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providing help. creating hope. serving all.

2016 Annual Report

Board of Directors

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, When we started the Jubilee Year of Mercy in November 2015, we embarked on a journey together encountering Jesus who is Mercy Incarnate. We came to Him through our prayer, the sacraments, sacred scripture, and through the Holy Doors in our diocese. While we have seen the Year of Mercy come to a close, we are still ever mindful of mercy in our own lives. We put our mercy in motion through the Corporal Works of Mercy that Christ gave us such as feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and giving alms to the poor. Catholic Charities embodies our effort and desire as a diocese to act mercifully in our communities.

Sincerely in the Heart of Christ,

Bishop William Patrick Callahan, OFM Conv. Diocese of La Crosse, WI

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.

Mission and 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.

Chairman of the Board: Rev. William Dhein Diocese of La Crosse Vice Chair of the Board: Christine Heinzl Necedah

A Message from the Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse

Mercy is only made manifest through love, and brothers and sisters, you have shown great love by being an active participant in your charity, Catholic Charities. Our mission to alleviate poverty and strengthen families is something we can all support and profess. I personally thank you for your contributions. Please continue to keep Catholic Charities’ works, workers, and those they serve in your daily thoughts and prayers.

Most Rev. William P. Callahan, OFM Conv Diocese of La Crosse

Treasure of the Board: Brad Sturm La Crosse

Toni Buck - Eau Claire Dierdre Effertz - Eau Claire Dorothy Flees - Marshfield Sr. Catherine Kaiser, FSPA - La Crosse Robert Laubach - Black River Falls Steven Lipowski - Wausau Julie Manas - Eau Claire Gary Peckham - Richland Center Ken Smith - Willard Tom Tiggelaar - La Crosse

Secretary of the Board: Christopher Ruff, S.T.L. Diocese of La Crosse

Gratitude The Latin root of the word gratitude is grata or gratia—thankfulness— and from this same root we get the word grace, which means an unearned gift freely given. Psychological research shows that people who are thankful enjoy a more positive attitude and an improved sense of well-being. They sleep better, express more compassion, more kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. Being thankful requires a change in our focus, a mastering of our will that reminds us daily to give thanks for what we have received. Wisdom, as taught by Solomon, begins by recognizing that everything we have is a free gift from God and therefore it is only just that we start the day by thanking Him for the gift of life, our family, our work, our community, and the opportunity that we have to serve one another. As St. John Paul II said “Nobody is so poor he has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich he has nothing to receive.” It is only right then that I take this opportunity to first thank God for you and for having you in this community and to thank you for your prayers and generosity in support of the mission of Catholic Charities. We can only do what we do because of your support. On behalf of the thousands of people we serve every year in all of our programs, THANK YOU!

Mr. Roberto Partarrieu Executive Director Catholic Charities

A Message from the Executive Director of Catholic Charities

Reconnecting Family

A Home is More Than a Shelter.

History is always with us. Many people do not know that tens of thousands of the Hmong people fought as allies with the United States in the Vietnam War, with over half of Hmong men in Laos being equipped to fight. Hmong soldiers suffered a casualty rate 5 times higher than US soldiers, and estimates vary from 10% to 25% to 50% of all Hmong people in Laos were killed in the war. It was a war that continued for many Hmong soldiers even after United States forces left. Catholic Charities is a part of this history. Catholic Charities was there to help Hmong veterans, survivors and families resettle in our communities. Tens of thousands of Hmong people are now resettled in Wisconsin, the state with the third highest population of Hmong people. However, the war still continues in many ways for so many Hmong people overseas who continue to face reprisals from the southeast Asian governments. Some still hide and fight in jungles. Some live in camps, villages and towns with varying degrees of risk of imprisonment, beating, torture or death in revenge for their involvement in the war or sometimes for practicing their faith. A man we will call “Tub” (for his overseas family’s safety) is now 50 years old. Tub had not seen his mother “Niam” since she joined the war when he was two years old. His family had heard for years that Niam died in the war. Tub came to the United States as a child and was later adopted by relatives here. It was when Tub became an adult that he heard Niam had survived and was still in danger in Vietnam. Over the course of a decade, Tub orchestrated a series of bribes to slowly move Niam from camp to camp, place to place, town to town, paying officials, soldiers and officers at checkpoints until finally one day Niam could fly to the United States. Forty-four years later, Tub and Niam reunited at Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport. Catholic Charities helped Tub and Niam to use DNA tests and affidavits to establish that she is his mother. We also filed their petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Article and cover photo submitted by Catholic Charities Immigration Staff.

House of Mercy Beyond Shelter Loyal

“A home is more than simply a shelter; it’s a foundation that allows one to focus on the future.” On June 8, 2016, three men walked into their new home for the first time. These three men who came from very different lives had one thing in common. Until that day, they were homeless.

