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C ath o l i c C h a r i t i e s West Michigan works to feed the hungry, counsel those who

struggle, and 2019


s t r o ANNUAL ng families REPORT

t h r o u g h o u t W e s t M i c h i g a n. Our vi s i o n i s to P ro v i d e h e l p a n d c r e at e h o p e.


–New York Times article about an adoption through CCWM

DEAR FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS, As Catholic Charities West Michigan approaches our 75th year, I am excited to see how we are growing and expanding our services to help those most in need. This year, we broke ground on our new Muskegon campus — a much-needed transition that will help us provide state-of-the-art care for our many clients. CHRIS SLATER, CEO In addition to a new office building, the campus will be home to The Kolbe Center, a first-of-its-kind drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the area. The decision to start this new program was because

of the vital need for detox services in the Muskegon community, currently the 8th highest out of all counties in the United States for opioid and alcohol deaths per capita (Michigan Nurses Association). Drugs and alcohol can keep people from their God-given purpose and it is our call, as an organization, to help the downtrodden and evolve our programming to meet our community’s greatest needs. In Galatians it says “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” and that is our goal, to give people a hand up, showcase God’s love in our work, and shine a light on those who are living in a dark place. Along with our new Muskegon campus, Catholic Charities West Michigan was newsworthy in many other ways this year. A big splash came with an adoption story that went viral! One of our foster families was able to give Michael (pictured on page two) a forever home and his kindergarten class came to the adoption hearing to show their support. Dozens of national news agencies covered the story, including Good Morning America, Fox News, and the New York Times. It is stories like this that keep us going and show how the services we are providing can be life-changing. While embracing new initiatives and sustaining our programs, I am overwhelmed by the work that happens throughout the year by our staff. The numbers in this report only partially do justice to the 24/7 work that goes on behind the scenes for our clients. Whether it be through behavioral health treatment, family preservation services, child welfare, or God’s Kitchen, Catholic Charities West Michigan is uniquely positioned to enrich individual lives while bringing our community together, for the better. It is through the support of dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and partners like you, that we can help people reach their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body. Thank you for choosing Catholic Charities to help address these critical issues, and more importantly, for choosing to be a part of the restoration of lives in our community. Many blessings,

Chris Slater | Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities West Michigan CCWM BOARD OF DIRECTORS – Conor Dugan (Chair), Jennifer VanHorn-Pfeiffelmann (Vice Chair), Mike Brown (Treasurer), Mary Brandon (Secretary), Fr. Matthew Barnum, Russ Daniel, Brad Fowler, Dan Lupo, Brad Mathis, Laina Mills, & Janet Veldhouse CCWM COMMITTEE MEMBERS – Michael Curtis, Greg Guest, Ryan Mullaney, Michael Naltner, & Marcia Ritzenhein

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*Cared For 289 Foster Children

# 119 Foster Homes # 175 Foster Parents

*Placed 67 Children in Loving Homes, through Adoption

*Administered 693 Pregnancy Counseling Sessions



Fami ly

Preservation & Support THIS YEAR, WE...

*Provided Direction and Support to 1,921 Families

*Educated 306 Youth on Making Healthy Decisons and the Value of Abstinence

*Gave 244 New Parents Free Resources, in Voluntary Assistance Programs

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” MOTHER TERESA

COMMUNITY IMPACT Below is a snapshot of the impact and partnerships that Catholic Charities had in 2019, throughout West Michigan. To learn more about our specific programs, please visit ccwestmi.org or call 616.551.5659.

CCWM’s Programs

CCWM was Supported

Provided Help &

by Over 2,000

Created Hope for

Churches, Individuals,

32,000 Individuals

& Businesses

2,147 Clients

More than 1,600 Meetings

were led through

at our Visitation House for

Substance Use

Families Working to Reunify


Disorder Treatment

3,000 Volunteers Gave 386,400 Hours of Their Time to CCWM’s Mission



1 2 4


6 5 9 7 8 10

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

TRAVERSE CITY (14 staff) LUDINGTON (8 staff) BIG RAPIDS (9 staff) WHITE CLOUD (10 staff) MUSKEGON (68 staff) STANTON (5 staff) GRAND RAPIDS - Jefferson Ave. (137 staff) - Cathedral Square (4 staff) - God’s Kitchen (4 staff)

8 IONIA (3 staff) 9 HOLLAND (14 staff) 10 BENTON HARBOR (18 staff)

FINANCES Transparency in Catholic Charities West Michigan’s finances is very important to us. On these two pages, you will find assets, liabilities, and net assets as well as the breakdown of our revenue and expenses.

Assets 2019 2018 Cash $2,163,878 $2,110,220 Restricted Cash 11,121 233,690 Accounts Receivable 1,735,424 1,265,650 Promises to Give 757,136 811,813 Prepaid Expenses 225,422 234,750 Property and Equipment



Beneficial Interest in Assets



Total $8,726,283 $8,351,851

Liabilities Accounts Payable $278,725 $128,774 Accrued Liabilities 1,304,738 1,235,947 (Compensation, Wages, Fees, Other)

Funds Managed for Others



Total $1,594,584 $1,598,411

Net Assets Unrestricted $4,135,389 $3,505,979 Temporarily Restricted 1,769,596 1,710,613 Permanently Restricted Total



1,536,848 $6,753,440

Liabilities & Net Assets Total $8,726,283 $8,351,851

2 2 1

11 8 2 2%



United Way


Program Service Fees

Community Support/ Events/Other

4% Catholic Services Appeal


Private Contributions

82% State & Federal Reimbursements

EXPENSES 8% Food and Pantry Programs


Fund Development and Marketing

11% Counseling and Treatment

35% Foster Care/Adoption

13% Administration

31% Family Preservation and Support Programs


*Served 150,000 Free Hot Meals to the Hungry

*Provided Free Baby & Toddler Goods to 5,518 Children

*Helped 657 Adults & Children, through our work with 102 Senior Corps Volunteers

Community Outreach s



Parents for Healthy Homes

Each year, Catholic Charities awards grants from Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Campaign for Human Development to West Michigan non-profits who are making an impact in our communities.

