May 2016 - Families Finding Hope
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Dear Friends of Catholic Charities of Central Florida,

We promote the dignity of life in all of our ministries. One ministry in particular promotes the protection of our most fragile lives, adoption services. Catholic Charities is a licensed nonprofit adoption agency serving birth mothers/parents who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy and may not be ready or able to parent at this time.

Our adoption counselors guide birth mothers through every step of the adoption planning process while encouraging women to meet their own goals every step of the way. They empower women to create their own plan and make their own decision about who will parent their child.

We provide caring, nonjudgmental and loving support to educate birth mothers about the adoption process and to honor their requests regarding the many options that are available for open, semi-open and closed adoptions. I encourage you to share the news with others. We are here to help.

God bless you today and always,

Gary Tester
Executive Director
Birthmother Melanie (left) and her two-year old son visited with Joseph and his adoptive parents Leslie and Sophia. Catholic Charities Adoption Services guided the families through an open adoption process, an “answered prayer” that allows opportunities for continued contact after adoption placement. Click here to read more.
Thank you to the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women who donated $1,181.10 to help us prevent homelessness through case management for families struggling to make ends meet. 
Thank you the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation who donated $15,000 for Smilepak to help us provide backpacks full of nutritious food each weekend during the school year to children struggling with hunger in Polk County.
Thank you to Wells Fargo who presented our Refugee Resettlement Program with a Community Connection Grant for $1,000 to help us provide beds and other necessities for newly arrived refugees who arrive in the United States with nothing but hope for their future.
Thank you to the wonderful women of St. Joan of Arc Circle at Annunciation Catholic Church who donated $1,000 to help us provide hope to homeless men, women and veterans at Pathways to Care in Casselberry. 
Our Semoran Food Pantry in Orlando is in need of beef stew, chicken noodle soup, chili, pork and beans, pasta, fruits and veggies, macaroni & cheese, rice, cereal and juice boxes. 

Drop off your donations today or any weekday between 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 1771 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807. Every box, bag or can of food makes a difference! Join our mission by hosting a food drive with your friends and family. Click here for some helpful tips on hosting a food drive.
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