New 2016 Program Beyond Shelter Wausau

This was an emotional day for everyone. “This carpet is softer than the ground I slept on,” was what one of these men said that first day. One gentleman spent his first day trying to find the recliner that was most comfortable after being discharged from the hospital earlier that day. Barely able to walk or stand for any length of time, he began to heal with a roof over his head instead of sleeping in the woods as he had the week before. “We have a fridge. We have food. I can take a shower whenever I want.” These are all things heard that first day, things most people take for granted. In less than sixty days, the world as these three men knew it had changed. Beyond Shelter is a program working to fill the need of housing first. Staff is on hand to help residents build necessary skills to be successful with their own life skills. We connect them with community resources and walk the journey with them in their effort to obtain and maintain a sustainable living environment. The program in Wausau currently serves single, adult men.


Program Fees Contributions & Grants Investments & Other Income TOTAL

“In less than 60 days, the world as these three men knew it had changed.”

1,732,903 2,448,161 302,332 4,483,396

It began with an idea... One person who had seen the homeless, the hungry, and the poor had an idea. Another person listened with an open heart and open mind to the importance of providing service. Together they made a call in February 2016 inviting Catholic Charities to join with them to serve those in need across Clark County. As word spread, others joined in and through the support of so many area businesses,individuals and churches, the building at 141 Main Street in Loyal was purchased in June 2016. One person’s idea had become the mission of a community. House of Mercy consists of three apartments. Local parishes refurbished these apartments and they became homes for women and children who are homeless or facing homelessness. It offers them a safe place to call home while they work with a Catholic Charities staff member towards obtaining sustainable housing. It is also our goal in 2017 to create a section for temporary, emergency housing for women.

“A safe place to call home.”

2016 Financials

13.09% 26.33%

Complete 990 Statements are available online at 15.98%

0.07% 4.53%




PROGRAM EXPENSES Adoption Services 568,137 Community Homeless Facilities 693,933 Disability Services 1,318,974 Domestic Abuse 46,145 General Admin & Development 371,010 Legal & Immigration Assistance 196,857 Disaster Assistance 3,003 St. Lawrence Community Services 1,143,260 TOTAL 4,341,319

ASSETS Current Assets 1,405,437 (cash, accounts receivable, prepaids) Property & Equipment 945,191 (net of depreciation) Other Assets 1,439,819 (assets whose uses are limited) Beneficial Interest in Perpetual Trust 3,768,525 TOTAL ASSETS 7,558,972 LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS Current Liabilities (accounts payable, deferred revenues) Unrestricted Net Assets Temporarily Restricted Net Assets Permanently Restricted Net Assets

1,032,872 1,609,090 1,143,927 3,773,083



$10,000 and above

Catholic Charities

Friends & Funders In grateful appreciation of its benefactors, Catholic Charities is pleased to acknowledge your gifts. It is only through your generosity and financial support that Catholic Charities is able to continue its care to those in need. Your support serves as the heart and hands of Christ. 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 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

Anonymous Donor Blessed Sacrament Parish La Crosse Diocese of La Crosse Edward and Roseanne Buchberger Estate of JoAnne M. Plooy Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Gary and Elizabeth Peckham Hansen Family Foundation James and Elaine Schauls John E Meier La Crosse Symphony Ochestra, Inc. Mark and Karen Drazkowski Marlene Fredrich Estate Marlys Larson Newman Parish-Eau Claire Raymond and Marie Goldbach Foundation, Inc. St. Olaf Parish-Eau Claire Sue Ann Gelatt Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999

Anonymous Donor Citizens State Bank of Loyal Edward and Sheila Riley Gerald J. Scholz Gross Motors, Inc. Helen Adler, IMO Immaculate Conception Parish -Eau Claire James and Barbara Roberts K & S Logistics, IncGreenwood Kristina’s Grace FoundationAndrew Dahl Marshfield Area Community Foundation Sacred Heart HospitalEau Claire Schecky’s Snack Shack LLC The Benevity Community Impact Fund Wieser Brothers General Contractors Wuethrich Foundation

$1,000 to $4,999

Anonymous Donor A Place of Grace Adler-Clark Electric Community Commitment Foundation Agropur Allison Gregorich Amy M Ludwikowski Angus and Jill Marshall Annette Friedewald Anthony G Roth Blessed Sacrament Women’s Club- La Crosse Bonnie J Kraft C. Steve Henry Celine Boxrucker Chad Kritzberger