CRS Rice Bowl Grants Bread of Life Food Pantry | $2,500 Lake County Area Churches Charities Healthy Meals for Heartside Community | $2,500 Degage Ministries, Grand Rapids


Healthy Homes Project | $2,500 St. Alphonsus Church, Grand Rapids Caritas Food Pantry | $2,500 St. Mary Church, Custer

2019 CCHD Local Grants Migrant Ministry | $3,000

St. Patrick and St. Anthony Parish, Grand Haven English as a Second Language | $5,500 Holy Name of Jesus Parish Pregnancy Support Services | $7,000 Catholic Charities West Michigan Urban Growing and Experiential Learning Program | $2,500 Kids’ Food Basket Youth Empowerment Program (YEP!) | $7,000 Community enCompass Fit, Fun and Games | $4,000 Heartside Ministry Parents for Healthy Homes | $7,000 Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

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*Counseled 4,616 Individual Patients

*Provided Opportunities for Post-Abortion Healing to 43 Women

*Facilitated Substance Use Disorder Treatment for 629 prisoners

Donna “Judy (CCWM Therapist) helped me walk through my anxiety and she got a feel of where I have been and what brought me to Catholic Charities. I believe that God puts people like her in lives to act as an instument of Himself, to help others. Talking about my fears with her, someone educated, helped me get through them.�



What’s Next...


NEW MUSKEGON CAMPUS On January 22, Catholic Charities West Michigan broke ground on our new Muskegon campus, which will include a 21,000 sq. ft. administrative building and a 4,700 sq. ft. detox center. The administrative building will be completed in 2021 and will house more than 80 CCWM employees, conference rooms for group and individual counseling sessions, private meeting spaces, a baby pantry & pregnancy resource center, visit rooms for families, beautiful green space, and ample parking. In this facility, we will continue to provide counseling, family preservation services, foster care, adoption, pregnancy counseling, Senior Corps, and a baby & toddler pantry. New to CCWM, our Muskegon campus will also have The Kolbe Center, which is set to be completed in late 2020. The center will provide individualized programming to treat alcohol & drug addiction with a 14-bed unit able to treat over 700 clients annually.

FOCUS ON FAMILY PRESERVATION Consistent with our vision of strengthening families, Catholic Charities West Michigan has made a concerted effort to expand our family preservation and support programs throughout West Michigan, including a new office in Benton Harbor. Family is the most essential influence on children and, in a non-traditional way, we work with struggling families to help prevent their children from going into the foster care system. Our programs provide intensive, strength-based, solution-focused counseling and support to our clients, in their homes, meeting people where they are — to form real-life plans for improvement. More than half of our staff serves within these programs and helps clients identify and confront conficts, reduce risk, resolve differences, and improve interactions. All to give families the tools they need to flourish and to prevent future involvement with Child Protective Services.

Event Highlights RAISING HOPE DINNER The Raising Hope Dinner at the Frederik Meijer Gardens welcomed over 350 guests, who heard powerful stories from our keynote speaker Rich Postma and from clients in our programs. The event raised $117,477, hosted live music by Roger McNaughton, and delicious food by the Gilmore Collection.

SOUP’S ON FOR ALL The Soup’s On For All event hosted more than 950 attendees. The event raised $88,438 for God’s Kitchen and our food and pantry programs. The proceeds helped feed thousands of people in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties. Thank you to those who volunteered or attended the event!

HOLY SMOKES BBQ COMPETITION The Holy Smokes BBQ Competition was a sold out event, raising almost $25,000 for our Muskegon programs. During this lively afternoon, guests tasted and voted for a variety of BBQ entries from local restaurants, sipped on craft brews, played yard games, and enjoyed live entertainment.

LET’S GO TO BAT FOR KIDS The Let’s Go To Bat For Kids softball game at Fifth Third Ballpark welcomed 4,000 guests and raised more than $40,000 for our foster care and adoption programs. This free event featured a lively game between the priests, deacons and semenarians of the Diocese of Grand Rapids and local media members.

HOLY SMOKES BBQ COMPETITION Allan Zolinski Sous Chef at Se4sons Gastropub

Todd “It’s beautiful, this place (God’s Kitchen). It’s hard to be homeless, especially in the cold, but just being around these people and hearing their stories, it keeps me positive everyday.”

Thank You! With humble gratitude, the staff and board of Catholic Charities West Michigan thanks you for your support of our mission and vision this year! Each day, we work to feed the hungry, counsel those who struggle, and build strong families through our over 35 programs. We hope that the contents in this annual report were informative and affirming of your support for our work, which is unparalleled in its efforts to bring the mercy and love of Christ to everyone it serves.

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How To Contact CATHOLIC CHARITIES WEST MICHIGAN Administration - 40 Jefferson Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 For a full list of locations, visit ccwestmi.org/locations.

PHILANTHROPY TEAM Working to gather support and expand our mission through fundraising, marketing, communications, and special events, please contact our staff members below. Karol Maurer | Fundraising and Events Manager | kmaurer@ccwestmi.org Phil Meade | Marketing and Communications Manager | pmeade@ccwestmi.org Amanda Stetson | Events and Communications Coordinator | astetson@ccwestmi.org





Muskegon, MI 49441

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2019 Annual Report | Catholic Charities West Michigan  

2019 Annual Report | Catholic Charities West Michigan