Improving Job-Seeking Skills Helps Cut Poverty

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                                                                                                                                                        people of

             OF HOPE
                                                                                                                                                        all cultures

                                                                                                                                                        and beliefs

AUGUST 2009                N E W S L E T T E R , C AT H O L I C C H A R I T I E S O F S A N TA C L A R A CO U N T Y                         VOLUME 14, ISSUE 27

  W H AT ' S I NSI D E
      A Message from
                                        Improving Job-Seeking Skills Helps Cut Poverty
 2    CEO Gregory Kepferle
                                        Catholic Charities Partners With College to Offer Classes
      Caritas Members
 2    Touch Lives

      Catholic Charities Serves                    atholic Charities of Santa Clara
 3    South County
                                                   County is partnering with
      Dedicated Volunteers Keep
 3    Ombudsman Going                              Foothill-DeAnza Community
      Dan Wu Heads
 3    Charities Housing
                                        College District to offer a work-readiness

      Cutting Poverty by
                                        certificate program that trains people to
 4    Reducing Barriers                 be proficient job seekers and employees.
      Client Stories
 5    continued
                                        The program provides a path out of
      Donors Open Their Hearts          poverty by giving people the tools they
 6    for May Appeal
                                        need to become gainfully employed.
      Roll Against Poverty at
 6    Bocce Tournament                      “It’s absolutely critical to help people     Smiles abound as students prepare to enter the workforce in Silicon Valley with help
                                                                                         from FHDA instructors.
      Caritas Dinner Continues          get the skills they need to find and retain
 7    to Honor Donors
                                        employment,” says Ellen Dumesnil,                                employment. This class gives them the tools to stand
      Golf Tournament Changes
 7    Lives for 25 Years                Director of Economic Development at Catholic                     out in an interview.
                                        Charities. “Many people don’t realize they can create                 “Our goal is to level the playing field so everyone
          CALENDAR                      a career path for themselves. It’s more than just                has equal opportunity to succeed in the workforce,”
 August 27                              helping people earn a paycheck; we are giving them a             says Daniel Dishno, Supervisor at the Foothill-
 Bocce Tournament                       sense of promise, hope.”                                         DeAnza Occupational Training Institute.
 Los Gatos                                  The six-week, 67-hour certificate program is taught               Leveling the playing field helps to break the cycle
 September 24–27                        by DeAnza and Foothill college instructors and held at           of poverty. In April, Catholic Charities and Step Up
 Catholic Charities USA                 Catholic Charities’ Employment Training Center on                Silicon Valley launched the Campaign to Cut Poverty
 Annual Gathering
 Portland, OR                           Zanker Road. The program was launched in March and               in Santa Clara County. The coalition is determined
                                        since then 12 of the 29 graduates have secured jobs.             to cut the local poverty rate in half by 2020. Part of
 October 1
 Caritas Society Annual Dinner              The certificate program includes four classes:               the effort is focused on helping individuals become
 Cathedral Basilica St. Joseph          Blueprint for Workplace Success, Blueprint for                   financially self-sufficient through gainful employment.
 The Fairmont San Jose                  Customer Service, 30 Ways to Shine as a New                           “Graduates of this class are well-prepared to enter
                                        Employee and the Job Club. Participants learn how                the job market,” Ellen says. “They are willing to start
    SAVE THE DATE                       to write their resumes, interviewing skills, appropriate         at the bottom and they have Catholic Charities staff
       Inaugural Bocce                  work behavior, and ways to resolve conflicts on the job.         supporting them all the way. We would really love to
         Tournament                         Guest speakers, including human resources                    get more employers to partner with us and make sure
                                        managers and other prospective employers, provide                nobody falls through the cracks.”
       August 27, 2009
       Campo di Bocce                   the class with insights about what employers are
                                        looking for and other tips for landing a job. Volunteer          GET INVOLVED
 Join us for our first annual bocce                                                                      Give one of our work-readiness graduates a chance by hiring
  tournament at Campo di Bocce          mentors work with participants, helping them find
                                                                                                         them to work at your company. More volunteers who are willing
 in Los Gatos and help us provide       job opportunities, conducting mock interviews and                to mentor job seekers are also needed. To get involved, contact
    essential services for those in                                                                      Ellen Dumesnil at (408) 325-5274 or
      need in our community.            tailoring their resumes for specific openings.
                                            The free work-readiness program is available
     For more information contact                                                                           For real stories about people who are cutting
     Magi Young at (408) 325-5225       to clients from Catholic Charities and Sacred
                                                                                                             poverty and creating hope, turn to page 4.
         or             Heart Community Service who need help securing
                                M e s s a g e         F r o m    t h e    C E O
                                                                                                                  CATHOLIC CHARITIES
                                                                                                                  BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    Dear Friends,                                         funding remains strong. Foundations and
    As many of you well know, running a                   corporations have jumped in to help, in part            CHAIRMAN
                                                                                                                  Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath
business in this crazy economic climate is a bit          because they see the need and know that
of a challenge, to put it mildly. Now imagine             Catholic Charities is a trusted partner that            Paul F. Gentzkow
that the business you run is focused on one goal          serves people of all cultures and beliefs with
                                                                                                                  VICE PRESIDENT
– cutting poverty. Suddenly the path forward              demonstrated cost effective results.                    Thomas J. Crotty
appears a lot steeper, especially with more people              Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County          SECRETARY
seeking help with jobs and housing.                       has received Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star         Deborah Robinson

