Catholic agency on front lines helping Flint residents with water crisis

FLINT, Mich. (CNS) — Following the discovery of lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water, relief organizations have been working day and night to provide safe water to those living and working in the community. Standing at the front of the battle is Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties in the Lansing Diocese….

New transitional housing facility set to open for single women

The Visitor On Jan. 4, a woman will walk through the doors of Emily’s Place, a transitional home for single women in St. Cloud, and for the first time, call it home. Emily’s Place will be the second transitional housing facility Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud operates for women. Catholic Charities Domus…

Catholic charities — and a U.S. physician — respond to Ebola

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Dr. Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine at Brown University School of Medicine and permanent deacon for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., said he left his wife and five kids in August and traveled to Liberia because “I thought I could make a difference.” As the Ebola epidemic continues, killing thousands of…

Catholic Charities helps with relief after Calif. quake

Napa Valley, Calif. (CNA) –  The Church in northern California is helping respond to a major earthquake, which shook Napa Valley early Sunday morning, the largest earthquake to hit the area in 25 years.Jennielynn Holmes, director of shelter and housing for Catholic Charities in the area, said they are partnering with local emergency response programs to…

New Catholic Charities facility for youth ready to open

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud will open a new secure intensive treatment facility for youth with mental health diagnoses on July 21. St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler was to preside at a blessing of the facility July 16. The building, which will be part of Catholic Charities’ Children’s Home…

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder Urge U.S. Sentencing Commission To Fix Broken Federal Drug Sentencing Guidelines

July 8, 2014 USCCB WASHINGTON—The Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA, urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively fix flawed federal sentencing guidelines for federal non-violent drug offenses. “The United States imprisons more people per capita than any…

Shelter opens in St. Cloud for Homeless Youth

  April 25, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Homeless youth will soon have a place to stay as they learn life skills to live successfully on their own. Catholic Charities’ Youth House will open in May in St. Cloud. The house will be for homeless youth ages 16-21 committed to working with a case manager…

Homelessness has a face

People who lived on the streets, in shelters and in their cars talk about how they got there, how they survived and how they found hope through local community organizations Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully In the midst of transitional housing, Jennifer Parker’s children were restless. They had been living at Recovery Plus,…