Understanding Our Place in the Philanthropic Community: Local Catholic Solutions to Complex Problems

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Alleviating
Poverty

Food Pantries

Financial Assistance
   Resource & Referral

Material Assistance
Resource & Referral,
 Retired Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP),
 Christmas Program 

Mobile Unit


Healing Mind,
Body & Spirit

Pregnancy Counseling/
Adoption Planning

Health Advocacy & Support
  Hispanic Health Advocate,
Refugee Health,
ECHO in the support for
prenatal and well-baby care

Counseling Services

Clinical Liaison to parishes

Services to Survivors of Human Trafficking

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

 

Building
Strong Futures

Helping teen parents graduate
   Education Creates Hope
& Opportunity (ECHO)

Helping low-income 
college students graduate

  Stay the Course™

Supporting healthy
parent-child relationships

  Your Journey Together,
ECHO

Mentoring youth/Homework Help
  Children of Refugees,
   National Youth Mentoring program

Legal Immigration Services

 

Developing
Financial Security

Building skills in financial management
  VITA Tax & Financial Literacy Classes

Training and job placement for seniors
  Senior Community Services
Employment Program (SCSEP)

Refugee job development

Community collaboration
  Broker system in collaboration
with SCAN, Inc., Lutheran Social Services
of IN and Brightpoint

Phases

Many of our clients face complex, long-term issues that prevent them from moving ahead in their lives. These issues often require years of support to address successfully. We describe these supports as Phase Two services (see pyramid) that often follow some initial intervention.

Take the example of the pregnant teen who chooses to parent her baby. Statistically, she only has a 40% chance of completing her high-school diploma. In most instances, dropping out means she will face a lifetime of poverty for lack of adequate education. This is why we offer ECHO (Education Creates Hope and Opportunity), a program designed to keep these girls in high school and beyond.

We typically pick up where a Phase One pregnancy-help center leaves off, providing long-term case management so she can be successful in raising her child while staying in school (See Reyna’s story).

Our case managers assist her by making an education plan as well as finding other necessities like daycare and affordable housing. We also lend spiritual guidance, helping her recognize God’s plan for her life. We have served more than 1,000 young moms whose graduation rate exceeds 90%. With this local, long-term program, we fulfill a tremendous social need by breaking the cycle of poverty and reducing government outlays, which typically exceed $600,000 per family. We also fulfill the Church’s social teachings of solidarity and subsidiarity by looking after her material, emotional and spiritual needs.