I support the mission and values of Catholic Charities because they are grounded in Catholic Social Teaching while respecting the beliefs, values, and circumstances of all clients. One of things that excites me most about the services Catholic Charities provides is that we do so much more than providing a quick fix for an immediate need. While some services meet the immediate needs, there is a larger focus on education, community support, and empowerment.
After living as a resident at Horizon House II for a few years, something wonderful happened. Scott met Amanda, a new resident. Knowing he was interested in Amanda, Scott asked her out on a date. The bond they formed was so strong that they were officially dating a week later and got engaged six months after that.
I’m still very new at the agency. January 2021 makes three months that I’ve been here! With that being said, I don’t think I’ve had time to form a favorite memory quite yet. However, when I met Mike, a veteran at Samaritan place, in November 2020 and spent time listening to his story – I knew that I was in the right place. He was so inviting, and it felt like we were old buddies! I felt so honored as I listened to him. Knowing that he trusted me with his story and presenting it to our community was humbling.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While trafficking victims disproportionately affect the immigrant community, it can happen in any community and victims can be of any age, race, gender or nationality. our Office of Immigrant Services (OIS) has helped clients who have bravely escaped a trafficking situation. This is Louise’s story.
We all know it takes a village to raise a child, and for individuals like Kim – C.H.A.P. is her village. If you know someone who is struggling with the transition into parenthood, at any stage in life, refer them to our C.H.A.P. program. We’re here to help them and many others like Kim.
As a Project Coordinator, my work can vary greatly from week to week, or even day to day. This flexibility is great for the agency because my work can ‘fill the gaps’ wherever additional attention is needed. In general, the majority of my work consists of research and writing. However, the most fulfilling aspect of my work thus far has been in CCETN’s response to COVID-19; e.g. our assistance programs.
Our Samaritan Place (SAM) provides shelter and support for seniors in crisis through emergency, transitional and permanent housing services. Of the nearly 45 current residents there, eight are veterans.
Homelessness is a growing issue for East Tennessee, especially in the Knoxville area. As one of our service areas, we strive to alleviate the grip homelessness has on our neighbors, even if that means helping to make them a little more comfortable in their current situation. Unfortunately, it’s not a secret that when a homeless individual is unable to find shelter, they most likely resort to sleeping on the street— sometimes without any barrier between their body and the ground.
The phenomenal work OIS is doing has recently been recognized by Centro Hispano, a nonprofit who is the leading resource for East Tennessee’s Latino community.
Since 2002, CCETN’s Pregnancy Help Centers (PHC) have been a valuable resource for the community. The programs provide nonjudgmental, unconditional support for individuals who are facing or who have faced a pregnancy. Our support to moms and dads, and foster and custodial parents respects the dignity and culture of each person choosing to move forward with their pregnancy.
“A path to citizenship, similar to what I went through, is what most of my clients dream of achieving.” - Alessandra Ceccarelli, Office of Immigrant Services Program Leader
The Crazy Quilt Friendship Center serves low-income families in the Newcomb and Jellico areas and is open weekly on T/W/TR. Services include a food pantry; emergency assistance program; and community programs for children.
Our inaugural HOPE Kitchen ministry was one for the books! We saw over 300 souls and delivered much needed hygiene items as well as a hot meal.
Many of you are familiar with our Baby Bottle Campaign. As a result of the COVID pandemic, we have been unable to hand out our bottles as normal.
UPDATE: The CCETN Board of Trustees and staff have announced that out of concern and protection for our donors and guests in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the 2020 Chattanooga Annual Dinner has been cancelled. Stay tuned for the March 2021 Annual Dinner date!
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ensure these children remain in safe keeping during their most critical time of need. Please visit our Children's Emergency Shelter and Assessment Center to learn more or donate.