Showers, Laundry Installed for the Homeless

Showers, Laundry Installed for the Homeless

Each night, the poor and homeless line up at our 721 N. LaSalle location downtown for food, clothing, and employment assistance. Now, they can also access showers.

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Two years ago, the Williams family was homeless – so desperate for a place to live they found themselves in a southside shelter where the rooms had no doors.

Employees Reflect on Child Abuse Prevention Month

Employees Reflect on Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. 

 

Tracy L. Johnson
School Age Group Leader at Cordi Marian Childcare Center

  How long have you been working for Catholic Charities?   8 years   What is the goal of your program?   We provide a safe and nurturing environment for school-aged children with working parents.    What is your role?   I organize out-of-school time activities that provide children with opportunities to make positive choices and foster healthy relationships with peers and adults. 

How long have you been working for Catholic Charities?

8 years

What is the goal of your program?

We provide a safe and nurturing environment for school-aged children with working parents. 

What is your role?

I organize out-of-school time activities that provide children with opportunities to make positive choices and foster healthy relationships with peers and adults. 

 

Ajit Samudra
Therapist at Community Family Service Center

  How long have you been working for Catholic Charities?   Over 20 years   What is the goal of your program?   Our mission is to provide quality, culturally competent mental health services to children, adolescents and their families by building on client and family strengths.    What is your role?   To provide individual and family therapy, consultation, community support, and case management services to children, adolescents and families in schools and office settings. 

How long have you been working for Catholic Charities?

Over 20 years

What is the goal of your program?

Our mission is to provide quality, culturally competent mental health services to children, adolescents and their families by building on client and family strengths. 

What is your role?

To provide individual and family therapy, consultation, community support, and case management services to children, adolescents and families in schools and office settings. 

Check back each week this month, as we’ll be sharing more ideas, stories, and staff spotlights about preventing child abuse and neglect.

For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Month, please contact SLoffman@catholiccharities.net.

Q&A: How Catholic Charities Helped Me Find a Job

Q&A: How Catholic Charities Helped Me Find a Job

Dorchelle struggled with unemployment for years prior to finding a job. Below, she shares her journey and how Catholic Charities helped her find not just a job, but stability.

Dorchelle, tell us about your experience with Catholic Charities. My case manager referred me to the Job Developer at Catholic Charities. I met with him several times before I was ready to interview. He helped me with my resume and asked me about the types of jobs I was looking for.  Then, we practiced my interview skills.

How long had you been unemployed before your current position? I had not worked in three years. It was a good decision and time to go back to work.

How did you find your employer? Together we sent my resume to a couple places. I was then offered an interview. I called the Job Developer and we practiced how the interview may go so that I would be prepared.

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"I have become a lot more sure of myself and my future. It feels great being able to purchase necessities without worrying."

-Dorchelle

 

PHOTO: Catholic Charities assists thousands of people each year with finding employment. Pictured is a 2018 Employment and Veterans Resource Fair, which was open to the public on January 31.

What was the interview process like?
They called me for two in-person interviews. The Job Developer gave me a ride to one of the interviews and supplied me with bus passes.

What was it like when you got the call for a job offer?
I was happy because I liked the company and the coworkers I met. Plus, it was work I knew how to do.

What changes have occurred due to you working?
I have become a lot more sure of myself and my future. It feels great being able to purchase necessities without worrying so much about the cost. When you make your own money and can buy things for yourself, or your kids, it’s different and better. I’m even looking at going back to college next year. I might not be able to hang out with friends and family as much, but working has allowed me to do new things with them.

I’m even looking at going back to college next year.
— Dorchelle

Is there anything you are able to do now that you’re working that you weren’t able to do in the past?
Yes - A few weeks ago, I went on my first vacation in many years to Wisconsin Dells. For my youngest, this was only his second real vacation ever. 

How has Catholic Charities helped you become successful at your job?
The Job Developer has stayed in touch with me to make sure I have had no issues at work. He has given me a ride and picked me up from work several times. Also, I received a Target gift card since I needed to purchase black shoes and pants for work. They have also assisted me by giving me bus passes since I commute one hour to work each day and have to take two buses. The team at Catholic Charities has been great!