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                                                                                     Dear Blaneys,                                                  Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Green Bay
        Proud to sponsor the Catholic Charities Annual Report                               “Words can not express our heartfelt thanks for all               2010 • 2011 Annual Report
                                                                                     the love and caring you, your family and your staff provided
                                                                                     our family. You made this time easier for all of us.”
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                                                                                                                                                                    Stories from the
                  Ken Blaney         Mary Jo Blaney Kolb    Mike Blaney
                (Funeral Director)      (Office Manager)    (Funeral Director)

             BLANEY                                1521 Shawano Ave.
                                                  Green Bay, WI 54303
        Funeral Home and                              920-494-7447
        Cremation Services           

          Everson, Whitney,
        Everson & Brehm S.C.
        James L. Everson                          ESTATE PLANNING
        Philip R. Brehm                           FAMILY LAW
        Rodney A. Charnholm                       WILLS TRUSTS
        George F. Savage                          PROBATE
        Peter J. Hickey                           REAL ESTATE
        John M. Thompson IV                       BANKING
        Jeffrey T. DeMeuse                        WORKERS
                                EVERSON LAW BUILDING •
        John H. Heide        414 S. JEFFERSON     COMPENSATION
        Erik J. Pless          P BOX 22248
                                .O.             • PERSONAL INJURY
        Todd C. Dickey      GREEN BAY, WI 54301 • TRIALS
        Ann C. Weiss                            • BUSINESS AND
        Ryan M. Froelich    CORPORATE
                                                • LABOR
        Jonathan P Barstow
        Lucas L. Schneider
                               (920) 435-3734   • INSURANCE DEFENSE
                            Fax (920) 435-0126  • ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
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         A Message from the Bishop                                                                                                                                Financial Highlights
                                                                                              Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL                                                                                                                       Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Green Bay

                                                                                                                                                             2009 | 2010 INCOME
                        It is with gratitude for    Catholic Charities provides help, strengthens          As you review this year’s annual report see
                      the good works and min-       families and builds strong communities while         for yourselves the impact of what works of love
                      istry of Catholic Charities   recognizing the dignity and value of every           mean to those who entrust their lives daily
                      here in the Diocese of        person who entrusts their life to their care.        to Catholic Charities programs and services.
                      Green Bay that I present      This year’s annual report allows the people          God’s love is truly working to help those whose                                                                                                                                               State, Federal and
                      this year’s annual report     served in the many programs at the agency to         lives have been changed radically by economic
                                                                                                                                                             INCOME                                      INCOME AMOUNT PERCENTAGE                               Bishop’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Charities                              County Contracts
                      to the Diocese. This          tell their own stories. They are stories of strug-   hard times and personal crisis. I am grateful       State, Federal and County Contracts                 $366,138                           14%          Game
                      year’s theme, “Stories        gles, of faith in God and themselves that they       for the many expressions of concern and care                                                                                                                          Donations and
                      from the Heart,” invites      can seek and achieve a better life and move in       on behalf of God’s people. May God bless you        Fees for Services                                  $444,326                            17%                      Investment Income
                      us to enter into the lives    new directions. It exemplifies how love for our       for supporting Catholic Charities and for your                                                                                                                                                Fees for Services
                      of those who are served       neighbors is expressed in word and deed by           ongoing commitment to this important minis-         Bishop’s Appeal                                    $822,799                            31%
                      in our Diocese through        the Catholic Charities staff and volunteers. You     try here in the Diocese of Green Bay.                                                                                                                       United Way
                      the work of Catholic          will see how your gifts to the Bishop Appeal,                                                            United Way                                          $359,552                           14%                                     Bishop’s Appeal
                      Charities. Catholic           your own expressions of love for the work of          Sincerely yours in Christ,
Charities continues to serve the needs of over      the Church, bless the lives of those touched by                                                          Bishop’s Charities Game                             $55,000                            2%
45,000 people each year here in our Diocese.        the compassionate care and services offered by
 Through its many programs and services,            Catholic Charities.                                                                                      Donations and Investment Income                     $574,318                           22%

                                                                                                                                                             Total Income                                      $2,622,133                           100%

