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SAMARITAN SEPTEMBER 2011 Welcoming the Bokh’s In June, the US Conference of Upcoming Events Catholic Bishops notified our Refugee Services department Q 21st Annual Walk for that an unusually large family the Homeless from Somalia would be Benefitting Homeless arriving at the end of July. We Services immediately began to prepare October 1, 2011, for Halimo Bokh and her 11 Contact Althea Burkett children, ages 1 to 20. for more information 901-722-4741 Halimo is a victim of the decades of civil war that have plagued Q Thanksgiving the Somalian people. After Rice Drive witnessing the brutal murder of Benefitting her mother-in-law and brother- Refugee Services in-law, Halimo was forced to flee November 2011 the country.For 20 years, Halimo them up, Halimo’s husband was Halimo has been living in and her husband lived in an forced into hiding to avoid being Memphis for over a month now. Q Providing Help… Ethiopian refugee camp. Born coerced into the militia, and Her school-aged children are Bringing Hope: 2011 and raised in shelters that were Halimo and the children could enrolled in Memphis City Schools Season of Advent meant to be temporary, Halimo’s not wait for his return. and, together with her older children received minimal health children, Halimo is taking ESL Campaign The family traveled more than care and very little education. (English as a Second Language) Benefitting all CCWTN 8,500 miles before they landed Food was in short supply, and classes at our Jefferson Campus. programs at the Memphis International The Refugee Services staff has November 1, 2011 Halimo waited in lines for hours Airport. As Halimo made her way been working with the family to just to receive the family’s off the plane, she worried that assist in their social adjustment Q John Angotti Family rations. no one would be at the terminal and eventually Deacon Dave Christmas Concert The Bokhs had little hope of a to meet her. To her relief, she Lucchesi, our Employment Benefitting Sophia’s better future until the the IOM was greeted by a large group Counselor, will help the older House (International Organization for of CCWTN staff and members children obtain employment. December 18, 2011, of the Nation’s Church, a group We’re working to reunite Halimo Migration) stepped in to help Cannon Center, 7:00pm who regularly volunteers with them resettle. Unfortunately, with her husband through the just before the IMO could pick our Refugee Service Department. US State Department’s Family Q 2nd Annual Healing The group toted welcome Reunification Program. Hearts with the Arts signs, carried soccer A Live and Silent balls for the children Halimo is grateful for her new Auction Benefitting and greeted the Bokhs life; most especially, she is Sophia’s House with smiles, hugs and grateful for the chance to give February 9, 2012 high-fives. After leaving her children a proper education. Nixon, Askew, Ferguson the airport, Diane Lewis, The Bokhs have come a long way Architects, 6:00pm CCWTN Case Manager, and in their journey. Now they start a Hassan Osman, CCWTN new journey - one that promises Immigration Analyst hope. Hope for Halimo; hope for and fellow Somalian, her husband and hope for her Inside This Issue took Halimo to the fully children. Refugee Services furnished apartment we prepared for her. Department 1 Appreciation 2 Welcoming CCWTN receives refugees from all over the world who are typically fleeing war, genocide, human the Stranger 3 trafficking and other threats to the safety of an individual or family. Our refugees arrive with the full knowledge and support of United States government and with the assistance of the United States Gifts for God’s Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). CCWTN resettles approximately 230 refugees each year and Children 3 has resettled more than 7,000 refugees since the end of the Vietnam War. For more information on Refugee Services, contact Vinodini Jayaraman, Director of Refugee Services, at vinodini.jayaraman@ acc.cdom.org or 901-722-4714. Good Samaritan Society A special THANK YOU to the following Good Samaritan Society members help spread the word about the good works individuals and businesses for the generosity of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee to their friends and neighbors shown to Catholic Charities of West Tennessee.* Alayna Adams Wes Kraker * Reflects gifts received between June 3,, 2011 and August 22, 2011. We apologize for any inadvertent omissions. Michael & Christa Allen Tom & Nancy Lanigan Deacon Don Bennis Deacon Bill Lifsey Ms. Denise Aubuchon Mr. & Mrs. Edward Julius Joe Birch Deacon Chuck Lightcap in honor of Blessed Artie Byrd Richard Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Dave Augustavo Virgin Mary Ron Childers Mike Mattingly Ms. Marcella Baneck Ms. Karen Kalnins Bill & Julie Duncan Evelyn McDonald Mr. Joseph Barnett Brent & Barbara Gatti Jared Montegut Mr. & Mrs. Harold Keith in memorial of Dan Romer in memorial of William Frank Gattuso Deacon Eddie Ramsey Mr. Anthony Bawyn M. Walsh Deacon & Mrs. Marty Regan Richard Griffith Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Bettice