IMPACT VOLUME 1, NO.1 • MARCH / APRIL 2006 Facing Homelessness: A Complex Challenge ChangeMaker: Lucho Vasquez, founder of Hermano Pedro day shelter Catholic Charities Foundation Gala Raises $1.5 million Opening doors to help and hope. A Message from the President Dear Friends of Catholic Community Services, Welcome to the ﬁrst edition of Impact, our new quarterly mini-magazine. This issue captures what Catholic Community Services is all about: making a measurable impact in the lives of people in need and positively impacting society. You are an essential partner in our ability to make an impact, and this new publication is designed to more fully inform you of our work. It is also designed to help open new doors of opportunity for our supporters, and to strengthen the relationship between Catholic Community Services and those who are interested in our mission. Our inaugural edition of Impact is about homelessness and the complex challenges we face in addressing this vexing issue. On the cover, you will see a picture of my colleague, Valinda Epps. Valinda is a professional counselor name and look. The last few months have been an exhilarating time as we put the ﬁnishing touches on our consolidation. Please take a moment to read our consolidation update to see how much progress we are making. Finally, let me say a special word of thanks to some very dear friends. Scott and Courtney Clark Pastrick did a marvelous job chairing this year’s Catholic Charities Foundation Gala. Despite a major snowstorm, more than 800 people came together to help raise $1.5 million for our programs. I also want to recognize Pat Clancy for his hard work as chairman of the Catholic Charities Foundation board of directors. You can read more about the Foundation and the Gala starting on page 9, in the Vision Partners section. And thank you for your on-going support. Our ability to make an impact really does depend on you. I hope you enjoy reading Impact, and I look forward to your feedback. 2 Impact March / April 2006 at Mount Carmel House, one of our 17 programs for people who are homeless. Valinda knows intimately the impact of our programs, since she was one of our clients before she joined our staff. Hers is a truly inspiring journey of renewal, and it is a journey that started with Catholic Charities and continues with Catholic Community Services. Speaking of Catholic Community Services, you might still be getting familiar with our new Sincerely, Ed Orzechowski President and CEO Consolidation Accomplishments Publicly launched the new Catholic Community Services brand image with a newspaper advertising campaign. Kicked off the renewed Catholic Charities Foundation with a launch celebration at Chevy Chase Bank headquarters. Formed new board of directors and new management structure with top-ﬂight executive team. Organized program and service delivery around six targeted populations: Homeless people Immigrants and refugees People struggling with mental illness People who are developmentally disabled Children who are at-risk Adults and families in crisis Planned 184-unit affordable housing venture with St. Martin of Tours parish in Northeast Washington. Expanded prescription pharmacy program in the District of Columbia to an $800,000 a year initiative. Impact March / April 2006 3 360º VIEW Facing Homelessness: by Gina Maclean HOMELESSNESS evokes strong reactions. Some people are moved to pity, compassion, and action, while others might be ambivalent or misunderstand the challenges homeless people face. No one however, is unaware of homelessness. Just walk or drive through any city and the problem of homelessness is evident. While not new, homelessness as a pressing social issue has emerged in the last 20 to 30 years. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the problem mushroomed in the 1980s after mentally ill people were de-institutionalized in the 70s and released into communities not fully equipped to serve their needs. This, coupled with rapidly rising housing costs, stagnant wages for low-end workers, substance abuse, and increasingly limited access to social services, created an environment ripe for social crisis. Who are the Homeless? Since the challenge of homelessness was created by a combination of social factors, the makeup of the homeless population is varied. The gamut runs from those who are temporarily homeless to chronically homeless and every point in between. While not ignoring any segment of the homeless population, it is within this great in-between that Catholic Community Services devotes much in terms of programs and resources. “Catholic Community Services is the largest provider of overnight shelter,” says Chapman Todd, director of Housing and Support Services. On any given night, Catholic Community Services provides 20% of the District of Columbia’s shelter beds and that is only the beginning. There is