JANUARY 28, 2011 Catholic Charities News TODAY’S CATHOLIC 1a
Our Mission Catholic Charities receives grant to provide services to veterans
Our mission is to provide for By David Wagner enrollment in job training programs;
the needs of our community increasing access to transportation; en-
through selﬂess service under the Catholic Charities was recently abling veterans to maintain their health;
sign of love. Catholic Charities awarded $997,131 from the Texas Vet- feeding and clothing veterans and their
is committed to empowering erans Commission for a two-year grant families; and increasing the safety of
individuals and families in our for the Military Family Relief Project. veterans’ homes and vehicles.
Grant funds will be used to serve The Military Family Relief Project
community with the goal of
Texas veterans and their families has been serving Iraq and Afghanistan
fostering independence. living in the 210 and 830 area codes war veterans and their families since
with a focus on especially vulnerable late 2007. Now in its third year, the
Catholic Charities, veteran population segments, includ- program had been previously funded
Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. ing unemployed and underemployed by a Texas Resources for Iraq/Af-
veterans, veterans suffering from Post ghanistan Deployment (TRIAD) grant
2010 Board of Directors Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), from the San Antonio Area Founda-
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other tion. TRIAD funding for our area has
OFFICERS war-related injuries. come to a close, so Catholic Chari-
James (Jim) Wueste This program is made possible by ties is thankful to have found other
Chairman a grant from the Texas Veterans Com- resources to keep the program going.
mission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. With the funding from Texas Vet-
Diana Montemayor The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance pro- erans Commission, Catholic Charities
Vice-Chairman vides grants to organizations serving will be able to expand the Military
Theodore Guidry II veterans and their families. Funding for Family Relief Project in several ways. Photo by Department of Defense
these grants comes from a portion of First, eligibility can now include U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Armstead, left, a former platoon sergeant with
Treasurer Veterans scratch-off lottery ticket sales. any veteran, individual or family, who Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment (D Co., 1-12 CAV), 3rd
Steve G. Persyn Catholic Charities will provide served in any war, from any time pe- Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, greets Sgt. Christopher Stevens, as-
Secretary veterans and their families with emer- riod and in any geographical location. signed to D Co., 1-12 CAV, during a brigade visit to Brooke Army Medical Center.
gency assistance, case management, Secondly, we will be able to reach (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Karl Williams/Released)
James C. Heck individual/group/family counseling more veterans who live in outlying
Immediate Past Chair services, transportation assistance and rural areas. We will also be able to offer from our clients. One emerging need those who have served us. We are
a connection to a wide range of social assistance not previously provided, like we have discovered is that many of our grateful to the Texas Veterans Com-
MEMBERS services, including employment and job training and job search assistance. veterans are in need of employment. mission for their generosity and their
Stephanie Alanis family and child services. Since the inception of the Military We are currently able to assist devotion to serving Texas veterans.
Joe Alderete Emergency assistance includes: Family Relief Project, we have learned veterans with one-time emergency We look forward to making a
Sister Bette Anne Bluhm, CCVI food/clothing assistance; ﬁnancial that, for many of our veterans, the ef- ﬁnancial assistance, food and clothing. difference in the lives of soldiers,
assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities, fects of war on individuals and families We have learned through experience airmen, sailors and Marines and their
David Canales and medical bills/prescriptions; urgent, is long term, and it is an ever-increas- and through our interview process families in the coming years.
Lynnea Castillo minor home repairs; and urgent, minor ing need in our communities. Now that that many — if not most — of our For more information on the Mili-
Virginia Baeza Flores vehicle repairs. Services will be free. soldiers are returning home from Iraq veterans, would beneﬁt from employ- tary Family Relief Project or on avail-
John Gilbert Through this grant, Catholic Chari- and with the increase in deployments ment assistance. We seek to expand able assistance for veterans, contact
Ty Griesenbeck ties will work toward the following to Afghanistan, a veteran’s need for as- our existing program in order to assist David Wagner at (210) 226-6178.
Dan Harkins goals: prevention of homelessness due sistance, recovery and healing will only veterans in obtaining and retaining
to eviction or foreclosure; prevention continue to grow in the coming years. adequate employment. David Wagner is the case manager
Keith Manning of utility disconnection; increasing Catholic Charities evaluates and Catholic Charities is proud to be for the Military Family Relief Project.
