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                                           Volume 6, Issue 2                                   Summer 2010

      CCSWO                                         SEE UC BEARCATS FOOTBALL IN STYLE
     Sponsors                              Catholic Charities of Southwestern             on the field for the coin toss as well as a
  Thanks to the following                  Ohio has teamed up with UC Bearcats            parking pass to the game.
  corporate sponsors for                   Football to offer an exciting fundraising
their continuing support of                opportunity to football fans across the        Third prize includes four (4) tickets to the
     Catholic Charities                    region.                                        game, a parking pass, and the opportunity
    SouthWestern Ohio                                                                     to participate in the Catholic Charities
         in 2010.                          Catholic Charities is raffling off a Private   Halftime Contest on the field, where the
                                           Suite for the Saturday, November 20,           lucky winner will have three chances to
                                           2010 Big East Football Game between            throw a football into a net to win a special
                                           the University of Cincinnati at Rutgers        prize. Fourth prize includes four (4)
                                           University at Nippert Stadium. The Grand       tickets to the game plus a $50 gift card to
                                           Prize winner receives                                           Montgomery Inn. Prizes
                                           use of the suite, 10                                            five through 10 each are two
                                           guest passes, two                                               (2) tickets to the game plus
                                                                                                           a $10 gift card to Skyline
   prosource   go straight to the source
                                           parking passes, food
                                           and beverages. Only
                                                                                                           Chili for the winners.
                                           1000 tickets will be sold
                                                                                                            “With only 1000 tickets
                                           for the raffle at a cost of
                                                                                                            being sold and the Bearcats
                                           $50 per ticket.                                                  primed for a great season,
                                                                                                            we expect the tickets to sell
Message from the                           “We are grateful to                                              fast.,” said Chris Gramke,
Executive Director . . . . . .2            the University of                                                Director of Development
Su Casa fundraiser                         Cincinnati Bearcats                                              and Marketing for
a big success . . . . . . . . . . .3       for the chance to help                                           Catholic Charities. “This is
Golf Outing Registration                   raise money to support                                           something we have wanted
information . . . . . . . . . . 4-5        the agency through                                               to try as far as fundraising
Intern Spotlight . . . . . . . . .7        this endeavor,” said                                             goes, and we are hoping
                                           Kathleen Donnellan,                                              that the community sees it
NBSC gets new van . . . . .9
                                           Executive Director                                               as a great way to support
Summer camp prepares                       of Catholic Charities                                            the agency while having a
kids for school year . . . . . .9          of Southwestern                                                  chance to see a UC football
Special day to benefit                     Ohio. “This is something that Bearcat          game in style.”
Refugee program. . . . . . .10             football fans can enjoy while supporting
Senior Volunteer                           the programs and services we provide           The drawing for the raffle winners will be
Recognition Luncheon                       throughout the community.”                     held on Friday, November 12, 2010. Tickets
in September . . . . . . . . . .11                                                        can be purchased on the CCSWO web site at
World Refugee Day                          A total of 10 Bearcat Football ticket prizes and clicking
Celebration . . . . . . . . . . .11        to the Rutgers game are up for grabs in        the special UC Bearcats button or by
CCSWO staff                                the raffle. Second prize gives two lucky       contacting Chris Gramke at (513) 241-7745
contact list . . . . . . . . . . . .12     fans a chance to watch the game from the       extension 2527.
                                           Bearcats sideline and join the captains
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                                         A Message From the Executive Director
                         Dear Friends,                                        think of when they think of the Catholic Church in America”.
                                                                              What wonderful and affirming words about our work, words that
                         This year we are in a celebrating mood.              also compel us to continue the work and commitment that has
                         Our parent organization, Catholic                    been part of the national landscape these past 100 years.
                         Charities USA will be celebrating its
                         100th anniversary.                                   On September 25, 2010 Catholic Charities USA, now one of the
                                                                                 largest associations of social service agencies in the county, will
                           On September 25, 1910 scores                                celebrate its centennial anniversary. Once again people
Kathleen Donnellan         of people who served the                                        from across the country will converge on the campus
Executive Director         poor across the country                                           of Catholic University of America to remember the
                           converged on the campus                                            men and women who preceded us in working on
of Catholic University of America to convene                                                   behalf of the poor and vulnerable, to celebrate
the first official gathering of Catholic Charities                                             our many accomplishments in providing help and
organizations. Spurred by decades of service to the                                            creating hope, and to rededicate ourselves for the
most vulnerable, the gathering sought to serves as                                            work the still remains.
a uniting force for people doing the church’s work
of charity and justice in the United States. One of the                                    To support the centennial, the United States Bishops
results of that meeting was to create Catholic Charities                                have declared September 26, 2010 as National Catholic
USA. For the last 100 years, Catholic Charities USA has been                        Charities Sunday. I hope you will join us in celebrating this
consistent and forceful in demonstrating the very real presence of            milestone in our history and that you take pride in the work of
Christ in communities all across the country.                                 Catholic Charities in this Archdiocese and around the country.
In his commencement address at the university of Notre Dame,                  Sincerely,
Brian Williams, news anchor for NBC expressed his admiration
for our work in these words: “Wherever I come across people
who are suffering and dying I’ve also found Catholic Charities
right there alongside them, ministering and soothing, helping and             Kathleen Donnellan
healing, without regard for self. Everyone one of them a towering             Executive Director
example of sacrifice and selflessness. Let’s make that what people

