CCUSA Update Vol 48 No 3

CCUSA to add café and conference center at existing headquarters.

Catholic Charities USA is planning to add a café and conference center on the ground floor of its office building at 2050 Ballenger Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia.

The café will offer sandwiches, desserts and beverages and operate as a workforce training program. The program will provide workforce training in the food and beverage and hospitality industries to underserved and vulnerable populations, such as the unemployed. The space is well-suited for this use, given the existing kitchen facilities left in place by the former restaurant tenant.

The conference center will be occupied and managed by CCUSA, and it will be used to host a variety of meetings and events, including board and membership meetings, trainings and conferences.

Over the years, CCUSA has received numerous inquiries regarding the availability of conference center space in its building. Organizations that have expressed interest include other nonprofit organizations, community groups in Carlyle, and the Westin Hotel in instances where there has been overflow demand from its existing conference facility. The proposed ground floor conference center will help meet this demand.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform

Pope Francis is challenging Catholic communities and organizations across the world – including Catholic Charities agencies – to gradually work toward “total sustainability” in our common call to care for creation. This invitation is centered upon a Laudato Si’ Action Platform through which Catholic organizations publicly commit to a seven-year journey of ecological conversion. The action platform is framed across seven Laudato Si’ goals which reflect Catholic Social Teaching and provide “footsteps” in areas such as education, spirituality, the adoption of sustainable practices, community engagement, and a commitment to address poverty. Registration to commit to this process has now opened and will conclude on October 4, the Feast of Saint Francis. Read more here. You may also reach out to Scott Hurd, vice president for Leadership Development and Catholic Identity at CCUSA.