Lisette Murray veterans’ ability to cope with medi- adjusts to emerging or changing vet- part of the ever-growing number of Ester Geffre contributed to this
Ray Neumann cal/mental health issues; increasing eran needs based upon what we learn organizations and agencies who serve article.
Chief Justice Catherine M. Stone Donors make Christmas a dream come true for local children
Guadalupe Community Center Every December, Redeemer Pres-
EX-OFFICIO (GCC) was extremely busy this past byterian Church provides food boxes
Christmas season with various holiday to GCC to distribute to needy families
Rev. Michael DeGerolami projects coordinated by dedicated in the community. This past December,
Rev. Martin J. Leopold community partners. 4,000 food boxes were packed with the
Msgr. Terence Nolan The ﬁrst to take place was GCC’s help of GCC staff and volunteers.
BMW shopping spree, which was a Guadalupe Community Center
HONORARY MEMBERS huge success. Every year, the Tejas received 745 food boxes on the day
R. Rene Escobedo Chapter of the BMW Car Club of of the event and distributed the boxes
America donates $3,000 to GCC to hundreds of families in need. The
Annette Goodson for this event. The chapter members entire distribution went well, and
Kenneth Green personally accompany the children the relief and joy the families felt to
F. Peter Herff from the center’s After-School & receive the food was evident to all.
Carl James Summer Youth Program as they shop The following week, Redeemer
J. Clarke Mosley for their families at Target. Afterward, Presbyterian Church dropped off more
Paul Vance the children and their partners wrap all boxes and pallets of food to add to the
of their gifts with supplies generously food pantry. Thanks to their incredible
Victoria J. Waddy donated by Target. generosity, GCC was able to give out
Michael Whitehurst The Tejas Chapter of the BMW Car larger amounts of foods during the
Club of America has been making this holiday season.
ADMINISTRATION contribution every year to GCC for At another event, the San Antonio
Steve Saldaña, the past six years. The children look Food Bank gave the children a special
President/CEO forward to this event because they are surprise. A nutritionist from the San
actually able to buy Christmas gifts for Antonio Food Bank visited GCC for a
their family members — something Christmas presentation called “Santa’s Photo by Eric Chang
Content of Catholic Charities they would not be able to do otherwise. Mystery Wheel.” The nutritionist Members of the Tejas Chapter of the BMW Car Club help children from the
News provided by Catholic A contribution of $200 was also played a game where each child was Guadalupe Community Center After-School & Summer Youth Program wrap
Charities, Archdiocese of made by an anonymous donor to be blindfolded and then asked to try a new Christmas gifts after taking them on a shopping spree for their families.
San Antonio, Inc. Material spent it on the children. This dona- healthy food item, such as snow peas.
compiled by Pamela Raines tion was used to provide lunch for the This was a fun way for the kids to learn and shared a cake that said, “Merry gifts. These donors gave our families
unless otherwise noted. children after the event. about making healthy food choices. Christmas GCC!” more than just material items and tan-
Design, layout & production Another event enjoyed by the youth On the day before Christmas break, To GCC’s surprise, a gentleman gible presents; they gave them hope.
by Pamela Raines. of GCC was the annual Weston Centre the children participated in one last who participated in the after-school Catholic Charities is truly grateful
Christmas party, which is hosted every event. GCC held a Christmas party program as a child came to the center to each and every one of the persons
year by the Weston Centre down- for the After-School & Summer Youth wanting to “give back.” He dressed up and organizations that brought joy to
Contact Us town. The entire event was catered to Program. Thanks to a few big-hearted as Santa and surprised all of the kids the children of GCC this past holiday
Catholic Charities children’s tastes, including chicken sponsors, GCC was able to provide and donated even more gifts for the season. Coordinating so many events is
nuggets and macaroni. The party also gifts to the children of the program. children. a lot of hard work, but it is all worth it
202 W. French Place included holiday crafts, face painting, One sponsor gave about 40 different Last but certainly not least, GCC just to see how much it is appreciated
San Antonio, TX 78212-5818 animal balloons and a photo-booth. gifts, making it possible for each child has been very blessed this past year to by the children and their families.
(210) 222-1294 Additionally, each child received a to receive something. have several families and individuals
www.ccaosa.org $50 gift card to Target. A total of 100 The children enjoyed healthy sponsor many of our needy families Natalie Powell contributed to this
children participated in the event. sandwich wraps, received goody bags with food, toys and other Christmas article.