         Director’s Insights
                                                                                      Karen Johnston, Director of Catholic Charities                         2009 | 2010 EXPENSES
    To Love what you do…                            about where we wanted to be as a thriving            the future of Catholic Charities? How will we                                                                                                                                Administrative/
    To know that it matters…                        faith-based organization able to navigate the        engage others in our mission?                                                                                                                            Catholic Health                             Adoption and
    How can there be greater joy?                   “white waters” of the current economic envi-           Integrity—Those we serve identify this as         EXPENSES                                   EXPENSE AMOUNT PERCENTAGE                                    Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Support (Misc.)
                                                    ronment. We surveyed our constituency, our           one of our strongest deliverables. How does                                                                                                                             Government                     Services
  As I have reviewed this year’s “Stories from      colleagues and our community leaders; we             this exemplify itself internally among one
                                                                                                                                                             Administrative/Support (Misc.)                     $340,092                            13%
the Heart,” I am cognizant of how fortunate         looked introspectively at ourselves and those        another?
                                                                                                                                                             Adoption and Birthparent Services                   $180,176                           7%
I am to offer leadership to an organization         who support us. We have taken all of the               This year’s annual report offers stories from                                                                                                                                                       Family
that has served the Diocese of Green Bay for        information we gathered, and been able, with         our constituency. Their stories are our stories.    Family Strengthening                                $379,743                           14%                 Clinical Services                  Strengthening
the past 14 years. We at Catholic Charities are     key staff, board members, and community              We hold up for the communities we serve                                                                                                                       (DABU, MH, SCHL)
fortunate to have been able to build on the         leaders who stepped forth, to craft a vision for     these stories as testimony of what Catholic         Budget/Debt Counseling                             $395,897                            15%                                           Budget/Debt
fine caring traditions of those whose wisdom         what Catholic Charities might look like in the       Charities does each day to engage people in                                                                                                                                               Counseling
guided this organization and are inspired by        years ahead and reflect on key themes:                life-changing behaviors that will continue          Clinical Services (DABU, MH, SCHL)                  $951,122                           36%
their sacrifices to sustain critical programs          Legacy—How does Catholic Charities                 to offer help, strengthen families and build
and services which each day affect the lives        honor its stories and create and share them          communities of caring and hope here in the          Catholic Health Services                             $31,739                           1%
of countless poor and disenfranchised here in       with the communities we serve?                       Diocese. Each of us must commit ourselves to
NE WI. It is through our collective dedication        Affirmation—Without a doubt those we                this undertaking.                                   Government Contracts                                $366,115                           14%
to creating an environment of empowerment           talked with affirm our work on behalf of                For close to fifteen years, I have had the plea-
through the concepts of articulated expecta-        God’s poor and vulnerable. In a world of finite       sure of offering leadership to these endeavors.     Total Expenses                                    $2,644,938                           100%
tions and decentralized responsibility, au-         resources, how do we ensure that programs            As I move to retire at the close of 2011, I am
thority and accountability that over 45,000         continue?                                            confident that the Spirit will guide the agency
people sought and received quality services           Vocation—What calls us to this work and            to new opportunities and more faith-filled
from us in 2010.                                    what sustains us?                                    engagement with God’s people. Thanks for                                                Catholic Charities
  In the past year we have been able to pray,         Faith—How do we create a vision of the             all you have done to make this journey one of                                           Family 5k Fun Run/Walk
reflect and engage in meaningful dialogue            future? Where do we see God’s presence in            faith and for your support of our efforts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 & Pancake Breakfast                                                        Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bay is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3), faith-based