    Yet I have hope. I have hope because of               rating for sound fiscal management and for              Mary Sue Albanese
our amazing clients who cling to hope for                 our ability to efficiently manage and grow our          Maribel R. Andonian
                                                                                                                  Frank G. Bisceglia
their very survival. As you read the stories              finances. Charity Navigator’s designation of
                                                                                                                  Kirsten Carr
in this issue, I trust you                                                      our agency as “exceptional”       Norman Carroll
will experience that hope                                                       stamps Catholic Charities         Jim Cashman
                                                                                                                  Kevin DeNuccio
because of the lives changed                                                    of Santa Clara County
                                                                                                                  Andrew Haaser
for good each day. I have                                                       as “being worthy of the           Rasha Hasaneen
hope because of the job                                                         public’s trust.”                  Alex Hull
                                                                                                                  Joseph P. Melehan
seekers who found jobs even                                                         We take our mission of
                                                                                                                  Timothy O’Donnell
in this tough economy, the                                                      creating “a more just and         Darlene Tenes
young woman who built                                                           compassionate community”          Raymond J. Triplett
                                                                                                                  Patrick Waite
her own computer, and the                                                       to heart and we start by
                                                                                                                  Michael Yutrzenka
parents who now read to                          Greg Kepferle                  being trusted stewards
                                                                                                                  EX OFFICIO
their children every night.                                                     with the funds entrusted
                                                                                                                  Gregory R. Kepferle
    I have hope because of the volunteers                 to us for doing good and changing lives for             Rev. Brendan McGuire
who dedicate their lives to the elderly and               good. The evidence of success is found in               Robert Serventi
the vulnerable and our faithful donors who                the amazing work of our dedicated staff and
still give so generously even when their own
incomes are suffering. Our May Appeal
                                                          volunteers and in the results they achieve in
                                                          helping our clients succeed and overcome the
                                                                                                                  Did You Know?
                                                                                                                  One in five grandparents in Santa Clara
for our Neighbors in Need received more                   barriers that keep them in poverty.
gifts than ever before, and we had more                         Oh yes, I have hope!                              County is raising their grandchildren

golfers than ever at our 25th Annual Golf                                                                         and Catholic Charities’ Kinship Resource

Tournament. While we are feeling the pinch                All the best!                                           Center is ready to provide support and

of cuts of local and state funds, federal                 Greg                                                    information to these families.

