Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas

Rating: 4.61 stars   18 reviews 300

Issues: Disaster Aid, Human Services

Location: PO Box 829 Beaumont TX 77704 USA

Mission: All services are available to anyone, regardless of their religion, race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability or citizenship status.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful organization that serves the needs of all of Southeast Texas.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization is the main charitable arm of the Diocese of Beaumont and helps all in need, Catholic or not,. It has programs in counseling, relief services and hospitality among others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way many were helped after both major hurricanes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find funding to offer more services for the elderly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a past member of the board of Catholic Charities and always felt it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile volunteer experience and one I feel blessed to have been priviledged to do. There are, of course, a number of very good programs that help people in need be it financial,
emotional or providing knowledge, understanding or information. The attitude that I believe is one of the best assets of the organization is the focus by the board and staff in analyzing how they address their mission and what improvements and additions they might make to better serve the needs of southeast Texans. The advent of the two major hurricanes (Rita and Ike) that so impacted the region saw an expanded role for the agency - that of helping hurricane victims . They saw the need for more help and training for their own staff, found it and then built on that for post-hurricane service. For example, when
gift cards were being handed out a program in financial management
was established. It was so welcomed that it has been expanded beyond just hurricane victims but has broadened to help others who may not need direct financial aid but improved skills in asset management including establising and maintaining good credit.
Catholic Charities of SE Texas has grown and changed for the good of many of those served. I am proud to have been even a very small parat of that agency.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work on the Board and its committees and in attending its fund raisers in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the educational services especially those that would improve the future of its present clients (and those who will come later),

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a professional fund raiser that worked with the Diocese of Beaumont in the past. I pay a lot of attention to how the funds are handled, in other words, how much is spent on administration and how much is being used for the cause. If I recall correctly it was a little bit over 5% which is the half of the regional average of 10%. This is proof of how well they manage their resources.

On the other hand, their goal is to serve the whole Diocese area which is from Corrigan, TX to Orange,TX; That is about 250 miles across. The chanllenge they have and I believe they need to improve is reaching out to the smaller communities. Most of their services are in Beaumont, Orange and Port Arthur.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Met some of the staff and worked with them in receptions to raise money for the capital campaign

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Out reach for the rural areas

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Rating: 4 stars  

Volunteering is good for the soul... we often benefit as much or more than the clients. Elijah's Place creates space for people to come together and share with others who feel their same hurt. Hospitality Center is doing God's work: feeding the hungry.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

First hand witnessed healing power of people sharing and doing God's work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

At Hospitality Center, many clients are chronic... how can we bring in other services to help some break free? Find jobs?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. Volunteer satisfaction.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Catholic Charities of SE Texas does wonderful job assisting our at risk population of Southeast Texas. The support and assistance they provide to the low income, disabled and generally distressed and in need individuals is a god send. The world is a better place because of what they do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen how they improve the overall wellfare of our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

I served as a Board member for this organization and have also been a volunteer. The outreach is incredible in our community. Further, Catholic Charities initiated a prgram called Elijah's Place which helps children deal with grief. An incredible gift to the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a volunteer and seeing their outreach.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no changes to suggest.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My three daughters and I attend Elijah's Place. My husband, their father died almost two years ago and we have been going since that time. We have benefited greatly from the services. The facilitators are excellent and so caring. Elijah's Place is a place where we can go and be with other parents and children who have experienced the same loss that we have. The parent group is a strong, supportive community.
As a sidenote, I was on the original advisory council with Dean Terrebone that started EP. Now my daughters and I benefit from the service

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The services that we have received are excellent.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I am proud that Catholic Charities provides services to anyone regardless of their religious affiliation. I am equally proud that they are a low-cost provider and strive to serve the marginalized. Having been part of the agency and network in the past, I have an appreciation for the challenges the staff and agency face with the aforementioned charge. Dispite economic and societal challenges, the staff and Board remain faithful and supportive. Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas has a reputation for being accountable and practice good stewardship in utilizing the resources entrusted upon them by their donors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Catholic Charities taught me that the Scriptures can be lived, not just read/recited. This was observed through interaction with clients, volunteers, staff and Board.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Concentrate on being more visible to the community and strive to become a household name. Although not always easily done, BLOW YOUR HORN! Announce your plans for growth and celebrate the victories of existing as well as new/upcoming program(s). Keep the community informed of what you are doing and what you have to offer.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Impressingly a low-cost provider.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen first hand how Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas works with the poorest of the poor by bringing together volunteers and professionals to address the root causes of poverty here in Southeast Texas. With one of the highest rates of poverty in the state, this area is in need of this agency.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have sent individuals and families to the agency to take advantage of the professional counceling service and the immigration service. Great bi-lingual staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire a full-time grant writer / development director.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Catholic Charities provides a variety of services in Southeast Texas. They are unique in the way they provide imigration services and grief support services for children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Catholic Charities does a good job serving our underserved citizens in Southeast Texas. I have personally reviewed their grant applications and follow up reports. I have also visited their facility numerous times and been impressed with their set up. Their newsletter and annual report do a great job of telling their story.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...try to get the word out to the broader public that the services available are not limited to members of the Catholic Church.

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