Catholic Charities News January 28_ 2011 by yaohongmeiyes


									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.
     Helen Butler-Nicholson
           Jeff Rummel
 Chief Justice Catherine M. Stone    Donors make Christmas a dream come true for local children
           Shirley Wills
                                        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                $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.
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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
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.
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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
                                                                                                                                                                          Mayor Emeritus,
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
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
           FROST BANK
                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                     very Christian.
                                         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.
   I am enclosing:                                                                     Name ____________________________________                                                     Learn to live in the present.
            $25                 $100       $500                                                                                                                                     • Stop thinking about
                                                                                       Address __________________________________
            $50                 $250       Other $_______                                                                                                                            events that cannot be
                                                                                       City ________________State _____ Zip ________                                                 changed — it will keep
   Make checks payable to: Catholic Charities                                                                                                                                        you up at night.
   Please charge my:                                                                          I wish my gift to be anonymous.                                                       • Accept the good as well
        VISA                            DISCOVER                                                                                                                                     as the bad; neither lasts
                                                                                                  Please mail donations to:
        MC                              AM EX
                                                                                                  Catholic Charities
   Card No.:_____________________________                                                         202 W. French Place
                                                                                                                                                                                     Howard Kravitz is the man-
                                                                                                                                                                                 aging director of Catholic Coun-
   Exp.: ________________________________                                                         San Antonio, Texas 78212-5818                                                  seling & Consultation Center.

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