Caritas Members Learn About Lives They Have Touched
More than 150 Caritas Society members and their                                                               Instead of hanging out on the streets, Aaron got
guests enjoyed the opportunity to learn more                                                                  more involved in activities at the youth center and
about Catholic Charities at a March reception at the                                                          joined the wrestling team at school. His grades
Saratoga home of Barbara and Paul Gentzkow and                                                                improved and so did his attitude. Now he volunteers
an April reception at Kathy and Casey McGlynn’s                                                               at Washington United and out in the community,
Palo Alto home. The receptions gave members the                                                               and is actively involved at his church.
chance to socialize with each other and chat with
                                                                                                              “I got a second chance,” he says.
staff and volunteers.
                                                                                                              Kathy Kellett talked about the support Catholic
They also heard from two people who saw their lives
                                                                                                              Charities provides to families caring for their
improve dramatically after getting involved with
                                                         L–R: Paul and Barbara Gentzkow, Bishop Patrick J.    relative’s children. Twenty years ago when her
Catholic Charities. Their inspiring stories showed       McGrath
                                                                                                              grandson came to live with her, she started support
how real lives are changed for good thanks to the
                                                                                                              groups for families like hers.
generosity of Caritas Society members.
                                                                                                              Now she is a case manager at Catholic Charities’
Aaron Carrera told the group how his life turned
                                                                                                              Kinship Resource Center, which offers services to
around after he was stabbed in front of his house
                                                                                                              families raising grandkids, nieces and nephews,
two years ago. With the help of Catholic Charities’
                                                                                                              and other relative children. She told Caritas Society
Gang Intervention Program, and the caring adults
                                                                                                              members how their contributions are helping to
who offered him guidance at Washington United
                                                                                                              strengthen these families and prevent children from
Youth Center near his home, he escaped that life
                                                                                                              entering the foster care system.
and is now headed to college.
                                                                                                              “There is an immense need for these services,”
                                                         L–R: Casey and Kathy McGlynn, Greg Kepferle          she says.

                  e s                                  CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVES MEALS
                 N                                     AND MORE TO SOUTH COUNTY


                                                       While headquartered in San Jose, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County offers a number of
              u                -                       services to South County residents in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, including nutritional meals for
                     n       d                         seniors, after-school programs for low-income youth, and immigration and legal services.
                                                           Housed in the Gilroy Senior Center at 7371 Hanna Street, Catholic Charities’ Senior
Agency Honors Late Therapist
                                                       Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with a hot lunch Monday through Friday. The
Steven Benovitz was a caring therapist in the
Behavioral Health Division of Catholic Charities of                                                    program serves from 75 to 150 meals each day. Every
Santa Clara County who died earlier this spring. In
                                                                                                       Thursday, seniors can pick up a bag of groceries at the center
his honor, Catholic Charities has established the
Steven Benovitz Intern Memorial Fund. At the end                                                       through the Brown Bag program. The groceries are provided
of each year, two Behavioral Health interns will                                                       by Second Harvest Food Bank.
earn the Steven Benovitz Intern Memorial Award.
Catholic Charities staff established a memorial                                                            “We have activities and classes provided by the city of
fund to continue supporting the award in honor                                                         Gilroy,” says Maria Delgado, Nutrition Site Manager. “There
of Steve, who invested so much of his time and
energy in helping interns. Donations to the fund                                                       are computer classes, line dancing, aerobics for seniors
may be made online at www.catholiccharitiesscc.                                                        and more. Seniors can stay all day and socialize, play cards
org. Please make sure to note your contributions
are in memoriam of the Steven Benovitz Intern          Service sites in the South County include:      or bingo, and participate in the activities.” A nurse from
                                                       1) Gilroy Family Resource Center at 8833
Memorial Fund.                                         Monterey Rd.; 2) Immigration Legal and          Catholic Charities’ Day Break program comes to the center
                                                       Citizenship Services at 7950 Church St.
Teens Complete Computer Course                         (St. Mary’s Church); 3) Behavioral Health
                                                                                                       the second Friday of every month to provide blood pressure
Fourteen high school students completed a              Services at 1215 First St.; 4) Gilroy Senior
                                                                                                       and glucose screenings.
computer skills course at the Summit League Tech       Nutrition Site at 7371 Hanna St.; 5) Day
                                                       Break Adult Day Care at 651 W. Sixth St.;           Catholic Charities operates El Toro Youth Center in
Lab at Washington United Youth Center. Students
                                                       6) El Toro Youth Center at 17620 Crest Ave.
received certificates for learning the Microsoft                                                       Morgan Hill, which provides educational, recreational and
applications and building their own computers.
Each student who graduated from the program            social services to young people and their families. With homework assistance, computer classes
took home the hard drive they created plus a           and other support, the goal is to ensure academic success for these youth. El Toro staff work
monitor and keyboard.
                                                       with kids and teens in the context of their whole family and encourage parent participation.
Junior League Awards Foster
Grandparent                                                Immigration and legal services are provided by Catholic Charities at 7950 Church Street in
The Junior League of San Jose presented its 40th       Gilroy. South County residents can get help with visa applications, asylum petitions and more.
Anniversary Award to Anna Rosetta Davis for her
18 years of service to Catholic Charities of Santa
Clara County’s Foster Grandparent Program. Foster
Grandparents spend 20 hours a week nurturing           DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF
kids with special needs from the Children’s Shelter,
juvenile hall, and area hospitals.                     KEEP OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM GOING
                                                       Hundreds of older adults in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Santa Clara County depend on Catholic
Dan Wu Heads                                           Charities and its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The program is state and federally mandated and funded, but
                                                       last fall the governor cut state funding, forcing Catholic Charities of
Charities Housing                                      Santa Clara County to make severe cuts. Thanks to the dedication and
                             Dan Wu has been           commitment of volunteers and staff, the program continues to serve
                             named Executive           some of the most vulnerable among us.
                             Director for
                                                       “We lost six of our eight staff members,” says Wanda Hale,
                             Charities Housing
                                                       Ombudsman Program Director. “It was a sad day. But I can tell you
                                                       every one of them continued on as volunteers. That’s how committed
                             Corp. He has been
                                                       they are.”
                             with the agency                                                                                      The ombudsman acts as the eyes, ears and
                                                                                                                                  voice for seniors in long-term care facilities.
                             for more than 14          The Ombudsman Program has always depended largely on
years and last served as Director of Real Estate       volunteers, who become advocates after 36 hours of training and a 10-hour hands-on internship. Advocates need to
for Charities Housing. Dan brings to his new           know all the rules and regulations governing nursing homes and long-term care facilities and be able to volunteer
position a wealth of experience and expertise          five or more hours a week. Right now the program has more than 30 active volunteers.
in architecture, appraisal and finance.
                                                       “We always need volunteers,” Wanda says. “But what we really need is funding.”
Catholic Charities formed Charities Housing
in 1993 to help meet the need for more                 For many vulnerable seniors, the Ombudsman Program is their only lifeline to the outside world. Ombudsman staff