2a TODAY’S CATHOLIC Catholic Charities News JANUARY 28, 2011
St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Church helps Catholic Charities fulﬁll mission
By Mary Nan Ollis try because there was nowhere else for them to
go; they could not return to their own country,
The truck bed was overﬂowing when it ar- and they could not live in danger at the refugee
rived at the Catholic Charities main ofﬁce. Staff camp. Therefore, many of these persons were
members from all departments were summoned resettled in the United States.
to help unload and sort the packages for delivery Most of these refugees have seen members of
to the apartments. And just when all thought the their own family brutally murdered. Their lives
presents were sorted, the next vehicle pulled up. have been fundamentally altered to the core.
A red passenger van was brimming from Having encountered this devastation, it is
the front seat all the way to the back door with so very important that they are welcomed to
Christmas presents. All of the gifts were deli- the United States with open arms. It is vital
cately wrapped with ﬁne bows and intricately that these refugees are given a place of solace,
labeled so that each family would receive warmth and comfort. It is imperative that the
exactly the right number of presents. children are given a chance to play, to be given a
These gifts were destined to be delivered to sense of normalcy so that they can heal from the
children and their families of Catholic Chari- trauma they have experienced.
ties Refugee Services. Parishioners from St. Because of the generosity of the parishioners
Peter Prince of the Apostles Church strategi- of St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Church, this
cally decided to provide for the warmth of 50 group of refugees has encountered a sense of
families by giving coats, blankets and socks the holy love of the Christmas season. Catholic
and that they would bring joy to the hearts of Charities Refugee Services is grateful to these
the children by providing either a bicycle or toy parishioners for their support this year and for
for each child. the past three years. In the sharing of these gifts,
These gifts were primarily intended for refu- the parishioners walk alongside Catholic Chari-
gees from the Democratic Republic of Congo ties as we seek to fulﬁll our mission of providing
who have been resettled in San Antonio through for the needs of the community through selﬂess
Catholic Charities. In June 2004, the Banyamu- service under the sign of love.
lenge Tutsi were forced to ﬂee from their homes Thanks to a grant funded by the United States
to the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi due Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and
to extreme ethnic violence in the Democratic Refugee Services, Catholic Charities is able to Photo provided
Republic of Congo. At that time, approximately strengthen parish and community involvement Tom Hoog, volunteer and donations coordinator for Catholic Charities Refugee Services, unloads
760 persons moved into this camp. in its resettlement work. Through a national the bed of truck overﬂowing with Christmas gifts especially collected by parishioners of St. Peter
Two months later, a group of armed com- program called Parishes Organized to Welcome Prince of the Apostles Church for Catholic Charities’ refugee families.
batants inﬁltrated the camp and killed 152 of Refugees (POWR), Catholic Charities is devel-
these residents and injured 107, mostly women oping important resources devoted to refugees welcome the stranger among us. We encourage contact Tom Hoog at (210) 222-1294, ext. 204,
and children. After this devastating massacre, through local parishes and churches. parishes to make an ongoing and organized com- or firstname.lastname@example.org.
the United Nations High Commissioner for As we expand our parish partnerships, we mitment to working with refugees in partnership
Refugees decided it was necessary to resettle the invite you and your parish to get involved in the with Catholic Charities. To ﬁnd out how your Mary Nan Ollis is the development coordinator
remaining Banyamulenge Tutsi in a third coun- efforts of Refugee Services to live your faith and parish can get involved with Refugee Services, for Catholic Charities.
Save the Date! Catholic Charities branches out to Del Rio with RSVP
By Lisa Streeter ready to serve the Del Rio community,” Rivero 1,300 volunteers, and plenty of opportunities for
Join us for says. “There are many wonderful organizations seniors to give back to the community.
