BLVDS LV 47 "Giving" Nov/Dec 2014

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HOPE + FAITH t the core of every story begun at Catholic Charities is a thread of hope and a deep sense of faith. Faith not in a religion, but in the plight of every man, woman or child that walks through the doors of the organization that has been helping families since 1941 with compassion that is palpable. Whether the client is homeless, a refugee relocated to Nevada, a family in need of nutrition assistance or both birth and adoptive parents that hope to provide a better life for a child, they receive help and hope with dignity.

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In 2013 Catholic Charities successfully assisted 336 clients in the transition to self-sufficiency through their program Homeless to Home. Adoption services placed 24 children in loving adoptive homes last year and their Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program served an average of 7400 families a month, providing mothers and babies with supplemental food and

Catholic Charities provides a thread of hope with a deep sense of faith.

nutrition. The Foster Grandparent volunteers have assisted students in Title I schools improve reading proficiency and thanks to a partnership

Written by Jeanette Schneider

with Three Square their food pantry provided sustenance to 7500 families. As Catholic Charities ramps up for the holidays and plans Thanksgiving meals they ask that our community remember them as we make our grocery lists or consider cash donations to assist in meals or their greater Christmas wish of expanding evening winter shelter to daytime hours so families can get out of the elements as temperatures drop. While they may be teaching a family from Afghanistan what Thanksgiving is, serving the homeless or delivering to a homebound senior, they’d like everyone they see to have the opportunity to give thanks with a warm meal and a healthier outlook for the New Year. Leslie Carmine, Director of Media & Community Relations, said it best, “We’re starting lives over for people.”

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