affordable housing. Since then, Charities              and volunteers visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities to make sure residents are getting quality care. They

Housing has developed 14 affordable housing            mediate complaints and investigate reports of any misconduct or abuse.

complexes providing more than 800 units,               “We’re not getting out there as much as we would like,” says Wanda. “We are able to meet the state mandates, but
with 400 additional units planned.                     we aren’t able to give the kind of care we would like. We need to visit these places on a regular basis and build up a

Last year, Catholic Charities created the Domus        rapport with residents so they trust us and are willing to share problems they are experiencing with the facility.”

Council to raise funds for supportive housing.
The funds help leverage federal grants for these       GET INVOLVED
types of housing projects because many federal         You can help seniors get the care they deserve by donating to the Ombudsman Program or becoming a volunteer.
contracts require a local match of dollars.            Contact Wanda Hale at (408) 325-5269.

                  Cutting Poverty by
                                                                                                 Catholic Charities Pr
                                                                          Mary                                  “It turns out I can do just fine on my own,”
                                                                                                            she says. “It feels good to not be under the
                                                          Supportive Housing Program
                                                                                                            influence and I’m now responsible for my life.”
                                                       Mary came to California more than 35                     Mary feels secure and accepted at Pensione
                                                   years ago from upstate New York, but it wasn’t           Esperanza, she says. In fact, Mary has been
                                                   until last year that she finally had a place to          doing so well thanks to the stability in her life,
                                                   call home. That’s when she moved to Pensione             she felt confident to visit her family in New
                                                   Esperanza, a housing complex near downtown               York for the first time in 27 years.
                                                   San Jose developed by Charities Housing for                  “Thanks to Catholic Charities, I feel good
                                                   very low-income individuals.                             about myself,” she says.
                                                       After several decades of battling addiction,
                                                   witnessing violence and enduring periods of              GET INVOLVED
                                                                                                            Catholic Charities' Domus Council raises funds to
                                                   incarceration, Mary was referred to Catholic
                                                                                                            build supportive housing developments. To get
                                                   Charities’ Supportive Housing program. With              involved, contact Magi Young at (408) 325-5225
                                                   guidance from her Catholic Charities case                or

                                                   manager, 56-year-old Mary has been able to
                                                   manage living on her own.

