Catholic Charities

St. Francis Community Services focusing on parish bases

St. Francis Community Southside Center celebrated “Día del Niño”, or the Day of the Child, a Mexican celebration that recognizes children and their importance in society. Jasmin, Evelyn and Valentina Carrillo danced a traditional Mexican folk dance known as Baile Folklórico. Southside Center is part of St. Francis Community Services’ focus on outreach to neighborhoods.

A Catholic Charities' outreach effort has a new name -- St. Francis Community Services -- and an approach that stresses serving needy in neighborhoods from a parish base.

Funding gap forces changes in center's 'lifeline' services

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Araceli Domenden held a warm meal that Roger Dickson just delivered as part of a meals program from the Father Tolton Center, which provides a place for elderly to gather, share company and a meal. The center is on the campus of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Baden and is a ministry of St. Francis Community Services.

Araceli Domenden was waiting at her front door for Roger Dickson.

He handed her a warm meal, as he does five days a week for the home-delivered meal program at Catholic Charities' Father Tolton Center.

"Thank you so much for the food -- thank you, thank you, thank you," she said. "Believe me, it helps."

St. Patrick Center links clients with employers

Jerrod Booth spoke with Allison Whittaker, a human resources specialist from the United States Postal Service, at a job fair hosted by St. Patrick Center for its clients.

Jerrod Booth quietly approached the United States Postal Service table at the employment fair, tightly clutching a well-worn orange folder stuffed with papers. He struggled to hold his head up and make eye contact, clearly uncomfortable at the moment.

Allison Whittaker looked up from the table, smiled and greeted him. She then stood up and shook his hand.

A human resources specialist, Whittaker immediately let Booth know that the Postal Service is hiring, and Booth took a deep breath, settling his nerves down.

At St. Patrick Center, faith hits street level

Ann Rotermund, former senior director of mental health programs at St. Patrick Center, retired after 28 years at the center. She recently published a book about her experiences running the day treatment program at the agency.

Ann Rotermund tells of a young homeless woman named Donna who came to St. Patrick Center, a Catholic Charities social service agency in Downtown St. Louis. Donna later had a baby, worked to get her life together and moved into an apartment, thanks to help from St. Patrick Center.
Rotermund said that Donna told her something she'd never forget. "Donna said, 'I am a rich woman. I have this beautiful baby, and I have carpeting.'"

Marie Kenyon named director of new Peace and Justice Commission

Marie Kenyon, director of the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, has been named director of the new Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Marie Kenyon has been named director of the newly formed Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the announcement Jan. 6.

Kenyon, who for almost three decades has directed the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, will join the staff of the Office of General Counsel for the archdiocese. She begins her new role Feb. 16.

St. Patrick Center names Laurie Phillips as CEO

The St. Patrick Center Board of Directors has announced it has hired Laurie Phillips as its new chief executive officer. A native St. Louisan, Phillips will begin her role Jan. 20. She is the first female to serve as CEO since St. Patrick Center’s founder in 1983, Edith Cunnane.

The St. Patrick Center Board of Directors has announced it has hired Laurie Phillips as its new chief executive officer. A native St. Louisan, Phillips will begin her role Jan. 20. She is the first female to serve as CEO since St. Patrick Center's founder in 1983, Edith Cunnane.

"We found a unique combination of talents and skills in Laurie Phillips," said Joe Ambrose, president of the St. Patrick Center Board of Directors. "She has the right blend of for-profit and nonprofit experiences, plus the personal story of making a life-changing decision to evolve her career into serving others."

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