Network Notes Vol 48 No 1

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh food pantry clients increase during pandemic

The Durham Community Food Pantry, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, has been serving 5,000 individuals per month during the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 1,000 per month pre-COVID. Staff and volunteers have worked hard to meet the demand, but the expiration of federal funding jeopardizes their supply and ability to help people in need. View a video presentation of the food pantry here.

Poverty in America: New research on why Catholic Charities Fort Worth’s Padua program works

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The partnership between Catholic Charities Fort Worth and the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at the University of Notre Dame has led to meaningful evidence that Catholic Charities’ Padua Pilot, a one-of-a-kind long-term case management model, works. We are thrilled to build on these findings and continue to change lives. 

In summary, LEO’s findings revealed significant improvements in self-sufficiency and labor market outcomes for Padua participants:

  • After two years, Padua participants were 25% more likely to have full-time employment than the control group.
  • Monthly earnings for Padua participants were 18% higher after two years, compared with the control group. 
  • Participants who were not employed at the beginning of the program were 67% more likely than the control group to be employed full-time after two years. 
    • This subgroup also earned $420 more per month than individuals in the control group. 
  • Participants who had stable housing upon enrollment were 15% more likely to be employed and 37% more likely to be employed full-time, compared to the control group, after 24 months.
    • This subgroup earned $387 more per month than the control group. 
  • For families who did not have stable housing upon enrollment, they were 60% more likely to have stable housing after two years because of Padua, compared to the control group.
  • As for self-reported health, 43% of Padua participants reported improved health after two years, compared to only 28% in the control group.

For more in-depth analysis of this research, please check out our blog post, here

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County recognized with nonprofit award

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County received from the Silicon Valley Business Journal a Nonprofit Champion Award during the newspaper’s 2020 Community Impact Awards on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County was one of two nonprofits selected to receive the honor, which recognized critical work this year in the community during the pandemic. (Second Harvest was also recognized.) Click here to view a beautiful tribute to Catholic Charities Santa Clara County by Jessica Weare from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The Stephen & Renee Bisciotti Foundation and Ravens announce $5 million donation to Catholic Charities Baltimore

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The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation and the Baltimore Ravens have combined to donate $5 million to assist vital programs supported by Catholic Charities from more than 200 locations in Baltimore City and nine Maryland counties.

With a goal of improving the essential needs of underserved Marylanders, the grant supports early childhood development and education; food services (meals and groceries); shelter and housing; workforce development and employment; family stability; and healing and care (physical, behavioral and emotional).

This donation will provide specific and continued support to all Catholic Charities programs and services, including:

Catholic Charities Head Start and Early Head Start
Our Daily Bread Employment Center
Christopher Place
My Sister’s Place
Sarah’s House
My Brother’s Keeper
St. Vincent’s Villa
Senior Communities
Villa Maria Community Resources

Steve Bisciotti, a board member of Catholic Charities since 2004, and his family are long-standing supporters of various community-based programs and services throughout Maryland. Since their 1996 inception, the Ravens have routinely engaged with children and outreach programs, working to strengthen individuals, families and communities throughout the city and state.

The $5 million gift is a long-term investment in the future of programs providing critically-important services to Marylanders in need, particularly as communities seek to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and work to create substantive social justice reform.

“My colleagues and I know that this incredibly generous gift is not for us, but for our neighbors we are privileged to serve,” stated William J. McCarthy Jr., executive director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore. “We are profoundly grateful for the generosity and trust that Steve and Renee Bisciotti, their family and the Baltimore Ravens have shown in us. This community is home to all of us, and together, we are committed to serving in ways that honor each person’s dignity with compassion today and every day.”

“These programs play an essential role in uplifting our communities,” Bisciotti stated. “Now, more than ever, it’s critically important to invest in the well-being and development of those who need it most. Our hope is that we can help make a positive impact that will be felt by many.”

Kathleen Langdon appointed Interim Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet

Kathleen Langdon, the director of Development and Communications for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, has been appointed to the position of Interim Executive Director. This appointment was made by the Catholic Charities Board of Directors and approved by Bishop Ronald Hicks. Kathleen will assume the role of Interim Executive Director effective January 27, 2021.

Kathleen has over nine years’ experience with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet. During this time, the agency’s campaigns, appeals, and events have grown substantially. The communications from the agency are highly professional and always promote our mission as the social service provider for our Catholic Church. Additionally, Kathleen has a deep knowledge of programming and budgeting. She is a terrific ambassador for Catholic Charities and will do a wonderful job.