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Emergency Assistance program helps man return home

When Stephen missed his transfer bus on his way to a job, he ended up stranded in Tulsa for over a week. With no place to go and no family in the area, he was feeling broken, despondent, and desperate. Mounting medical and family issues, including a death in the family, meant he needed to get home! Stephen had been staying in a park trying to figure out his options when he was directed to Catholic Charities’ Emergency Services.

Because of the generosity of our community, we were able to help Stephen with a ticket back home to Wisconsin, food for the trip, and bus tokens to get him to the Greyhound station to begin his journey. When you choose to volunteer your time, your talent, and your treasure, you enable Catholic Charities to serve many brothers and sisters in need that reach out to us for assistance each day.

Fr. Solanus Casey inspires donor

Recently, a friend of Catholic Charities explained how a Friar from Michigan inspires her to be a donor. Her mother lived by the teachings of Fr. Solanus Casey (whose beatification is pending sometime in 2017).

Fr. Solanus Casey cemented his reputation for holiness and compassion as the porter or doorkeeper of St. Bonaventure Monastery. He greeted those who came to the monastery’s doors, conducted services for the sick, and helped establish the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929 to feed the hungry during the Great Depression. Fr. Solanus Casey encouraged others to “thank God ahead of time.”

Our friend and donor adopted Fr. Solanus Casey’s philosophy, and when something good happens to her, she sends Catholic Charities or other non-profits a donation.

With joy in her voice, she told us that she avoided power outages during some poor weather that could have affected her refrigerated medicine. She was also injured in an accident, but it could have been worse, so she is thankful. She was inspired to turn her gratitude in these moments into help for others, so she sent Catholic Charities a check.

This friend has passed on over 145 gifts to us over the past 21 years. We love that her “thanks to God” moments spread to benefit so many others as she donates towards our mission.

Learn more about Fr. Solanus Casey and Pope Francis’s recent declaration on his journey to Sainthood:  Pope Francis announces Fr. Solanus Casey to be declared ‘blessed’

Interested in donating to Catholic Charities? You can HERE.

Volunteer at the Next Gen committee’s “Third Saturday Workday”

Our Next Gen committee strives to connect adults under 40 with the mission of Catholic Charities. Each month they host a family-friendly workday. Join us on campus and participate in volunteer activities in the warehouse, food pantry, clothing center, garden, and more! Be sure to RSVP.

Learn more about the Next Gen committee and subscribe to their newsletter.

Check out the video from the first Third Saturday Workday in March.

 

Craft with our Madonna House Residents!

Red White and Blue sign featuring the words, "God Bless America"

Women and children in the Tulsa area are invited to join our residents in the Madonna House Kitchen to make a 4th of July Craft, led by the wonderfully artistic Claudia! Babies and young children are welcome, as St. Henry’s Middle School and High School youth will be providing activities for young children. Please RSVP to Sharisa McDaniel. $10 cash or check covers the cost of your crafting supplies.
Learn more about our Madonna House and St. Elizabeth’s Lodge.

Joy of Adoption for parents Robert and Claudia!

Michael’s adoption is finalized! We are so excited for Robert, Claudia, and Michael.  We are blessed to walk with courageous mothers who choose adoption for their children, and grateful to experience the joy of our adoptive parents when their family grows.

 Are you considering adoption for your child? We can help!
Want to adopt? Learn more!

64 graduated our GED program

64 students graduated through our Catholic Charities Spanish GED program Tuesday, May 23rd.   This was the first time Catholic Charities held their own graduation ceremony, and honored graduates from high school equivalency classes in Tulsa, Bartlesville and Muskogee. After taking the math portion of her high school equivalency test five times, 78-year-old Maria Olga Castro finally walked across the stage as a high school graduate. Valedictorian Maria Armenta shared the spotlight with her husband, Jose, who also graduated this year. Two graduates are from Catholic Charities’ residential programs, Madonna House and Saint Elizabeth Lodge. Graduates range in age from 16 to 78 and come from nine cities, including two from Kansas. Each graduate has his own story, each one compelling in its own way.

Click the links below to view some of the news coverage highlighting this joy-filled evening:
Tulsa World
KJRH
FOX23
KTUL

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Burmese refugees complete ESL class

Congregation B’nai Emunah and Catholic Charities partnered to offer ESL classes to Burmese women refugees.  Staff and volunteers from both organizations tackled barriers such as child care, transportation, and recruitment of volunteers and teachers to make this program possible.  We celebrated the women who completed the 1st ever semester of the ESL class with a party and beautiful blessing sung by Rabbi Fitzerman!

Learn more about our Refugee Services HERE.