SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 Catholic Charities News TODAY’S CATHOLIC 1a
Catholic Charities Corporation for National & Community Service visits Catholic Charities
employee By Lisa Streeter In attendance from the San
Antonio branch Senior Corps pro-
receives The Corporation for National & grams were RSVP Program Director
Community Service (CNCS) held a Belinda Vasquez and FGP Program
charitable strategic dialogue forum on July 9 at Director Stella Senac.
service award Catholic Charities’ headquarters.
CNCS is an organization dedi-
The purpose of the forum was to
engage nonproﬁt and for-proﬁt lead-
cated to encouraging people of all ers in open dialogue to debate focus
By Stella Senac
ages to volunteer their time to help areas in modern American society
with their community’s critical that need improvement, as well as
needs. CNCS encourages this service discuss a ﬁve-year strategic plan.
through three programs: Senior The concept for the ﬁve-year
Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn & strategic plan came from the Serve
Serve America. Catholic Charities America Act that was implemented
sponsors two of these Senior Corps in April 2009. Strategic priorities
programs: Retired & Senior Vol- discussed included service as a
unteer Program (RSVP) and Foster solution, expanding opportunities to
Grandparent Program (FGP). serve, building enduring capacity and
The keynote speaker was CNCS embracing innovation.
CEO Patrick Corvington. Corvington Areas of focus were education (to
is a recognized expert on nonproﬁt increase the number of graduates and
Photo provided sector leadership, philanthropy and academic performance), veterans ser-
volunteerism. President Obama vices (more opportunities for veter-
Robert Gorena, site nominated Corvington for his posi- ans and their families), clean energy
coordinator for the Foster tion as CEO of CNCS. (decrease energy use), health futures
Approximately 50 other promi- (decrease obesity and increase over-
Grandparent Program, was nent guests from the nonproﬁt and all quality of life for older adults) and
honored by the Knights for-proﬁt sector participated in the economic opportunity (including an
of Columbus Council forum. Among those in attendance increase in employment opportuni-
786 with the ﬁrst annual were Catholic Charities President/ ties, ﬁnancial stability and affordable Photo provided
Bishop Thomas Flanagan CEO Steve Saldaña; Catholic Chari- housing for economically vulnerable Catholic Charities President/CEO Steve Saldaña welcomes Corporation for
ties Deputy Director of Senior Ser- individuals and families). National & Community Service CEO Patrick Corvington to San Antonio
Charitable Service Award. vices Monica Bonilla; United Way’s To open the ﬂow of communica- for the corporation’s strategic dialogue forum.
The purpose of the Partners for Community Change tion, the guests broke into groups
award is to recognize Senior Vice President Toni-Marie to discuss these topics. Afterward, CNCS plans to post the strategic teering in the above-mentioned areas,
those who have shown Van Buren; Christian Senior Services Corvington spoke on the importance plan to accomplish these goals on its contact RSVP San Antonio at (210)
dedication and commit- CEO Sharon Baughman; One Star of volunteering with an emphasis on website, http://www.nationalservice. 222-0301 for more information.
Foundation President Elizabeth Dar- high impact volunteerism (volunteer- gov/, in the fall of 2010.
ment to helping those ling; and One Star Foundation Vice ing in areas of critical community If you or anyone you know is age Lisa Streeter is a community
most in need. President Rosa Moreno-Mahoney. needs). 55 or older and interested in volun- coordinator for RSVP.
Gorena has raised over
$100,000 over the past
eight years to help Catho- Crisis Intervention Program moves to Guadalupe Community Center
lic Charities with various By Ester Geffre staff will be joining forces with the material assistance. Fusing the two
programs that provide as- equally-committed staff of Guada- departments will also bring on a
sistance to people seeking After much discussion, deliberation lupe Community Center to create a facelift for the center that will be
help in their time of need. and meticulous planning, Catholic multi-faceted hub of service for the much appreciated by both employees
A member of Council 786, Charities has decided to move its residents of San Antonio. and clients alike. “I have big plans
Crisis Intervention Program from its The Military Family Relief Project for converting the already welcom-
Gorena established an location at 2903 W. Salinas to Guada- and Community Voice Mail San An- ing space of the center into an even
annual weekend trip eight lupe Community Center at 1801 W. tonio will make the move along with warmer and friendlier environment
years ago in which several Durango. the Crisis Intervention Program, all of for clients,” Geffre afﬁrmed. Photo provided
bus loads of people travel Catholic Charities has been serving which are overseen by program direc- Like Catholic Charities, Guadalupe
to Dallas to watch a Cow- clients from all over San Antonio tor Ester Geffre. As executive director Community Center has a long history and clothing distribution; and wellness
for more than 69 years at the Salinas of Guadalupe Community Center, in the West Side dating back to 1940. and ﬁtness training.