Chili Implement Co., Inc. Chris and Reyne Check Clarence Wagner, IHO Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Inc. Connie L Marshall Cyril and Lelah Krista Daniel and Gail Filzen Daniel and Gayle Krecklow Daniel Roth David and Faye Halama David and Nicolle Johnson Donald and Leatrice Mathison Donald L Delebo Douglas Sperle and Mary Koller-Sperle Dr. Michael and Mary Price Dr. Sheila and David Momont Eau Claire Noon Lion’s Club English Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity-La Crosse First Congregational ChurchLa Crosse Francis and Arlene Furlano Fred and Marilyn Tiller Fred Crandall G.E.C.U. George and Mary Schrabeck Gerald and Susan Fox Gerald Eder Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church-La Crosse HOM Furniture Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Howard Ludwigson and Mary Spies Intel Volunteer Grant Program Jacqueline Lindner James and Joyce Smith James and Patricia Kirchner Jay D Emling Jene Bendel, IMO Jerome and Kathryn Reinecke Jerry and Susan Wirtz Jill and Duane Meyer Joan Hamblin and David Schifeling John A Scaletta, DDS John and Mary Hartwig Joseph and Theresa Engman Karl J and Mary L Brickl Kathleen and Case Wewerka Ken and Mary Ann Schelfhout Kevin and Renee Leidel Knights of ColumbusChippewa Falls Kolbe & Kolbe Lawrence & Geneva Karl, IMO Len and Ellen Lipinski Linda and Sam Scaffidi Logistics Health, Inc. M. Thomas and Kathleen Edwards Mark and Debbie Hansen Mark and Minda Chamberlain Martin and Jessica Kirchner Mary, Mother of the Church Parish-La Crosse

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Michelle Farrow NAMI Noel Smith Our Saviors Lutheran Church WELCA-West Salem Paul and Julie Bunczak Paul and Karla Hansen Prince of Peace Lutheran Church-La Crescent, MN Raymond D. and Mary J. Nass Republican Party of Marathon County- Wausau Rev. Eugene Wolf Richard Walz Richard Ziemann Robert P Hollern Roberto Partarrieu Ron and Bobbi Farley Ron Hammes, IMO Samuel and Phyllis Kaiser Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning Security Health Plan St. Andrew Lutheran ChurchWausau St. James the Greater ParishEau Claire St. Joseph Parish Rock FallsMondovi St. Mary Parish-Neillsville St. Mary’s PCCW-Altoona St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church-Onalaska St. Raymond of Penafort Parish-SE Eau Claire County-Fall Creek Steven and Donna Schmidt Thomas and Kim Gonyo Thomas and Maureen Kieffer Thomas E Cassidy Thomas E Roth Thomas McIntee Thrivent Choice Tim and Mary Brennan Timothy and Dianne Robertson Tomah Deanery NCCW #5068 Trevor and Tonia Wuethrich Trinity Lutheran ChurchEau Claire Truist Valleybrook ChurchEau Claire Very Rev. Steven Brice Virgil and Judith Arrowood William and Mary Mahony William and Sarah Goff YWCA of the Coulee Region

$500 to $999

AAPC La Crosse Local Chapter- Onalaska Adolph and Jane Pichler Alan and Patrice Billings Arcadia Deanery Barbara and Tuenis Zondag

Bethany Baptist ChurchSchofield Betsy Jane Holland Betty Justen Beverly Miller Bradley and Lynn Sturm Breakfast Optimist Club-La Crosse Brendan Pratt Brian and Diane Sullivan Brian and Kathy Keebaugh Brian Brenengen Brickner Motors, Inc.Marathon Brook E White Bryan Alm Charles and Patricia SansCrainte Chelsea B Salon-La Crosse Cheryl A Pasbrig Cheryl Bihn and Paul Havlik Chester and Margaret Raschka Chippewa Valley Century Ride Connie G Smith Daniel and Nancy Robinson David and Darlene Lee David Zurcher Denny and Diane Hartogh Dick Cable Don Venner Donald and Barbara Lee Donald Ziel, Sr. and Lisa Dohve Dorothy Drout Dr. David and Bettyrose Corser Dr. Dennis and Jean Bardelmeier Dr. Mary Hovel


Dr. Timothy Wengert Elks Lodge No. 248-Wausau Eugene Fisher First Presbyterian ChurchWausau Gary and Patricia Kurtzweil George and Margaret Stankowski George and Rosemarie Sladky Gerald and Evelyn Feit Gerald and Mary Guentner Gregory and Ann Dachel Gundersen Health System-La Crosse Harold L Dolan III Helene and Gerald Baer James H Globensky James Novak James Parker and Martha Merrill Janet and Bradley McAnarney Jeffrey and Jennifer Nack Jeffrey W. Guettinger John A. Kaiser Law Firm John J Boland, Sr. John O Calvert Jonathan and Serena Krenchi Joseph and Karen Dolan Karen Atkinson Katherine and Tony Patterson Kimberly Krogan Kipley and Donna Schultz Knights of Columbus #4963Neillsville La Crosse Area Realtors Association La Crosse Insurance Agency, Inc. La Crosse Kiwanis Foundation

