Catholic Charities Newsletter
From the Director’s Desk
Catholic Charities’ Annual Report is hot off the press! I think you will enjoy some of the personal stories shared by clients who have found hope through our programs, like Tom who received counseling and expressed, “When I prayed about what to do, I knew I had to come to Catholic Charities, knowing there is an organization that cares, a place where I am not a number or dollar amount and that they are just there to help me, makes all the difference in the world.”
Tracy Morrison, Executive Director
Jail & Prison Ministry client expresses ‘It saved my life’: drug court program offers offenders a chance to change
Amy McFarland (pictured right) graduated from the drug court program on September 21, 2017. “For me, it saved my life, and I know it’s done the same thing for others,” McFarland said. McFarland had a long struggle with using meth. When police arrested her in March of 2016, she knew there was only one option. She said, “I knew that this drug court was it. This was my last shot. And I was going to make it work.”
Catholic Charities staff took part in disaster relief efforts in Houston
Roddy, Housing Director of Catholic Charities.
Welcome new Immigration Attorney, Emily Rebelskey
Employment Services provided for refugees and immigrants in the Cedar Rapids community
Securing stable employment in the United States is key for refugees who have been resettled in the Archdiocese of Dubuque to achieve self-sufficiency. To help families find and secure employment, Catholic Charities provides Job Readiness Training and Employment Placement Services. Our Employment Specialist and Workforce Development Coordinators work one-on-one with refugees and immigrants in the Cedar Rapids community to obtain and retain employment. Participants in this program are navigated through each part of the employment process: from assistance in creating a resume and filling out applications, which includes having access to transportation and interpretation during interviews and orientations.