boys football game. location. The agency was established Geffre will now oversee all programs It has established itself as a vital con- Although the Immigration Services
The event has grown in this building as the Catholic Welfare housed at the Center. tributor to the well-being and success staff at the Salinas ofﬁce will miss
bigger every year, which Board in 1941; it is Catholic Charities’ The move will greatly beneﬁt the of West Side families. Its mission is to their neighbors in the Crisis Interven-
has helped Catholic Chari- ﬁrst home and is an important part of community by creating one central provide social services that enhance tion Program, the move is just what
ties serve more people its history. location for food, clothing, util- the culture, health, quality of life and Catholic Charities needs to enhance
Catholic Charities will continue ity and rental assistance, as well as progress of individuals and families in its service to local families.
every year. According to to serve clients at this location with after-school and leadership programs the community. Catholic Charities looks forward to
Gorena, “There is always immigration services, which provides for youth, teen alcohol and drug The center works to counter the move and to the enhancement of
a need to help people, professional consultation and reduced- abuse prevention education, cultural juvenile crime, teen pregnancy and services the move will create.
lend a hand and show you fee legal services designed to assist enrichment programs and ﬁtness and family and domestic violence through For information on the Crisis
care for all who seek your low-income immigrants achieve the wellness training. the following programs: after-school Intervention Program or Guadalupe
full beneﬁts available to them under The Crisis Intervention Program and summer programs for youth; Community Center, call Ester Geffre at
kindness.” immigration law. will consolidate its food pantry and youth leadership training; monthly (210) 433-3256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Charities Now that the Crisis Interven- clothes closet with Guadalupe Com- youth chess tournaments; teen alcohol
is not only grateful to tion Program is moving one mile munity Center’s pantry and clothes and drug abuse prevention education; Ester Geffre is executive director
Gorena for his dedica- southeast, the program’s dedicated closet to create one large center of cultural enrichment programs; food of Guadalupe Community Center.
tion to the agency and its
mission, but we are proud
of him for caring so much
Carrier Corporation reaches out to Catholic Charities to help those in need
about those in need that he By Pamela Raines who are not otherwise able to escape are being given away throughout when they heard about Project Cool,
stepped forward to make a the heat, especially in southern cli- the country through this summer’s the annual fan program founded by
difference. Despite recent rains, this past sum- mates like San Antonio, where there program. More than 280 units have Saldaña 13 years ago to prevent heat-
mer’s temperatures in this part of the can often be health risks to elderly or come to the San Antonio area. related deaths among the elderly.
Thank you, Bob, for country have exceeded 100 degrees. inﬁrm individuals. Looking to form Catholic Charities has partnered
selﬂessly dedicating your In response, Carrier Corporation Carrier has a local partnerships with San Antonio Housing Authority
time and energy to help has launched a local effort to donate long history of to help provide re- (SAHA) to distribute the air condi-
Catholic Charities provide new window air conditioning units charitable giv- lief from the sum- tioning units to low-income families
for the needs of our com- to people in need. An active sup- ing. Just this year, mer heat for those that currently do not have air condi-
porter of local communities through Carrier has donated in need, Carrier tioning. Catholic Charities is grateful
munity! community service and charitable nearly $2 million contacted San Anto- to Carrier for this opportunity and is
contributions, Carrier works with its in equipment or funding to local and nio television stations for assistance proud to be a part of this endeavor.
