My family attended the Catholic Charities night at the Admirals game, we had a great time and met most of the staff, a very freindly group of people.
I have a family member who works at Catholic Charities.The work involved with Christmas giving is amazing. Thousands of gift are collected and distributed to needy people in the community. Many families benefit from this.
I am director of St Hyacinth Food pantry serving 3500 folks every month with food, clothing ,medical advice, personal hygiene and much love and tender care. Carlos Perez a social worker for Catholic Charities helps folks every week with their needs. This could amount to a multiple of issues. Housing, maternity, mental ,employment, furniture, appliances, cribs, beds and many more problems.. It is very fulfilling to have someone available to aid those in need . We are in an area with excess of 50% unemployment , so their needs are great. I am also a board member of Catholic charities so I see both sides of the situations.
I am humbled to be part of the board of Catholic Charities. The dedication and professionalism of the staff is impressive, but the courage and determination of the clients we serve is even more inspiring. The number of people Catholic Charities serves goes up each year, and yet the needs in these 10 counties grows even more quickly. Whether you favor large or small government, government can't do it all, and Catholic Charities works very hard to fill gaps that others don't.
I am very proud to be a member of the Board of Directors at Catholic Charities because I can see first-hand the wonderful work the staff does with so many needy people. I am thoroughly impressed with the dedication and the passion of the staff, whether they are helping the poor, immigrants, children, working mothers , elderly or people who need counseling services. Most of the staff members have worked at Catholic Charities for many years, and they have great expertise and excellent resumes; they would have no trouble attaining much higher paying positions elsewhere, but because they love what they do and who they help they stay and make Catholic Charities a tremendous asset to our community.
When my husband and I decided to build our family through adoption, we interviweed between 7-10 agencies and by far, Catholic Charities stood out as the agency with which we wanted to work. Their wraparound approach to workiing with all in the adoption triangle (birth parents, child, and adoptive parents) produces positive results for all, but especially the child. Our adoption counselor always kept us informed about, and through, the process so we always felt as though we knew what to expect. Also, thier fees were reasonable compared to most other agencies. As a direct result of their openess and dedication to their clients, we now two beautiful children, two new extended families (we are stil in contact with all the birth parents), and a terrrific resource for our family as we go through any adoptive family growing pains. I would highly reccomend them 1000%!
As a disability rights lawyer, I have seen charities that work, and I have sued charities that don't work. Catholic Charities is one that does a great job. Just like the Catholic Church, it is misunderstood and ridiculed, often by those that have a hidden agenda. However, Catholic Charities serves the poor and needy with meaningful and supportive services. And the web site in Milwaukee provides the tools by which this excellent organization reaches out into the community to seek volunteer support and offer "spot on" services to those in need. When someone is critical of an organization like this (especially when they are clothed in the anonymity of the web), it says to me that they have an agenda that either results from an anti-Catholic bias or ignorance. Keep up the great work Catholic Charities!!
Catholic Charities helped me through my pregnancy after I lost my job suddenly. I attended classes and they helped me find prenatal care. After my son arrived, they helped me with baby clothes and diapers too.
I couldn't have done it without them.