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CCDL Annual Report


A Message from the Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we reflect on the year 2014 at Catholic Charities we see a year of expanded welcome, hospitality and service. In 2014, as a result of the generosity of so many, Catholic Charities was able to create a new space of welcome and more than double the capacity of the La Crosse Warming Center with a move of the Warming Center, the Immigration staff, the St. Lawrence Community Services staff and Representative Payee staff to a new location. We have added extended outreach services in the Prairie du Chien community with our Hands of Hope program which matches volunteers with community members in need. Across the diocese we have continued to reach out in an effort to build relationships and provide service to those in need. In an echo of Matthew 25 the Holy Father, Pope Francis, teaches, “Poverty is learned with the humble, the poor, the sick and all those who are on the existential peripheries of life. Theoretical poverty is of no use to us. Poverty is learned by touching the flesh of the poor Christ, in the humble, the poor, the sick, in children.” Catholic Charities, through its staff and volunteers, with the generosity of hundreds of good people in our diocesan communities is serving as a visible sign of God’s love to all of mankind regardless of race, religion or background. Catholic Charities’ staff and volunteers are there on our behalf, “touching the flesh of the poor Christ.” Thank you for your commitment to the work of Catholic Charities. Without the gifts of your time and talents as volunteers and treasure as donors, Catholic Charities would be a noble idea, but the aid to those in poverty and on the margins would remain theoretical. With personal good wishes and prayers, I am,

Most Reverend William Patrick Callahan Bishop of La Crosse

Catholic Charities Mission, Vision and Values Mission: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse proclaims Christ’s Gospel of Life and promotes human dignity by alleviating poverty and strengthening individuals and families. Vision: Believing in the presence of God in our midst and called by the Diocesan bishop, Catholic Charities proclaims the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person by sharing in the mission of Jesus given to the Church. To this end, Catholic Charities works with individuals, families, and communities to help them meet their needs, address their issues, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society. Catholic Charities’ Values Statements are the guiding expression of the vision and mission of Catholic Charities: Respect Dignity Integrity Compassion Hospitality Excellence Stewardship

2014 Catholic Charities Board Members Most Rev. William P. Callahan, La Crosse Rev. Msgr. Francis Abuah-Quansah, La Crosse Marie Fleisner, Marshfield Rev. Michael Klos, Cashton Robert Laubach, Black River Falls Steve Lipowski, Wausau Julie Manas, Eau Claire Gary Peckham, Richland Center Tom Tiggelaar, La Crosse Executive Directors: Deacon Richard Sage Mr. Roberto Partarrieu

Rev. Msgr. Michael Gorman, Chairperson, La Crosse Christine Heinzl, Vice Chair, Necedah

Brad Sturm, Treasurer, La Crosse Chris Ruff, Secretary, La Crosse

Not Pictured: Kevin Brey, Altoona Sr. Mary Ann Gschwind, FSPA, La Crosse

A Message from the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Dear Friends, When I came into the office this morning, I had a voice mail that said, “I’m an old person and I would like to share an idea with someone.” Her voice and message got my attention and I called her back immediately. During our conversation she said that she felt isolated and helpless because she couldn’t drive and had no way of getting around. She asked if volunteers could help the elderly in the community by driving them to where they need to go. We talked about Catholic Charities “Hands of Hope” program in Prairie du Chien where we connect volunteers with people that need help, whether its a ride to the doctor, supermarket or a meeting. She was so grateful. What she was talking about was the need to build a community; in other words, people helping each other, listening to each other, sharing our pains, hopes; in short, our lives. Jean Vanier, in his book Community and Growth, mentions the importance of living in a community as a means to be “all we can be” and to be happy. He says that each individual is an indispensable link in a chain; no matter how small the link is it needs to remain strong, because if it breaks, the entire community is at risk and can perish. At Catholic Charities we strive to serve those members of our community that are vulnerable and need our help. We might think that they are the weak link in our chain, but it may be that they are really the strong link that reminds us that we need to help each other to survive. It may be that our selfishness of our belief that I’m self-sufficient, that I don’t need anyone, is the weak link. Every day I’m amazed and humbled by the generosity of so many people in our community who give so much of their time and talent to serve and support the people we serve. Without our Volunteers and donors, we could not do His work and establish God’s Kingdom on earth. We live in a place of such natural beauty that is breathtaking, but most importantly, we live in a community that cares. Our job is to discover daily the goodness of God’s creation in each other and in nature. By filling our hearts with joy and Christ-like attitudes, we will discover that we can better solve the serious problems of homelessness, hunger, injustice and evil. Christ has triumphed! Sincerely yours in service,