    Choir of Angels Network donations benefit CCSWO programs
 Catholic Charities of Southwestern                                                                        Choirs of Angels features a variety
 Ohio is searching for special “angels”               Choirs of Angels                                     of donation ranges for individuals.
 to support the programs offered by the                                                                    Those making donations as part of the
 agency.                                               Giving Levels                                       “Angels of Support” network will be
                                                Angel .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . $1 to $49   featured in the quarterly edition of the
 The 2010 Choirs of Angels Network
                                                Archangels  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . $50-$99           CCSWO newsletter “Blessings” and
 of Support is up and running with
                                                                                                           also mentioned in the annual report and
 a renewed emphasis on the gift of              Principalities  .  .  .  .  .  . $100-$249                 on the agency web site.
 giving and sharing in a effort to bolster
 the financial support for the many             Powers  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . $250-$499          So far in 2010, the Choir of Angels has
 wonderful and outstanding services             Virtues  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . $500-$999         received over $10,000 from a total of 69
 provided by CCSWO.                             Dominions  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .$1000         individual donors.
 “Choirs of Angels is our invitation            Thrones  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .$2500     “The goal is to raise the level of
 to those individuals who support the                                                                      donations to CCSWO though a
                                                Cherubim  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .$5000
 many outreach programs offered by                                                                         program designed to honor individuals
 the agency” said Kathleen Donnellan,           Seraphim  .  . $10,000 and above                           who donate with a different level of
 Executive Director for Catholic                                                                           recognition, like the nine different
 Charities SouthWestern Ohio. “It             CCSWO. Our programs could not be                             levels that exist with the actual Choirs
 is designed to let our donors know           as successful as they are without the                        of Angels,” said Chris Gramke, Director
 how much we deeply appreciate                support of our patrons and benefactors.                      of Marketing & Development for
 their kindness and generosity toward         God Bless you for your kindness.”                            Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio.
Volume 6, Issue 2                                                                                                  Page 3

                         Su Casa Awards Dinner a huge success
Over 350 people were on                                                                  contribution to the Greater
hand for the 2010 Su Casa                                                                Cincinnati Hispanic and
Hispanic Center’s 10th                                                                   Latino communities. Among
Annual Awards Dinner and                                                                 the winners were Rev.
Silent Auction held April 20                                                             William Jansen, director of
at the Cintas Center.                                                                    Hispanic Ministries for the
Bishop Eduardo Ortega                                                                    Archdiocese of Cincinnati,
from the Diocese of Puerto                                                               who received the prestigious
Escondido in Mexico served                                                               Cesar Chavez Award. Procter
as the keynote speaker this                                                              and Gamble was honored for
                                     Pictured left to right are the 2010 Su Casa Award Winners:
year. The bishop shared with                                                           its support of Su Casa with the
                                       Fr . Bill Jansen, V . Anthony Simms-Howell, Hope Kabel,
                                                  and P&G Representative Alita Vegas . Corporate Service Award.
the audience the challenge of
starting a new diocese and gave his speech entirely in                 The award winners for 2010 are:
Spanish, the first time that has ever happened at the
                                                                       Cesar Chavez Award: Rev . William Jansen
                                                                       Su Casa Volunteer Award: Hope Kabel
The event raised over $24,000 for Su Casa, the most
in the history of the award dinner. This event is the                  Su Casa Corporate Award: P&G
major fundraiser for Su Casa Hispanic Center, which                    Lifetime Service Award: V . Anthony Simms
is celebrating its 13th year of serving the Hispanic/
Latino population of this region.                                      Gema Bahns of
                                                                       Fifth Third Bank
“This banquet was a huge success for Su Casa,” said                    served as emcee of
Giovanna Alvarez, Program Director of Su Casa. “We the event for the
appreciate the generosity of the people who attended                   second consecutive
and the support of the corporations that help us                       year. Su Casa
provide our programs to the community.”                                is a program of
The highlight of the evening was the awards                            Catholic Charities
ceremony. Su Casa presented four awards to                             SouthWestern
individuals and agencies that have made a significant                  Ohio.