also a network of transitional housing programs that provide heath care and other services including treatment for mental illness and substance abuse. Catholic Community Services strives to provide comprehensive assistance to those seeking help in changing their lives and establishing permanent housing. One such program is Mount Carmel House, founded 25 years ago by the Carmelite Sisters of Charity and the former Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Originally begun as an emergency shelter, Mount Carmel has evolved 4 Impact March / April 2006 into a transitional shelter that provides the tools that women need to achieve and maintain an independent life. Over the years, more than 2,000 women have been helped, including a current Family Support Specialist employed at Mount Carmel, Valinda Epps. Miss Epps arrived at Mount Carmel House in 1993, homeless and in need of substance abuse treatment. After treatment, she earned her GED and while working at Mount Carmel during the day, she earned her certification as a professional addictions counselor through the Catholic Charities Institute at night. After two years of sobriety, her 15-year-old daughter came back to live in Epps’ apartment. “It was hard times, struggling with sobriety and a child who had been through my addiction with me, but I was proud of my ability to live independently,” says Epps. “I had no idea where my life was going when I came to Mount Carmel. Now I love my job and being here for others.” In her job, she handles client intake and refers women to the support services they need. She proudly states, “I don’t give up until the job is done.” A Complex Challenge for a two-bedroom District apartment is $1,225. Using the generally accepted standard of spending no more The same could be said than 30% of income on housing, that means a worker would have to earn $49,000 a year to afford such an for Chapman Todd. While he apartment. It is not difficult to understand why minihas his plate full managing Catholic Community Services’ mum-wage workers and those on disability assistance cannot afford housing. While there is subsidized housing and support programs, he also keeps up with housing in the District, there are 28,000 people on the waiting list. Those people are stuck waiting for years the trends in homelessness. and living in precarious situations where a temporary “The nature of serving the homeless has changed in the layoff or a health problem could push them into last 10 to 15 years,” says Todd. homelessness. “There used to be more of End Goal: Healthy Self-Sufﬁciency a system, like group homes, Whatever the situation is that has caused to assist the homeless.” The someone to become homeless, Catholic Community people who utilize Catholic Community Services’ shelter Services is ready to help. “The inherent human dignity of all people is respected,” says Ed Orzechowski, programs also come with more complex life situations. the president and CEO of Catholic Community Services. “Our faith informs us that all people are Many suffer from both mental illness and substance made in the image and likeness of God.” Upholding abuse, Todd explains, making human dignity connects the ministry of Catholic Community Services to the people served. That is their path to independent why Catholic Community Services runs different living very tough. In fact, programs for different populations of homeless some cannot make it in the current social services people. “We are in the business of helping those system and become chronically homeless. While that who want to live independent lives,” says Chapman group accounts for only 15–20% of the homeless Todd, “so we provide and emphasize programs that population, they account for 50% of the people in emergency shelters on a given day. From November 1 move people into healthy self-sufficiency.” For those who cannot make that to March 31, the goal is to prevent death from hypothermia, making outreach to the chronically homeless move at the moment, essential. Mr. Todd laments, “Emergency shelters have Catholic Community become de facto permanent housing for a population Services’ shelters can take care of their basic of homeless.” This does not sit well with Todd. “For needs and provide an what we as a society spend on keeping chronically alternative to sleeping homeless people in shelters, we could place them in on the streets. Whether supportive housing, housing that has case-management services such as health care and addiction coun- chronically homeless seling, for less money.” When asked what he would do or moving towards self-sufficiency, the to solve the homeless problem in general, he states, homeless are God’s “Until we solve the affordable housing shortage, we children—our brothers cannot solve the homeless problem.” and sisters—and we In D.C., as in other major cities, the affordable are here to help