               Alma Perez                          Charities’ Raising A Reader, which serves
                                                   children from birth to age 5. Alma signed up
              Raising a Reader
                                                   immediately and her children loved it. She
    Thanks to their involvement in Raising         credits Raising A Reader with encouraging
A Reader, Alma and her husband Daniel now          her husband to be interested in their son and
enjoy reading and singing to their children each   daughter’s education.
night. But that wasn’t always the case.                “It would take me the whole day to talk
    The couple immigrated to the United            about all the good and positive things that
States eight years ago, first settling in Santa    have happened to me,” Alma says. “I am very
Cruz and then moving to San Jose.                  thrilled that there are programs that care for
    “The change was very radical for all of us,    our children’s education.”
but especially for me, because I did not know
anyone here,” Alma says.                           GET INVOLVED
                                                   Do you speak Spanish and want to help parents
    One day Alma’s neighbor mentioned a
                                                   engage in early literacy activities at Luther Burbank,
literacy program for children the neighbor         Sherman Oaks or Seven Trees elementary schools?
thought would be of great assistance to Alma       Contact Patricia Arenas at (408) 283-6150 or
and her family. The program was Catholic

                                                               Damodar Dahal                                College District. It gives participants the tools
                                                                                                            they need to secure jobs. See the cover story for
                                                               Employment Training
                                                                                                            more details about the program.
                                                       After spending 17 years in a Bhutanese                   “Representatives from Safeway came to our
                                                   refugee camp in Nepal, Damodar Dahal is ready            class and interviewed me,” Damodar says. “I
                                                   to get on with his life. The 24-year-old came to         was hired as a courtesy clerk.”
                                                   the United States in February and recently landed            He learned to speak English and studied
                                                   a job at Safeway using the skills he learned in          business and mathematics while living in the
                                                   Catholic Charities’ work-readiness program.              refugee camp. He hopes to earn enough money
                                                       “The classes I took helped me in several             to go to college someday.
                                                   ways,” he says. “I learned what to do and say                “I want to get a degree in business and
                                                   in the interview. I also learned a lot about             accounting,” he says.
                                                   customer service.”
                                                       Damodar is one of the first graduates of             GET INVOLVED
                                                                                                            Do you have a job opening that needs to be filled?
                                                   the six-week training program, which was
                                                                                                            Contact Adrian Vargas at (408) 325-5251 or
                                                   developed through a partnership with Catholic  
                                                   Charities and the Foothill–DeAnza Community

Reducing Barriers
ograms Create Hope
             Marcia Powers                               “There is a heartfelt satisfaction in giving
                                                     back to the elderly an ‘avenue’ to assist them in
         Rides Coordinator/Escorted
           Transportation Program                    completing their weekly tasks,” says Marcia.
                                                         A number of seniors who regularly attend
      Marcia Powers has been helping the frail       Day Break depend on the service to get them
  elderly get to Catholic Charities’ Day Break       to the program. The centers offer seniors and
  Respite and Caregiver Support program for          their caregivers state-licensed adult day care,
  nearly a decade, providing a lifeline to some of   in-home respite care, classes, and more.
  the most underserved residents. She volunteers         Marcia keeps the transportation service
  about 20 hours each week coordinating all          running smoothly and often connects seniors
  the rides for the Escorted Transportation          to other community services available to
  service. This critical program connects frail,     them. They have come to count on her warm,
  homebound seniors in Santa Clara County –          caring assistance.
  who cannot access public transportation – with
  dedicated volunteers who get them to and from      GET INVOLVED
                                                     Volunteer to be a driver by contacting Aurea Lewis at
  their grocery shopping, medical appointments
                                                     (408) 325-5261 or
  and other errands.

                                                                 Zuleima Juarez                              The final two weeks of the course, she and her
                                                                                                             classmates each built their own computer to
                                                            Washington United Summit
                                                                                                             take home.
                                                                      League Tech Lab
                                                                                                                 “Now that I have a computer, it will be so
                                                         Zuleima Juarez is the oldest of seven               much easier to get my homework done,” she
                                                     children. With so many kids in the house, it’s          says. “I really learned a lot from the class. We
                                                     hard for her parents to afford certain luxuries         also talked a lot about jobs and careers.”
                                                     like a computer. But now the 16-year-old has                The program is aimed at bridging the
                                                     a computer of her own and the skills to use it          digital divide by providing low-income
                                                     thanks to Catholic Charities’ Summit League             teens with the opportunity to become more
                                                     Tech Lab at Washington United Youth Center.             computer literate while giving them the skills
                                                         Zuleima recently graduated from a 10-week           they need to get a job and do well in school.
                                                     course at the Tech Lab, where she learned how
                                                                                                             GET INVOLVED
                                                     to use basic computer programs, put together
                                                                                                             Companies with extra computers for donation to the
                                                     her resume, conduct online research, including          Tech Lab students may contact Tony Rodriguez at
                                                     job searches, and other tools needed to succeed.        (408) 938-6731 or

