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Volume 48
Number 4
The magazine of Catholic Charities USA

Working through COVID-19: Jobs programs at Catholic Charities agencies

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Introduction: Working through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding mitigation efforts challenged people in many ways. The loss of life has been the most tragic outcome. Other results include businesses shutting down, churches closing their worship spaces, and families sheltering in their homes for months. Many people lost their jobs or were placed on furlough. It’s been a…
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The rewarding work of refugee employment services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Imagine this scenario: you don’t know English, you lost your job, and you’re worrying about how – or if – you will recover. This situation did not have to be imagined by 225 refugees in the Cincinnati area during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 31 of whom were new arrivals. The situation…
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Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington: Equipping neighbors with language and job training

The COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for people of color and non-English speaking individuals to overcome socioeconomic barriers. Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington responded with education programs to empower those who were disproportionately affected by loss of jobs and income.
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Job placement assistance through Catholic Charities Diocese of Nashville

VIDEO: Greg Gabis, workforce development coordinator, and Ana Nedreberg, workforce development specialist, at Catholic Charities Diocese of Nashville, describe the Unidos in Banking program that helps people enter the banking industry.
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Getting things done for America

‘Getting things done for America’ has been the foundational mission of AmeriCorps NCCC for nearly three decades.  Created in 1992, AmeriCorps NCCC is one branch of the National Community Service Program known today as AmeriCorps. It utilizes a team-based, blitz-force tackle approach to support communities. AmeriCorps NCCC focuses on five main areas: energy conservation; environmental…
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ReHire Colorado, transitional jobs program through Catholic Charities of Pueblo

ReHire Colorado is a transitional jobs program through Catholic Charities of Pueblo that stabilizes individuals and families with earned income, stimulates local economies through paid wages and contributes to the economic health of employers. Nowhere was the program's success more measurable than at the Museum of Friends in Walsenburg, Colorado.The museum, like many other businesses and…
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New life and fresh starts

Gardening isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Alaska. The state is home to three mountain ranges, a cold climate, and long winters. Anchorage, the largest city in the state, is usually in negative temperatures most of the winter. The winters can be long and cold, but Alaskan residents hold…
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Growing jobs through social enterprises

Staff at Catholic Charities of Louisville like to tell people that during the pandemic their services never lapsed. For example, the Sister Visitor Center didn’t miss one day of providing food and emergency financial assistance to people in Louisville’s poorest neighborhoods and the Language Services program had already begun exploring remote models for interpreting.  Two…
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Editor’s Column

In preparing this issue, I had the privilege to speak with many of our contributors, those featured in the videos and those who wrote articles. Already busy with their daily responsibilities at the Catholic Charities agencies where they work, they were happy to share how their agencies met the challenges of the pandemic in terms… > More

CCUSA Update

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is pleased to announce that Nancy Cook Owens, program director at the Room to Grow Early Childhood Learning Center, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, is the recipient of the 2021 Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Award. CCUSA’s Bishop Sullivan Award recognizes a person working at a Catholic Charities agency who has distinguished… > More

Network Notes

Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced today that Appeal 2021 in support of Catholic Charities and the Fund for the Faith achieved a total of $9,037,185.95, in cash and pledges, representing 90.3% of its $10 million goal.   “While the last year and a half has taken a physical, mental and financial toll on many in our… > More

Agency Spotlight

In a six-year span from 1845 to 1851, starvation and illness took the lives of more than 1,000,000 Irish people. That period is known to most of us as the Irish Potato Famine and it led to an innovation that we still use 175 years later: the soup kitchen.  In an effort to ease the… > More


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