them,” housing shortage is acute. According to the National Valinda Epps adds Todd. Low Income Housing Coalition, the fair market rent Affordable Housing Crisis 5 Impact March / April 2006 What’sNew Kennedy Institute Honors People with Developmental Disabilities Succeeding in the Workforce Kennedy Institute of Catholic Community Services recently awarded the annual Horizon Awards to eight people with developmental disabilities for outstanding achievement in the workplace. The awards highlighted Kennedy Institute’s work to help people with developmental disabilities become contributing members of the workforce. “Each year, adults in our programs achieve greater independence because our business partners help to create opportunities for them to learn, grow, and contribute in the workplace,” said Rebecca Salon, director of Disability Services for Catholic Community Services. “We are extremely proud of all the award recipients and are grateful to our business partners for broadening current and future horizons for the people we serve.” One recipient, Michelle Washington, had never held a job until she was hired by the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home as a server in January 2004. Another recipient, Terrel Limerick, was recognized for ten years of successful employment with Special Olympics. Limerick gained enough conﬁdence that he now gives motivational speeches to students in the Montgomery County Public Schools. Horizon Awards were also presented to several business owners who employ people with developmental disabilities through Kennedy Institute. Montgomery Family Center Launches New Food Program Catholic Community Services has extended its reach to people who are hungry with a new charitable food distribution site at the Montgomery County Family Center. The new food distribution program is in partnership with Manna Food Center, a charitable food program in Montgomery County, and will help expand food services 6 Impact March / April 2006 to vulnerable people in the Wheaton and Silver Spring area. Montgomery County Council member, Tom Perez, joined Ed Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Community Services, for the ofﬁcial launch of the program prior to Thanksgiving. Catholic Community Services’ Montgomery County Family Center will host the food distribution every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., making it easier for people who are the working poor to get food conveniently after work. “There’s a strong need for more charitable food distribution sites, and Catholic Community Services is proud to be working with Manna Food Center to expand services in Montgomery County,” said Orzechowski. “Times are tough for many families, and we’ll continue to expand partnerships with governments and other charitable organizations to keep up with growing unmet human needs.” Montgomery County is the fourth richest county in the United States with an average household income of $82,971 and one of the most expensive housing markets. There are 45,000 people in the county living below the national poverty line. But the actual income needed for a family of four to get by without help is now $60,000, increasing the number of Montgomery County residents who are at-risk of hunger to 233,000. Independence through Education at Catholic Community Services by Michael Meneer Catholic Community Services’ adulteducation program serving homeless people reached a major milestone when it was recognized for one of the highest graduation rates in the District of Columbia. The Downtown Family Center’s GED (General Equivalency Diploma) Preparation Program had the second-highest graduation rate of all programs with an open door policy—meaning it accepts participants of all education levels. The program, funded in part by the District of Columbia’s State Education Agency and the Fannie Mae Foundation, targets people who are currently or were formerly homeless. “The work Catholic Community Services is doing with homelessness around the least served parts of D.C., especially in Ward 7, is some of the most important work we can get done,” according to Connie Spinner, director of the District of Columbia State Education Agency.