Stella Senac is the program many dealers and distributors across regional non-proﬁt organizations. in identifying a nonproﬁt organization
director for the Foster Grand- the nation on charitable contribu- In coordination with local Carrier to help distribute the units. Pamela Raines is the development
parent Program. tions and partnerships. dealers and distributors, more than Carrier contacted Catholic Chari- director for Catholic Charities.
Carrier is reaching out to those 1,400 window air conditioning units ties’ president/CEO, Steve Saldaña, Information provided by Carrier.
2a TODAY’S CATHOLIC Catholic Charities News SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
Parenting program expands efforts to support young, ﬁrst-time parents
By Shirley Seaney With each hour-long visit focusing on
building communication, ﬁne and gross motor
Catholic Charities’ Precious Minds, New skills, intellectual development and personal-
Connections (PMNC) parenting program has social skills, educators teach parents to have
recently grown with the addition of the former appropriate developmental expectations at
Healthy Families San Antonio PMNC pro- each stage of development, which will in turn
gram. This new program is located at the Gua- lessen the risk for child abuse and neglect.
dalupe Community Center and funded through Developmental screenings as well as oppor-
the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation. tunities for parents to build a support network
The PMNC staff includes the program are offered through monthly parent activity
director, Shirley Seaney, and four parent edu- groups.
cators, Taysha Parra, Rebecca Moran, Virginia Parenting is stressful enough without being
Plasencia and Yolanda Galvan. The program surprised with “normal” behavior that is difﬁ-
primarily serves young, ﬁrst-time parents cult to manage, even for the most experienced
throughout Bexar County with home visita- parent. Parents are their children’s ﬁrst teach-
tion services. Projected to serve 200 families ers. Catholic Charities wants to help parents
this year, the program is voluntary and free to take the guesswork out of parenting and
parents of young children. It offers one-on-one prepare them to enjoy the blessings of having
parenting education and child development a child. The PMNC program is a great vehicle
information to parents wanting or needing a for conveying valuable parenting information
little extra support. and ideas.
The visits are fun and informative. The For information on enrolling in Precious
educators get down on the ﬂoor with the par- Minds, New Connections or to make a refer-
ents and children to play and practice different ral, call (210) 568-8958. Photo provided
skills that will promote positive interactions From left, Precious Minds, New Connections Program Director Shirley Seaney leads Catholic
between parent and child as well as healthy Shirley Seaney is the program director for Charities newest group of parent educators, Taysha Parra, Rebecca Moran, Yolanda Galvan
brain development. Precious Minds, New Connections. and Virginia Plasencia, in helping parents become their children’s ﬁrst, best teachers.
Refugee woman transcends a lifetime of hardships to live out her passion
By Mary Nan Ollis Once they entered Sudan, they went to a refugee teacher commented under her breath, “foreign-
camp. At the time, her mother was pregnant with er.” The teacher assumed that Rahwa was not
The tag-line on Rahwa Neguse’s e-mail sig- her eldest sister. Several years later, her family intelligent enough to answer the math problem.
nature states, “If there is no passion in your life, moved to a different area of Sudan where an When Rahwa was old enough to understand
then have you really lived? Find your passion, elder sister and she were born. what the teacher meant and the insulting tone
whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become Her family resided in Sudan for a total of used, it angered her because the true reason that
you, and you will ﬁnd great six years. She was 18 months she was unable to answer the question that the
things happen FOR you, TO old when her family emigrated teacher asked was because she was not able
you and BECAUSE of you.” (T. “I truly believe that, from Sudan to the United to clearly see the screen due to not having the
Alan Armstrong) because of the chal- States. Upon arrival to New proper eye glasses.