Mr. Kenneth Kimble Tom & Virginia Therese Gustaitis Scherer Mr. & Mrs. Paul Bourdon Mr. & Mrs. Mark Kison Christi Kelley Fr. Tim Sullivan Mr. Thomas Breen Mr. Richard Kohrs John Paul Koch Carolyn Tisdale Ms. Sherman Brinegar Ms. Misao Kusuda Ms. Sebe Buford in memorial of Dorothy Board of Directors King Herbers Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Canale Mr. & Mrs. Reverend Tim Sullivan, CSP Chair in memorial of William Walsh Ms. Carolyn Lassek James Schwab Jim Abernathy Catholic Diocese of Memphis Mr. & Mrs. David Celio Ms. Kathleen Leahy C.M. Simmons Alayna Adams Walker & Associates Ivette Baldizon Shelby County Mayors Office Deacon Jack Conrad Mr. Stephen Leffler Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Sims Chris Conroy WMC-TV5 in memorial of William Walsh memorial of William Walsh Mr. & Mrs. Larry Coppock Bill Duncan Hilton Corporation Mr. & Mrs. Charles Linnevers Dr. John Smarrelli Reverend Michael Joyce, CM Ms. Teresa Cormier Catholic Diocese of Memphis Mr. Frank Linxwiler Mr. & Mrs. Harold Smith Ms. Mary Cross in memorial of Cathy Linkwiler Anne Marie Kadien Memphis, TN Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Sursely Monsignor Al Kirk Holy Spirit Parish Ms. Helen Dahlberg Mr. Andrews Listes Tom Lewis Southern Eye Institute in memorial of Earl Sahultz Mr. & Mrs. Micheal Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lutz Richard Lynch Southeastern Investment Corp. Mr. Victor Debacco Mr. & Mrs. Stan Turk Sr. Jacinta Powers Church Health Center Ms. Karen Marr Mr. & Mrs. Bill Duncan Ms. Mary Walker Virginia Scherer Germantown, TN Ms. Shawna McMahon John Smarrelli Jr., Ph.D Mr. & Mrs. Jogn Elfervig Mr. & Mrs. Eldridge Watkins Christian Brothers University Mr. Gregory Mensching Mr. & Mrs. Edward Williams Mr. & Mrs. ML Fortner in memorial of Gregory and Chris Wallace Memphis Grizzlies David Warren FedEx Ms. Anne Frederick Marion Mensching Mrs. Josephine Wood memorial of Robert (Bob) Wood Ms. Anna Lee Gaia Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Minderman in memorial of William Walsh Mr. & Mrs. Peter Wright Ms. Eric Moore Staff Mr. James Gattas Mr. & Mrs. Jose Zarate Ms. Nancy Morris Michael D. Allen President / CEO in honor of Deacon Bill Lifsey Mr. Gary Zender Ms. Patricia Mulhall Carolyn Tisdale Executive Director Mr. & Mrs. William Gatti Mr. & Mrs. Josephy Zocher David Barczak Director of Finance & Mr. & Mrs. Rusty Newman in Administration Mr. & Mrs. Leverett Giffin memorial of Max Bostian Businesses/Organizations Anna Kathryn Word Director of Development Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Giffin Mid South Pavement Mr. & Mrs. Howie Newman Therese Gustaitis Director of Parish Social in memorial of Earl “Bobby” Maintenance Ministry Program Directors Mrs. Diana Clark Gill Schultz Archdiocese of Seattle Karen Hardaway Emergency Services Mr. & Mrs. David Guntert Vinodini Jayaraman Refugee & Immigration Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Pack Urban Strategies Ms. Nancy Guttormsen Services Mr. Sivakami Pillai Mr. & Mrs. MJ Hanifl Mount Calvary Ladies of Mary Jordan Genesis House Charity Tony Brown Dozier House (interim) Mr. Robert Rowling Mr. Collin Hickerson Chassity Taylor Sophia’s House (interim) Mr. & Mrs. John Roy-Feczko Sisters of Charity Lcdr & Mrs. Robert Hoppe Pam O’Bryan Extended Childcare Services Ms. Joan Ryan St. Francis of Assisi Church Mr. & Mrs. John Howell Church of the Holy Spirit WISH LIST Mr. & Mrs. Ronnie Jackson Archbishop Peter Sartain Mr. & Mrs. WH Schettler Surgical Technologies At Catholic Charities of West Tennessee in memorial of Heady Dietz Mr. & Mrs. Paul Schifani Sisiters of St Joseph we always have need for donations of Mr. Richard Jensen non-cash items both small and large. Mr. Tom Lewis & Dr. Cathy Knights of Columbus, 8152 Deacon Dave Jones Please visit the “Wish List” page on our Schanzer All In Ministries web site at CCWTN.org and review our Ms. Judith Jones current needs in the areas of: Appliances, Furniture, Recreational Items, Linens, Christmas will be here before you know it and we are already gearing up for our Clothing , Kitchen Items, Personal annual Gifts for God’s Children program. Check out our website to learn how you can Hygiene, Consumables, Baby Items, volunteer and donate. For more information contact, Esther Ewing at 901-722-4797 or Community Activists and more! Therese Gustaitis at 901-722-4794. Please call us at (901) 722-4736 to make a donation or if a pick up is needed. Welcoming the Stranger The statistics are staggering. Most family (domestic) violence is committed against women. •95% of all spousal assaults are committed by men. •21% of all women who use hospital emergency services are battered. • 6 million American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends - 4,000 are killed. • Battering is the single major cause of injury to women - more frequent than auto accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. •1 in 4 female suicides has been a victim of family violence. This is a community wide problem. Domestic violence touches every one of us regardless of ethnicity, age, financial status or geography. Think I am exaggerating? Just