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Baker’s long career with YMCA offers lessons in service, leadership (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/24/2017

Clark Baker has spent his life at the YMCA, first as a member in his childhood - the membership was a gift from a neighbor - and later as one of its top executives. "I basically went to the Y one day and never came home," Baker told his wife, Carolyn, who has written a book, "Work, Play, Pray Hard: Life and Leadership Lessons of Visionary CEO … read more >>

Cap on refugees forces Catholic Charities layoffs (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/24/2017

On Thursday, Feb. 23, Catholic Charities of Tennessee executive director Pam Russo delivered the "devastating news" to 13 employees in Catholic Charities' Refugee Resettlement office that they no longer had jobs. "We had to close tremendous budget gaps and we didn't see another way to do it," Russo said. "We really looked at every possible way … read more >>

Refugees Are People: Six stories of refugees in Nashville (Jennifer Justus, Nashville Scene)

Posted 02/23/2017

SOURCE: Monday after President Donald Trump signed the executive order commonly referred to as the "Muslim Ban," the office at a local refugee resettlement agency had the jittery atmosphere of a place running on fluorescent bulbs, caffeine … read more >>

World Relief: Nashville Refugee Office Closing due to Trump Executive Order (Holly Meyer, USA Today Network - Tennessee/The Tennessean)

Posted 02/15/2017

World Relief, a national refugee resettlement agency, is closing its Nashville office due to President Donald Trump's executive order that reduced the number of refugees coming to the U.S.The faith-based organization announced Wednesday in a news release that it "has been forced to make the difficult decision" to close five offices across the country and lay off … read more >>

Refugees Seek Safety and Freedom in U.S. (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/13/2017

One day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the U.S. refugee resettlement program and temporarily banning travel on people from select Muslim-majority countries, Murfreesboro resident Yassir Khattab, a former Iraqi refugee, received an urgent voicemail from his friend Ali Muhammed, telling him he would not be aboard a flight from Baghdad en route … read more >>

New Catholic Charities Executive Director Says it’s ‘Such a Gift’ to Serve (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/10/2017

As the new executive director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Pam Russo is spending time getting to know the staff and programs of the agency that serves about 70,000 people annually in Middle Tennessee. Russo has been busy meeting with Charities staff members based at the Catholic Pastoral Center and at off-site Family Resource Centers, as well as diocesan principals … read more >>

IN MY WORDS: Pam Russo, New Executive Director on Change

Posted 02/09/2017

We tend to think of ourselves as settled, and, at times in life, we may be. Change -- and how we deal with it -- is really a big part of our lives.Having just joined the Catholic Charities of Tennessee team, after 12 years with Catholic Charities/Diocese of Allentown (PA), including the last 4 as its executive director, I am certainly experiencing change. Having lived on … read more >>

Nonprofits See More Interest In Becoming US Citizen (Matthew Torres, News Channel 5)

Posted 02/07/2017

Since the start of the year, nonprofit organizations in Nashville are seeing more people interested in the naturalization process.The Nashville Adult Literacy Council Executive Director Kim Karesh told NewsChannel 5 that the organization currently has 60 people enrolled in its citizenship classes. Karesh said that is up to a 20% increase within the last few years. The … read more >>

Catholic Charities USA Launches Ambitious Fundraising Campaign to Support Immigrant and Refugee Programs

Posted 02/03/2017

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the nation's largest human services providers, launched an $8M fundraising campaign today which aims to close the gap that will be created over the next four months due to the recent suspension of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Without those funds Catholic Charities agencies would not be able to meet the needs of nearly … read more >>

Bishop’s Annual Appeal Strengthens (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/27/2017

The 2017 Bishop's Annual Appeal for Ministries, which raises money to support a wide variety of programs in the Diocese of Nashville that help those in need and support people on their faith journey, will begin in February. "We encounter Jesus in those we serve: the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the imprisoned, the children, the elderly, those seeking a … read more >>

Catholic Charities USA Registers Dismay over Administration’s Suspension of Refugee Resettlement Program; Reiterates Commitment to Serve the Most Vulnerable

Posted 01/27/2017

Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) expressed her concern for the vulnerable people who are fleeing from extreme danger and who are now caught without hope of protection in light of President Trump's decision to suspend the country's refugee program."I am especially worried about the innocent children and mothers who have … read more >>

Sinclair Retires from Catholic Charities after 42 Years of Service (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/27/2017

During Bill Sinclair's 42 years with Catholic Charities of Tennessee, he has seen the organization assist countless people and experience tremendous growth. When he started out in 1975, Catholic Charities of Tennessee had three employees and a budget of $141,000. As Sinclair prepares to retire from his executive director position at the end of January, the organization … read more >>

Nashville's Fashion Industry Wants To Grow The Economic Impact Of New Designers (Emily Siner, WPLN)

Posted 01/26/2017

NOTE: Catholic Charities' Sewing Training Academy was created in September 2015 in partnership with the Nashville Fashion Alliance and other supporters. It is part of the effort to provide the infrastructure needed to support the local industry's growth.----------------------------------------------The Nashville area is home to a growing number of fashion brands: … read more >>

In Nashville or South Africa, Couple’s Mantra is to Love, Serve Neighbors (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/13/2017

Whether working with refugees in their jobs at Catholic Charities of Tennessee, or as resident directors of Friendship House, a residential community for adults with disabilities and Vanderbilt Divinity graduate students, or on their next adventure, at LIV Village in South Africa, Bailey and Jordan Collins just want to "be good neighbors, to love and serve others. … read more >>

IN MY OWN WORDS: Reflections of a Refugee Family Mentor after the first visit with her "matched" family

Posted 01/10/2017

We were greeted at the door with smiles and "As-salam alaykum." We greeted in return. We presented a soccer ball, the universal ball of love. It unfolded in a natural way. As much as is possible given the circumstances.Y'all. They cooked for us. They have so little. And they cooked for us. They gave us stout coffee in their delicate and beautiful cups ... … read more >>

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