SAMARITAN SEPTEMBER 2011
Welcoming the Bokh’s
In June, the US Conference of
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.
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
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
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
•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!
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, email@example.com or (901) 726-9786.
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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.