                    Thanks for supporting the Catholic Ministries Appeal
  Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio would like to thank everyone who supported the 2010 Catholic
  Ministries Appeal.

  Over 20 percent of the agency’s budget comes from funding secured through the annual appeal, which is
  run entirely through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Office of Stewardship. The agency incurs no cost for
  the program and is one of six archdiocesan offices to benefit from the appeal.

  CCSWO depends upon the funding it receives from the CMA to help it provide the many outstanding
  programs it offers to the region.

  Thank you again for your generosity in supporting the CMA and our agency!
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                                                    3rd Annual

                              September 20, 2010
                     Grand Oak Golf Club • West Harrison, Indiana
                              12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start

  Registration:     11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  Shotgun Start:    12:30 a.m.                                        SCHedule Of
  Cost:             $120 per player                                     eventS
                    $480 per team                                • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  Location:         Grand Oak Golf Club                           Registration
  Format:           4 person scramble.                           • 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start
                    Make your own team or be assigned.           • Boxed lunches provided
  Entry fee includes: Round of golf, cart, boxed lunch, bever-   • Individual hole prizes
                      age ticket, Chicken dinner, prize pack,    • Dinner following event
                      door prizes.
  Prizes:           1st, 2nd, & 3rd place prizes.
  Contests:         • HOLE-IN-ONE GRAND PRIZE
                    • LONGEST DRIVE
                    • CLOSEST TO THE PIN
                    • SPLIT THE POT (optional)

  Need a little help on the course?
  You’ll be able to purchase a 911 mulligan package.

  Bring your favorite foursome for a day of fun, food,
  and golf to benefit a worthy cause.
Volume 6, Issue 2                                                                                   Page 5

   tournament sponsors needed.
   Please call (513) 241-7745 extension 2527 for more
   information on sponsorship opportunities.

   Levels of sponsorship can include:
          - Listing in all print materials                      ReGIStRatIOn fORM
          - Hole sponsorship with signage
          - Recognition during dinner
          - Golfer package                              Player #1 ____________________________
                                                        Address _____________________________
                                                        City/Zip ____________________________
     dIReCtIOnS tO GRand Oak GOlf Club                  Email Address _______________________
                 370 Grand Oak Drive
             West Harrison, Indiana 47060               Player #2 ____________________________
                    (812)637- 3943                      Address _____________________________
                      City/Zip ____________________________
                                                        Email Address _______________________
   from Cincinnati:
   • Take I-74 West to the New Haven Rd. exit.          Player #3 ____________________________
     (exit #1).                                         Address _____________________________
   • Turn right off the exit.                           City/Zip ____________________________
   • Go .5 mile to four way stop light.                 Email Address _______________________
   • Turn left onto Carolina Trace Rd.
   • Follow Carolina Trace for 3.9 miles.               Player #4 ____________________________
   • Turn left onto Grand Oak Drive                     Address _____________________________
     (Two Brick Pillars Out Front).                     City/Zip ____________________________
                                                        Email Address _______________________

                                                        q 4 Person Golf Team - $480.00
                                                        q Individual Golf Player - $120.00

                                                        Make checks payable to Catholic Charities
                                                        SouthWestern Ohio