Roberto Partarrieu Executive Director

Building Hope

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We live in a society that is extraordinarily blessed in so many ways. However, there are many in our communities who are most vulnerable, who live their lives on the fringe of society; lives that witness poverty, mental illness, hunger and displacement who don’t benefit from many of these blessings. Meet Roger. Roger is one of the homeless in our community who came in to our shelter on a cold winter night. When he arrived, he was very quiet and kept to himself. As the nights passed, Roger endeared himself easily to others and many of our guests and staff began to watch over Roger. Staff quickly surmised that while Roger was receiving Social Security, he was not able to cash his checks due to lack of identification. Catholic Charities staff became even more concerned when we learned that others in the community were “helping” him and taking advantage of his kindness with money. Our Warming Center Staff recognized Roger’s needs and referred him to our St. Lawrence Community Services’ Staff. They worked together to help Roger get an I.D. When Roger did not feel confident going to the bank alone, staff walked with him to help him through the banking process. Our collaboration with others in the community helped us in finding a landlord with an apartment to rent and our Representative Payee Program employee continues to work with Roger to help him budget his funds and make ends meet. Roger is just one of the many we continue to walk with and share the journey. We continue to work with guests through the La Crosse Franciscan Hospitality House, our Sojourner House in Eau Claire and our Wausau Community Warming Center. Catholic Charities is available across the diocese. We are there to share the journey with those in need. We are there to build relationships and share hope throughout our diocese! Catholic Charities continues to work with many individuals, communities, churches and organizations to assist the most vulnerable of our society. We have witnessed many in our community who have been taken advantage of because of the inability to know how to work within societies’ systems. We have stepped up to assist individuals to find a way out of homelessness. Not only do we work with others in our community to provide a place of refuge for those who would otherwise not have a warm meal and a place to sleep, but Catholic Charities continues to work through St. Lawrence Community Services and collaborates with many community organizations to be on hand to work with folks like Roger.

Words from a guest... I would just like to let someone be aware of the terrific staff that was on duty this evening. Unfortunately I can’t give them all the credit because each time I have been here the staff and volunteers have been incredible. The service and dedication not to mention the devotion to what they do is a God send. Please keep up this incredible service that is provided to us; the less fortunate and those down on our luck. You guys are wonderful. Don’t ever lose hope!

In grateful appreciation of its benefactors, Catholic Charities is pleased to acknowledge your gifts. It is through this financial support that Catholic Charities is able to continue its care to those in need in the Diocese of La Crosse. We compile the lists in our annual report with care. If you find your name has been omitted or misspelled, please accept our apology. Any errors or omissions are inadvertent and we would be grateful if you will notify us so our records will be correct in the future. Unfortunately space would not allow us to list all of our generous donors. To see a complete list, please go to $10,000 and above

Four Anonymous Donors Blessed Sacrament Parish, La Crosse Edward and Roseanne Buchberger County of Eau Claire Deena Hatch Foundation Diocese of La Crosse Marilee Belanger Barbara and Dave Erickson Fund Fowler & Hammer, La Crosse Maxwell-White, La Crosse Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Health Care Dr. Sheila and David Momont Nesnah Ventures, LLC Noel Smith St. Olaf Parish, Eau Claire St. Patrick Parish, Onalaska The Newman Parish, Eau Claire

$5,000 to $9,999

Anonymous Donor City of La Crosse Dahl Automotive Karen and Robert Guggenbuehl Ron and Jeanette Hammes John and Donna Hansen Paul and Karla Hansen Immaculate Conception Parish, Eau Claire La Crosse County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Brian Larson Mary, Mother of the Church, La Crosse Barbara Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Raymond D. Nass Edward and Sheila Riley Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire Linda and Sam Scaffidi Jim Schauls R.J. Schindlbeck Tom and Amy Hansen-Strom St. Anne Parish, Wausau

