Welcome back for Day 3 of virtual Pathways to Possibilities
our most important annual fundraiser
Today, we want to share more about the priorities of Catholic Charities and how we bring acts of love, hope, and healing to those most in need. We couldn't do it without your support!
Catholic Charities' Five Areas of Focus
One of Catholic Charities' biggest strengths is the breadth and depth of our programs for people in need. We do that through five areas of focus, helping people find a path from crisis to hope.
Loaves and Fishes is the cornerstone of our efforts to fight hunger. Based in East Nashville at Holy Name's Strobel Center, volunteers serve meals to those in need Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The program serves an average 600 meals per week. Other emergency and senior-focused food box distribution happens at McGruder Family Resource Center and the Catholic Pastoral Center.
As we have learned with pandemic-related job losses, too many of our neighbors are one week or one paycheck away from being homeless.
For individuals and families teetering on the edge, Catholic Charities is there to provide emergency financial assistance for utilities, rent, vehicle repairs, and more. These gifts include direct cash assistance, utility payments, gift cards to major retailers, and more.
Family and Individual Counseling
Crises have long-lasting emotional and psychological impact. We know from our work with the floods in May 2010 that many people suffer difficulties for 18-24 months or more.
Addressing these issues is often an important step on the path to better relationships, personal healing, and overall well-being. Anyone can schedule a counseling session regardless of their ability to pay. Our counselors are currently conducting most sessions by phone and virtual meetings instead of face to face as we normally do.
Catholic Charities also provides support for families, including basic needs, such as diapers and baby formula, as well as crisis pregnancy counseling and adoption assistance.
Refugee and Immigration Support
Catholic Charities is one of five organizations in Tennessee that receives federal funding to assist in the resettlement process, and we have done so since 1962. Our faith calls us to welcome the stranger, as Christ did.
Our charge is to help refugees - all of whom have been granted the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen by the federal government - gain access to financial, technical, and professional supportive services that they need to become self-sufficient.
Having a job is the most important key to building self-confidence and self-reliance. Catholic Charities offers four job-training programs.
The Sewing Training Academy teaches sewing skills for the fashion and textiles industries. Since March, the Sewing Training Academy students have supplied more than 3,000 masks for local healthcare professionals using medical-grade fabric.
The Hospitality Job Training Program is taught in our simulated hotel room. It teaches housekeeping skills for work in hotels or to create a small house-cleaning business.
Bilingual Banker Training provides training for entry-level banking center positions for people able to speak Spanish and other languages.
The Culinary Training Academy offers professional kitchen training in a full commercial kitchen environment. Graduates are restaurant ready when they complete the eight-week course.
58 Years of Experience and Expertise
Catholic Charities is one of Nashville's most respected non-profit organizations. Two-thirds of our ace team of 115 are credentialed and licensed professional case managers or counselors.
Our mental health counselors are professionally trained at the bachelor's or master's level in social work or other counseling disciplines. Their expertise covers anxiety, isolation, trauma, chemical dependency, depression, grief, and much more.
Mental health issues touch a wide range of people. It is why Catholic Charities has counselors who specialize in certain behaviors, as well as those who work with specific demographics, such as older adults, families, and children.
Those in crisis often do not know where to turn.
Case managers are like the compass that points clients to the services they need to get out of the current crisis. Those services could include anything from housing to emergency financial assistance to a hot meal.
Once clients are past their immediate crisis, case managers help them find services important to overall well-being. Some are available through Catholic Charities. When not available through us, we make referrals to community partners.
Case managers often remain connected with clients long-term to ensure positive movement towards self-sufficiency.
How You Can Help
Did you know that only five percent of our annual budget comes from the Diocese? We understand these are difficult times for many, but, if you can, please consider giving to Pathways to Possibilities to assist with the greatest needs.
Your contributions will be put to use immediately helping those in the Nashville community who need it the most. Go to: https://bit.ly/CCPathwaysDonate.
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God bless and stay safe!
On Thursday, you will hear directly from someone affected by the current crises and understand why Nashville needs Catholic Charities more than ever.
Catholic Charities is grateful to our Pathways to Possibilities sponsors who are fully supporting this virtual event with their sponsorship donations. Your support is also vital.