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					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 egeffre@ccaosa.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.”
                                         tivation, discipline
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 thoog@ccaosa.org.
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
                                                                                                                                                                 serving others.
                                                                                                                                                                     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 pmoreno@ccaosa.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
                                                                                                                                 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
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.
                                      Photo provided


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.
                                                                                                                                                    International Gala
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.
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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 atp@ccaosa.org.               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
                                                                                                                                                                                          Keith Manning
and community.                              or two of food, but following that,        me, the most valuable being that I        Intervention Program from Aug. 2009 to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lisette Murray
    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.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ray Neumann
                                                                                                                                                                                         Helen Nicholson
  Volunteers Needed                         Youth center gives school uniforms to families in need                                                                                         Jeff Rummel
                                                                                                                                                                                           Shirley Wills
                                            By Julie Reyes                                WOAI-TV Channel 4 covered the
                                                                                                                                                                                         EX-OFFICIO
       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.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Michael Whitehurst
      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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