Guadalupe Home’s Last summer, Catholic Charities cast its net and volunteers who can beneﬁt from RSVP.” With a strong team of dedicated hard work-
over Val Verde County with the opening of a RSVP creates ers, RSVP is conﬁ-
Del Rio ofﬁce for its Retired and Senior Volun- positive volunteer dent the program in
Wine Tasting Gala teer Program (RSVP). experiences for Del Rio will be suc-
The Del Rio ofﬁce, located at 902 E. 11th St., seniors 55 years cessful. If you are
April 14 was launched with an Open House on Dec. 8. and older who use 55 years or older
RSVP partnered with Texas RioGrande Legal their life experi- and interested in
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Aid for the event, which was attended by many ences and job skills volunteering in Val
Woman’s Club of local nonproﬁt leaders and community members. to strengthen their Verde County, call
Ana Rivero, RSVP’s newest team member, community. (830) 488-6240. To
San Antonio is the community coordinator for the Del Rio For nearly 30 years, RSVP has been matching volunteer in Bexar County, call (210) 222-0301.
ofﬁce. She has been working hard to make the volunteers 55 years and older with volunteer
Call 210.476.0707 launch of the new ofﬁce a success. opportunities in Bexar County. The program Lisa Streeter is a community coordinator
“I’m excited to ﬁnally be up and running, currently has 100 volunteer stations, more than for RSVP San Antonio.
Refugees highly motivated to ﬁnd job training and employment in the U.S.
By Mary Nan Ollis education workshops on issues such as health. languages — English, French and Japanese —
The main goal of the TAD program is to pro- and at one time was quite proﬁcient in each.
Catholic Charities of San Antonio has been mote refugee self-sufﬁciency by helping remove Now that she is here in San Antonio, she is
resettling refugees from around the world for barriers to employment, increasing employability struggling to ﬁnd employment. This is because
the past 25 years. The United Nations deﬁnes a and facilitating better integration into the com- Mu Nan is from a tribe of Karenni called Kayan
refugee as a person who ﬂees to a foreign country munity both socially and culturally. whose women practice the special ornamenta-
to escape danger due to a well-founded fear of More than 50 newly-arrived refugees gradu- tion of brass coils around their neck (making the
persecution for reasons of race, religion, nation- ated from the TAD program last month. After neck appear elongated). Mu Nan has embraced
ality, membership of a particular social group graduation, the next step for each refugee is to this custom for many years out of respect for her
or political opinion. There are over 14 million begin their pursuit of a job. Refugees that arrive family’s heritage.
refugees in the world that are displaced; many of to the U.S. come from a variety of vocational and As Mu Nan tries to enter into the workforce,
which reside in refugee camps for decades. educational backgrounds. One refugee might have she is discovering that the way she looks is keep-
Last year, Catholic Charities Refugee Services an advanced engineering degree while another ing her from getting a job. Even though in-depth
welcomed just over 850 refugees to San Antonio. has no work history because of the rules and regu- research has proven that women who wear such
Currently, refugees come to San Antonio from lations of the refugee camp from which he came. ornamentation are able to complete tasks at the
countries like Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Bu- There is one common and apparent thread same rate as women who do not, people seem
rundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Iran, among the refugee community, however, and that taken aback by Mu Nan’s appearance.
Iraq and Somalia. Refugees arrive to the United is a consistent desire within most refugees to ﬁnd The deep hope is that with Mu Nan’s determi-
States as taxpaying members of society. work so that they are able to support their families nation, she will overcome this barrier and that
Catholic Charities’ principal mission is to help with their own money as soon as possible. Each she will soon ﬁnd a job where she can utilize her
newly-arrived refugees to become self-sufﬁcient refugee is assisted in their job search by the skills and unique perspective on life.
through employment. The Targeted Assistance Catholic Charities employment team, and as refu- If you own a company or business and would
Discretionary (TAD) Program of Refugee Ser- gees begin the journey of ﬁnding a job, there are a like to ﬁnd out how to partner with Catholic
vices provides job-readiness classes for refugee variety of obstacles that are encountered. Charities to help someone like Mu Nan get back
adults. Topics covered during this nine hour ses- Mu Nan, a refugee from Burma, is a gradu- to work, contact the Refugee Services employ-
sion, which is completed over a series of several ate from the most recent TAD class. Prior to her ment team at (210) 242-3196. Photo provided
weeks, include ﬁnancial literacy, vocabulary for arrival in the United States last year, she lived and Mu Nan, a Karenni refugee from Burma, is eager
working at speciﬁc job sites, conversation skills worked in Thailand as a tour guide. Because this Mary Nan Ollis is the development coordinator to ﬁnd employment now that she has successfully
practice (related to job duties) and community was her profession, she has been exposed to many for Catholic Charities. completed a job-readiness class.
