Thursday, November 22, 2012

Counting Our Blessings

We asked our staff to share some of the things they're most thankful for this year. This is what they told us:

"I am thankful for my family and having the opportunity to see the world through my children's eyes. They see things in a fresh and simple way that reminds me to stay in the moment and enjoy every little blessing."-E, Immigration

"I'm most thankful for my family"- M, Midlands

"I have so much to be thankful for this year. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and awesome friends. He's also given me this job with Catholic Charities, where I can incorporate my faith into my work. This year has been full of new adventures and changes. I've gotten to travel and make countless memories with my family members and friends. It's been a blessed year!"- K, Central office

"This Thanksgiving I am extremely thankful that I will have 3 of my 8 grandchildren with me. I haven't seen one of them in 8 years. It is going to be wonderful. Thanks be to God!"-C, Pee Dee office

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to work for Catholic Charities and minister to my fellow brothers and sisters in need. An extra blessing is being able to work with Mary, the best co-worker anyone could ask for!"-C, Midlands office

"I am thankful for the people in my life. I have an amazing family and wonderful friends. I am also thankful and blessed to work for a faith based organization. I have great relationships with my coworkers and I feel like our belief in God and our ability to be open about it puts us on a whole different level than other businesses."- J, Central office

Thanks for sharing, everyone! We're very thankful for all of our employees and their hard work. Catholic Charities has been blessed with some wonderful people who are committed to our mission of serving the needy.

Most of our employees with Bishop Guglielmmone at a recent employee appreciation event

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pee Dee Office Update

As you may know, the Pee Dee Office of Catholic Charities has temporarily closed. We are moving as quickly as possible to seek a new location and will keep you informed of the progress on this very positive project. At this time, we ask for everyone's continued prayers and support as we proceed. We would also like to extend a huge thank-you to the parishes of the Pee Dee who are supporting us during this time of transition, specifically those in Horry County who have allowed us to work out of their locations as needed. You have made this challenging time of growth far easier.

The strategic planning process underway within Catholic Charities throughout the Diocese requires that we examine a number of parameters being used to deliver services to those in need. One consistent red flag has been that we are not available in some locations that would maximize our abilities to increase both the number and quality of services. Therefore, it is our intention to do an in depth analysis of the entire Pee Dee region and choose a location that will allow us to expand in the very best area.

Pee Dee clients and volunteers at a parish that has allowed us to temporarily use their facilities.

These clients and volunteers are participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. It is a USDA food and nutrition program administered by the South Carolina Department of Human Services (SCDHS). Through this program, senior citizens receive monthly nutritious food in packages, nutrition and health information.

If you would like to know what assistance the Pee Dee office is currently offering, please call 843-234-1999 and leave a message. To donate to the Pee Dee office, please visit our website here.

Thank you all for your prayers and support and we hope to have exciting news soon about our next steps!