“You (Catholic Community Services) are consistent A in determining to serve where there is the greatest need.” About eighty people attend classes each year at three locations in the District. The number of students who successfully earned their GED through the program increased nine-fold over the last four years, according to the program’s mance,” Butler said. And alumni maintain their connections to the program after graduation, returning as volunteers or taking additional coursework in employment skills and college preparation. Leslie Hines passed the GED exam after starting classes at the Downtown Family Center Impact March / April 2006 administrator, Pilar Oberwetter. “We use a very individualized approach and do a lot of follow-up with our graduates,” said Nancy Butler, regional manager with Catholic Community Services and head of the Downtown Family Center. “The key to the program’s success is a focus on meeting the individual needs of each student and closely monitoring perfor- in 2002. Now he is a volunteer tutor in the program and attends classes at Southeastern University in the District. Hines dropped out of junior high and spent the better part of ten years doing temporary jobs and day labor, earning about $40 a day. He said he constantly thought to himself, “What am I going to do with $40 per day?” Now Hines talks with conﬁdence about the difference between saving and investing and plans to start a marketing and publishing business. Reﬂecting on his time in the program, Hines says, “How much have I grown? I can’t keep up with it.” Another graduate, Shontice Fields, who earned her GED in October, says the Catholic Community Services’ GED program gave her hope and encouragement. Fields takes work readiness classes with Catholic Community Services as a part of the federal welfare-to-work program. The 27-year-old mother of two says she and her classmates depend on programs like the GED preparation to get into the workforce. “(I) needed to have a foundation that I could build on,” Fields says. “Many doors are beginning to open for me. This has allowed me to feel conﬁdent within myself and realize that anything is possible.” Shontice Fields plans to start college classes this spring at the University of the District of Columbia. 7 ChangeMaker by Gina Maclean Luis “Lucho” Vasquez Founder of Hermano Pedro D.C. Lucho, as he is known, is an energetic 34-year-old, who speaks with enthusiasm and passion about the shelter he founded two years ago. Q: What is Hermano Pedro D.C.? A: Hermano Pedro is a day shelter open to anyone in need without restrictions. Q: What prompted you to found Hermano Pedro? A: I was working at a Catholic Community Services’ hypothermia shelter in Columbia Heights and saw a need for a day shelter. I worked closely with Chapman Todd, the director of housing and support services, who provided me with an empty basement and $560 to get things started. Q: Where is the name from? A: Santo Hermano Pedro (Brother Peter) was a 17th century Franciscan who opened his door to all who needed assistance in Antigua, Guatemala. Q: How did you hear of Hermano Pedro? A: After I earned my masters degree in social work, I volunteered in a hospital named for him in Guatemala. When I was there, I learned about Hermano Pedro, his work with the homeless, and his spirit of acceptance towards all people, which is what I want to emulate here in Washington. I was also fortunate enough to attend Hermano Pedro’s canonization Mass given by Pope John Paul II. Q: What sort of people come to Hermano Pedro? A: It’s a huge melting pot, with the majority groups being Latinos and African Americans. We get homeless people and those on the edge of homelessness. We get U.S. citizens and undocumented workers, literally people from all over the world. We work with individuals who have fallen between the cracks and have no place left to go. Q: What services do you offer? A: We have showers, laundry, clothing, and serve breakfast and lunch. We provide bilingual social services, what we call social service triage, basically an emergency room for all kinds of life problems. Our crisis intervention includes ﬁrst aid care, mental health treatment with our psychiatrist, and bi-lingual group therapy, which is the only group of its kind in D.C. Q: Did you grow up bilingual? A: My father is Peruvian and my mother Irish. I was raised in the Washington area by my mother, so English is my ﬁrst language. I am truly bi-lingual now thanks to my Peruvian wife, Karume. Q: How many people come to Hermano Pedro each day? A: The day we opened, we had 38 and the numbers quickly grew to 100 to 120 a day. We are bursting at the seams and are hoping to ﬁnd a larger space. Q: Is Hermano Pedro the only shelter you are involved in? A: Actually no. We started a night shelter for 15 women at Hermano Pedro D.C. last February, and I am responsible for the operation of four hypothermia shelters and the Harriet Tubman Women’s Center—a shelter for 75 women located on the campus of the old D.C. General Hospital. Although I am the program administrator for these programs, I am not in this effort alone. All of our staff, especially Bill Peterson and George Jones, have given selflessly to this work. Continued on page 11 8 Impact March / April 2006 News from the Catholic Charities Foundation— Supporting the Good Works of Catholic Community Services Clark Charitable Foundation Makes Major Contribution The Clark Charitable Foundation has made a $100,000 contribution to the Catholic Charities Foundation to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. “We