JANUARY 28, 2011 Catholic Charities News TODAY’S CATHOLIC 3a
Award-winning broadcast journalist visits residents of Guadalupe Home
By Suzanne de Leon Perez’ visit was underwritten by Jim S. Adler program, but as times have changed with our
& Associates. Jim Adler is a mayoral appointee society, so have parenting styles, so much so that
This past December, several of the Guada- to the Harris County Joint City/County Commis- many parents have daughters who need to live at
lupe Home residents sat around the living room sion on Children, which recommends child- a shelter like the Guadalupe Home.
not quite sure why two ladies they didn’t know friendly policies and programs to local ofﬁcials Too often, we hear stories of young chil-
wanted to visit with them and tell them their for both Harris and Houston counties. dren having to raise themselves, ﬁx their own
stories. During the introductions, however, and Jodie Sinclair, director of public relations for breakfast and get themselves off to school, often
as the conversations continued, it became quite Jim S. Adler & Associates, represented the ﬁrm returning from school to an empty house. Too
evident that all the women in the room had for the Guadalupe Home visit. Sinclair had her often, there was no adult supervision or direction
something in common. Not unlike the residents, own stories to tell, offering words of wisdom to help them make good life choices and no one
our guests, Jodie Sinclair and Minerva Perez, had and encouragement to our residents. She also there to assure they would make good decisions.
similar challenges when they were young and gave advice on appropriate business attire and It is not always a parent’s fault, though, that
were eager to share their stories and encourage developing the conﬁdence needed to present our children make bad decisions in their lives.
our Guadalupe Home residents to never give up. oneself in a job interview. We should all be responsible for the decisions
In the 1980s, Minerva Perez was a teen mom It is not easy facing the many challenges we make, and we cannot blame it all on how
living in the Texas Valley with no clear vision of that the mothers of Guadalupe Home have to we were raised. That is what Jodie and Minerva Photo provided
how to succeed. One of the ﬁrst Hispanic women face every day. For most of the mothers, their were trying to impart on our residents; life is not Guadalupe Home Director Suzanne de Leon
on the air in the United States, Perez is an award- challenges started when they were much, much always fair and we, as adults, need to stand up greets Minerva Perez, executive producer and co-
winning broadcast journalist and longtime televi- younger, perhaps even as infants. I often tell and say, “I’m going to make a change in how I host of Latina Voices, as she prepares to share her
sion news anchor with a history in San Antonio. residents that there is a reason why they become live my life. I’m going to be a better parent to life story with the residents of the home.
The road Perez charted herself was against homeless and pregnant, and if they really want to my child than my parents were to me.”
tough odds, but the story she shared showed our make a change and make a better life for them- Now, after that statement comes the hard part: management and referrals to many local and
residents that faith, courage and belief in self can selves and their children, many things have to doing it. Thankfully, Guadalupe Home is here to state resources, as well as social service support
work miracles. change — old habits, old friends, old boyfriends, help women who have found themselves in very to teach residents essential life-coping skills, all
Minerva is now the executive producer, old ways of thinking. Probably the most difﬁcult desperate situations and give them the hope they while providing a safe and stable environment
co-host and partner of the new cable television step for them to take is making the decision to need to make the changes they need to succeed. for their children.
show, Latina Voices. She is also owner/president limit contact with their family. A transitional living program for home-
of Minerva Perez Media, LLC, a public rela- You would never see bad parenting in an old less, pregnant women and homeless women Suzanne de Leon is the director of Guadalupe
tions/communications ﬁrm in Houston. “Ozzie & Harriet” or “I Love Lucy” television with infants, Guadalupe Home provides case Home.
Teen mom’s desire for a better life for her family pushes her to achieve her goals
By Natasha Bridges tantly chose to withdraw from high school. John Being able to work one-on-one with Kimberly pulled out my calendar to schedule for the fol-
Daniel found work here and there, and Kimberly through our home visits for so long allowed her lowing month. Kimberly dropped her head and
“There are three ingredients in the good life: was a stay-at-home mom. to open up and be honest about when parenting said she would not be able to. I asked enthusias-
learning, earning and yearning.” That is how nov- Kimberly continued with our parenting home was challenging and express her desire to earn her tically if she had found a job, but she shook her
elist Christopher Morley describes success. visits and wanted to learn about child develop- GED but that she doubted herself. She also ex- head “no.”
