Season of Rebirth
Emerging from a Lenten season of reflection and repentance, I hope you enjoyed a Happy Easter as we joyfully celebrated the resurrection and enter the season of rebirth.
The first months of 2017 have been a trying time for St. Vincent Catholic Charities, particularly for our refugee resettlement program. Although our agency has continued to welcome arrivals of new refugee families, the amount expected during this year is significantly less than what we had anticipated. It is in this work of following our mission of welcoming the stranger where we have our greatest needs.
This newsletter features the stories of those who have helped to meet our needs and better our agency. We measure our results in the lives that we help transform, and each success and gift helps to achieve those results.
I’m excited to share the generosity of Deb and Don Stoner, who provided the financial contributions to make our state-of-the-art sensory integration room a reality at our Children’s Home. Equally touching is the story of Carol Prahinski and Flemming Mathiasen, who unfortunately found themselves navigating the complicated and scary journey of the U.S. immigration process. Through the help of our Immigration Law Clinic, they ultimately were able to find happiness.
The second half of this newsletter provides opportunities for you to help us meet our needs, such as joining our Legacy Society, volunteering, or organizing a collection drive.
As we enter the season of rebirth, you too can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
On behalf of everyone at St. Vincent Catholic Charities, thank you for making it possible for us to Provide Help, Create Hope and Transform Lives!
“Through your joyful witness and service, help to build a civilization of love. Show, by your life, that it is worth giving your time and talents in order to attain high ideals, it is worth recognizing the dignity of each human person, and it is worth taking risks for Christ and his Gospel.” ~ Pope Francis