News and Events

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  • ECHO and the Fight Against Poverty

    Posted: Monday, May 9, 2016

    Why ECHO is so important in the fight against poverty. According to the national average, only about 40% of teen parents graduate from high school.  Compare that figure with the 90+% graduation rate for ECHO participants.  This basic level of achievement has a profound effect on earning potential, which in turn helps keep many above […]

  • Mobile Unit Advances Mission During Year of Mercy

    Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Catholic Charities seeks to reach people living in all areas of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Up until now, we have relied on people coming to one of our offices in Allen, DeKalb, and Saint Joseph counties for services; however, bringing those services to people in outlying counties is an important part of our […]

  • Bon Voyage, Lisa!

    Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Many thanks and heartfelt best wishes to Lisa Young, longtime Catholic Charities employee and friend. She and her family are relocating to Bloomington, Indiana, where her husband, Sam, has taken a position with the Group Scholars Program at Indiana University, her alma mater. Lisa will maintain her work in the social service sector as the […]

  • Welcome Aboard, Mike!

    Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Catholic Charities welcomes Mike Lewandowski to our leadership team. As our new chief operating officer, Mike will be responsible for making sure all programs and services run smoothly, as well as preparing us for future growth. A self described “cradle Catholic,” Mike’s first association with Catholic Charities was an early one—he was adopted through Catholic […]

  • Program Participant Turns Employee

    Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    How Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) opened doors of opportunity for Eliza Jackson at Catholic Charities Imagine getting laid off after 31 years of service with the same company. That’s exactly what happened to Eliza Jackson in 2009. At age 55, she was too young for retirement or social security. With her husband on […]

  • Pack a Backpack

    Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Catholic Charities is once again partnering with REMC energy/utilities company to provide school supplies for children in DeKalb and Noble counties through our Pack a Backpack program. For ten years running, we have equipped qualifying students with the supplies they need for a successful school year, thanks to the generosity of REMC customers participating in […]

  • Hard work and persistence pay off for Zugey Acha Vargas

    Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    How Catholic Charities is helping a Peruvian immigrant achieve her dream of becoming a United States citizen Life is good for Zugey Acha Vargas and her two sons. Thanks to help from Catholic Charities’ immigration services, Zugey has been able to gain training and secure employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), is saving up […]

  • Malcolms’ volunteer efforts earn national recognition

    Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Catholic Charities couldn’t provide its essential programs and services without the help of a cadre of dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talents to make our communities better places to live. We strive to show our appreciation for these volunteers and their efforts whenever we can. Therefore, we’re very pleased to announce that two […]

  • Villa of the Woods to become part of the Saint Anne Communities

    Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015

    Beginning in July 2015, Catholic Charities’ Villa of the Woods Senior Residential Living will become part of the Saint Anne Communities, creating a partnership that will further the faith-based missions of both organizations. Villa of the Woods is located at 5610 Noll Avenue, while Saint Anne Communities is located at 1900 Randallia Drive. “It’s our […]

  • World Refugee Day

    Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

    We invite you to join us at our World Refugee Day celebration to commemorate the accomplishments of refugees and to show our appreciation for community support. Where: Archbishop Catholic Noll Center, 915 S. Clinton St. Ft. Wayne, IN 46802. Garden Level Banquet Room When: Friday, June 19, 2015 Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm The […]

  • Houlihan hands reins to Handlin

    Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Catholic Charities has a new board president. Mike Handlin is the new president of the Catholic Charities board of directors. Pat Houlihan, Mike’s predecessor, will continue as board treasurer. Mike is no stranger to the agency, having served as the board’s vice president in 2014 and as a board member since 2011. But Mike’s tenure […]

  • Turning another page in life

    Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2015

    Participants in RSVP’s National Mentoring Program, a service of Catholic Charities, enjoyed another Page for a Day event at the Statehouse. (Back row left to right) Alexus Bolding, Rylee Bolding, Emma McHale, Tori Hall, Miranda Lee (Front row left to right) Jacquelyn Davenport, Hailey Freeman, Hailey Moore, Kodie Rennaker, Courtney McHale Ten students participating in […]

  • Annual RSVP Spring Auction set for March 21

    Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Catholic Charities’ Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben Counties will hold its annual Spring Auction on Saturday, March 21, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 500 East 7th Street in Auburn. The doors will open at 9 a.m., with the live auction commencing at 10. There will be both […]

  • RSVP pantry receives donation from Eaton Corp.

