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Summer Newsletter 2022

Message from our CEO - Ellen T. Wayne, Ed.D.

Dear Catholic Charities Supporters

Greetings! What a blessing and privilege to be joining the team at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. I have been immediately struck by the dedication and commitment of the employees, Board of Directors and volunteers who work hard to carry out our mission and bring our vision to life. As I learn more about our programs and services, and visit our many locations, my initial observations are only reinforced. There is so much good work taking place across our five-county service area!  

These are important times, to be sure. There continues to be a growing inequality of income, that, coupled with rising costs of housing, groceries, 

gasolines and other basic needs force more and more families into despair. 

Our vulnerable elderly continue struggling with the isolation that has resulted from the pandemic. The neighbors we welcome from war-ravaged, impoverished countries continue to need our assistance on their path to citizenship; and those children and adults who have been forced into predatory situations are turning to us in ever-increasing numbers. Recent wins in our respect life efforts fortified our resolve to support pregnant and parenting moms, and remind us that we must continue that support post-partum so all children can thrive in healthy, self-sufficient families.

Know this—Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach stands ready to meet the needs of those who turn to us for support. We are honored to be a resource people turn to in time of need, and we will continue to respond with respect and recognition of the dignity of all.

Thank you for your role in helping us meet our Gospel calling! Whether you are a community partner, a volunteer or a donor, be assured we value the role you play in our efforts. I welcome the chance to get to know you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at or by calling me directly at 561.360.3339.


Ellen t. Wayne, Ed.D.

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Meet our New CEO

Meet Ellen T. Wayne, Catholic Charities New CEO

For Ellen Wayne, beginning her new job June 27 as CEO and executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is a homecoming of sorts. That’s because she has returned to heading a Catholic Charities agency like the one she previously directed in New York State.  For 12 years, from 2007 to 2019, Wayne was executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes in the Diocese of Rochester, New York.

                 Read Full Article                       Ellen's Biography

Upcoming Events

Ribbon Cutting - New Fort Pierce Office

Friday, August 26, 2022

Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

1119 Delaware Avenue

Fort Pierce, FL 34950

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Women's Pregnancy Solutions  

            1st Annual Gala

Save the Date

Saturday, November 19, 2022 5:30 PM

Manatee Lagoon,6000 Flagler Drive

West Palm Beach

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11th Annual Caritas Dei Bishops Gala

Save the Date

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

the Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach

To support Catholic Charities programs and ministries, serving people in need and creating hope in all stages of life. 

Sponsorship opportunities. 

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Program & Ministry News

Margarita Duncan, Judith Rutt, Bishop Barbarito, Karen O'Neill, Patrice Patrinostro, Frances Bell

Birthline Lifeline Celebrate Life Gala a Success

Thank you to all who attended our Celebrate Life Gala on Friday, May 20, 2022 at the St. Ignatius Parish Hall.  

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Fort Pierce Pregnancy Care Center donates building

On June 13, 2022, the Fort Pierce Pregnancy Care Center donated its building at 1119 Delaware Avenue and all of its contents to the Diocese of Palm Beach for use by Catholic Charities.

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16th Annual Bernard & Betty Egan Memorial Golf Classic

In spite of the cancellation of the golf classic due to tropical storm and severe weather conditions, we still had successes.

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Immigration Legal Victory

Catholic Charities is proud to help immigrants move from being a burden to the community to being a benefit. *Maria can now work to support herself after she received her green card/UVisa. Client pictured with Tim Keohane, Immigration Program Director.

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Security Enhancements for St. Francis Center

Thanks to a $35,000 grant from an anonymous foundation, Catholic Charities St. Francis Center will receive much needed security enhancements to the building.

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Catholic Charities Employee of the Quarter

Catholic Charities Employee of the Quarter is Frances Bell, of Birthiline Lifeline. Frances works at their Boynton Beach location as an Ultrasound Tech.

Catholic Charities Counseling Program Participates in Ft. Pierce Event

On Wednesday, July 6, Catholic Charities Counseling Program participated in the 4th annual "Unity in Our Community" event at the Fort Pierce Community Center. 

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Partner Shout Outs


John's Island Foundation

Thanks to a generous grant from the John's Island Foundation, the Samaritan Center will receive much needed security enhancements to the building. 

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United Way of Martin County

Helping individuals meet immediate needs and access mental health care is essential to Martin County's growth and success. That's why we're proud to partner with United Way of Martin County to provide opportunities for success to individuals and families in our community. 

Pictured: Carol Rodriguez, Program Development and Quality Director

and Jithin George, Catholic Charities Clinical Director.

Ways to Get Involved

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RSVP Senior Volunteer Program

Catholic Charities is currently recruiting AmeriCorps Senior Volunteers. To be eligible you must be at least 55 years of age and pass a level 2 background and Driver License Check.

    Need for Volunteer to Assist in Refugee Services

Due to increased demand, we are in need of volunteers to assist in our services to refugees. If you know someone who may have a calling to help in this area, please send them our way. 

To apply for either the RSVP, Refugee Program, or other volunteer opportunity, please contact Vicky Mongrut at or call 5661-360-3329.

                  Click here to complete our volunteer application

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