Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Washington Legal Clinic has the full break down here if you need more information. But please, please call your council member tomorrow, May 5, between 9 am and noon and ask them to keep the 2012 funding levels at the same level as last year. In the single adult emergency shelters operated by Catholic Charities, more than 9,000 people seek safety and a place to sleep each year.
Without your help, these shelters may run out of funding by April of 2012! Please stand with us!
Contact for Council:
724-8032 or email@example.com
Vincent Orange (soon to be at-large) 529-1962 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
David Catania (at-large) 724-7772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Mendelson (at-large) 724-8064 or email@example.com
Michael Brown (at-large) 724-8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Graham (Ward 1) 724-8181 or email@example.com
Jack Evans (Ward 2) 724-8058 or Jackevans@dccouncil.us
Mary Cheh (Ward 3) 724-8062 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Muriel Bowser (Ward 4) 724-8052 or email@example.com
Harry Thomas, Jr. (Ward 5) 724-8028 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Wells (Ward 6) 724-8072 or email@example.com
Yvette Alexander (Ward 7) 724-8068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion Barry (Ward 8 ) 724-8045 or email@example.com
Jen Budoff, Council Budget Director 724-8139 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
|Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler|
I want to share some great news with you. Last week, both the Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities Foundation Boards unanimously approved the next President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington: Reverend Monsignor John J. Enzler.
Many of you already are familiar with the significant impact Msgr. Enzler has had on our community. I have personally known him for many years - he is the perfect choice to lead the next chapter of Catholic Charities’ incredible history here in the Washington-metropolitan region.
A native Washingtonian, Msgr. Enzler has more than 40 years of experience as a priest, leader and advocate serving the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Msgr. Enzler has long been involved in the work of Catholic Charities, having served on the Catholic Charities Foundation Board of Directors and on our Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute Advisory Council.
Throughout the District and Maryland, Msgr. Enzler has had a lasting impact on our community through his leadership in many organizations that provide housing, health care, support for those with disabilities, assistance to immigrants and refugees, guidance to children and youth and immediate help to families in crisis. He was a founding member of Action in Montgomery, Inc., an interfaith network for social and economic change in Montgomery County. He is an active member of the Washington Interfaith Network and a Prince George’s County interfaith network. He has served on both local and national boards including Christ Child Society, Providence Hospital, Potomac Community Resources, SOAR, Shepherd Foundation, Victory Housing, Mount St. Mary’s University and Order of Malta among others.
In his priestly ministry, he has served at a number of parishes throughout the Archdiocese, including St. Jane de Chantal and Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, and as pastor of three parishes, Mt. Calvary in Forestville, Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac and most recently at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, DC. A month-long period he spent working side-by-side with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta has inspired, affirmed and driven his work locally.
President and CEO
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Friday, April 29, 2011
|Taylor Fairbanks (center right) hands gardening
gloves to a Community Companions student. His
mother, Amy (center), and his brother,
Douglas (center left) helped plant the garden.
|Taylor and Douglas help Community Companion
students plant tomatoes and green peppers.
Amy Fairbanks, Taylor's mother, explained that "this is a great way to show citizenship in the community. These kids are ready to take care of something, to watch it grow into new life."
Amy added, "At the same time, we're informing people. So many people don’t know a lot about autism. We're offering them a glimpse into the lives of people who are living with autism or are experiencing another kind of intellectual developmental disability."
In observance of Arbor Day and National Autism Awareness Month, we invite you to learn more about Community Companions and our other programs that provide support to individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities--and we encourage you to support important learning activities like these. To learn more about how you can donate materials to maintain our garden, contact Brennan Gamwell at email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Attorney Robert Zink of Covington & Burling, LLP,
advises client Sharon Holquin in an unemployment
dispute. Through the Archdiocesan Legal Network,
dozens of attorneys like Robert provide pro bono legal
aid to thousands of people each year.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
And remember, food is something we all need year-round, not just during holidays or Lent, so donate a can today, or give one of our programs a call to see how you can help!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
All proceeds from the evening go directly to the programs serving low-income Latinos and immigrants who have come to our community seeking a better future. The Spanish Catholic Center, a program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, worked with more than 42,000 people last year.
The black-tie event (so fancy!) was held at the Organization of American States, located across from the White House Ellipse. The evening of dinner and dancing was highlighted by a first-time live auction for three dream vacation trips to Italy, organized by Nuschese. With a professional auctioneer leading the way, the auction raised $120,000 on the spot to support the medical and dental clinics, job training programs, emergency food assistance and many other services offered by the Spanish Catholic Center.
“I consider it an honor to have been chosen to head the gala, which is involved in so many important programs to help the Latino and other communities,” said Nuschese. “These are services that make life better for those who come to America seeking a brighter future for their families and themselves.”
The staff at the Spanish Catholic Center provide holistic care in a way that is culturally competent. Our staff come from countries around the world, and many of them are bilingual. So they understand that often clients face not one or two needs, but many as they strive to overcome poverty.
Cardinal Wuerl presented awards to three honorees: Michele Burke Bowe, Daniel Flores, who accepted on behalf of all clients served by the Center and Dr. William Battle, who accepted on behalf of the Archdiocesan Health Care Network.
As Daniel Flores accepted the award, it was a particularly touching moment as he had once received assistance through the Spanish Catholic Center. Today, he has a career working in the nonprofit sector and is a donor back to the Spanish Catholic Center – evidence of what is possible with opportunity. He accepted the award on behalf of all clients served by the Center, in recognition of their courage and the inspiration they provide to others.
Michele Burke Bowe has been a long-time volunteer, leader and supporter of the Spanish Catholic Center and Catholic Charities. The Archdiocesan Health Care Network, also a Catholic Charities program, is a network of 200 doctors and specialists who provide their care to low-income patients at no cost.
More media coverage in the Georgetown Dish.