         Board of Directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday, August 27
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            community agency. The majority of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                 9:00 AM
                                                                                                                                                                                                 St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            funding derives from the Bishop’s Appeal,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 139 S. Madison Street • Green Bay                                          fees for service, public dollars, donations
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Registration Closing Date (on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and investments. We are supported also by
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 11:59 PM.                                      several United Ways throughout Northeastern
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Registration forms can be accessed
                                                                                                                                                                                                 through the following link:                                 Wisconsin and with private gifts. All revenue
 Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of           Charities                                             Mr. John Spalding, Menasha                                                             (search: Charity Challenge Green Bay)                                      goes to support the 22 programs that serve
Green Bay                                            Bishop Robert J. Banks, Green Bay                    Mr. Randy Stary, Green Bay                                                             Or go to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 and look at Upcoming Events                                                more than 40,000 people each year. Our
 Deacon Timothy G. Reilly, General Director          Mr. George Hartmann, Green Bay                       Mr. Andrew Teska, Neenah                                                                                                                                          commitment to service is one of love of our
of the Diocesan Curia                                Mrs. Jane Hamann, Manitowoc                          Mr. Richard Tringali, Manitowoc                                                        Catholic Charities provides critical services,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 including mental health counseling, budget                                 neighbor and can be accomplished only through
 Very Reverend John Doerfler, Vicar General           Ms. Bernie McGovern, Green Bay                       Deacon Paul Umentum, Green Bay                                                         counseling, teen parenting and adoption
                                                                                                                                                                                                 services, and family strengthening services to                             the continued generosity of those who support
& Chancellor                                         Mrs. Maria Salmon, Green Bay                         Deacon Steve VandeHey, Newton                                                          some of the most vulnerable in our community,
 Mrs. Karen Johnston, Director of Catholic           Sr. Adrianna Schouten, Manitowoc                     Mrs. Mary Jo Weidner, Neenah                                                           regardless of faith tradition or ability to pay.                           our mission. Ask how you might help.
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        Administrative Support Services                                                                                                                                         Financial Health Program
                                                                                         Jill Kahovec, Administrative Services Supervisor                                                                                                                              Bobbie Lison, Financial Health Manager
  With commitment to service and compassion                                                                        fearful, embarrassed and panicked about the             The Catholic Charities Financial Health                                                                  would still have a great deal of bad credit.
to those we serve, Catholic Charities seven dedi-                                                                  state of their finances, afraid they may be facing     Program is fortunate to work with many                                                                       I recommend everyone consider this
cated Administrative Support Staff cover four                                                                      bankruptcy. You respond, “You are not alone,          individuals who seek services to change                                                                    program whether you are stable, homeless,
office locations serving 16 counties in Northeast                                                                   and we’re glad you called because our Financial       their family’s financial outlook. As families                                                               or just doing alright. I would like to thank
Wisconsin.                                                                                                         Health program can help you.” Now they have           enter the program they often are in crisis                                                                 my counselor and Catholic Charities for
  When you think of administrative staff, you are                                                                  some hope.                                            with no savings and a great deal of debt.                                                                  all they have done for me and my family.
likely aware of the usual office duties they are                                                                      A most vivid memory of a call needing com-          They live with a great deal of uncertainty                                                                 When a person is ready to make changes
responsible for. In 2010-2011 the staff also took                                                                  passion was in late winter when a young mother        and are focused on only the present. Fi-                                                                   and has a positive attitude, success will
on the task of learning our new ETO software                                                                       called sobbing, stating she had a newborn baby        nancial success often requires a change in                                                                 come no matter what the situation is.
program, new scheduling software, and expand-                                                                      and the baby’s father had deserted them leaving       behavior which takes practice, support,                                                                      Thanks again, we love you!
ing support services to our Oshkosh location. All                                                                  them with nothing. I asked her to come to the of-     and the willingness to look at their per-
important work.                                                                                                    fice to meet with me. In spite of the cold weath-      sonal finances from a new viewpoint. For                                                                          Building Blocks to Success…Ac-
  But the absolute single most important duty of                                                                   er, she arrived wearing a pair of shorts, bedroom     many, this change can take several years.                                                                      knowledgement, building, motivation… A
any administrative staff is answering the tele-                                                                    slippers and a sweater. The baby was wrapped          As I think back over the years I can recall                                                                    personal journey of self-growth!
phone at their respective office location. Yes, I                                                                   in a thin blanket in his car seat. Before he left,    several families who have completed a                                                                            Acknowledgement The classes that I
said answering the telephone! That first call to                                                                    her boyfriend had taken all her belongings to         total financial metamorphosis. Catholic                                                                         took at Catholic Charities gave me a sense
Catholic Charities and how it is handled is the                                                                    the garage and poured gasoline over everything.       Charities Financial Health Program has                                                                         of direction, to process and visualize my
mind’s eye view into what that caller can expect                                                                   She was wearing all she had left. The result of       also continued to provide new services and                                                                     actions. I learned that every action has a
from our agency, how we feel about the popula-                                                  THINKSTOCK PHOTO   that phone call to Catholic Charities was that we     develop community partnerships that en-                                                    THINKSTOCK PHOTO    cause and effect. I am now in the process of
tion we serve, and what they can expect from           financial assistance program. Does that mean                 were able to offer reassurance and assistance         able participants to reach their financial goals.   school dropout I had been raped and abused               setting a platform, not only demonstrating,
Catholic Charities if they pursue our services.        you simply say “We can’t help you”? No. It                  through the New Life Fund. We also negotiated         This past year, we have added Representative       verbally, mentally, and emotionally. I feel like but focusing on being persistent while focus-
You may recall the expression, “You can make a         means you make some phone calls to help her                 a payment plan with her landlord until she was        Payee services to our mix of services. This al-    a cat because humans have only one life and I ing on my spending habits. I am building a
first impression only once.”                            get connected to the resources that are available           back on her feet.                                     lows us to work with individuals who have had      have used more than one life. I pushed away              strong foundation for my family just like the
  It is the call you get from the elderly woman        to her but she is unaware of.                                 The Administrative Staff of Catholic Charities      a difficult time managing their Social Security     or betrayed everyone that cared about me,                home I am hoping to purchase in the next
on a fixed income in Kaukauna who desperately             It is the call from a local family whose son was          undertake many responsibilities in their roles.       benefits. It allows these individuals the oppor-    not to mention my drug and alcohol abuse.                year.
needs new glasses. She has wired hers together         killed in Iraq and they are overcome with grief.            Most importantly they understand very well how        tunity to maintain self-sufficiency and remain      As time progressed, I continued to feel like a             Building Catholic Charities has helped
several times and they keep falling apart. Her         You listen compassionately and reassure them                critical their role is in answering the hundreds of   active community participants. We continue         loser and failure.                                       me to master the art of self-development. I
refrigerator is not working properly either, and       that we are here for them and our counselors are            calls that come in every month. They are com-         to work closely with transitional living pro-        When I joined the Catholic Charities Budget            have learned that one must be persistent in
she is having to throw away what little food she       eager to help in any way they can.                          passion, understanding and hope to those who          grams to move people from poverty to self-         Counseling program my credit was extremely determining wants and needs, and devel-
has. Catholic Charities does not have a general          It is the calls you get from people who are               seek our services.                                    sufficiency. As families, practice and learn new    horrible. Through Catholic Charities and the             oping a platform to overcome barriers. I
                                                                                                                                                                         financial skills, they become empowered to          transitional living program my life started to have learned that I must be both visual and

