Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities, other agencies provide hope, comfort to flood victims

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | @aeternusphoto
Sheri Mott, above, and Jay Grim currently live in a small trailer at the KOA campground, where Grim works. They were helped at a multi-agency resource center in Franklin County by Catholic Charities, the St. Vincent de Paul Society and others. The MARCS assess needs of flood victims

Maureen Quinn put Sheri Mott and Jay Grim at ease as they sat across the table, even drawing smiles from the couple from Pacific left homeless by massive flooding along the Meramec River at the end of December.

Those smiles have been hard to come by for the couple whose three-bedroom rental home was inundated with water. They're now staying in a small trailer at a campground east of Pacific.

Collection to help outreach to flood victims

A home off Lemay Ferry Road near the Meramec River was flooded along with many others along the Meramec. Heavy rains led to near-record and record crests on many rivers in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

A special collection will be taken up in all parishes in the archdiocese on the weekend of Jan. 16-17 to assist flood victims.

The funds will support Catholic Charities as it responds to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care and especially the long-term need to rebuild and recover after widespread destruction.

Editorial | We’re in it for the long haul

Catholic Charities began its Rebuilding Homes, Rebuilding Lives program in the wake of the tornado that tore through Joplin in 2011 and has worked with thousands of volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of survivors, both in the Joplin area and southern Missouri.

Women work together to improve their neighborhood

Betty Howard held a batch of Swiss chard she picked from the community garden she helps to maintain. Voices of Women at Midtown Catholic Charities runs a community garden and partners with City Greens Market, a membership-based market that allows access to people of all incomes.

One boy wants to be a chemist, so he's saving money for college expenses. Another youngster is saving to help pay bills, while someone else is putting money aside to pay for senior class dues.

It's all part of the Women's Helping Hands Bank, one of four functions of Voices of Women. The bank offers micro-loans and micro-savings accounts for both adults and children. It also provides families with information that can help them to reach financial stability.

'Sluggers' group faithful in commitment to Joplin residents

Dale Green worked on a rebuild of a home by Catholic Charities for a tornado victim in 2011 in Joplin. It was the first of nine trips there by the St. Louis Sluggers.

The St. Louis Sluggers disaster recovery team, a 19-member crew of parishioners and friends from Queen of All Saints Parish in Oakville, has returned from Joplin after working on six projects.

This fall trip was their ninth trip to Joplin, starting in 2011 after a devastating tornado there. Previously they made 11 trips to the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.

The projects, spread out over the week, included:

• Siding of two new homes sponsored by Catholic Charities near the new Joplin High School.

New Catholic Charities campaign takes aim at 'scandalous' poverty rate

OMAHA, Neb. -- Seeking to create awareness about poverty in the United States and to stand in solidarity with Pope Francis' commitment to the poor, Catholic Charities USA has launched a new national campaign.

Dominican Sister Donna Markham discussed the effort Sept. 10 in her first address as president and CEO of the organization during its national convention in Omaha.

Dubbed "#End45 -- Raise a Hand to End Poverty in America," the name reflects the 45 million people in the U.S. who live in poverty.

"That's scandalous," said Sister Donna, the organization's first female president.

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