    Posted: Monday, January 19, 2015

    Pam Hassett (left) and Gloria Hansen (right) of the Eaton Corporation’s Clutch Division in Auburn present a check for $1,280 to RSVP volunteer Mary Lou Freed. Eaton employees led a drive to raise the money for the RSVP food pantry, as well as to generate direct donations of food and coats. Just in time for […]

  • Translation Services

    Posted: Monday, December 8, 2014

    Need translation services? We can help. Catholic Charities now offers fee-based translation services through our Immigration Department. Languages We translate the following languages into English: • Spanish • French • Portuguese We also translate from English into Spanish. Types of Documents We can translate personal documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death […]

  • ‘It’s a good thing to give’

    Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014

    Catholic Charities needs your help in bringing a measure of Christmas cheer to families in need. Please consider becoming a sponsor. “You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God.” These words written by Paul the Apostle in 2 Corinthians 9:11 speak to the how our lives […]

  • Local Bank Supports Auburn Food Pantry

    Posted: Monday, September 22, 2014

    Maury Winkler, bank president, presents funds toward the purchase of a commercial refrigerator to Catholic Charities’ executive director, Gloria Whitcraft. From left are Terri Pfenning of RSVP, Winkler, Whitcraft, and Shirley Johnson of RSVP.Photo courtesy of KPC Media Group. Many thanks to Peoples Federal Savings Bank Charitable Trust for their recent donation, enabling us to […]

  • Classic Car Quilt fetches $4,100

    Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    RSVP’s 29th Annual Classic Car Quilt was sold for $4,100 during the Worldwide Auction at the National Auto & Truck Museum, part of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn on August 30. The winning bid was placed by Joyce and Larry Klairmont of Klairmont Kollections in Chicago. The quilt will be displayed at Klairmont […]

  • A+ for effort

    Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014

    RSVP’s Pack-A-Backpack program puts students on equal footing for the start of the new school year. It’s that time of year again when there’ll be several hundred happy kids eager to return to school thanks to the Pack-A-Backpack program spearheaded by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and LaGrange Counties. […]

  • A world of difference

    Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Catholic Charities continues to put out the welcome mat for refugees seeking a better life away from the persecution, violence, and poverty found in their homelands. Helping them quickly adapt to a different way of life is key. Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Services Director Nyein Chan, himself once a refugee, has many anecdotes to share […]

  • Among friends

    Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Villa of the Woods, Catholic Charities’ residential community for older adults, offers affordable accommodations in a warm, welcoming, family-like environment. What do residents of Villa of the Woods have to say about the place they call home? Let’s ask some of them. “This my home, and I couldn’t ask for a better place to live.” […]

  • A world of options

    Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Catholic Charities provides a wealth of services and support to pregnant women at a crossroads. If a woman finds she’s pregnant at a time in her life when she isn’t sure if she’s ready to be a parent for any reason, what does she do, where can she go? At Catholic Charities, we have a […]

  • A healthy dose of communication

    Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    Catholic Charities’ Hispanic Health Advocate Program provides essential services. Strong communication—clearly understanding what’s being conveyed to us and, in turn, being understood well—is essential in every aspect of our daily lives. But communication is never more important than when it relates to our health and well-being. That’s why Catholic Charities offers its Hispanic Health Advocate […]

  • Your invitation to RSVP

    Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Members of the St. Joseph County RSVP Yarn Crafters enjoy making comfort items that are distributed to people in need. Opportunities to serve keep older adults active. Staying active is an essential part of life for older adults, especially after retirement. When you’re not going to work every day anymore, you may be missing the […]