        Our Call to Stewardship
                                                                                                                                                                         continue those changes on their own as well as     turn around. I met positive people and God’s             concrete regarding my situation, and that I
                                                                                                                                                                         advocate for those around them. They become        blessings allowed me to get my HSED from                 must determine my sense of direction. I have
                                                                                                                                                                         true agents of change. There can be no greater     NWTC. I am now enrolled for college classes              learned to discipline my mind to be accepting
                                                                                                                                                                         gift for those who work in this program than       beginning August 18. That was a great ac-                of the various changes I am making in hopes
                                                                                                                            Karen Johnston, Director                     to hear how the partnership we’ve established      complishment for me and my kids, but what                of being self-rejuvenated and more profound
                                                                                                                                                                         with those we work with has changed lives.         really saved me was the wonderful and price- in my thinking.
  Thanks to all of our faithful donors    thank the Bishop’s Appeal and all         We welcome your continued support           member. Thank you for your gen-            From a Troubled Past to a Bright                 less opportunity to seek budget counseling at              Motivation Debt…
in 2010 who assisted our efforts          the faithful throughout our Diocese       of our endeavors and should you             erosity in these troubled economic       Future…“I am a single mother with three            Catholic Charities. My counselor’s patience,               I speak upon what debt has done to me
with their prayers and financial           who generously support our ef-            choose to become more personally            times. Your faithful stewardship         children; a daughter who is 9, a son who is 5,     kindness, and useful advice allowed me to                  I now denounce all debt that had control of
contributions to the Bishop’s Ap-         forts through their gifts. We thank       involved in assuring these services         extends to many who at their dark-       and another daughter who is 2. We are what         pay off $16,000 of debt! My counselor is                 thee.
peal and to the agency. As many of        the various United Ways and their         continue here in the Diocese, we            est moments seek our services and        people would call a happy yet incomplete           super! She taught me how to budget, how to                 Oh, how you kept me from certain prosperities
you know, Catholic Charities could        member agencies for their partner-        invite you to work with us as a vol-        allows us to tell these stories from     family as we are missing a father/husband          control spending, and how to spend my mon-                 No longer debt shall I hide from thee.
not carry out its mission here in the     ships and collegiality and for their fi-   unteer, as a committee or a Board           the heart.                               figure. It was 8 years ago that I made one of       ey wisely. If it wasn’t for Catholic Charities,            I now have a sense of direction to be,
Diocese of Green Bay without the          nancial support for new and existing                                                                                           the biggest mistakes of my life. I was a high      I would be still feeling hopeless and broke. I             Bold and beautiful, and debt free.”
dedicated and ongoing support of          services. We thank our corporate
the many who offer their prayers,         sponsors, our partners at USCCB/
                                                                                                                                   In recognition of