I have been a part of the Catholic Charities Pre- ment. As an educator, hearing our parents state, pressed anxiety about expecting her second child. I started to become concerned after a long
cious Minds, New Connections (PMNC) team of “Wow, I didn’t know that!” or “This is so help- I remember the day Kimberly informed me pause. Kimberly then looked up and said, “I love
parent educators for the past ﬁve years and have ful!” afﬁrms that we are doing our job. she enrolled in GED classes. She opened the our visits, but I’ve enrolled at a technical school,
had the pleasure to work with teenage parents. For A physical therapist was door with the biggest smile on so I’m sorry; I won’t have the time.” Then she
some teenagers, it is difﬁcult to follow a recipe for working with Natalie Rose, but her face and let me in. When she looked down again.
success, although with a little stirring of the pot, Kimberly had to commute across gave me the good news, I told I reached over and grabbed her hand and told
the results are tremendously pleasing. town on the bus to get to the ses- her how proud of her I was and her that I didn’t need an apology, that she just
I ﬁrst met 18-year-old Kimberly Vasquez when sions, which, with an infant, was how she was being a good role needed to let me know when she graduates. I
she was pregnant. This is her story. hard at times. model for her kids. She gave me got another big hug that day and some pictures
Upon ﬁnding out she was pregnant, Kimber- I discussed early childhood the biggest hug. of the kids to take with me when I left. The next
ly’s relationship with her mother became strained. intervention services, and soon While Kimberly was enrolled time I heard from Kimberly was about a year
Kimberly soon moved out of her parent’s home she was able to have physical in Catholic Charities’ PMNC later. She informed me excitedly she would soon
and into a modest efﬁciency with her boyfriend, therapists come to her home. At program she displayed good be a certiﬁed nursing assistant.
John Daniel. no time did Kimberly complain parenting techniques. Parent I still get calls from Kimberly from time to
Kimberly was one of those parents every edu- about her role as a parent, but she and child interactions were a time informing me about how well the kids are
cator hopes to have on their case load. She was soon expressed stress over the great combination of play and doing and how she would like more responsi-
receptive to all the prenatal and parenting infor- family’s ﬁnancial difﬁculties. discipline. She would make bilities at work and that maybe she should just
mation. Her goal was not only to have a healthy Both parents realized that with limited comments about being happy to have found become a nurse. We never know which of our
pregnancy but to also strive to give her child the education, earning a “good life” would be hard. new ways to parent as opposed to what she was parents will make it beyond being a statistic, but
best, from breastfeeding to being a good mom. Kimberly tried to return to high school, but she used to growing up. Earning her GED seemed Kimberly proved that with learning, earning and
After a long and complicated labor, baby soon became discouraged after failed attempts at to add fuel to her rising self-esteem because she yearning, you can become a success!
Natalie Rose was born on March 25, 2006 with standardized testing and trouble adjusting to her expressed wanting more for her family.
shoulder dysplasia. Natalie had little to no mobil- new role as “mom” amongst other teenagers who Kimberly’s yearning for a better life led her to Natasha Bridges is an educator for Precious
ity of her arm. At this time, both parents reluc- had no real responsibilities. her next goal. After ﬁnishing up a visit one day, I Minds, New Connections Parenting Program.
Diaper drive beneﬁts Catholic Charities
Conducted in 2010, the Huggies® Every Little Catholic Charities Eighth Annual
Bottom Study revealed that one in three Ameri- Lifetime of Faith & Service Award Dinner
can mothers struggle to provide diapers for
their babies. Costing up to $75 per month, these
mothers have to cut back on basics such as food, Honoring
utilities or even child care in order to provide
enough diapers for their children.
In response to these startling statistics, National Clifton Bolner
Latina Health Network (NLHN) conducted a Owner,
nationwide effort to confront diaper deprivation Bolner Fiesta Spices
and alleviate some of the struggle mothers face to
provide adequate diapers for their children.
The Hon. Phillip D. Hardberger
Catholic Charities was a recipient of a large
diaper donation collected through two diaper
City of San Antonio
drives conducted in San Antonio at the end of
last year by NLHN member Elisa Morales.