              All proceeds from the event               Mail Completed form and payment to:
          benefit the programs and services of          Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio
         Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio.          Attn: Chris Gramke
                                                        100 East Eighth Street
          For more information about CCSWO,             Cincinnati, OH 45202
                   visit us on the web at
                  Contact Chris Gramke at (513) 241-7745 ext.
              or contact us at (513) 241-7745.          2527 or
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   14th Annual Caring Matters Conference returns September 15
The Caregiver Assistance                                                                        professionals on how
Network is sponsoring its                                                                       to keep hope alive in
14th Annual Caring Matters                                                                      sharing care. Additional
Regional Health Conference                                                                      program sessions offer
on Wednesday, September 15,                                                                     insight from brain fitness
2010 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30                                                                  practices and techniques
p.m. at the Crown Plaza Hotel                                                                   to demonstrations on
at I-71 & Pfeiffer Road in Blue                                                                 several holistic healing
Ash.                                                          modalities. There is also a virtual dementia room that
                                                              allows participants to experience what it is like to suffer
The program is designed to provide information and health
                                                              from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Martha “Marty” Richards,
care tips for nurses, social workers, counselors, activity
                                                              a professor at the University of Wisconsin and a clinical
professionals, clergy, and family/volunteer caregivers.
                                                              social worker and author of two highly respected books on
Exhibitors include nursing homes, hospice centers,
                                                              eldercare and caregiving, is the keynote speaker.
hospitals, and various other social service agencies with a
focus on health care for older adults.                        “Marty Richards is on of the most respected speakers in this
                                                              field, and we are thrilled to be able to have her at this year’s
This promises to be a top-notch event for professionals
                                                              event,” said Margaret Iannaci, Coordinator of the Caregiver
and family caregivers alike,” said Rod Huber, Director of
                                                              Assistance Network.
Family Services. “We also have CEU credits available for
social workers and counselors and have applied for CEU        The program is presented by the Caregiver Assistance
status for other professionals in the health care fields.”    Network and Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio.
                                                              The cost is $90 for professionals and just $30 for caregivers.
The theme for this year’s conference is “The Caregiving
                                                              Continental breakfast and lunch included. Please contact
Experience: Creating Tools for Hope”. The program
                                                              Margaret Iannaci at 241-7745 extension 2539 to register.
will provide a full day of practical help to caregivers and

                                   Please support                   Parenting & Enrichment Programs
                                  the 2010 United                    available at Catholic Charities of
                                  Way Campaign!                             Southwestern Ohio
                                                                  Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio has a
    United Way                                                    multitude of Parenting and Enrichment programs
    of Greater Cincinnati     Catholic Charities
                              of Southwestern                     and topics available to people in parishes and the
    Ohio would like to remind its patrons to please               community.
    support the 2010 Greater Cincinnati United Way                Topics include parenting, personal growth, coping with
    Campaign that begins August 30th and runs                     the recession, grief, how to deal with stress, holiday
    through the month of October 2010.                            stress and many others.
                                                                  If you know of any parish
    CCSWO receives funding from the United                        group or organization,
    Way to support many of the programs we offer,                 church, school, or workplace
    including Mental Health Counseling and our                    that may be interested in a
    Home Health Care programs.                                    presentation or program,
                                                                  please contact Sandy
    You can designate your donations to the agency                Keiser at (513) 241-7745 at
    on your United Way form. CCSWO thanks each                    extension 2538.
    and every one of you for your generosity and
    support of the agency and the United Way.
Volume 6, Issue 2                                                                                                                    Page 7