Rahwa is a woman, born in lenges my family York, she and her family were Rahwa states, “Early on in life this experi-
Eritrea, who has not only found faced in my early life resettled in New York by ence taught me that, no matter what, people
her passion, but who is allowing as a young child, I World Relief, a refugee reset- will judge me based on my background before
it to become who she is while have gained the mo- tlement agency. They eventu- getting to know me. It also echoed the value of
she does great things for her ally settled in Fort Worth. not judging a book by its cover.”
own life and the lives of others. Rahwa’s family faced and Rahwa has been able to transcend the hard- Photo provided
Rahwa is the youngest girl and determination overcame many obstacles ships faced by her family. She states, “The San Antonio. Currently, she is living in Eritrea
of a family of six children. Her that I currently pos- upon their arrival to the United major accomplishments that I have achieved serving local orphans while working on youth-
family originates from Eritrea, sess. Challenge has States such as not speaking during my life journey stem from the character centered programming.
a country located in Northeast a way of developing English, not understand- I have developed based on my background and Catholic Charities Refugee Services greatly
Africa. Eritrea was involved in perseverance and a ing U.S. customs and trying life experiences. I truly believe that, because of depends on volunteers to help fulﬁll its mission
a 30 year civil war with Ethio- can-do attitude.” to navigate the difﬁculty of the challenges my family faced in my early life of welcoming the stranger. If you are interested
pia from 1961-1991. It was this searching for gainful employ- as a young child, I have gained the motivation, in assisting refugee families transition to life in
event that led Rahwa’s family Rahwa Neguse, ment. On top of these stressors, discipline and determination that I currently the United States, contact Tom Hoog, Refugee
to ﬂee from Eritrea to Sudan as Former refugee Rahwa’s mother became ill. possess. Challenge has a way of developing Services donations and volunteer coordinator, at
refugees and, ultimately, to the Rahwa remembers a time in perseverance and a can-do attitude.” (210) 222-1294, ext. 204 or email@example.com.
United States. elementary school when a math Her academic accolades are numerous,
Rahwa explains that her father, mother and teacher asked her to solve a problem that was spanning from elementary school all the way Written in collaboration with Rahwa Neguse.
two older brothers left Eritrea in the middle of projected on the wall from a projector screen. through graduating with a Master’s degree in Mary Nan Ollis is the program assistant for the
the night and walked to the Sudan/Eritrea border. When she was silent and did not answer, the public administration at University of Texas at Refugee Cash Assistance Program.
Volunteers help us fulﬁll our mission
SAVE THE DATE! By Patsy Moreno ing back to the community. The ages of our
volunteers range from 23 to 79. No matter
Catholic Charities Guardianship Services their ages, they all have a never-tiring energy
Fandango & Money Management Program held its ﬁrst
Meet & Greet Volunteer Mixer on Aug. 11 at
the beautiful Chandler House in Monte Vista.
Since 2003, Catholic Charities has pro-
to help Catholic Charities fulﬁll its mission by
The Guardianship Services & Money
Management Program staff is looking forward
Under the Stars vided legal guardianship and other less restric-
tive services (i.e. durable powers of attorney,
health care powers of attorney and money
management) for incapacitated individuals
to recognizing our volunteers at our upcoming
seventh annual volunteer recognition luncheon
on Sept. 30. Volunteers will be treated to a
nice lunch at the Bright Shawl.
residing in Bexar County in order to terminate There are many volunteer opportunities
Saturday, November 13 and prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of with the Guardianship Services & Money
those who are deemed incapacitated due to a Management Program at varying levels of
6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. physical or mental condition. commitment, including volunteer guardians,
Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch As the volunteer coordinator for the
Guardianship Services & Money Management
court researchers, court visitors, bill payers,
representative payees and monitors. All volun-
Program, the staff is constantly exploring teers receive free training and recognition for
new ways to recruit, retain and recognize our all of their efforts.
A dinner, dance and silent auction volunteers. The mixer was a very welcoming For more information on becoming a
opportunity for our volunteers to get to know guardianship or money management volun-
to beneﬁt Guadalupe Home one another and share their volunteer stories. teer, contact Patsy Moreno at (210) 293-1009,
All had a wonderful time and are looking ext. 266, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For ticket info, call (210) 476-0707.
forward to next year’s mixer.
Many volunteers have been with our Patsy Moreno is the volunteer coordinator
program since its inception. They are very for the Guardianship Services & Money Man-
dedicated and have a great passion for giv- agement Program.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 Catholic Charities News TODAY’S CATHOLIC 3a
“Texas Hammer” works with Catholic Charities to prevent hot-car deaths
By Pamela Raines that forgetting a child in the car can happen so
According to a recent study out of San
easily and so quickly.
