Mission Moments

The following stories are instances of people who have benefited greatly from your generosity.


  • Christ’s Mercy, Our Calling

    An interview with Bishop Rhoades, who urges Catholics of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to share in the “joyful work” of bringing God’s love to the poor. Catholic Charities, he says, offers a host of opportunities for this ministry, which is at the heart of the Christian life. When it comes to the motto […]

  • Claire Coleman leads West Region

    To begin the new year, Catholic Charities has a new administrator overseeing the West Region office in South Bend. Claire Coleman, a South Bend native, brings a wealth of experience to the position. For more than 15 years, she was an independent contractor providing a range of program-management and financial-development services to social service and […]

  • A mutually beneficial arrangement

    Solid examples Those charged with coordinating RSVP are also fine examples of people who serve through volunteerism. RSVP Program Director Patti Sheppard has served on the Ligonier City Council for 12 years, and she’s been a member of Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals for a combined 25 years. Patti earned a bachelor’s degree […]

  • Annual Report 2009-2010

    A year of achievement A brief overview of Catholic Charities’ accomplishments during the previous fiscal year. Despite the lingering economic cloud that’s casting a shadow over all our lives, Catholic Charities has been able to continue to fulfill its mission. The agency was able to sustain its programs and services because of the continuing compassion […]

  • From the heart

    Hardworking, dedicated volunteers devote their time and energies to help Catholic Charities bridge the gap between the agency’s resources and the demand for services. Just how are important are volunteers to Catholic Charities? Jo Fisher, administrator of the West Region headquartered in South Bend, has the answer. “Being a not-for-profit agency, we rely heavily on […]

  • A picture-perfect outcome

    In July 2006, Nyein Chan, director of refugee resettlement, traveled to Southeast Asia. On Nyein’s itinerary was Mae La, one of several refugee camps in Thailand along its border with Burma. With a population of more than 50,000 Burmese, Mae La is the largest of such camps. A former refugee himself, Nyein had lived in […]

  • Happy days

    Catholic Charities’ Immigrant Services provides a wide range of assistance. At the top of the list are the guidance and education that will enable immigrants to become U.S. citizens. We can all recall the best days of our lives: weddings, births, new jobs, reaching long-sought-after goals, being recognized for achievements, graduations. Glorious days indeed. Luz […]

  • A mother’s hero

    All the anxiety gave way to unconditional love when Chris and Emily Tiedeman saw their son Carter for the first time 12 days after his birth on April 16, 2005. The Tiedeman family: Carter, Emily, Nathaniel, Chris, and Ella. Carter Tiedeman’s birthmother suffered a four-minute seizure during her delivery, and Carter was born without a […]

  • Compassion in crisis

    Catholic Charities visited St. John the Evangelist Parish in Goshen. Pictured, from left, are the Rev. Constantino Rocha, associate pastor; Debbie Schmidt, Lisa Young, and Jo Fisher, all of Catholic Charities; and the Rev. Christopher Smith. A recent significant donation has enabled Catholic Charities to provide direct assistance to families living beyond the agency’s centers […]

  • Immigration training seminar successful

    Attending the immigration workshop in June were, from left, Susan Schreiber, Senior Attorney at CLINIC; Luz Ostrognai, Immigration Supervisor at Catholic Charities; Honorable Judge Theresa L. Springmann; and Catholic Charities Executive Director Debbie Schmidt. Catholic Charities, the Multicultural Council of Greater Fort Wayne, and a host of other organizations joined to present a comprehensive immigration […]

  • Putting them to work

    Two of the agency’s programs are instrumental in fostering self-sufficiency through gainful employment. Although the employment outlook has improved since Elkhart County recorded an 18-percent unemployment rate in the spring of 2009, half of the 14 counties in Catholic Charities’ service area are still among those counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state. […]

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