$1,000 to $4,999

Nine Anonymous Donors Sophia Tirtilli Adams Laverne and Mary Affeldt Ron and Terry Amel Mary Kelly Anderson Dr. Hans and Margaret Anderson Virgil and Judith Arrowood

Celine Boxrucker Kurtis and Angela Breiling William and Elizabeth Brendel Jon and Kimberly Bowe Paul and Julie Bunczak John Calvert Mark and Minda Chamberlain Chris and Reyne Check City Grill, Wausau Debra and Timothy Colgan Dr. David and Bettyrose Corser Coulee Bank Fred Crandall Crossroads Community Services, Inc., Wausau Harold Dolan III Harry Doweiko Robin and Becky Drout Lucille Dufeck Dr. Joseph Durst M. Thomas and Kathleen Edwards English Lutheran Church, La Crosse Norman and Mari Erickson Faith United Methodist Church La Crosse Ron and Bobbi Farley Rev. Victor Feltes Daniel Filzen First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eau Claire Eugene Fisher Dorothy Franke Annette Friedewald Francis and Arlene Furlano Thomas and Elizabeth Gillett Joan Hamblin and David Schifeling Dean and Lori Hammes Mark and Deborah Hansen John and Mary Hartwig Lewis Hemstock Holy Family Parish, Arcadia Holy Trinity Parish, La Crosse Hospital Sisters ;of St. Francis, Springfield, IL David Hyde, Jr. Janice and Charles Goethel Thomas and Maureen Kieffer James and Patricia Kirchner Dr. Joseph and Ann Kotnour, DDS Vivian Krieg Steven Kuderer L.B. White Co., Inc. La Crosse Tribune Eugene Limberg

Jacqueline Lindner J. Patrick and Lori Johnson Lunney Michael and Carol Mader James Maney Marine Credit Union Foundation Angus and Jill Marshall Donald and Leatrice Mathison Rev. William J. Matzek Rev. Thomas McInnis Jill and Duane Meyer Mount View Service, Inc., Wausau Dr. John and Joan Mueller Nicolet National Foundation, Inc. Nelleen Noack North Presbyterian Church, La Crosse Nutrition Matters, Inc., Eau Claire Olivet Beacon of Light Lutheran Church, La Crosse Onalaska United Methodist Church Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, La Crosse Paul and Ruth Schultz Foundation Gary and Elizabeth Peckham Rev. Raymond Pedretti Dr. Michael and Mary Price Raymond and Marie Goldbach Foundation, Inc. Richard Rady Roger and Carol Resar Paul and Mary Therese Rinzel Roncalli Newman Center Parish, La Crosse Root Down Yoga, LLC, La Crosse Sacred Heart of Jesus-Mondovi Deacon Richard and Mary Sage Mark and Margaret Schneider Schneider Heating and Air, La Crosse Paul and Diane Silva David and Barbara Skogen Douglas and Mary Koller-Sperle St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Holmen St. James the Greater Parish, Eau Claire St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wausau St. John’s Lutheran Church, Eau Claire St. Michael Parish, Wausau Dr. Paul and Jane Steingraeber Stifel Nicolaus Walter and Jean Susdorf

The Dirks Group, Wausau The Northwestern Bank, Chippewa Falls Fred and Marilyn Tiller Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire Dr. John and Roberta Ujda Nicholas Veverka VFW Auxiliary Post ;1530, La Crosse VPP Group LLC, Norwalk Mary Jo Werner Geraldine Westaby Kathleen and Case Wewerka Joyce and Raymond Wichelt Jerry and Susan Wirtz Duane and Margaret Wolding Rev. Eugene Wolf James and Betty Wozney Barbara and Tuenis Zondag

$500 to $999

Six Anonymous Donors Amundson Appliance, Inc. Eau Claire Assumption Catholic School, Durand Dr. Dennis and Jean Bardelmeier Mary Baron Tamara and Allen Becker Bethesda Lutheran Brethren Church, Eau Claire Blessed Sacrament Women’s Club, La Crosse Steven Bircher and Deborah Nissen Amy Boller William Boylan, DDS Marian Braun Breakfast Optimist Club, La Crosse Tim and Mary Brennan James Briggs Patrick Brunet Pearl Callahan Sandra Carr Henry and Theresa Chao Chart Energy and Chemicals, Inc Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse Michael and Cynthia Clauson Co-op Credit Union, Black River Falls Crucifixion Council of Catholic Women, La Crescent, MN