                Larry Lauro                          Campaign to Cut Poverty. Food is one of the
                                                     five key areas the poverty campaign
          Campaign to Cut Poverty
                                                     is addressing.
      Larry Lauro understands how easy it can            “When you travel to extreme poverty you
  be to forget about those who really struggle       begin to see the world differently,” says Larry,
  just to get by. The counselor at Bellarmine        who took students on an annual trek to El
  College Preparatory is working with Steve          Salvador for years and now wants to raise their
  Pinkston, Megan Murphy, Principal Chris            awareness of the poverty that exists right here.
  Meyercord and others at the high school to         “Day-to-day living in our material world can
  raise the consciousness of students and the        distract us from the suffering that goes on.
  school community about hunger. They are            Once you see that real people are poor and
  launching the Bellarmine Justice Summit on         suffering, it diminishes your own humanity to
  World Hunger this fall. The ultimate goal of       let it go on. You have to respond.”
  the yearlong social justice effort is to compel
  young people to act.                               GET INVOLVED
                                                     To join the Campaign to Cut Poverty contact Terrie
      The school is partnering with Catholic
                                                     Iacino at (408) 325-5132 or
  Charities and Step Up Silicon Valley’s

Caritas Dinner Continues to Honor Donors
Every year Catholic Charities thanks its Caritas Society members               ambiance are fabulous and it’s an easy walk from the Cathedral.
with an elegant evening beginning with an inspiring Mass at the                However, the survey also indicated members are concerned about
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, and then a delightful dinner               the cost, so the Development Committee investigated other options,
at The Fairmont San Jose. These committed supporters deserve to                according to Magi.
be recognized for their generous annual gifts of $1,000 or more.                   “When we looked at the cost of other locations, we found the
Catholic Charities depends on these donations to help those living in          Fairmont actually was the same or even less than other options,”
poverty find a better life.                                                    she says. “The Fairmont is not only the place everyone likes, it’s the
    In this tough economy, the demand for Catholic Charities’                  most cost-effective.”
services is rising as people lose their jobs, homes and savings. The               The survey showed Caritas Society members are willing to
agency is working hard to efficiently serve those who need help                pay some amount to attend the event. Members said they
while cutting back where it can. One way to provide more assistance            particularly enjoy the Mass and hearing how clients have turned
to those in need is to reduce Catholic Charities’ cost for the Caritas         their lives around.
Society Annual Dinner. This year Catholic Charities will ask our                   So when members receive this year’s invitation to the Caritas
guests to contribute $75 toward their dinner at the Fairmont.                  Society Dinner, remember the $75 payment for each attendee will
    “The dinner is partially underwritten each year, but in order for          enable Catholic Charities to provide more services to those in need
Catholic Charities to continue serving those in need, we are asking            while still offering the Caritas Society an opportunity to celebrate its
donors to pick up the other portion,” says Magi Young, Chief                   successes with those it has helped.
Development Officer at Catholic Charities.
                                                                               GET INVOLVED
    The agency had considered moving the dinner to another venue               Become a Caritas Society member by donating $1,000 or more to Catholic Charities
                                                                               each year. You can give a one-time donation or make weekly or monthly payments.
to keep costs down, even though a recent survey of Caritas Society
                                                                               For more information, visit and click donate.
members showed most give the Fairmont high marks. The food and

                                          Roll Against Poverty at Upcoming
                                          Bocce Tournament
FOR MAY APPEAL                            There is still time to join in the fun at Catholic Charities’ inaugural Bocce Tournament on August
                                          27. Meet your friends after work at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos and Roll Against Poverty. The
In the midst of an economic crisis
                                          Bocce Tournament starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be played with teams of four.
not seen in decades, donors opened

their hearts to their neighbors in
                                              Teams are encouraged to come up with

