Baton Rouge Agency’s Experience Helps Land Hefty Federal Contract for Case Management Operations
Alexandria, VA—Following disaster services delivered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) and others to families affected by Katrina and last year’s Gustav and Ike, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has been selected to provide disaster case management services nationwide. CCUSA’s first-ever federal contract is aimed at helping victims of disaster quickly access critical services and provide the ongoing support they need to recover.
New name, new location, same commitment to mission
Hammond--On August 12, 2009, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge held an open house to celebrate the grand opening of Catholic Charities Serving Tangipahoa. The name change reflects the array of services Catholic Charities expanded into Tangipahoa Parish following Hurricane Katrina. Tangipahoa Cares was an emergency assistance program of Catholic Charities and the agency’s most widely-known service in the parish.
“Today, emergency assistance is only one service offered by Catholic Charities Serving Tangipahoa,” explained Lynn Gaudet, CCDBR Social & Community Responsibility Director.
Rather than focusing on band-aid assistance with short-term benefits, Catholic Charities Serving Tangipahoa works to break the cycle of poverty for families by offering a comprehensive roster of programs, like employment assistance, personal finance classes, mental health counseling and more.
“We help families help themselves and become more self-reliant,” said Gaudet.
The third annual Kicks for Kids School Shoes project sponsored by Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and Payless Shoe Source, supported by Catholic Charities, was an unqualified success! The event took place on Saturday, July 25, and it was a great day for everybody.
“Mom, can I really have any school shoes I want? Are you positive? I can have these?” A small boy looks up at his mother with eyes full of hope and uncertainty, holding out his shoe box like an offering. “These? Are you sure?”
August 3, 2009--Thanks to a grant from Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation, Catholic Charities was able to provide more than1,250 school-aged children in need with school back packs filled with school supplies for the 2009 school year.
Back-to-school expenses for families living in poverty are a huge burden. The families participating in the Catholic Charities and Baton Rouge Fair Foundation Backpack and School Supplies program are all living at or below the poverty level. Through this exciting project, these children will be able to have the supplies they need to begin school prepared to excel.
Baton Rouge—This week, David Aguillard, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge announced the premier of Faith in Action on catholiclife television after a year-long hiatus. Carol Spruell, CCDBR communication coordinator, hosts the ½ hour, interview format and focuses on topics such as poverty reduction, disaster recovery and response, immigration, employment and more. Guest will include local and national nonprofit leaders, religious leaders, government officials, agency representatives and people who have benefitted from the agency’s services.