The San Francisco State University study
Francisco State University on child vehicular also shows that 51 percent of these reported Made by the Department of Geosciences, San Francisco State University
hyperthermia deaths, Texas leads the nation deaths over a 12-year period (228 children)
in hot car deaths. Eleven deaths have been occurred because a caregiver forgot about the
recorded this year. child in the backseat. The majority of these • NEVER leave a child unattended in a vehicle — not even for a
“The Texas Hammer” Attorney Jim Adler deaths are children under two years of age.
recently partnered with Catholic Charities to Hot-car deaths have become much more minute!
stop this toll. common since
It all child passen- • If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, CALL 9-1-1!
started with a ger safety laws
“good Samari- have required • If a child is missing, always check the car FIRST!
tan” in San children less
Antonio — a than one year • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading.
young mom of age and
who is on a under 20 Do not overlook sleeping babies.
crusade to stop the deaths. Denise Perez, a lbs. to be restrained in rear-facing car seats.
mother of a 5-year-old girl and 18-month-old These laws were created to protect children, • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access
boy, printed 800 bumper stickers last year in but because a child in this position is “out of to keys or remote entry devices. If a child is missing, check
an effort to spread the word about prevent- sight,” they are at risk of being “out of mind,”
ing hot-car deaths in the Alamo City, but she especially for sleep-deprived parents who go the car ﬁrst, including the trunk. Teach your children that
could not ﬁnd any distributors. to and from work on auto-pilot. vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
“I wanted to send out a reminder to people “Unfortunately ... trying to protect children
who might be changing their routine or are by putting the car seat in the backseat ... • Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat, and when the child is put
just distracted who might otherwise forget that increases the tendency to forget the child be-
they have a baby in the back,” said Perez. “It cause the parent is just distracted,” said Jodie in the seat, place the animal in the front with the driver.
saddens me because I just can’t imagine what Sinclair, a representative with Adler’s ofﬁce.
a terrible mistake that is to live with.” Catholic Charities is grateful to Denise • Place your purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder
In mid-August, the San Antonio Express- Perez and Jim S. Adler & Associates for that you have your child in the car.
News told her story in a report about hot-car their efforts and for reaching out to Catholic
deaths in Texas. Attorney Jim S. Adler read
it and stepped forward to reimburse Perez
Charities in their campaign to prevent hot-car
deaths in Texas. Together, we will be able to
• Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out
for the bumper stickers and donate them to educate the community and save the lives of of the car.
Catholic Charities, which is distributing them many helpless children.
to families in its parenting classes. • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your
This is a great opportunity for Catholic
Charities because it gives parent educators
Pamela Raines is the development director
for Catholic Charities. Jodie Sinclair
child does not show up for school.
something to hand to clients to remind them contributed to this article.
Physical and nonphysical violence a common topic in counseling sessions
By Howard Kravitz, OPA, MA, NCC, LPC-S My approach is to ask people to look at the should even love our enemies: “You have heard
Golden Rule, the rule that says to treat others that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate
The counselors at the Catholic Counseling & the way you wish to be treated. The Christian your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies
Consultation Center see people with a variety version of the Golden Rule is special. and pray for those who persecute you,
of difﬁculties in their lives. One common issue Why? It derives its source from God. “Do not be that you may be sons of your Father
that often comes up is violence. God wants us to do this. You should overcome in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on
Violence does not always involve physi- love others the way you want and the evil and the good, and sends rain
by evil, but
cal assault, although that does happen all too receive God’s love. It may not be on the righteous and the unrighteous.
often. It can take shape in a variety of ways. It very scientiﬁc, but if you say you love overcome If you love those who love you, what
can take shape in the things we say or imply by someone, follow the love. In doing so, evil with reward will you get? Are not even the
the comments we make to others. It can emerge it becomes much easier to refrain from good.” tax collectors doing that? And if you
in actions we take to alienate a person or make the violence. It’s hard to love and ver- Rom 12:21 greet only your brothers, what are you
someone feel unappreciated or unwelcome. bally or physically abuse the one you doing more than others? Do not even
These are just a few examples of violence that love ... if you really love them. pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore,
come up during our counseling sessions. In 1 Jn 3:15, the apostle John explains that to as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
As we work with people in their struggles to hate someone is the same as murdering them: We certainly have enough sin to go around;
manage their individual situations, they often “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, I urge my clients to be mindful of the sin of
ask, “What can I do to make things better?” and you know that no murderer has eternal life violence in all its forms.
