Yesterday we received our letter of approval from the IRS! Gratia Plena is officially a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization! We have a long list of “things to do” that have been waiting for this approval milestone. Having this federal tax exempt status will make our organization more attractive to donors, and the timing could not be better since we desperately need funding to grow and expand Gratia Plena. This application and approval process took exactly one year to complete. I want to first thank God for his goodness to us. Next I want to thank James Thorpe in Phoenix of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, who helped in the very early stages of the application documentation. CPA Paul Cashiola
here in Houston provided valuable guidance when we were asked to submit additional documentation to the IRS in March. Please offer with us a prayer of thanksgiving!
Continuing Series on Wellness: The Spiritual Dimension:
This month we posted the next installment of our series on Wellness. The Spiritual Dimension
was covered by Gratia Plena spiritual director Mary Kay Malicki. Gratia Plena today integrates the psychological and spiritual in our approach to healing. Our long-term vision is to also incorporate medical interventions into our work, so that the whole person may be addressed in the healing process.
Making the Rounds:
Luisa, Mary, and Ken have been visiting with pastors around the Archdiocese, telling them about our first year of doing business. We are delivering advanced “preview” copies of our 2012 Annual Report, which will be ready soon. We want pastors, parish administrators, and parish leadership teams to know about our spiritual direction and mental health counseling services, which are delivered in an environment that is faithful to the teachings, values, and traditions of the Catholic Church. We want the community to be aware that we have never turned anyone away because of limited ability to pay for services. We are seeking the financial support of parishes and parish groups. So many families have been affected by mental illness or addiction that we hope to attract the support of individual and family donors who would like to be part of our mission. Gratia Plena belongs to the community.
Credit Card Processing:
In order to save money and facilitate our business processes, we have been making a transition to a new credit card processing company. Mike Campbell of A-GoGo Media
has been working to have this change reflected on our web site donations page. Hopefully this transition will be completed in the next few days. Our business manager Luisa secured for us a device that attaches to our smart phone, so that we can accept credit card payments in the office by swiping the card on the phone.
Movie of the Month Recommendation:
This month we spotlight the documentary film: “Maafa 21
.” This 2009 release focuses on the US abortion industry as promoting genocide against African-Americans. The film states that abortion has reduced the black population in the US by 25%. Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., is featured. It is not an accident that we choose to promote this film in the same month as the horrific Gosnell trial. Pray for an end to abortion. In next month’s newsletter, watch for our “Book of the Month” recommendation.
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