May 2013 - Mothers Finding Hope
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We honor our mothers during the month of May, and in a special way, Catholic Charities honors the mothers we see each day who make tremendous sacrifices for the good of their families. Programs supporting mothers and strengthening families include:
  • Shepherd’s House: provides housing and teaches self-sufficiency skills to homeless single mothers in Orlando
  • Family Empowerment Program: teaches self-sufficiency skills through case management, mentoring, and financial literacy classes in Polk County
  • Brevard Interfaith Coalition:  encourages and strengthens the family as the fundamental unit of society in Brevard County
  • Emergency Financial Assistance: provides financial and food assistance to families in crisis
This Mother's Day, make a gift in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Visit Catholic Charities of Central Florida to learn more. To all mothers we wish a very happy and blessed Mother's Day. 

Joseph Buranosky
Executive Director
Isabel Gomez knew when she became a mother two years ago, the needs of her son would have to come first. That meant making the difficult decision to leave a destructive relationship even when she had nowhere else to go. Homeless with a one year old son, Gomez found new hope when she was referred to Shepherd’s House, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

Shepherd’s House provides support and resources to at risk, economically disadvantaged homeless single mothers in need of stability and affordable housing as they journey back to self-sufficiency.

“I wanted to study and get my life together” says Gomez. “When I saw this opportunity – I definitely took it right away.”

Not only did Shepherd’s House provide a safe place to call home, assistance with child care, an intensive savings plan, and case management; they also helped Gomez follow one of her dreams: a career in law enforcement. Needing to work full-time and take care of her son, the rigorous police academy schedule would have been impossible without the flexibility and encouragement she received from Shepherd’s House.

“Without them I never would have been able to do this” she says. “These people are awesome. They are my angels.”

Read the rest of Isabel's story

SAVE THE DATE

A Toast to Hope & Opportunity
June 14, 2013 at the
 Orlando Shakespeare

Theater

Wine, Food, Music, Games, Silent Auction, and Award Presentation 

Fr. John Bluett, pastor at St. Stephen Catholic Church, and The Father's Table Foundation will each receive the Hope & Opportunity award for their commitment to the poor. Click here to meet our award recipients
 

World Refugee Day

June 22, 2013
in Winter Park

This is a free family event open to all in Central Florida interested in experiencing and celebrating the diverse cultures that make up our community.
















 


On April 17, 8th grade students from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School spent the day making Pathways to Care shine from top to bottom, playing bingo, and serving meals to the homeless residents who are recovering from illnesses and injuries. 
Click above to watch a short video and learn more.
The youth group at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church transformed the storage units for the Refugee Program and helped us to organize the many donations we received during our Lenten Home Drive.

Thank you also to the following parishes for participating in the drive:
  • St. Stephen
  • Divine Mercy
  • St. John Vianney
  • Good Shepherd
During the recent Council of Catholic Women annual convention, Karen Beary, vice president of Catholic Charities, was presented with a donation of almost $7,000 from the CCW Hugs for the Homeless campaign. The funds will be used in programs that help the homeless in each of the regions we serve. 

We also thank all the women who came to our table and wrote cards of encouragement to people being served by Catholic Charities. Click here to view some of the heartfelt messages and consider sending one of your own!
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