$500 to $999 continued

Gregory and Ann Dachel Donald Delebo Bill and Linda Dobbe Carl and Barbara Drake Dorothy Drout Clarence and Sandra Durr Faith Lutheran Mission Church, Inc., Eau Claire Renee Feight Gerald and Evelyn Feit Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund - Robert Seifert First Presbyterian Church, La Crosse First Presbyterian Church, Wausau Susan Gallagher Shirley Giblin Gibson’s Watercare Service, Altoona Donald and Karen Grade Kenneth Graves Edward and Barbara Grygleski Charles and Janet Hagg Steve Henry Judith Hoehn Betsy Holland Robert Hollern Hope Lutheran Church, Edgar Institute of Christ the King, Wausau Kenneth and Diane Jereczek John A. Kaiser Law Firm, Eau Claire Scott and Donna Johnson

Timothy and Regina Johnson Thomas and Mary Jones Betty Justen David and Donna Reichwein Kampa Knights of Columbus, Seneca Kohl’s Kathy Kovell Joseph and Barbara Kruse Thomas and Nancy Kryshak Karen Kuczynski La Crosse Area Realtors Association John Leinfelder Graebel Van Lines, Wausau Robert Linzmeier Aloysius and Marge Lueck Rev. Delbert Malin Ralph and Norma Marking Connie Marshall Patricia Marsnik Mary, Mother of the Church Men’s Club, La Crosse Mary, Mother of the Church PCCW, La Crosse Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Laurel McEllistrem Rev. Michael Mertens Beverly Miller Damian and Jeanne Miller Jean and Randall Mundt Eugene and Lois Murphy Neil and Mary Nelson Charlotte and John Nesseth

New Hope Community Church, Wausau James Novak Jim and Donna Omernik Our Redeemer Lutheran Church La Crosse Our Savior’s Lutheran Church WELCA, West Salem Mark and Pamela Outzen Peoples State Bank, Wausau Vicki Peroutka James and Charlyn Peterson Preston Chiropractic Office, Menomonie Red Balloon Child Care, La Crosse Regis Catholic School, Eau Claire Jerome and Kathryn Reinecke Daniel and Nancy Robinson Ronald and Darlene Rogoski Sister Rosemary Rombalski Alan Ross Saint Andrew Lutheran Church, Wausau Saint Jude Hospice, La Crosse Juliana Salwach-Franzen Charles and Patricia Sans Crainte Eugene Schaller Steven and Donna Schmidt Family Fund Rick Schneider George and Mary Schrabeck James and Tamara Schreiner Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Schulenberg James and Ann Seubert Peter and Mary Kay Skemp

In Memory of... Frank Bernard Kenneth Dobbs Catherine Euting Nancy Fotland Mary Jane Fowler

Thomas and Judith Sleik George and Marita Smith St. Henry Parish, Eau Galle St. Joseph Parish, Stevens Point Mark and Amy Steigerwald John and Kay Stellpflug Dr. Richard and Jo Stelmach Bradley and Lynn Sturm Brian and Diane Sullivan The Benevity Community Impact Fund Matthew and Christine Thill Thomas Stenger Jeffrey Thompson and Sandra Romagnoli-Thompson Charles and Becky Thurner Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire Trinity United Church of Christ La Crosse Truist Valleybrook Church, Eau Claire Viterbo University, La Crosse Michele Wallus Scott Wegner Frank Weiler Dr. Timothy Wengert Wesley United Methodist Women Wausau Daniel and Mary Wieser Wisconsin Elks Association, Inc. Mukwonago Wise Managers, Inc., La Crosse David Zurcher

In Honor of...