    Interns gain valuable experience working at Catholic Charities
Over the years, Catholic Charities              the Caregiver Assistance
of Southwestern Ohio has partnered              Network (CAN). Sarah
with colleges from all across the               Hettesheimer is working
region to provide summer internship             as a pre-school aide at Su
opportunities for interested college            Casa Hispanic Center.
                                                “I’m working mainly
This summer, CCSWO has three                    with the CAN program
interns from the College of Mount               assisting Margaret,” said
St. Joseph’s Summer Employment                  Megan, who is a junior
Initiative working for the agency:              psychology major. “ I’m
Megan Baldwin, Mary Frede and Sarah             learning to use computer
Hettesheimer. All three students have           programs I’ve not used
been a wonderful edition to CCSWO               before and helping
while gaining valuable professional             with whatever tasks
working experience at a non-profit              and projects need to be
agency.                                         done. Our current main       College of Mount St . Joseph students Megan Baldwin, on the left,
                                                project is getting things         and Mary Frede are part of the summer work program
“I absolutely love this program,” said                                                   for college students at Catholic Charities .
                                                together for the annual
Penelope Orr, Director of Human
                                                fall conference which                          various programs I don’t really just
Resources for Catholic Charities. “All
                                                includes getting mailing lists together        help one, I do a little busy work for
three students have been able to help
                                                and sending out information on the             anyone who needs/has busy work for
the agency by completing work that
                                                conference.”                                   me.”
had been relegated to the ‘to do’ list.
The students’ consistency is especially         Megan, who hails from Springboro,                A Fine Arts major who has five
appreciated in a time when we have              Ohio, likes the fact that she is interning       brothers and sisters at home in
needs that cannot be met by occasional          at a non-profit agency this summer.              Norwood, Mary likes the fact that
volunteers.”                                                                                     the she is helping people through her
                                                “I enjoy interning here because it gives
Each of the students was assigned               me a sense of worthiness,” Megan said.           experience.
different programs to work in for the           “My supervisors trust me to get the              “I like the welcoming environment and
summer. Mary Frede is serving as a              work done correctly and on time. I’m             how friendly everyone is. I also enjoy
general office assistant to all programs        helping people get tasks accomplished            being able to help almost everyone out
while Megan Baldwin is assigned to              while learning many new things that              and not just one person,” said Mary.
                                                          will help me when I’m out in
                                                          the real world myself. I also          Sarah Hettesheimer hails from
                                                          really like that I’m treated           Bright, Indiana and is grateful for the
                                                          pretty much like any other             opportunity to work with children
                                                          employee and as an adult               while learning about their culture.
                                                          instead of a college student.”         “This has been a very rewarding
                                                           Mary Frede was the first to           experience,” said Sarah. “I hope to
                                                           come aboard as an intern. As          take away a better understanding and
                                                           a general office aide, she gets       appreciation for the Hispanic culture,
                                                           to perform a variety of jobs          also how to interact and get along with
                                                           as part of her experience.            all different types of people. Before
                                                                                                 working at Su Casa I knew no Spanish
                                                           “The internship involves              at all and now I am able to recognize
                                                           some file work, making                some words and phrases. I am even
                                                           copies, doing mailings,               considering picking up a minor in
                                                           and many other things,”               Spanish.”
  Sarah Hettesheimer works with the preschool students
              at Su Casa Hispanic Center .                 said Mary. “I help out with
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                  CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF
                   SOUTHWESTERN OHIO

                                   GRAND PRIZE
                      Use of a Private Suite with ten (10) tickets
                            to the UC Bearcats vs. Rutgers
                                 Big East Football Game
                              on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
                    Includes two parking passes, food and beverages

                                   Second Major Prize
                     2 Sideline Passes to Rutgers game, Parking Pass
                   Watch the pre-game warm-ups and the Field Coin Toss

                                     Third Major Prize
                         4 Tickets to Rutgers Game, Parking Pass
                     and participation in Halftime Contest on the field

                                    4th Place Prize
           4 Tickets to UC/Rutgers Game and $50 gift card to Montgomery Inn

                                  5th-10th Place Prizes
             2 Tickets to UC/Rutgers Game and a $10 gift card to Skyline Chili

                      Tickets are $50 each
              ONLY 1000 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!
           Drawing held on Friday, November 12, 2010
         To purchase your ticket, visit our web site at
                   or contact Chris Gramke at (513) 241-7745 ext. 2527

                      All proceeds benefit the programs and services
                        of Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio
Volume 6, Issue 2                                                                                                               Page 9

