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community id October 14, 2021: Catholic Charities' Remarks

It’s our privilege to be partnering with the City of Fort Wayne on this vital project.  As many may know, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has been serving the unique needs of our community since 1922.  

Our agency serves individuals in fourteen counties of Northeastern Indiana, and as a result our staff have seen first-hand the positive benefits of the Community ID card initiatives for our clients in South Bend, Elkhart, Goshen, and Plymouth.    

As part of our Catholic faith, we believe that individuals have a right and a duty to participate in society.   

Difficulty in obtaining an identification card has long kept members of the community feeling sidelined and unable to connect to activities as basic as receiving a library card and as important as having identification to provide police officers, to open bank accounts, open city utilities and a host of other vital services.   

In the end, we believe the initiative will contribute to the overall health and safety of all our community members. These cards cannot be used to vote, board a plane or as a substitute driver's license. 

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September 22, 2021 Update:


afghanRight now, Catholic Charities is receiving a high volume of calls and emails about the evacuation in Afghanistan, and how the community can help Afghan refugees who may be resettled here in Northeast Indiana.

While Catholic Charities is preparing to welcome refugees to our community, our work will happen as the “next step” after refugees are processed at military bases throughout the country.

If you are interested in volunteering with Catholic Charities, please visit our volunteer page to view opportunities, or check out our Amazon Wish List

If you have another question, please have patience as we work to respond to your emails and phone calls!  We are returning all messages as quickly as possible. If you leave voicemail, please include your email address. We will be create a newsletter to share updates about our process.

If you would like to financially or materially support Afghan's as they are resettled in our area, the only way to do that is through our agency. Donations should be dropped off at our office in Fort Wayne, not the Armory. 



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On behalf of everyone at Catholic Charities, particularly the families we serve, we want to express gratitude for your past generosity. Many families have been blessed by your kindness. This year will be no different, as many are still struggling. 

As we draw nearer to the Christmas season, we want to call upon your generosity once more. This year, we are expanding our Christmas program and giving sponsors new ways to spread seasonal cheer across the entire diocese.



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