Help the Church in Eastern Europe

The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship. They have been oppressed by czars, radical communism, horrendous crimes against humanity, and revolutionary, civil, and world wars. Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structures, social welfare, and their economies.

The USCCB Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries. The funds collected in the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects.

Read more and how to help at: http://www.usccb.org/catholic-giving/opportunities-for-giving/central-and-eastern-europe/index.cfm

From CNS: Catholic agency on front lines helping Flint residents with water crisis

FLINT, Mich. (CNS) — Following the discovery of lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water, relief organizations have been working day and night to provide safe water to those living and working in the community.

Standing at the front of the battle is Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties in the Lansing Diocese. The agency that provides assistance to people in need, including counseling, substance abuse treatment, foster care and adoption services.

Read more at: http://www.americancatholic.org/news/report.aspx?id=30702

Walking Together on a Journey to Employment and a Changed Life

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark
The goal of the Workforce Development program (WFD) of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark is to help ex-offenders, welfare recipients and people with disabilities find and keep jobs. Sounds simple, but it can really be quite a journey, as the program challenges participants to change their behavior, learn to apply themselves and begin to trust. It’s a journey that can change their lives.
Read more at: https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/stories/walking-together-on-a-journey-to-employment-and-a-changed-life

Helping Already Born: Welcoming Weary Migrants with Care and Compassion

A story about Welcoming Newcomers featuring Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

When thousands of weary migrants, mostly unaccompanied minors, crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the summer of 2014, the Catholic Charities network responded, providing these weary and desperate travelers with a place to rest, food, medical care, clothes, supplies, and, above all, compassion.

Read more at: https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/stories/welcoming-weary-migrants-with-compassion-and-respite