Catholic Charities received more than 1,500
diapers to be distributed through its emergency
Wednesday, May 11
food pantry and clothes closet. University of the Incarnate Word
Catholic Charities is extremely grateful to Elisa Rosenberg Sky Room
Morales and NLHN for their hard work and gen- Photo provided 6:30 p.m. Reception
erosity. Their time and effort enabled us to impact National Latina Health Network member Elisa 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
the lives of many mothers and children in need. Morales, left, delivers more than 1,500 diapers to
To join this cause by donating diapers to Ester Geffre, director of Catholic Charities Crisis For information, contact Pamela Raines at (210) 242-3111 or email@example.com.
Catholic Charities, contact the Crisis Interven- Intervention Program, to be distributed through
tion Program at (210) 226-6178. the emergency food pantry and clothes closet.
4a TODAY’S CATHOLIC Catholic Charities News JANUARY 28, 2011
Local medical group helps families in need enjoy Christmas
This Christmas season, Pathology ates of San Antonio worked hard for for all of us to enjoy the many gifts
Reference Lab/Pathology Associ- almost six months to raise what was that we have and to share with those
ates of San Antonio brightened the needed to generously sponsor several who are less fortunate.”
homes of several families served by families in need. Catholic Charities is truly grate-
Catholic Charities. J.D. Perez, human resources ful for the support it receives for its
A select number of families had executive for Pathology Reference families from individuals, companies
the opportunity to celebrate Christ- Lab, explains, “Beginning in July, and other organizations. It is heart-
mas in their own special way as they our organization felt the need to give warming to see members of the com-
were given the opportunity to meet
their basic needs as well as purchase
to those in need, and, thus, the end
result was a tremendous success.”
munity come together to provide so
generously to those in need. to live by
holiday ﬁxings with monetary gifts. Perez goes on to say, “Throughout On behalf of its families, Catholic
The children of the families were the years, we go on with our daily Charities thanks Pathology Reference Photo provided By Howard Kravitz,
also given specially chosen toys, lives, enjoying God’s blessing. Often- Lab/Pathology Associates of San A Catholic Charities family receives OPA, MA, NCC, LPC-S
clothing and other gifts. times, we forget that there are others Antonio as they contributed more than extremely generous Christmas gifts
The employees of Pathology out there that are not as fortunate and $3,000 to help make these families from Pathology Reference Lab/Pathol-
Reference Lab/Pathology Associ- blessed as we are. Christmas is a time have a joy-ﬁlled holiday season. ogy Associates of San Antonio. As we begin the new year
we need to keep in mind that
Planning for incapacity: frequently asked questions we are not the only people
Grant who have faced adversity
Announcements By Monica Bonilla, Attorney-at-Law Power of Attorney (POA), a legal you are suffering from an irreversible (think the plague in Europe),
(as of Nov. 1, 2010) document in which one person (called condition such that you cannot care nor will we be the last. We do,
As we begin 2011, people are mak-
ing their New Year resolutions. As a
a principal) appoints another person
(called the Attorney-in-fact) to man-
for or make decisions for yourself and
you are expected to die without life-
however, tend to focus on our
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO troubles and all of the issues
$154,300 guardianship attorney, my suggestion is age the principal’s ﬁnancial affairs. sustaining treatment.
planning for incapacity be on your list. A POA will automatically terminate What is the difference between swirling around us.
Guadalupe Home Many older persons are concerned upon the principal’s incapacity under a Medical Power of Attorney and a In an effort to ﬁnd
Capital Campaign about the onset of a physical or mental Texas law unless it is durable, that Directive to Physicians and Family information that we can use
disability that would incapacitate them
to the point that they would no longer
is, unless it contains language to the
effect that “This power of attorney is
or Surrogates? A Directive to Physi-
cians and Family or Surrogates has
at the Catholic Counseling
$10,000 be able to manage their personal or ﬁ- not affected by subsequent disability very limited application. It only applies & Consultation Center and
Guadalupe Home nancial affairs. They fear that decisions or incapacity of the principal.” to one medical treatment decision, the pass on to clients, I offer these
Capital Campaign about their ﬁnancial assets and health Who will make medical decisions decision to withhold or withdraw life paraphrased tips for emotion-
care will be taken out of their hands. for me should I become incapaci- support when death is imminent. A al resiliency that I found in a
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE With advanced planning, however,
you can consider the options available
tated? By executing a Medical POA,
you can appoint one or more persons
Medical Power of Attorney covers all
medical treatment decisions.
book I have been reading.
