Mission: People of faith responding to needs by serving, teaching, building community and preserving the dignity of individual and families in southeast texas.
Programs: Disaster response offers supportive case management and financial assistance to those in distress due to personal tragedies, as well as natural or man-made disasters. The program also coordinates emergency relief in cases of disaster and provides preparedness training to equip volunteers with skills needed to mobilize for future regional disasters.
immigration services provides legal services according to a sliding fee scale to help immigrants access affordable legal advocacy that can provide them the legal protections afforded them under the law.
hospitality center is a food service site in port arthur, texas, continuously serving a hearty midday meal every day of the year to the homeless, unemployed, elderly, disabled or others who may lack access to sufficient food.
all other program services descriptions: asset building case management unites financial education with long-term case management, helping low-to-moderate income families repair their credit and commit to increasing their savings. Clients identify appropriate financial goals and receive case management support to make progress towards home ownership or continued education opportunities. Parish social ministry lends support and training resources to local church leaders and members attempting to organize local social justice ministries and community services. Elijah's place gives peer and audit support to children ages 5 to 18 who are grieving the death of a parent or sibling or who have been affected by separation or divorce. Counseling services offers individual, couple, family and grief counseling according to a sliding fee scale, making the service more affordable to those with limited capacity to pay for professional mental health support.
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.