Although there is a lot of psychology that ac- in him.”
counts for aggressive behavior, the way we end In Mt 5:43-48, Matthew explains that the op- Howard Kravitz is the managing director of
it is always the challenge. posite of hating someone is loving them, that we the Catholic Counseling & Consultation Center.
Catholic Charities kicks off United Way campaign
By Pamela Raines seniors with needy children as foster grandpar-
Catholic Charities Refugee Services
ents, easing the transition of refugee families to 8th Annual
The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar their new lives in the United States and helping
County has a long tradition of helping people
with basic needs — food, clothing, shelter and
teen parents develop the parenting skills neces-
sary to successfully nurture their children.
safety — and changing lives through strong, This year’s United Way annual campaign
well-managed programs. is about to begin. For us,
Our local United Way sup- contributions to United featuring
ports 117 high-quality pro- Way are contributions to Paul Rusesabagina
grams and initiatives at 60 Catholic Charities and to
agencies. Catholic Charities the thousands of people Real life hero of the ﬁlm “Hotel Rwanda”
is one of those agencies. that need our help right
United Way also engages here in San Antonio and
the community to get to the Bexar County. Saturday, October 23
heart of problems. In San Consider donating to
Antonio, United Way focus- United Way this year. Your 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
es on improving early care gift ensures that help is Omni Hotel Grand Ballroom
and education for children, helping students there when it’s needed the most — helping us
succeed in school and strengthening families to LIVE UNITED as a community. Call (210)
become more ﬁnancially stable. 352-7000 for more information. For ticket information, call
As a United Way agency, Catholic Chari- Iris Resendez at (210) 242-3171.
ties impacts the community everyday through Pamela Raines is the development director
its many services, including helping prevent for Catholic Charities. Information provided by
homelessness in San Antonio, matching active United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.
4a TODAY’S CATHOLIC Catholic Charities News SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
Confronting human trafﬁcking: It’s everyone’s responsibility Our Mission
By Melissa S. Moreno, Esq. The 10th annual Trafﬁcking in Per- Our mission is to provide for
sons Report outlines the continuing the needs of our community
This year has marked not only the challenges across the globe, including through selﬂess service under the
10-year anniversary since Congress in the United States based on the same sign of love. Catholic Charities
passed the Trafﬁcking Victims Protec- standards to which we hold other
is committed to empowering
tion Act (TVPA), but the release of the countries. The inclusion of the United
State Department’s 10th annual Traf- States in the report strengthens its individuals and families in our
ﬁcking in Person’s Report (TIP) as well. global efforts against modern-day community with the goal of
The report provides an assess- slavery, but it also sets forth a clear fostering independence.
ment and recommendations for 177 message that human trafﬁcking is
countries on how to reach the goal not someone else’s problem. As
of “abolishing the illicit trade in hu- addressed in the report, human traf- Catholic Charities,
man beings.” Ambassador De Baca, ﬁcking is a human rights abuse that Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc.