wanted to get behind the work of Catholic Community Services to help displaced Hurricane Katrina families,” said Courtney Clark Pastrick, executive director of the Clark Charitable Foundation. Clark Pastrick and her husband, Scott Pastrick, also chaired this year’s Catholic Charities Foundation Gala. Clark Construction Group and the Clark Charitable Foundation are long-standing supporters of the Catholic Charities Foundation and programs of Catholic Community Services. Clark Construction also supports a construction apprenticeship program run by the Spanish Catholic Center. Five recent graduates of the program are currently employed at Clark Construction work sites in the area. pay for counseling, housing, groceries, utilities, and other household expenses for 33 families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. “Katrina families have had their lives turned upside down. We are pleased to be working with Catholic Community Services to help those families who have come to our hometown,” said Ralph F. Boyd, executive vice president of community relations for Freddie Mac. The network of eight family-support centers run by Catholic Community Services is marshaling resources for Hurricane Katrina survivors. Additional caseworkers were hired to provide on-going social service and mental health support to the Hurricane Katrina survivors. And Freddie Mac employees are volunteering their personal time and resources to help the hurricane survivors settle in the National Capital Area. “Katrina families have had their lives turned upside down. We are pleased to be working with Catholic Community Services to help those families who have come to our hometown.” VisionPartners CareFirst Gives $100,000 to Treat Uninsured Immigrants CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield delivered a $100,000 grant to Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Community Services to improve services for lowincome and uninsured immigrants treated at its Langley Park, Maryland clinic. The clinic primarily treats Hispanic immigrants drawn from Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Maryland. “This type of commitment is essential support to the rapidly growing immigrant population, an already vulnerable community who often go without the basic medical care necessary to live with dignity,” said Ed Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Community Services. The grant is timely, given the recent release of a Center for Immigration Studies report that said one-third of immigrants in the United States lack health insurance. This, amid what the report called the “highest ﬁve-year period of immigration in American history.” Freddie Mac Adopts Hurricane Katrina Survivors More than 100 survivors of Hurricane Katrina who relocated to the national capital area are resting a bit easier thanks to the generosity of the Freddie Mac Foundation and the work of Catholic Community Services. Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation have provided a $475,000 grant to Catholic Community Services to 9 Impact March / April 2006 Courtney Clark Pastrick and R. Scott Pastrick The Spanish Catholic Center provides a range of medical and dental care to uninsured immigrants at three clinics: in Mt. Pleasant in the District, and Gaithersburg and Langley Park in Maryland. The Spanish Catholic Center serves more than 30,000 immigrants annually. • Director’s Circle — $25,000 a year for ﬁve years If you would like to learn more about the Circle of Hope or other types of giving opportunities, please call Carol Shannon, executive director of the Catholic Charities Foundation, at (202) 772-4395 or e-mail at Carol.Shannon@ccsdc.org. Clancys Launch Circle of Hope with Major Gift Pat and Mary Anne Clancy are pledging $125,000 as part of a new Catholic Charities Foundation leadership program. The new program is called Circle of Hope and will provide special recognition and leadership opportunities for supporters who make a multi-year pledge to the foundation. The Clancys are inaugural members of the Circle of Hope. Their commitment shows the kind of support the Catholic Charities Foundation needs to support Catholic Community Services’ programs now, while also laying a foundation for the organization’s long-term viability. The Circle of Hope has three pledge levels: • Trustee’s Circle —$5,000 a year for ﬁve years • Chairman’s Circle — $10,000 a year for ﬁve years Catholic Charities Foundation Gala Raises $1.5 Million Despite Snowstorm Amidst the biggest snowstorm this winter, more than 800 people came together Saturday, February 11th at the Washington Hilton Hotel to raise $1.5 million for the Catholic Charities Foundation. Proceeds from the annual gala will help more than 120,000 people served by Catholic Community Services of the Archdiocese of Washington. “This Catholic Charities Foundation