Laurel J. McEllistrem Lawrence K Becwar Lewis W Hemstock Lewitzke Foundation Inc. Lois Umhoefer Loyal Car Show Marie Miller Mark Michener, IMO Mark and Margaret Schneider Mark and Pamela Outzen Mary Colleen Walsh Mary Kelly Anderson Matt and Lori Hattenhauer Matthew and Christine Thill Mehrdad Nazari and Angela Witt Mike and Cathy Juran Mike and Tina Longsdorf Natalie P Skifton Olivet Beacon of Light Lutheran Church-La Crosse Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission-Arcadia Our Redeemer Lutheran Church-La Crosse Our Savior’s Lutheran Church-La Crosse Patricia A. Melcher Patrick H Fleischman PEO Sisterhood Chapter DAWausau Peter and Mary Kay Skemp Philip Anderson Philip C Bickley Queen of the Apostles ParishTomah Randolph and Lynn Barr Regis Catholic Schools - Eau Claire Richard J Rady

Robin and Becky Drout Rock Creek Lutheran ChurchMondovi Roncalli Newman ParishLa Crosse Rosemary Adler Russell Fortune and Polly Davenport-Fortune Ruth A Bedessem Sandra Carr Scott and Becky Alexander Scott Wegner Sonja Rose Scholz Sophia Tirtilli Adams St. Anthony Parish-Loyal St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church-Wausau St. John’s Lutheran ChurchEau Claire St. Joseph Parish-Elk Mound St. Mary Help of Christians Parish-Greenwood St. Mary’s Parish PCCWNeillsville St. Patrick PCCW-Gays Mills Steven and Rebecca Butzler Steven Bircher and Deborah Nissen Steven Kuderer Tamara and Allen Becker The Dirks Group-Wausau The Przybylski Family Tim and Regina Johnson Tom and Juna Krajewski Tom Golden Unitarian Universalist Fellowship-La Crosse Viterbo University William and Bonnie Gibson William K. Boylan, DDS

Alliant Energy Foundation AnnMarie Foundation Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation B A. and Esther Greenheck Foundation Blanche Walsh Trust Capital One Citi City of Eau Claire-Community Development Block Grant City of Wausau Community Development Block Grant Dudley Foundation Eau Claire County FEMA Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Franke Foundation Gannett Foundation Green Bay Packers Foundation HUD-CCUSA La Crosse Community Foundation-June Kjome Justice and Peace Fund

La Crosse Community Foundation-Mary Grace Sieber Fund La Crosse Kiwanis Club National Foundation for Credit Counseling Otto Bremer Foundation Raskob Foundation Russell and Vera Smith Foundation Rutledge Charities State of Wisconsin-Domestic Abuse State of Wisconsin-ETH Homelessness Prevention State of Wisconsin-Post Adoption State of Wisconsin-State Shelter Subsidy Grant Union Pacific Foundation United Way of Greater Chippewa Valley United Way of Marathon County United Way of Prairie du Chien

Wells Fargo Foundation Wells Fargo Homeownership Grants Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation Women in Action (Wausau) Women’s Fund of Greater La Crosse The W. O’Neil Foundation Adler Clark Foundation American Family Insurance B.A. Mason Trust Cargill Foundation Clark County United Way Listeman Foundation Marshfield Area Community Foundation Nordson Corporate Foundation Richland County United Givers Victor and Helen Geisel Foundation Walmart State Giving Program Westerman Foundation

7 Office Locations Serving 19 Wisconsin Counties 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

5,179 families received help with rent, utilities, or basic human needs.



was given out in direct aid to families in need.

children adopted by loving families.



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.

adults receiving Representative Payee Service.



immigrants served from 29 different countries

sheltered nights of service were provided to the many hurting, homeless, and often “faceless� people in our communities through our Community Homeless facilities.

LA CROSSE DOWNTOWN 413 Third Street South La Crosse, WI 54601 (608) 782-0710

9,952 individuals and families received service from a Catholic Charities Program.

LOYAL House of Mercy 141 Main Street Loyal, WI 54446 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 TOLL FREE 888-212-HELP (4357) ONLINE-CCLSE.ORG


hours of service were provided to students with behavioral and other developmental disabilities to help them stay in their homes and be successful in school.


Homeless individuals or those living on the edge of homelessness were able to shower, wash their clothes, or receive service at the Franciscan Hospitality House

Providing Help. Creating Hope.

For over 145 years.

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2016 Annual Report  

2016 Annual Report