoption Support supervisor; and Julie Bolles, Pregnancy Counseling and Adoptions supervisor.

"We have a fantastic leadership team," said Mayer. "This department is well-positioned to deliver the highest level of service to our clients in Middle Tennessee."

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, established in 1962, had 70,000 service connections last year with residents of 38 Middle Tennessee counties.

Operating on behalf of the Diocese of Nashville and its congregants, major areas of community involvement include refugee & immigrant services, adoptions & parental support, counseling, senior services, homelessness prevention, education & job training, and basic needs including feeding, housing and clothing assistance.

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SOURCE: (Jan 16, 2015)

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