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Refugee Services Kicks Off Refugee Team Mentoring Program (Anneke Valk, Refugee Services)

Posted 06/19/2018

Newly arrived refugees often face a myriad of confusing challenges as they begin their new lives here in Middle Tennessee. Catholic Charities Refugee Services is kicking off a new mentoring program that will match a volunteer team of 4-6 members with a newly-arrived family."Over a period of at least 6 months, family mentor teams will work with refugee families to … read more >>

U.S. Bishops' Migration Chairman Urges Administration to Keep Families Together (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Posted 06/01/2018

The Department of Homeland Security has recently acknowledged implementation of the policy. . . of separating families arriving at the U.S./Mexico Border. Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement in response:"Forcibly separating … read more >>

A Strong Foundation: Matt Davis '89 and the story of his families, reconnections and life (Irish Ayes, Father Ryan High School)

Posted 05/18/2018

This article and the accompanying photos appear courtesy of Father Ryan High School, Nashville, TN.In elementary school years ago, a class project often entailed drawing a family tree, a project that would help young students connect with their ancestors. The student would fill in the roots of the tree with the names of grandparents and conclude with the child's own name at … read more >>

Waiting List for Andrew Jackson Courts to Open at Noon May 14, 2018: Catholic Charities to assist with process (The Tennessee Tribune)

Posted 05/12/2018

Online Only Applications Will Be Accepted on a First-Come, First-Served BasisThe Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) will open its waiting list for Andrew Jackson Courts on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon May 14 and continuing through 3 p.m. May 25, 2018. Anyone currently on the Andrew Jackson Courts waiting list will need to … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Helping Your Child Deal with Stress (Melissa Smith, School Counselor, Catholic Charities of Tennessee)

Posted 05/09/2018

Adults are not the only people affected by stress. Children, even young ones, can feel the effects of stress in their lives. As parents and caregivers, we want our children to be happy and healthy. When your child is stressed, there are steps you can take to help them cope. First, know that children may not be able to verbalize that they are feeling stressed. Instead, … read more >>

Catholic Charities Fundraiser Helps Provide to Community (WSMV-Channel 4, Chuck Morris)

Posted 05/04/2018

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - As Nashville grows, so does the need to help the less fortunate.One of Nashville's largest charities got a boost on Friday morning with a blessing from the new bishop.Click on WSMV logo for video link.Catholic Charities hosted its annual Pathways to Possibilities breakfast at the Music City Center.All of the money raised funds 50 different programs in … read more >>

Catholic Charities ‘Blessed’ to have Support from Bishop’s Annual Appeal (Tennessee Register, Andy Telli)

Posted 05/04/2018

Catholic Charities of Tennessee often is the face of the Church in the community. It is there to provide job training to the jobless, to help a homeless person rebuild their life, to help a child deal with fallout from trauma in their lives, to help couples give a child a loving home, to help a refugee navigate life in America. As Catholic Charities reaches out to help … read more >>

Stress and Older Adults (Individual & Family Counseling, Catholic Charities of Tennessee)

Posted 04/25/2018

Mildred decides it is time to give up her car. Jimmy realizes he cannot maintain his family home's yard. Pearl begins getting frustrated when she cannot remember what it is she needed at the grocery store. Ed and Sue often feel their children are taking on too much of the decision making in their lives; this lowers their self-esteem. Paul attends the funeral of yet … read more >>

The Boss: Centric's Gina Emmanuel has been Face-to-Face with a Leopard (Adam Sichko, Nashville Business Journal)

Posted 04/18/2018

Gina Emmanuel, the subject of this story, is a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees. It's as if Gina Emmanuel was born to do two things: be an architect and travel the world. She's been drawing since she could hold a pencil and now is a top principal at Centric Architecture, one of Nashville's oldest architecture firms, specializing in projects that give … read more >>

The Healing Trust Awards Grant to Catholic Charities Refugee Elders Program

Posted 04/04/2018

Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Refugee Elders program has been awarded a $40,000 grant from The Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling over $700,000 in its most recent grant cycle. The one-year grant will be used for direct services to support the health and well-being of refugee elders through group programming and case management."Refugee elders account … read more >>

6th Annual Pathways to Possibilities Planned May 4: Fundraiser/friendraiser benefits Catholic Charities

Posted 03/19/2018

Catholic Charities' 6th Annual Pathways to Possibilities presented by Saint Thomas Health is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at Music City Center. Registration and networking begin at 7:00AM; the program and breakfast begin at 7:30AM. Six-time Emmy Award winning WSMV-Channel 4 news anchor Tracy Kornet will serve as emcee. "Pathways to Possibilities' purpose is … read more >>

CCHD Faith and Justice Internship Available through Catholic Charities

Posted 02/12/2018

Catholic Charities of Tennessee, the local administrator of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is seeking candidates to serve as a Faith and Justice Intern from September 2018 through May 2019. The internship, designed to help promote the important work of the CCHD, especially within the Diocese of Nashville, will offer experience working with and on behalf of … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Eric Meier, Former Refugee Youth Mentor

Posted 01/31/2018

It's the little things that we take for granted, that someone that grew up in a war-torn part of the world has never experienced. Pizza, libraries, a soccer ball to take outside and kick around. But most especially Skee-Ball.Because of work and the areas of town where I would be able to meet my mentee, it took several months to get matched up. Then I got the call - Mugisha, … read more >>

Engaged Employers Enhance Workforce Development (Dec. 2017 Charities News)

Posted 12/19/2017

It's no secret that our region's economy has changed in many significant, mostly positive ways in recent years. For many who come to us for help, though, the fruits of that growth are often not reachable.To change that in a meaningful way, Catholic Charities, representatives of local industries in critical need of good, reliable, long-term employees, and other partners, … read more >>

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 >>

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