The mission of Catholic Social Services in the Archdiocese of Mobile is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and people of good will to do the same.
Catholic Social Services was proud to be a part of Project Homeless Connect 2017 on Friday 1/27. We distributed over 100 backpacks full of hygiene supplies, hats, gloves, socks, water, and snacks. It was great to be able to interact with potential clients as well as other social service agencies. Thank you Housing First for inviting us to be a part of this event, and we look forward to seeing you out there again next year!
This past week we were proud to work with Seminarians all the way from St. John Vianney in St. Paul, MN. While I’m sure the seminarians enjoyed the weather, we enjoyed their enthusiasm and hard work as they completed various projects for clients here in Mobile. This year, the projects ranged from yard clean-up to complex siding repairs. Joseph Bayer, Disaster Program Manager/Home Repair Coordinator for Catholic Social Services reminds us that “Even though it may just seem like painting or yard work, really what you are doing is giving these individuals hope and letting them know that there are people out there who care about them.” Thanks to all the Seminarians for their hard work and for being a sign of hope, and an example of Christ’s love in our community.
Catholic Social Services would like to express our immense gratitude to Threaded Fasteners, Inc. for sponsoring much needed repairs to a client’s home. The home of the client, a retired veteran, was in such disrepair that the dirt beneath the home was visible through massive holes in the floor. The wonderful people at Threaded Fasteners stepped up to the challenge and sponsored the necessary renovations in the kitchen and bathroom. Without the support of organizations like Threaded Fasteners in our community, we would not be able to do the work that we do. You’ve done much more than restore someone’s home, you’ve restored their hope. Thank you.
Catholic Social Services is offering a new opportunity to the youth in your community. Extended Family for Kids is a solution-based program for children ages 6-17 who have an incarcerated parent or family member. The purpose of the program is to give children the necessary tools to cope with this time in their lives.
Extended Family for Kids includes lessons on anger resolution, accepting responsibility for personal actions, and improving communication skills. It also includes building self-esteem, easing feelings of shame and isolation and decreasing stress. The program is geared toward children who have a family member incarcerated in local, state, or federal institutions.
If you know of a child in your parish/school/community that would benefit from this program, please contact Buffy Marston, LPC at 251-434-1550 for additional information.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…thank you to all of our Angel Tree donors: members of St. Pius, St. Rose of Lima, St. Mary, Our Savior, St. Ignatius, and Christ the King parishes, Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Bankruptcy Court, Spring Hill College students, and our private family sponsors. You all made the Christmas wish of over 255 children come true! God bless all of you and may you all have a very merry Christmas!!
The Maceluch family is at it again, this time providing 20 Christmas baskets with turkey, stuffing, rolls, dessert, and much more for our families in the community. We are very grateful to this family for continuing to bless our clients at this very special time of year. Merry Christmas Maceluch family!
Catholic Social Services will be closing at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 22nd. The Curiosity Shoppe will be open until 11:00 a.m. on the 22nd. We will be closed December 23rd through January 1st in celebration of Christmas. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas from all of us at Catholic Social Services!