$150,000 to you and your family and even ar- whose judgment you trust to make Can I designate in advance who
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance range for the legal action necessary to your medical and health care deci- I wish to serve as my guardian if a
• Focus on what you can
(VITA) Program carry out a loved one’s wishes. Keep in sions should you be unable to do so guardianship of my person or my control, not what is out
mind that advanced planning is recom- yourself. estate should become necessary? of control; be ﬂexible and
KENEDY FOUNDATION mended for people of any age because, You can give your agent complete Yes. As long as you are not incapaci- open-minded.
$5,000 in many cases, the onset of a physical authority to make medical decisions or tated, you can execute a Declaration
Guadalupe Community Center
or mental disability cannot be foreseen. you can limit his or her authority. of Guardian in the event of later • Alter your perceptions.
In light of this, I offer the follow- Without a Medical POA, an adult incapacity or need of a guardian. As Epictetus the Greek phi-
$10,000 ing questions and answers in regard to surrogate can consent to medical treat- You can designate a guardian of your losopher said in 1 A.D., “It
Guadalupe Home preparing the necessary documents that ment on your behalf if you become person and of your estate in this form. is not events which disturb
Capital Campaign address legal problems of incapacity. incapacitated or comatose. The adult Additionally, you can disqualify a par-
What does the term “incapacitat- surrogate, in the following order of pri- ticular person or persons from serving us but our view of those
KRONKOSKY CHARITABLE ed” mean? A person is incapacitated ority, is: your spouse, your adult child, as your guardian. The designation can events.”
FOUNDATION if, because of a physical or mental your parents, an individual identiﬁed be revoked or changed anytime before
$40,000 condition, the person is substantially to act on your behalf before incapacity, you become incapacitated. • Limit the hostility factor.
San Antonio Birth Doulas
unable to provide food, clothing or your nearest living relative, or clergy. When should I plan for incapac- The negativity and anger
shelter for himself/herself, to care for Can any person receive my pro- ity? The sooner the better. If you be- we harbor for others is
$75,000 his or her physical health or to man- tected medical records and informa- come incapacitated without advance destructive to us and not
Money Management Program age his or her ﬁnancial affairs. Merely
advanced age or hospitalization does
tion? You may authorize any person
to receive your medical information
planning, it may become necessary for
surrogates to make medical decisions
not automatically mean that a person by executing a HIPPA authorization for you, as discussed above, or for a
MYRA STAFFORD PRYOR is incapacitated. form. This form authorizes your health guardianship of your person and or
• Strive for goodness, not
CHARITABLE TRUST How can I provide in advance for care provider to disclose your medical estate to be established as discussed in perfection. Get rid of ideas
$40,000 the management of my ﬁnancial af- information to anyone you designate. the next section. focused on “shoulds” which
Guadalupe Home fairs should I become incapacitated? What is a Directive to Physi- Where can I get these legal make you bitter.
Capital Campaign As we grow older and the possibility cian (commonly known as a living documents? Call Catholic Chari-
of becoming incapacitated increases, will)? A directive allows you to direct ties Guardianship Services at (210) • Develop compassion.
TEXAS VETERANS it is wise to consider choosing a trust- that life-sustaining procedures such 293-1009 and make an appointment. Choosing kindness and
COMMISSION ed friend or family member who will as use of a respirator be withheld or Catholic Charities provides this legal resisting being critical is
$997,131 have the legal authority to manage
our ﬁnancial affairs without incurring
withdrawn if, in the judgment of your
physician, you are suffering with a ter-
service free of charge. good for all relationships.
Military Family Relief Project
the expense of a guardianship. This is minal condition from which you are Monica Bonilla is the deputy director
done by executing a Statutory Durable expected to die within six months, or of senior services for Catholic Charities.
• Develop good self-care
habits.Take care of your
mental, spiritual and body
Yes! I want to help Catholic Charities in its mission to serve those who are less fortunate.
• Develop mindfulness.
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$25 $100 $500 • Stop thinking about
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Make checks payable to: Catholic Charities you up at night.
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MC AM EX
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Howard Kravitz is the man-
aging director of Catholic Coun-
Exp.: ________________________________ San Antonio, Texas 78212-5818 seling & Consultation Center.