        Su Casa Summer Camp having positive impact on children
Su Casa Hispanic Center’s                                                                            Parks Board, Cincinnati Public
summer camp program                                                                                  Library, Hamilton County Soil &
Vacaciones Utiles (A Productive                                                                      Water Conservation District and
Vacation), in its third year of                                                                      Children’s Hospital.
existence, is designed to prepare
                                                                                                     “This program offers these
Hispanic/Latino children for the
                                                                                                     students a chance to get a head
upcoming school year. So far the
                                                                                                     start on the upcoming school
camp has been a huge success
                                                                                                     year,” said Katie Fowler-Cordova,
in 2010.
                                                                                                     Educational Coordinator for Su
There are currently a total of 56                                                                    Casa. “The students area truly
students between the ages of 3 to                                                                    benefitting from the wonderful
8 years old enrolled at the camp.                                                                    support we have received from
The pre-school, kindergarten, first                                                                  the community members and
and second grade classes model                                                                       organizations in the Cincinnati
the curriculum of a standard                                                                         area. Our program would not be
school year. A typical day                                                                           possible without their help.”
consists of a healthy breakfast              A Su Casa camp counselor helps students with an art       The students participate in a wide
and lunch, provided by Whole                       project at the Caldwell Nature Preserve .         range of activities in addition to
Again International, engaging in
                                                                                                     their classroom experience. The
several classroom activities and participation in a physical
                                                                         students spent a week at the Caldwell Preserve, where they
activity such as soccer or dance. Other activities throughout
                                                                         went on nature hikes and learned about conservation. They
the week enhance the students’ learning experience. For
                                                                         have also enjoyed a day at Parky’s Farm, where they went
instance, a volunteer artist provides art lessons to the students
                                                                         fishing, enjoyed a wagon ride and learned about farm animals.
on Mondays and medical volunteers from the University
                                                                         The first and second grades are participating in a tennis camp,
of Cincinnati give nutrition classes on Wednesdays. The
                                                                         provided by the Inner City Tennis Project.
Cincinnati Police Department offers “Children’s Police
Academy” on Thursdays, focusing on topics such as bullying               The program, funded largely in part by a grant from P&G,
and “stranger danger”.                                                   culminates in a graduation ceremony on Friday, August 13,
                                                                         where the students will receive a diploma and school supplies
Fridays are the día sorpresa (Surprise Day). Different
                                                                         provided by P&G. Su Casa hopes this successful program
organizations are invited to share their knowledge with the
                                                                         will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of young
children. Some of these organizations include the Japan
                                                                         children for years to come.
America Society of Greater Cincinnati, Red Cross, Cincinnati

                     Northern Brown Senior Center has a new van
The Northern Brown Senior Center (NBSC) is pleased to announce
that they have received a new 2010 handicap accessible Dodge
The new van replaces the old 1989 Chevy van fondly referred to as
‘Old Blue’ or ‘The Blue Goose.’ Old Blue was the first and only van
that NBSC began their senior transportation program with in March of
1989, so the new van is a very welcome addition to the center.
The van was acquired through a grant from the Ohio Department
of Transportation (ODOT). The grant proposal was a collaborative
effort between the NBSC, Sue Brooks, the Executive Director of
the Brown County Senior Citizens Council and the Brown County
Commissioners. Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio paid
20 percent of the van cost and the ODOT grant covered the other
80 percent.
                                                                                   NBSC’s new handicap accessible 2010 Dodge Caravan
                                                                                              replaces “The Blue Goose .”
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                    Saturday November 6, 2010
                        10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
        Ten Thousand Villages at 2011 Madison Rd. in O’Bryonville
           will donate 15% of each sale if the shopper mentions
     Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services Program
                        at the time of their purchase.

               Ten Thousand Villages is a not-for-profit organization
              that provides vital fair income to Third World people by
                marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories.
               Their merchandise ranges from home accessories to
          jewelry to tableware, toys and gifts, all of the highest quality.
     This is a win-win-win situation: the artisan benefits from your purchase,
          you get great stuff and Catholic Charities gets to profit from it!
                  Check it out on
                  Great for Christmas Shopping!
Volume 6, Issue2                                                                                                                       Page 11

                    World Refugee Day Celebration held on June 19
Approximately 250 refugees                                                                                  131 refugees in the Greater
turned out earlier this summer for                                                                          Cincinnati area in 2009.
Catholic Charities Southwestern
Ohio’s Seventh Annual World                                                                                 The event emphasized the
Refugee Day Celebration held                                                                                various cultural aspects and
on Saturday, June 19 at Christ                                                                              lifestyles of different refugee
Lutheran Church in White Oak.                                                                               countries. A proclamation from
                                                                                                            Mayor Mark Mallory’s office
“We always try to hold the event                                                                            was read in recognition of the
as close to the actual designated                                                                           event.
day as possible, so it worked out
well this year,” said Rod Huber,                                                                           “The purpose of the event being
Director of Family Services                                                                                held by Catholic Charities is to
                                       Bhutanese refugees sit and watch the dance performance at the
and the Refugee Resettlement                                                                               honor the journey of refugees
                                      2010 World Refugee Day Celebration . Over 250 refugees attended
Program for Catholic Charities.            the celebration, which featured music, food, and dance .
                                                                                                           – their struggles, successes, and
“The UN designates June 20 as                                                                              hopes – and to acknowledge
World Refugee Day, and we are                                                                              the work of Catholic Charities,”
grateful for the turnout that we had this year.”                        said Rod Huber, Director of Family Services and Refugee
                                                                        Resettlement for CCSWO. “We also want to honor the diversity
World Refugee Day is a day of expression of solidarity with             and community that refugees bring to Cincinnati.”
countries from across the world that host refugees and was
created by a special United Nations General Assembly Resolution All proceeds from the donations will be used for the CCSWO
unanimously adopted in 2000 designating June 20 every year as           Refugee Resettlement Program that provides a variety of
World Refugee Day. The event features ethnic foods, traditional         assistance to refugees to help them adjust to a new way of life
games, dance, music, and information tables featuring countries         right here in the Greater Cincinnati area. Any donation made
from across the world that have refugees here in the Greater            at the event will go directly to assist local refugees here in
Cincinnati region. CCSWO placed 51 families for a total of              southwestern Ohio.