                                                                                                                                                                                Catholic Charities Locations
talents and financial support of our       MRS, at the State of Wisconsin and                                                     the tireless work of
endeavors. Our success in address-
ing community needs throughout
                                          at Brown Co. for their grant support.
                                          To the various private donors and
                                                                                                                                 the staff at Catholic
the Diocese is proportionate to how       people who have added support to                                                      Charities in bringing
successful we are at telling these sto-
ries from the heart and gaining the
                                          our fund-raising endeavors such as
                                          the Spalding Golf Outing, the Char-
                                                                                                                                  God’s message of
necessary financial support to sus-        ity Challenge 5K run/walk, we owe                                                      hope to the lives of                     GREEN BAY                             MANITOWOC                               OSHKOSH                                 WAUTOMA
                                                                                                                                                                          1825 Riverside Dr.                    206 N. 8th St.                          36 Broad St. Suite 200                  St. Joseph Parish
tain core services which link fami-
lies to resources they so desperately
                                          a debt of gratitude. You are all an
                                          integral part of our work.
                                                                                                                                those who seek their                      P.O. Box 23825                        Manitowoc, WI 54221                     Oshkosh, WI 54901                       364 S. Cambridge St.
need in these difficult times. Thanks        We are committed to continue our                                                   help in NE Wisconsin.                      Green Bay, WI 54305                   920-684-6651                            920-235-6002                            Wautoma, WI 54982
to our many supporters, Catholic          work in resource development with                                                                                               920-272-8234                                                                                                          920-680-7450
Charities, despite continued difficult     members of our Board of Trustees                                                                                                                                      MARINETTE                               WAUPACA
economic times, has been improv-          so that future funding and support                                                                                              APPLETON                              844 Pierce Ave. Ste. 102                St. Mary Magdalene                      STURGEON BAY
ing its opportunities to allow people
of faith to be an integral part of our
                                          of all services at Catholic Charities
                                          allows us to carry on the important
                                                                                                                            Wisdom Women                                  214 E. Summer St.
                                                                                                                                                                          Appleton, WI 54911
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Marinette, WI 54143
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        N2845 Shadow Rd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Waupaca, WI 54981

