Hope to Healing

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Fr. Jacob Meyer, Pastor of St. Monica's parish in Mishawaka, IN, explains the most pressing need of our diocesan parishes and schools--professional mental health services delivered by Catholic Charities, and how the Hope to Healing Initiative can help.

In 2015, we were startled by the great need we uncovered for a trustworthy Catholic resource for professional counseling. To meet the many needs of our parish priests and Catholic schools personnel, we are undertaking our Hope to Healing capital campaign.

Catholic Charities is uniquely qualified with expertise in both mental-health services and Catholic teaching. We are the arm of the Church that is called upon to respond to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.

"Many of our family members, friends, or colleagues will encounter mental-health challenges at some point," says Hope to Healing co-chair Helen Nill. "So a sustainable counseling program is vital to creating a more mentally healthy diocese."

We have started by hiring a clinical liaison to help parishioners navigate the mental-health system. In South Bend, we have also hired a therapist who is serving the students and families of three Catholic schools. However, there is much more we need to do.

 

 

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

 

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Hired a clinical supervisor and two full-time therapists

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Currently serving 10 Catholic schools

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Our Clinical Liaison has met all diocesan priests and build a network of over 100 trusted counselors with whom clients have expressed high satisfaction

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Clinical team has presented to all Catholic school principals

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Created a parent and teacher workshop series

 

 

 

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HELP US EXPAND

 

EXPAND

Expand our counseling services to other counties

WORKSHOPS

Bring out parent and teacher workshops to more schools and parishes

THERAPISTS

Hire additional therapists

 

RECRUIT

Recruit new Hope to Healing Initiative Committee members to represent each county in the diocese

PARTNER

Become a transformational Hope to Healing pledge partner

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PLEASE SUPPORT CATHOLIC CHARITIES COUNSELING PROGRAM

 

 

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“I am honored to be a part of this project that helps with the mental health issues our family, friends and neighbors struggle with every day.”

- Paulette Davis, Board Presidents and CoChair

“I feel strongly that Catholic Charities through the Hope to Healing Initiative will help to build a healthier community for us all.”

- Helen Nill, CoChair

 

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