As I reflect on the past several months and contemplate the good work of the staff, I am truly humbled to be in this role and to lead this organization. I often reflect on our mission and pray that I am given the grace to respond to Christ’s call to care for those in need each and every day. As our 95th Anniversary Year begins to wind down and as the Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to an end, we must not lose focus or hope for the future and those that so desperately rely on us to Provide Help and Create Hope.
 
God blesses people with gifts so they can be a blessing to others. To paraphrase Romans 12:7-8; “If it is serving then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
 
My hope for Catholic Charities is that we continue to be blessed. Blessed in such a way that we have the gifts and resources to continue to provide the quality, exclusivity and level of service that so many throughout Eastern Connecticut have come to expect. Blessed to expand our base of programs throughout Eastern Connecticut reaching those communities who have traditionally not been heard or who have not had a voice.
 
Thank you for your anticipated and continued support.
 
Sincerely,
Edward J. Tessman
Executive Director, Catholic Charities

 

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Emergency Basic Needs
Our goal is to assist families in crisis by providing immediate help with emergency basic needs (food, clothing, rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency transportation, and financial prescription assistance). We have seen a steady increase of people in our communities who need help. Those who were once donors have now become clients. Given the struggles of so many today, we are challenged to meet the needs of every client who comes to us for help and hope. Last year due to limited funding, Catholic Charities had to refer 225 families to other community service agencies for help. With your support, we hope to reduce the number of referrals our agency makes.

Behavioral Health Services
Our goal is to provide quality and cost effective behavioral health care services to all who seek help, regardless of religious affiliation. Behavioral Health Services addresses problems related to addictions and psychiatric illnesses for individuals, families and couples through Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy. We are pleased to offer a medication management component through the care of our licensed Medical Director and APRN. We are hopeful to introduce a new initiative in response to the community opiate problem and provide a Suboxone protocol to assist those in our community in need during this very tragic time.

Adoption Services
Our program is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families to conduct home studies, make foster home placements and finalize adoptions. We work with all members of the adoption triad, assisting birth parents during pregnancy, facilitating monthly meetings for adoptive mothers, and reuniting adopted adults with birth parents.

Parenting Education
Our goal is to Provide Help and Create Hope for those parents who are involved in the court system due to divorce, child support, or custody disputes. Classes are held in Norwich, New London, Willimantic, Rockville, and Middletown.


Pregnancy Help

Our goal is to support anyone who is expecting a baby. We offer a monthly Support Group to empower parenthood through professional guest speakers and to help participants form a supportive network within the group. We encourage individual sessions with a Pregnancy Educator to discuss with parents their successes and struggles. We also provide basic baby needs and financial support. We are looking to expand our Pregnancy Program to other communities in the future, Providing Help and Creating Hope to those who are pregnant
throughout Eastern Connecticut.

Immigration
Our goal is to help and unite families through legal representation and education. We provide professional immigration legal services to foreign-born individuals and their families needing assistance navigating the sometimes complex immigration system. We help reunite families separated by many years and thousands of miles. We secure permission to work in the United States for eligible  individuals enabling them to support themselves. We provide a reliable source of legal information, advice, and representation from highly trained and bilingual staff experienced with matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State.

Intensive Case Management Services
We plan, secure, coordinate, monitor, and advocate for unified goals and services with organizations and personnel on behalf of individuals and families. We provide a coordinated comprehensive array of services through ongoing support and frequent contact with a trusting, caring Case Manager. Individuals and families who receive our services, access and use resources and supports that build on their strengths and meet their service needs. All clients are empowered to become self-sufficient.

 

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