Quarterly Newsletter January to March 2023

Message from our CEO

Dear Friends,


Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter, packed with information detailing the happenings, events and successes we have realized across our many programs and services. Each day I continue to be amazed at the sheer volume of activities our staff undertake on any given day. From direct programs and services, to engaging with volunteers, and leading efforts to inform and educate the public around about matters related to poverty, marginalization and social justice, it is truly humbling to witness the professionalism and caring effort the team puts forth. I hope you enjoy the highlights of activities that follow. 

We are entering the Lenten Season—a time in our faith tradition to engage in prayer and sacrifice. As you embark on your own Lenten journey, I invite you to make acts of social justice a part of your prayer and sacrifice.  Maybe you will learn more about an issue that is creating discord or divisiveness in our community. Perhaps you can assist in an activity that responds to the needs of others or that has the potential to improve the conditions of a community in need. In addition to prayer, there is always an opportunity to provide financial support to a program or service in your neighborhood, community, or county that addresses a social concern.    If you are at a loss of where to begin I invite you to reach out to Catholic Charities, we are happy to help identify opportunities within our agency or with one of our many community partners, that might interest you.  As always, thank you for your continued support.

With Grace and Gratitude,

Ellen T. Wayne, Ed.D.

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Catholic Charities Work with Migrants - Dispelling the Myths

See the article through the link below on Catholic Charities’ ministry to migrants, the Catholic Church’s position on immigration, and more.

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Upcoming Events

Program & Ministry News

Samaritan Center a Safer Haven - Parking Lot Repair

Catholic Charities' Samaritan Center, our transitional housing facility for homeless families in Vero Beach, improves safety through a rebuild/repair of their parking lot.

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Showcase of Programs in the Glades

On Sunday, January 21 Catholic Charities met with parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pahokee to educate the community regarding services provided to residents of the Glades.

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Catholic Days at the Capital 2024

Parishioners, students, and advocates from the diocese of Palm Beach joined Florida's Bishops February 6-8 in Tallahassee to advocate for the protection of human life and dignity with Florida lawmakers.

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Claire's Story of Choosing Life

Catholic Charities' Women’s Pregnancy Solutions Program would like to share a "Save" from this past year. Click below to learn Claire's story.

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Legal Victory, Immigration Legal Services

Catholic Charities Diocese Immigration Program prepared the consular processing case for this Haitian man, who was the beneficiary of a petition filed by his US citizen mother and was admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident on January 3, 2024.

Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know

Catholic Charities CEO, Dr. Ellen Wayne, participated in the program: Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know, on PBCTV Channel 20 in January.

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Samaritan Center February Newsletter

The Samaritan Center for Homeless Families is truly blessed to witness countless instances of love throughout the year. This month's updates showcase poignant demonstrations of God's love for the marginalized, innocent, and vulnerable.

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Catholic Charities Employees of the Quarter

Congratulations to our tie winners for Employee of the Quarter (Q2):

  • Amy Fariello-Hansen, Elder Affairs Program Director
  • Cesar Cardona, Building Coordinator/Reception St. Francis Center

Keep up the good work! We appreciate you.

Partner & Donor Shout Outs

The Jim Moran Foundation

Thanks to the support of The Jim Moran Foundation, our Elder Affairs Program is able to provide guardianship services to indigent and incapacitated seniors, improving their quality of life.

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Support for Refugees

Catholic Charities has partnered with The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) since 2000 to support services to refugees. Through USCCB, Catholic Charities was approved for $108,500 in funding to support the refugee program this year.

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Catholic Charities USA & Walmart Foundation

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce a $13,000 award from Catholic Charities USA and The Walmart Foundation to help register people in need for Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

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The JC Foundation

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce a $10,000 grant from The JC Foundation to support operating costs for the Women's Pregnancy Solutions Program - our mobile pregnancy care centers.

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Quail Valley Charities

Thank You to Quail Valley Charities for their November $15,000 grant award to support children's services at the Samaritan Center.

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Cathleen McFarlane Foundation

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce a December 2023 grant award from the Cathleen McFarlane Foundation to support homeless prevention through our Hunger, Homeless, Outreach Program. 

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Palm Beach Guardianship Association, Inc.

At their November 9 meeting, the Palm Beach Guardianship Association acknowledged the work of Catholic Charities Elder Affairs Program as well as provided a $1,000 donation in support of guardianship services provided to vulnerable indigent seniors.

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