sustaining our many services. We          work that God has entrusted to us.                                                                                              920-734-2601                                                                  715-258-3000
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             Family Strengthening Services                                                                                                                                                                                               Child Welfare
                                                                                                                                                             Jessica Deleon, Case Manager                                                                                                                                         Tara DeGrave, Child Welfare Manager
                                                                     Family Strengthening Services provides a myriad                               space and that would be able to let me stay. She                                Catholic Charities Child Welfare Services are      car, go back to college, and eventually
                                                                   of opportunities for individuals and families of                                talked to me and gave me hope and told me that                                available to children, adolescents, adults, cou-     become a nurse. My case worker helps
                                                                   diverse backgrounds to grow and change. Parent                                  everything would be okay and that she would do                                ples and families of any religious background,       me develop a plan so I can reach all my
                                                                   and child education, outreach to schools, transla-                              everything she could to get me out of this situation                          race or nationality residing in the 16 counties      goals.”
                                                                   tion and advocacy services, immigration consulta-                               my husband put me in. She finally was able to find                              that are the Diocese of Green Bay. Our goal is          Over the years, the adoption services
                                                                   tion and services and reunification of refugees are                              housing for us in Oshkosh. We worked to apply                                 to assist families to ensure that the best plan is   that Catholic Charities provides has ex-
                                                                   all integral to the programs efforts. The program                               for housing assistance and also helped me to find                              created for their children. This goal is achieved    panded from infant adoptions to today’s
                                                                   reaches out to people who often experience isola-                               a job and even though it is part-time I am able to                            through the following avenues: adoption and          services, including: relative adoption,
                                                                   tion and poverty. The families who seek services                                save up and hopefully get some work experience                                parenting support services.                          stepparent adoption, agency infant
                                                                   in this program are often feeling there is no other                             and move into a more permanent full-time posi-                                  Our parenting support services have been at        adoption, independent adoption, and
                                                                   place to seek help. One of our families shares this                             tion so I can get my own apartment. When I most                               the core of Catholic Charities since it began in     international adoption. One adoptive
                                                                   story: “Jessica has helped lift me up from a dark                               needed help, the agency was there and has sup-                                the diocese 93 years ago. Catholic Charities         family writes:
                                                                   place in my life. My husband abandoned me and                                   ported me every step of the way. I highly recom-                              has a legacy of providing support services to          “Our family would not be complete
                                                                   I had no place to go. I had 24 hours to leave my                                mend Catholic Charities to anyone in need. They                               those in this challenging situation regard-          if it weren’t for the help of Catholic
                                                                   house since my husband gave it up to the bank                                   are there to help. They give families hope.”                                  less of what they ultimately choose is best for      Charities. We have been on a journey
                                                                   and did not tell me. I was homeless and in a new                                  Each year Catholic Charities Family Strengthen-                             their child: parenting or adoption. In 2008,         to be parents for 16 years. First try-
                                                                   place. I didn’t know where to go or where to turn                               ing workers surround families and individuals with                            parenting support services was expanded to           ing to have children on our own and
                                                                   to. The clinic referred me to Catholic Charities. I                             a network of support which helps them meet their                              provide more intensive services to teen parents      then trying to adopt. We chose Catholic
                                                                   was skeptical that they would be able to help me                                own needs. Our ultimate goal is to help families                              in Brown County who are working towards              Charities for two reasons: my husband                                                     THINKSTOCK PHOTO

                                                                   since I had no food, money or place to live. I slept                            meet the challenges of their everyday lives so that                           self-sufficiency. One client states; “I don’t know    was adopted through the agency, and Catholic       Every time we look in our son’s eyes we are
                                                                   in my car the first night and called Jessica in the                              they can become self sufficient and, in turn, advo-                            where I would be without Catholic Charities. I       Charities involvement with our church.Our          thankful to his birth mother for choosing life
                                                THINKSTOCK PHOTO   morning. She helped me to find a shelter that had                                cate for themselves and their neighbors.                                      was 17 when I got pregnant. With the help            journey through the adoption process was           and to Catholic Charities and the social work-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of my case worker I was able to find a stable         with joy and heartache. We encountered sev-        ers for everything they have done for us to

             Clinical Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 place to live, get a job, and get my daughter        eral failed adoptions and after each one we        make our family complete.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in day care. The Teen Parent Program helped          questioned whether we wanted to continue             Over the past 93 years, Catholic Charities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 me overcome a personal family situation as           down this path. The social workers guided          Child Welfare Services has touched the lives of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 well. In addition I am learning about healthy        us through our grief and empowered us to           thousands of individuals, children and families
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 relationships and am stricter about who I            continue. After many years of tribulation we       in Northeastern Wisconsin. We look forward
                                                                                                                                     Nancy Fennema, Clinical Services Manager                                                    let in my life. I know I still have a long ways      finally made it to the other side and welcomed      to continuing to provide adoption and parent-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to go. I want to get my driver’s license, get a      home our son. He truly is a gift from God.         ing support services for years to come.
  Mental Health Services remain on the fore-                                                                                                             truly meaningful to me. Because of this I really