director of the Ofﬁce to Monitor and is universal, and no one should claim 2010 Board of Directors
Combat Trafﬁcking, stated that, “In immunity from its reach or from the
our ﬁrst Trafﬁcking in Persons Re- responsibility to confront it. OFFICERS
port, we cited the United States only For information on how to support James (Jim) Wueste
as a destination or transit country, anti-trafﬁcking efforts in your com-
oblivious to the reality that we, too, munity or to request community out- Photo provided Chairman
are a source country for people held reach services, education or training, ﬁcking Program at (210) 222-2975, Melissa S. Moreno is the director Diana Montemayor
in servitude.” contact Catholic Charities Anti-Traf- ext. 203 or email@example.com. for the Anti-Trafﬁcking Program. Vice-Chairman
Theodore Guidry II
Volunteer learns valuable lesson during time with Catholic Charities Treasurer
Steve G. Persyn
By Amy Mullen cultural ideals at home with my seven The answer slowly became clear: ductive” to listen to another human Secretary
fellow volunteers, I did not anticipate patience. My clients needed many being. My time at Catholic Charities
Productivity is central to Ameri- beginning to question the American things, one of which was the ability taught me that, and for that, I am so James C. Heck
can culture. The idea that our time is notion of productivity at work too. to tell their stories. I found that by grateful. Immediate Past Chair
in high demand and that we need to Don’t get me wrong; I was efﬁcient taking a little time and momentarily
ﬁll every minute with tasks shapes in my tasks. As a caseworker in the putting off other tasks, I was able MEMBERS
the way we live our lives. Working Crisis Intervention Program, I saw to sit with a client and really listen. Stephanie Alanis
for Catholic Charities as a Jesuit all of my clients, completed their It was good for me to hear the pain Joe Alderete
Volunteer, I have spent the past 12 paperwork on time and followed up and suffering of San Antonio’s poor, Sister Bette Anne Bluhm, CCVI
months learning to challenge this on their cases. I was not an unproduc- but more importantly, it was good David Canales
cultural assumption. tive caseworker, but I did learn that for these people to be able to share
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) sometimes the most important thing I it. From the outside, as I sat with a Lynnea Castillo
is a faith-based program that places could give someone was my time. The crying single mother, it may not have Virginia Baeza Flores
college graduates in full-time service client may have come into my ofﬁce looked like I was doing much, but John Gilbert
opportunities throughout the world. requesting utility assistance, but often I felt like I was doing something. I Ty Griesenbeck
JVC identiﬁes itself as a counter-cul- it was immediately evident that he knew I was doing something. Dan Harkins
tural program with four main values: or she needed so much more. I could As I return to my home in Rhode Paul E. Klein
simplicity, spirituality, social justice give resources, and I could give a bag Island, I will bring many lessons with Amy Mullen was assigned to the Crisis
and community. or two of food, but following that, me, the most valuable being that I Intervention Program from Aug. 2009 to
While I expected to learn counter- what more did I have to offer? should never be too busy or too “pro- Aug. 2010 by the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Volunteers Needed Youth center gives school uniforms to families in need Jeff Rummel
By Julie Reyes WOAI-TV Channel 4 covered the
Catholic Charities uniform giveaway and broadcasted
Guardianship Services This past August, as the summer segments that stated families would Rev. Michael DeGerolami
came to a close and the 2011 school have to be turned away because of Rev. Martin J. Leopold
& Money Management year was about to start, Guadalupe the lack of funds versus the demand Msgr. Terence Nolan
Program need Community Center (GCC) took for uniforms. In response, Time
volunteers as: on the task of providing school Warner Cable stepped forward with HONORARY MEMBERS
uniforms to children in need living a donation of $500 to help meet the
• Guardians in San Antonio’s Westside. needs in the 78207 and 78237 areas. R. Rene Escobedo
Guadalupe Community Center The heartfelt donation from Time Annette Goodson
• Court Researchers Kenneth Green
accepted 500 applications for Warner Cable enabled GCC to assist
• Court Visitors uniforms and shoes. With much several more families. Catholic F. Peter Herff
• Bill Payers thanks and appreciation to a grant Charities and GCC are proud to be Carl James
from the Harvey E. Najim Family part of such a giving community. Photo provided
J. Clarke Mosley
• Representative Payees Foundation, this is the ﬁrst time We are thankful to Time Warner Serenity Ramon (front), Nora Cruz Alfred Richter
• Monitors GCC was able to assist families in Cable as well as the Najim Family and Jaime Castillo show off the new Paul Vance
need with free uniforms on a large Foundation and WOAI. school uniforms they received from
Victoria J. Waddy
scale. Due to an overwhelming For more information on Guadalupe Community Center.
Call 293-1009 response from area families,
however, many applicants had to be
Guadalupe Community Center and
the services it provides, call (210) Julie Reyes is the assistant director
turned away. 226-6178. of Guadalupe Community Center. ADMINISTRATION
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