need, raising more than $668,000 for      creative names and attire. For example, if
programs that will help local families    your team likes to bicycle, you could call
step up out of poverty. Thanks to the     yourselves the Bocce Bikers and wear bicycle
local parishes, volunteers and donors     racing shirts with your team name on them.
who generously supported Catholic
                                          How about the Rockin’ Rollers? You get the
Charities’ May Appeal this year, we
will get through this together.
                                              The day will include a raffle of fun
With more demand for our services,        theme packages like “A Taste of Italy”
these unrestricted funds are more
                                          and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like
critical than ever. With your support,
                                          Christmas.” The packages include gift certificates and other goodies related to the theme. You can
Catholic Charities can help more
                                          purchase tickets before and during the event.
people survive this crisis and get
                                              Not only is bocce a game everyone can play, it is a great venue for socializing with old friends
back on their feet.
                                          and meeting new ones while enjoying pizza and appetizers. No-host beer and wine will also be
We are truly grateful for the pastors
who gave us the opportunity to talk
                                              The event offers another way to engage new supporters in Catholic Charities’ Campaign to Cut
to parishioners and the generous
                                          Poverty. Proceeds will support programs that provide a path out of poverty.
donors who dug deep into their

pockets despite their own concerns        GET INVOLVED
about the economy. Thanks to you,         To register a team or become a sponsor, visit
                                          or contact Magi Young at (408) 325-5225
we will get through this.

 CATHOLIC CHARITIES 2009 GOLF TOURNAMENT                                                                                            Golf Sponsors
                                                                                                                                    We thank our Title Sponsor, Heritage Bank
                                                                                                                                    of Commerce, for its continued leadership
                                                                                                                                    and support in this tournament. We are also
                                                                                                                                    extremely grateful to all sponsors, auction donors,
                                                                                                                                    in-kind donors and volunteers whose generosity
                                                                                                                                    contributed to a highly successful event.

                                                                                                                                    Title Sponsor
                                                                                                                                    HERITAGE B ANK OF COMMERCE
                                                                                                                                    Dinner Sponsors
                                                                                                                                    Jennifer & Phil DiNapoli
                                                                                                                                    Melinda & John DiNapoli
                                                                                                                                    Lindsey, Shelby, Nini & Les Pelio
                                                                                                                                    Lunch Sponsor
                                                                                                                                    Barbara & Paul Gentzkow
                                                                                                                                    Robert Half International
Tournament winners in the men’s category (L–R): Will                Tournament winners in the women’s category (L–R): Vickie        Cypress Sponsors
Lawrence, Bill Davis, Kelly Head, Mark Matsumoto.                   Cupples, Roxanne Peterschmidt, Linda Floyd and in front         Berliner Cohen
                                                                    Barbara Bocks.                                                  Lexus of Stevens Creek
                                                                                                                                    The Portola Group
                                                                                                                                    Solekai Systems
                                                                                                                                    The TOD Company
                                                                                                                                    Alice Wallace
                                                                                                                                    Media Sponsors
                                                                                                                                    KBAY 94.5 FM
                                                                                                                                    Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
                                                                                                                                    25th Anniversary
                                                                                                                                    Champions Circle
                                                                                                                                    Greg Kepferle & Jean Blomquist
                                                                                                                                    Bill & Renee O'Brien
                                                                                                                                    Tim O'Donnell
                                                                                                                                    Ron & Sheryl Pelzel
                                                                                                                                    Ron Witherspoon, Inc.
                                                                                                                                    Augusta Sponsors
                                                                                                                                    "In Memory of Maureen Albanese”
L–R: Garreet Rajkovich, Jack Previtte, Bill DelBaggio and Ray       L–R: Ray Triplett, Mike Rosendin, Tony McCarthy, Tom Kanaley.   Andreini & Company
Parker celebrate 10 years of title sponsorship by Heritage                                                                          Darrell Berg/Gene Toomey
Bank of Commerce.                                                                                                                   Armstrong/Aumack/DiNapoli//Pierce
                                                                                                                                    Paul Beaupre/Good Samaritan Hospital
                                                                                                                                    CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory
                                                                                                                                    CBIZ Benefits & Insurance