           Senior Volunteer Recognition event takes place September 22
    The Senior Corps Programs of Catholic                                                                   • RSVP offers “one stop
    Charities SouthWestern Ohio are                                                                           shopping” for volunteers who
    finalizing plans for its annual Volunteer                                                                 want to find challenging,
    Recognition Luncheon to be held in                                                                        rewarding, and significant
    the undercroft at St. Peter-In-Chains                                                                     service opportunities in their
    Cathedral on September 22, 2010. The                                                                      local communities.
    gala event celebrates the dedication of
    volunteers 55 and older who serve the                                 The benefits of Senior Corps programs are two-fold. First, the
    needs of our local community.                                         volunteers enjoy an active lifestyle with high-quality experiences
                                                                          that enrich their lives. Second, service organizations expand or
    Local celebrities, a keynote speaker, great food, door prizes and a   enhance services offered by utilizing volunteers’ expertise and
    “Cincinnati Trivia” game are highlights of the annual affair. Each    time. Last year 598 Senior Corps members served in excess
    of the more than 650 volunteers actively participates in one of the   of 191,000 volunteer hours at schools, senior centers, nursing
    three programs that make up Senior Corps:                             homes, hospitals, private homes, local businesses and other
                                                                          organizations. This volunteer service translates to a savings of
    • Foster Grandparents connects volunteers with children and           over $3,878,280 for these organizations and ultimately you
      young people with exceptional needs.                                 and me.

    • The Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers             For more information about the Recognition Luncheon,
      with adults in their community who have difficulty with the         or to join Senior Corps as a volunteer, contact the Senior
      simple tasks of day-to-day living.                                  Corps office. Phone (513)241-7745 or email seniorcorps@
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                                                                                                           Cincinnati, Ohio
                                                                                                           Permit No. 4180
SouthWestern Ohio

Main Office
100 E. 8th Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Phone: 513-241-7745
Fax: 513-241-4333

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Creating Hope.

Serving people of all Faiths.

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                           Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio
                                Board Members and Staff
                                                  Archbishop of Cincinnati
                                                Most Reverend Dennis Schnurr

                            CCSWO Staff Contacts                                   CCSWO Board of Trustees
  Kathleen Donnellan, Executive Director                                       Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Chairman
  Gene Johnson, Cincinnati Regional Director
  Donald Kalb, CFO                                                             Mark Stepaniak, President
  Chris Gramke, Director of Marketing & Development                            Barbara Carr
  Penelope Orr, Director of Human Resources                                    Margaret Conditt
  Leslie New, Administrative Assistant                                         Eric Knapp, S.J.
  Rod Huber, Director of Family Services                                       Stephanie McCuistion
  Dr. Sharon Sowders, Director of Mental Health Services                       Janet Neumann
  Sandy Keiser, Parenting & Enrichment Programs                                Kathleen Lundrigan, Past President
  Margaret Iannaci, Coordinator, Caregiver Assistance Network (CAN)            Ken McFarland
  Laura Varin, Adoption & Post Adoption Services                               Pat Navin
  Dave Mikkelsen, Senior Companions/Foster Grandparents                        Robert Rees
  Mike Dutle, Retired Senior Volunteer Program                                 Darlene Robinson
  Judy Sims, Older Adults/Homemaker & Personal Care                            Gloria Rodriguez-Milord
  Karen Gramke, Postponing Sexual Involvement                                  Ed Smith
  Stephanie Slack, Office Manager                                              Colleen Walters
  Giovanna Alvarez, Program Manager, Su Casa                                   Dr. Steve Wyatt

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