ask the emergency room staff at St. Francis Bartlett, Methodist Germantown or Baptist Collierville. In Shelby County alone, there have been over 5,000 arraignments (the step after an arrest) so far this year. Since 1998, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee has operated Sophia’s House; a home for women and children fleeing domestic violence in our community. Today, our program is evolving to better meet the needs of these women and kids. Soon, you’ll begin to hear more about Sophia’s House….how we try to help and where we need your help. One of the best and more enjoyable ways to help will be by attending or donating art to our upcoming 2nd Annual Healing Hearts with the Arts Benefit in February. More details will be available soon, and I hope to see you there! Mike Allen Program Focus: Genesis House As part of our Homeless Services division, Genesis House warehouse workers and more. If our clients could help provides long term treatment for homeless men and fulfill your employment needs, please contact Mia Jennings women suffering from mental illness and addiction. This at (901)726-9786. comprehensive, holistic treatment approach includes medical, psychological, vocational, and educational Recently, Genesis House was awarded a four-year contract services. Through a network of therapeutic and supportive from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) services, residents are provided with the tools necessary to provide community-based, residential treatment to to find gainful employment, permanent housing and the Veterans through its Community Based Health Care for ability to make healthier long term choices. Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. Genesis House will provide therapeutic transitional housing and supportive Employment plays a particularly important role in client services to veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness. rehabilitation and their ability to obtain permanent The program supports the VA’s goal of removing homeless housing. Residents of our treatment facilities utilize the Veterans from the street or other unfit living conditions services of our employment specialist, Mia Jennings. by placing them in community-based, residential Mia assesses clients’ skills, creates and critiques environments with sufficient therapeutic services to resumes, improves job readiness skills, facilitates weekly meet their needs. The program will serve a minimum employment groups and secures job placement. In of five veterans daily with the goal of transitioning into addition to her hands on work with the clients, she also permanent housing within six months of admission. cultivates relationships with businesses in the community and looks for employers who are willing to help give our To learn more about Genesis House, please contact, clients a second chance. Our clients’ talents and skills Mary Jordan, Genesis House Program Director, at include laborers, construction workers, social workers, firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 726-9786. Non-Profit Org Catholic Charities of West Tennessee U.S. Postage 1325 Jefferson Avenue Paid Memphis, Tennessee 38104-2013 Memphis, TN Permit No 3955 Providing Help…Bringing Hope CCWTN Welcomes New Team Members Over the past two months, CCWTN has had the great pleasure of Brad Scharff, Case Manager, also joined us welcoming three new staff members. in August. He assists with the needs of our Refugee Services clients, including David Barczak, Director of Finance & reception and placement, social Administration, joined us in July. David adjustment and enrolling in government oversees the finance office of CCWTN programs. With a background in and the Diocese of Memphis Housing education, Brad brings a positive, can-do Corporation. Additionally, he oversees the attitude to the program. Brad and his wife operations of Information Technology and Laura are expecting their first child. Building Services for our Jefferson Avenue campus and three satellite locations. After an Welcome David, Anna Kathryn and Brad! impressive career that includes firms such as Auto Zone, he brings a strong financial and real estate background to the table. David and his wife Alison have four children and are parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi. Anna Kathryn Word, Director of Development, joined us in August. Anna Kathryn is charged with Catholic Charities of West Tennessee emulates the expanding and diversifying our teachings of Jesus Christ by providing excellent human funding sources especially through services to the poor and vulnerable while advocating for private foundations, corporate the dignity and rights of all people in West Tennessee. foundations and major donors. Anna Kathryn has an extensive background Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. in Development and has worked for Visit us at CCWTN.org ALSAC/St. Jude and MIFA. Anna Kathryn and her husband Hank have one child are members of Holy Communion Episcopal Church. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations are deductible as allowed by law.
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