  • Just in time

    Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Resource and Referral strives to help clients get back on their feet with immediate assistance—and a better plan for the future. Catholic Charities’ Resource and Referral provides assistance to people who have nowhere else to turn during times of great need. After an assessment of their situations, clients may receive food or clothing, or help […]

  • 2013: A review of the year

    Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Thanks to the many gifts and contributions, Catholic Charities continued in its mission during fiscal year 2012–2013, serving “those in need as Christ would have us do.” COMMUNITY SERVICES
 In Fort Wayne, Resource and Referral served a total of 245 individuals and households. Services included referrals to other agencies, food, limited shelter assistance, bus passes, […]

  • The story of a new family

    Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013

    Catholic Charities continues to help people build families through adoption. During the nearly 90 years since Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend first became a state-licensed child-placing agency in 1927, there have been countless heartwarming stories generated as the agency has served children, birth parents, and adoptive parents through its adoption services. […]

  • Homework Help going strong

    Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Homework Help, a Catholic Charities program that provides educational assistance and acculturation to children of Burmese refugees, continues to thrive as the 2013-2014 school year begins. So far this year, 120 students have enrolled in Homework Help, which is offered at Autumn Woods Apartments, 2019 Carterton Drive in Fort Wayne. Many of the students and […]

  • ECHO class of 2013

    Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013

    A Catholic Charities program continues to point young moms toward brighter futures. Just as proud as any parent, ECHO case managers were delighted when all 16 eligible clients graduated from high schools in Fort Wayne and South Bend this spring. Moreover, five of those recent grads are already enrolled in college. “All of us working […]

  • New RSVP coordinator hits the ground running

    Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Josh Story wasn’t allowed much of a learning curve when he became the RSVP project coordinator for St. Joseph and Elkhart counties this spring—the organization’s annual senior expo and volunteer appreciation luncheon were just around the corner. But Josh was up to the task, and the expo and luncheon at the Gillespie Conference Center in […]

  • My great story as a HoosierCorps volunteer

    Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013

    (This letter was written by Mark Poff, who received mortgage assistance as a HoosierCorps Volunteer Service Program
 participant—and found a new career.) Mark Poff, HoosierCorps Volunteer Service Program participant. If my story is at all great, it is only because of the wonderful people I have met through this journey. Finding myself unemployed and is […]

  • Staying home

    Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013

    Robin Springstead meets with a program recipient. Catholic Charities is playing a big role in helping the unemployed hang on to their homes—while serving their communities. Over the last two years, 135 unemployed homeowners and their families in northern Indiana have been able to stay in their homes by participating in the Catholic Charities-administered Hardest-Hit […]

  • People Gotta Eat

    Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013

    On behalf of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Sister Francis O’Connor (far left) presents a check for the People Gotta Eat initiative. Accepting the check (from the left) are Claire Coleman of Catholic Charities, Larry Hansen of Crossbars Ministries Food Pantry, Rob Lentz of Little Flower Food Pantry, and Karen Sommers of the United […]

  • Senior AIDES needs more employers

    Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013

    Nick Kogiones We’re looking for an opportunity for our clients! If you’re a potential employer, or if you know of any job openings, please contact our office. We’ve been working hard with the Senior AIDES participants on becoming job-ready. If you’re looking for cooks, janitors, or supportive services, the Senior AIDES are the ones you’ve […]

  • Homework Help gets high marks

    Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013

    Nearly 80 children of Burmese refugees are currently enrolled in Homework Help, an after-school program taken under the Catholic Charities umbrella last fall. And, the kids are loving it. “The program is going very well,” says Ocleva Williams, extended case manager for the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Department. “The children are so excited to be […]

  • The year in review

    Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012

    A look back at our facts and figures for fiscal year 2011–2012. Through the generosity of the diocese and countless individuals and organizations, Catholic Charities continued in its mission to serve “those in need as Christ would have us do” during fiscal year 2011–2012. Here, we offer some of our achievements during that time. Resource […]

  • Help feed the need

    Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012

    It’s at this time of year that people in need feel their want most as they see those more fortunate enjoying all the trappings of a festive holiday season. So we ask that you remember those people in need as you shop for your holiday feasts. Our food pantries in South Bend and Auburn are […]