Gala is vitally important,” said Pat Clancy, chief lending ofﬁcer of Chevy Chase Bank and chairman of the Catholic Charities Foundation board of directors. “It provides the critical funds to support the many programs of Catholic Community Services, which assists those who are most vulnerable in our society.” Two long-time sup- From left to right: Pat Clancy, chairman, Catholic Charities Foundation board of directors; Eric Billings, 2006 Voice of Hope Award recipient; Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington; Marianne “Fuzzy” Billings, 2006 Voice of Hope Award recipient; Ed Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Community Services porters of the Catholic Charities Foundation were also honored for their support. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, presented the 2006 Voice of Hope Award to Eric and Fuzzy Billings of Potomac, Maryland. The award honors philanthropists a record-breaking $1.5 million. Eric Billings is chairman and CEO of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, a national investment bank headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Fuzzy Billings is a Washington native and graduate of The HoltonArms School and Duke University. 10 Impact March / April 2006 From left to right: Ed Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Community Services; Terry Orzechowski; Chris Matthews; Kathleen Matthews who have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility. The Billings led the 2005 gala, which raised Scott and Courtney Clark Pastrick chaired this year’s gala. Scott Pastrick is president and CEO of BKSH Government The Blind Boys of Alabama perform Colleen and Kevin Reed Ronald Steele and his guest, Donna Sutton. recounting the plight of more than 750 survivors of Hurricane Katrina who were served by Catholic Community Services. Following dinner, guests clapped their hands and stomped their feet to the music of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, The Blind Boys of Alabama. From left to right: George Voris; William Craig; Dorothy Voris; Margie Craig; Ed Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Community Services Impact March / April 2006 Relations Worldwide. Courtney Clark Pastrick is executive director of the Clark Charitable Foundation. Among the attendees were a who’s who of area politicians, including Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and Maryland’s Lt. Governor Michael Steele. Steele’s wife Andrea is a member of the Catholic Charities Foundation board of directors. The gala included a special video presentation narrated by WJLA’s Kathleen Matthews, Continued from page 8 From left to right: Eric Billings, 2006 Voice of Hope Award recipient; R. Scott Pastrick, 2006 Catholic Charities Foundation Gala co-chair; Pat Clancy, chairman, Catholic Charities Foundation board of directors; Mary Anne Clancy; Marianne “Fuzzy” Billings, 2006 Voice of Hope Award recipient Seated: Clark Pastrick; Courtney Clark Pastrick, 2006 Catholic Charities Foundation Gala co-chair Q: You interact with many homeless people. Is there a common denominator among them? A: I would say that it is the complexity of their situations and the deep need for love and support that our homeless brothers and sisters have in common. Q: Is there one social barrier that, if lifted, could make a difference in the lives of the homeless? A: I would say that if there were more, much more affordable housing available, that would make a huge difference. 11 IMPACT Executive Editor Catholic Community Services Event Calendar April April 1 Mount Carmel House Monte Carlo Night Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Location: Georgetown University Leavey Center 3800 Reservoir Road, NW Washington, D.C. 20057 Contact: Mary Bridget Klinkenbergh (202) 289-6315 Cost: $100 per person April 22 Knights of Columbus Cardinal’s Charity Ball Beneﬁts Kennedy Institute of Catholic Community Services Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel Contact: Haley West (202) 281-2717 or HWest@kennedyinstitute.org Cost: $45 per person April 30 Caritas Mass and Reception Honoring Catholic Community Services’ Volunteers Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: St. Patrick’s In The City 619 10th Street, NW Contact: Sarah Arnett (202) 772-4392 CAROL SHANNON Managing Editor MICHAEL MENEER Writers MICHAEL MENEER GINA MACLEAN Graphic Design May May 6 Spanish Catholic Center Gala Time: 7:00 p.m. – Midnight Location: Hall of the Americas— Organization of American States 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Contact: Bernardo Aparicio (202) 939-2435 or email@example.com Cost: $250 per person OLTJEN DESIGN ASSOCIATES Production Manager GINA MACLEAN For information, contact Michael Meneer at (202) 772-4378 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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