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Demographics - Did you know?
front of services provided to people throughout                                                                                                          believe that they reflect, better than anything
our Diocese.                                                                                                                                             else I can imagine, the best example of Christ
  The program provides counseling, educa-                                                                                                                in the world.”
tion and support to all individuals regardless                                                                                                             Therapists work with issues of depression,
of religious affiliation, cultural background or                                                                                                          anxiety, trauma, relational or family conflict,
economic status. Our relationship-based work                                                                                                             self-esteem, grief, divorce, physical and sexual
assists people in making positive changes in                                                                                                             abuse, post-abortion healing, difficulties related
their thinking, communication and behavioral                                                                                                             to life changes and ADHD in children and                                                                                     birthparents facing unplanned pregnancies,         2010 largely due to the economic downturn.
choices.                                                                                                                                                 adults. The program may also provide services                                                                                gave opportunities to create families through        ■ Catholic Charities building efforts in
  The program has been actively involved in                                                                                                              with some mobility. Several staff were avail-                                                                                adoption and post-abortion services to women       strengthening families continues to drive our
the United Way of the Fox Cities School Based                                                                                                            able to assist in a parish where a child had been                                                                            seeking post-abortion healing and forgiveness.     delivery of care.
Mental Health initiative. In 2010 we were                                                                                                                killed in a car accident.                                                                                                      ■ Catholic Charities New Life Fund granted         ■ Catholic Charities Mental Health services
invited into Kaukauna High after a cluster of                                                                                                              In Green Bay and Marinette Domestic Vio-                                                                                   $8,700 to young families in one-time financial      is one of the few remaining no decline pro-
suicides, and we were invited into Marinette                                                                                                             lence groups for men arrested for domestic                                                                                   assistance to encourage a healthy and safe liv-    grams for serving people with chronic mental
High following a hostage and suicide incident.                                                                                                           violence are offered.                                                                                                        ing environment for their families.                illness. Serving a largely uninsured population
The feedback from our work has been positive.                                                                                                               The uniqueness of Catholic Charities Mental                                                                                 ■ 47 children found permanency in 2010           of people we are able to maintain people in
  Catholic Charities therapists have the experi-                                                                                                         Health Services lies in the varied expertise of                                                                              through adoption in Catholic Charities numer-      their homes and improve their quality of life,
ence and skill to work with a wide variety of                                                                                                            our staff, our ability to work well in partner-                                                                              ous child welfare program services.                services were offered to over 1,322 new indi-
people and issues.                                                                                                                                       ships, our ability to offer compassionate care                                                                                 ■ Catholic Charities housing counseling as-      viduals last year.
  One of our clients summarized: “My personal                                                                                        THINKSTOCK PHOTO    and our ability to be available on an emergency                                                                              sisted 61 families to remain in their homes and      ■ Seafarer’s Ministry continues to work to
issues have largely been the product of depres-                                  Vietnam some 40 years ago.                                              basis.                                                                                                                       meet the challenges of pending home foreclosure.   engage volunteers in greeting ships coming
sion, bi-polar disorder, an obsessive-compul-                                     Catholic Charities and my therapist have not                             The cost of this program is supported by the                                                                                 ■ Catholic Charities individual development      into port in Green Bay and offered pastoral
sive disorder, as well as post-traumatic stress                                  only saved my life, they have changed my life                           Bishop’s Appeal, United Way contributions,                                                                                   accounts continue to assist families in securing   outreach to seafarers delivering goods on our
disorder resulting from my military service in                                   through the perception of it now as something                           grants, bequests, donations and client fees.                              Everything you wanted to know about Catho-         permanent home ownership and enhancing             Great Lakes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lic Charities                                        job readiness and skill building.                    ■ Catholic Charities Seeds of Hope Initia-

    Our Mission                                                                                             Our Vision
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ In 2010 Catholic Charities served over             ■ Catholic Charities Family Strengthening        tive in Green Bay, Marinette and Manitowoc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 45,000 people living in the sixteen counties of      Services offered outreach and certifies immi-       has been inviting communities to look at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Diocese of Green Bay.                            gration counseling and refugee services to over    needs of the poor and work to develop plans
    Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay works to meet critical    Believing in the presence of God in our midst, and called by the Diocesan Bishop, Catholic Charities proclaims the     ■ Catholic Charities works to supplement as        900 people who are newcomers to our diocese.       for systemic change in removing barriers to
    needs, address human suffering and promote and restore the well-being of those most vulnerable          sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person by sharing in the mission of Jesus given to the Church.         well as complement the fine work done in our          Additionally it helps people in finding path-       self-sufficiency.
    in our society. Working on behalf of the people served in the Church of Green Bay, Catholic Charities                                                                                                                        parishes in actively promoting social ministry.      ways to naturalization and citizenship.              ■ Catholic Charities continues its partner-
    invites people of faith to reach out to serve others as Jesus has called us to do.                      To this end, Catholic Charities works with individuals, families, and communities to help them meet their needs,                                                            ■ Requests for Catholic Charities Financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ■ Catholic Charities respect life intitiatives                                                        ship with communities to address early child-
                                                                                                            address their issues, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 offered services to 123 teen parents and 92          Health Program services increased by 19% in        hood and dignity of life issues.

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