  • Agency now leading Homework Help program

    Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Catholic Charities, a United Way of Allen County agency partner, has taken over the Homework Help program, formerly known as the Neighborhood Action Center. Homework Help volunteers assist refugee children with homework in an effort to ease their transition to schools and the community. Adult English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programming is also offered two days per week. […]

  • Christmas Program sponsors needed

    Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Catholic Charities is again seeking individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations that want to share their good fortune with the less fortunate by serving as family sponsors or contributing sponsors in this year’s Christmas Program. Last year, the agency’s Christmas Program in the Fort Wayne and South Bend areas served nearly 80 families in need. […]

  • Job satisfaction

    Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Job developers within Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Department find great reward in connecting newcomers with employment opportunities. Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Department accomplished 241 job placements during the 2011–2012 fiscal year, no mean feat considering our country’s continuing economic woes. What’s more, that total eclipsed the 156 placements accomplished during the previous year. Making it […]

  • Diocese Defends Religious Liberty

    Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Suit filed in U.S. District Court FORT WAYNE, INDIANA — On May 21st, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Catholic Charities of the diocese, Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community, Franciscan Alliance, the University of Saint Francis, and Our Sunday Visitor filed a lawsuit against various government defendants, seeking justice from U.S. District Court (Northern […]

  • On the right track

    Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Catholic Charities continues to provide the guidance and support young mothers need to stay in school and build a better future for their families. Pregnancy—and coping with the new challenges presented by parenting—is the No. 1 reason why teenage girls drop out of school. And nationally, more than half of pregnant and parenting teens do […]

  • Demand and supply

    Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    RSVP anticipates a great demand for backpacks and school supplies for the 2012–2013 school year. Call Terri at (260) 925-0917 to learn how you can help. RSVP’s annual Pack-A-Backpack campaign is again under way. RSVP of DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and LaGrange Counties is seeking donors for its eighth annual Pack-A-Backpack campaign, an effort to provide […]

  • A familiar face

    Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Catholic Charities has a new director of community relations. Kathy Denice, the new director of community relations for Catholic Charities, is a familiar face around the agency and in the broader Catholic community. From 2004 until this year, Kathy served on the Catholic Charities board of directors, and until recently, she was the business manager […]

  • RSVP Expo

    Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012

    The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for St. Joseph and Elkhart counties will host its 2012 Senior Expo on Thursday, May 24, from 1 to 4 p.m at the Gillespie Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn on the campus of Saint Mary’s College, 53995 SR 933, South Bend. This free event is open […]

  • Feels like home

    Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012

    Villa of the Woods provides a warm, welcoming living environment for older adults. Relaxing in her warm, comfortable private room, its walls adorned with family photos, 90-year-old Arlene Hageman recounts how she’s come to feel at home at Villa of the Woods since she moved in about a year ago. She’s also very pleased with […]

  • Bridge over troubled water

    Posted: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Catholic Charities is administering a program that will help unemployed people struggling to keep their homes. Owning your own home—meeting your monthly mortgage payment, anyway—it’s a great feeling. Your home is your castle. It’s a place to raise a family and entertain friends. It’s where many of your fondest memories are stored. You may have […]

  • ECHO

    Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011

    Fort Wayne: Education Creates Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) is now offering Educational Support for Young Parents, a new segment for women from 18 to 24 years of age who are pregnant or parenting and participating in some form of educational program. Contact Tosha Gearhart at (260) 422-5625, ext. 258.

  • Grants will help ‘hardest hit’

    Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011

    Catholic Charities has received a grant from the Indiana Hardest Hit Fund for Region II and Region III. These three-year grants funded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury are aimed at helping homeowners avoid foreclosure after losing their jobs. Qualified participants may receive up to 18 months of assistance. Catholic Charities in South Bend […]

  • English-as-a-new-language, citizenship, budgeting, and nutrition classes

    Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    English-as-a-new-language, citizenship, budgeting, and nutrition classes are ongoing—join anytime throughout the year. For details, call Claire Coleman at (574) 234-3111, ext. 33.


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