I can't remember how I first heard of Catholic Charities of the Easy Bay in Oakland. I am so used to hearing about resources and then trying to get help and being turned away. Honestly, I thought that is what would happen. I met someone at a Jamba Juice and she mentioned this organization and told me that I should give them a call, that they had helped her out. Again, I thought it would be a waste of my time. I didn't have time to waste. We were facing losing our place to live and we have small children at home. I thought I would give it a try. I prayed about this and had others praying as well. We were getting desperate, as there was a For Rent sign being put up in front of our place. Catholic Charities did help my family. The person helping us was very loving and caring and went out of her way. We were helped twice and they even gave us bicycles for our kids. Our little one had been asking for a bike for awhile. What a blessing this organization and the person that helped us has been. Thank you for treating us with dignity and respect and helping us when we didn't know how we would make it. God is so good!!! and so is this organization!!!! I would urge anyone looking to help a charity, to help Catholic Charities of the East Bay. Thank you guys again so very much and may God truly Bless you, as you have us.
I am a co-leader of a ministry focused on helping those in-transition find work. Our ministry had served over 1100 since we began in 2001. We often have members in dire financial straits who need support and assistance. I have referred members to both St. Vincent de Paul (at our parish) for immediate help and to Catholic Charities of the East Bay for longer term help. CCEB has been very responsive to these people and has provided guidance and support. I have been donor for many years and have become one of this non-profits greatest cheerleaders.
Catholic Charities of the East Bay is such an important provider in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. From my experience researching and learning about their services, they are extremely responsive to local community needs. They bring their expertise through a broad array of programs and services to positively impact the lives of those they serve. They are also committed to continuously developing their knowledge, skills, and expertise to improve their services. I am always impressed when I have conversations with their program staff and directors.
At first I thought, oh no another non profit that I have to volunteer for, but when I attended my first Ambassador meeting as a representitive of the Knights of Columbus' Oakland Chapter at Catholic Charities of the East Bay for my parish, Sacred Heart I listened, learned and respected what this organization does for my community and others nearby. I made an oath, as long as I continue to live in Oakland that I will try to be involved with local organizations that can assist me to help my community be a better place to live in...and Catholic Charities does just that!
Catholic Charities of the East Bay not only serves well those who are living on the margins with support and resources, they have also taken the initiative to focus their services to those who live in chronically traumatized communities. In doing so, CCEB is on the cutting edge with other national organizations to raise awareness and to develop services that respond to the needs of those living in chronically traumatized communities both for direct services and systemic change.
I volunteered with CCEB this last summer, 2012. It was a wonderful experience. The staff was very encouraging and excited to work with the volunteers as they guided us in helping others. They really gave us the motivation to go out and do this challenging work. They radiated joy, it's as simple as that.
CCEB treat each of their clients with dignity and compassion regardless of circumstances. Thank God for Catholic Charities.
I am familiar with the work of Catholic Charities and the impact it has in helping the poor and most needy. I read the agency's newsletter and has impressed me. Especially reading about the personal stories of clients lives that have changed, because of employment, housing, and legal services. As a young person I appreciate how the agency deals with violence in cities like Richmond and Oakland, communities that are plagued by ongoing violence.
I volunteer with a Job Networking Ministry that helps job seekers by providing hope, encouragement, support and practical resources needed in a job search. A few job seekers who come to us are so desperate, often having been unemployed for some time, that they actually need clinical intervention before they can undertake the rigors of the job search. When this need arises, we seek the assistance of Catholic Charities of the East Bay to provide counseling. Such a service is a lifeline not only to the job seeker but also to the facilitators whose mission it is to assist everyone who comes for help. We are most grateful to Catholic Charities of the East Bay for willingly accepting our referrals. In doing so, they are changing the lives of those most in need.