Chuck and Diane Kolkind Bob Krocker Mike Michael Sage Sophie Sicklinger

The Homeless who have died Richard Walsh Jack White Thomas Wildrick

Bill and Linda Dobbe: in honor of Jordan’s Adoption and Baptism L.B. White Co., Inc.: in honor of John Tomlinson’s Retirement

Grantors Abbotsford Story Inc. Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc. American Family Mutual Insurance Company AnnMarie Foundation, Inc. Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation B.A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation B. A. Mason Trust Blanche M. Walsh Charity Trust Capital One Services Catholic Campaign for Human Development Catholic Charities USA Citi City of Eau Claire City of La Crosse City of Wausau

Department of Housing and Urban Development Eau Claire Community Foundation Koehn Family Endowment Edward & Hannah M. Rutledge Charities Emergency Food and Shelter Program (FEMA) Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Gundersen Health System Hansen Family Foundation Hillview Urban Agriculture Center La Crosse Community FoundationGillette Fund La Crosse Kiwanis Foundation Ministry Health Care

National Foundation for Credit Counseling Otto Bremer Foundation Richland County United Givers Fund Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation, Inc. Rotary Works Foundation Russell L and Vera M. Smith Foundation, Inc. State of Wisconsin-Domestic Abuse Program State of Wisconsin-Homelessness Funds State of Wisconsin-Post Adoption State Shelter Subsidy Grant The ShopKo Foundation The W. O'Neil Foundation Union Pacific Foundation

United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley United Way of Marathon County United Way of Prairie du Chien US Bank Wells Fargo Foundation Wells Fargo Homeownership Grant William and Gertrude Casper Foundation Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Women in Action (Wausau) Women's Fund of Greater La Crosse Xcel Energy

Catholic Charities by the Numbers ASSETS REVENUE Program Fees 2,029,832 Current Assets 1,077,735 Contributions & Grants 2,807,961 (cash, accounts receivable, prepaids) Investment & Other Income 241,874 Property & Equipment 939,263 TOTAL 5,079,667 (net of depreciation) Other Assets (assets whose use are limited) Beneficial Interest in Perpetual Trust





LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS Current Liabilities 1,116,571 (accounts payable, deferred revenues) Unrestricted Net Assets 1,689,492 Temporarily Restricted Net Assets Permanently Restricted Net Assets TOTAL LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS



PROGRAM EXPENSES Adoption Services 512,177 Community Homeless Facilities 558,613 Disability Services 1,469,400 Domestic Abuse 59,494 Fundraising & Development 371,331 General & Administration 27,196 Legal & Immigration Assistance 262,187 Disaster Assistance 10,167 St. Lawrence Community Services 1,245,312 TOTAL 4,515,877



Birth parents supported through pregnancy to live birth through our pregnancy support program.


Children found forever families through our birth parent, relative adoption and international adoption programs.


Immigration clients from over 31 different countries received legal services in their quest for U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.


Individuals received confidential and supportive assistance with budgeting their fixed income to meet their basic needs while planning for future goals through our Representative Payee Program.


Families and individuals benefited from the encouragement and instruction received through our Post Adoption Program.


Individuals and families received assistance with charitable outreach, advocacy or financial education and enrichment through St. Lawrence Community Services.


Sheltered nights of service were provided to the many poor, hurting, homeless, and often “faceless� people in our communities through our La Crosse and Wausau Warming Centers and the Sojourner House in Eau Claire.

31,428 33,829

Hours of service were provided to students with behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and other developmental disabilities to help them stay in their homes and be successful in school with the help of our Disability Services Program. Volunteer hours were provided to the various programs and offices across the diocese that help Catholic Charities provide help and hope to those in need.

We invite you to join us in serving others! Visit our website at or call 1-888-212-HELP today to learn how you can become involved. Donate and/or volunteer today!

OFFICE LOCATIONS EAU CLAIRE 448 N. Dewey St. Eau Claire, WI 54703 (715) 832-6644 EAU CLAIRE Sojourner House 618 S. Barstow St. Eau Claire, WI 54701 LA CROSSE 3710 East Ave. South La Crosse, WI 54601 (608) 782-0710 LA CROSSE DOWNTOWN 413 Third Street South La Crosse, WI 54601 (608) 782-0710 PRAIRIE DU CHIEN 104 East Blackhawk Ave. Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 (608) 326-1616 WAUSAU 540 S. Third Avenue Wausau, WI 54401 (715) 849-3311

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