Golf Tournament Changes Lives for 25 Years                                                                                          Delucchi, Hawn & Co.
                                                                                                                                    Environmental Systems Inc.
                                                                                                                                    Jerry & Linda Floyd
                                                                                                                                    Gawlick Retirement Services
Gene Toomey remembers the first Golf Tournament                                                                                     Steve Hallgrimson/Ron Olander
                                                                                                                                    The Hayes Family
                                                                                                                                    Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corp.
held for Catholic Charities 25 years ago – and every                                                                                Ron & Joan Mackin
                                                                                                                                    Marsh Inc.
one since. He was the first Golf Committee Chair                                                                                    Joe & Celeste Melehan
                                                                                                                                    Misty Foundation
and the only person who has participated in every                                                                                   Ernie Moreno
                                                                                                                                    Chris Moore/ John Murphy
tournament, including the June 8 event that raised                                                                                  Normandin Chrysler-Jeep
                                                                                                                                    Dave O'Mara/Ryan Carroll
more than $201,000.                                                                                                                 The Pelzel Family
                                                                                                                                    Peppertree Estates
    “We needed funding to start the Independent                                                                                     Dave & Roxanne Peterschmidt
                                                                                                                                    Ranger Construction
Aging Program,” remembers Gene, a long-time                                                                                         Strongbow Investments
                                                                                                                                    Joe Thomas/ Merrill Lynch
member of Catholic Charities’ Board and Caritas                         Gene Toomey is congratulated for his 25 years with          Toolwire (2)
                                                                        the golf tournament by Greg Kepferle.                       Triplett Financial & Insurance Services
Society. “So we decided to have a golf tournament.”                                                                                 van Keulen/Burch/Johnson/Mountz
                                                                                                                                    Greg Vaughan
    Today the annual event provides critical unrestricted funds for programs that help the poor and                                 Patrick Waite

vulnerable become more self-sufficient. Held at beautiful Cinnabar Hills Golf Club and sponsored by                                 Special Sponsors
                                                                                                                                    Joseph J. Albanese, Inc.
                                                                                                                                    Triplett Financial & Insurance Services
Heritage Bank of Commerce, the tournament has grown into a major fundraiser for Catholic Charities                                  Fred & Mary Schell
                                                                                                                                    FireHouse Grill & Brewery
thanks to the leadership of people like Gene and Ron Pelzel, who has chaired the Golf Committee for the                             Green Vehicles
                                                                                                                                    The McCarthy Ranch
last 10 years, as well as the many volunteers.                                                                                      Ron Witherspoon, Inc.
                                                                                                                                    Advanced Professionals
                                                                This year’s dinner and auction were emceed by                       Berger/Lewis Accountancy Corp.
                                                                                                                                    Charities Housing Development Corp.
                                                            KBAY radio’s Sam Van Zandt, who played in the 18-hole                   Dan Caputo Co.
                                                                                                                                    Terrie Iacino
                                                            tournament. Contributions were also raised for Catholic                 Robson Homes LLC
                                                                                                                                    Rosendin Electric
                                                            Charities’ Senior Nutrition Program, which provides a                   Rugani Properties
                                                                                                                                    Ann & Mike Schall
                                                            hot nutritious meal to hundreds of low-income seniors.                  Speno Family Partnerships
                                                                                                                                    Sweeney, Mason, Wilson & Bosomworth
                                                                “I really believe in the work Catholic Charities is                 The Party Helpers
                                                                                                                                    Special Auction Donors
                                                            doing, especially for seniors,” Gene says.                              Mary Sue & John Albanese
                                                                                                                                    Brassfield Estates
                                                                                                                                    Chicago Steak & Fish
                                                            GET INVOLVED
                                                                                                                                    Jim Childers
                                                            Help change someone’s life for good and join us for next year’s event   Marilyn & Frank Dorsa
                                                            on June 7, 2010, or become a member of the Tournament Planning          Therese & Jon Engquist
                                                            Committee. For information, visit                                       Susan & Oliver Flach
                                                                                                                                    Gardino Fresco
                                                                Los Gatos Travel
Ron Pelzel shares 10 years of golf committee insights
                                                            Caption. Rate enit, sustionso dolore
                                                            or call Magi Young at (408) 325-5225.                                   San Jose Sharks
with KBAY's Sam Van Zandt.
                                                            velendre magnim nim do consequipis.                                     Lilli & John Valencia
                                                                                                                                    Ron Witherspoon, Inc.

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                               High School Seniors Honored for Community Service

      Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County honored 17 seniors from local Catholic high schools for their volunteer efforts at its
       Community Service Recognition Awards in April, including those pictured here with Greg Kepferle, Catholic Charities CEO
       (front row, far left) and Bishop Patrick J. McGrath (front row, far right). Winning students (front row, left to right) are Chris
      Nguyen, Nick Votaw, Katie Helland and Alex Greer. In the back row, from left to right, are Sara Grevara, Meaghan Amarillas,
                 Felicia Gonsalves, Rubén Solorio of Catholic Charities, Tam Nguyen, Holly Ormseth, and Maggie Wiley.