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Catholic Charities embarks on its 99th anniversary of Providing Help & Creating Hope to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut.  Our rich history of ministering to people of all faiths, during their time of crisis, is the foundation of the work that we do each and every day.

For 99 years, Catholic Charities has continued to love the most vulnerable, of every faith and background, right here in Eastern Connecticut.  That love remains the clearest evidence of God’s grace in our lives.  After so many years, people certainly know Catholic Charities well enough that Catholic Charities may sometimes go unnoticed.  Yet people are also surprised when they learn exactly how much Catholic Charities does for those in our communities.

Pope Francis has said, “It is not enough to offer someone a sandwich unless it is accompanied by the possibility of learning how to stand on one’s own two feet.  Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient.  True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.”

Catholic Charities has shifted away from the one-time, crisis intervention programs to self-sustainability by offering long-term wrap-around services.  While Catholic Charities will always provide emergency assistance, food, and hope to those in crisis, this long-term approach will move people from crisis situations to sustainable hope for the future.  As we enter our 99th Anniversary Year, we realize and understand the true power of hope and what it means to those who we serve.  “Hope anchors the soul,” Hebrews 6:19. 

We ask that you join us and prayerfully consider a gift to the Catholic Charities Annual Fund.  Your gift is a gift of love and a celebration of our 99 year legacy, our ministry today and the work that will continue through Eastern Connecticut.

Please know how grateful we are for your commitment and partnership in this charitable mission of our Church.

Gratefully Yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D.                                        Edward J. Tessman
Bishop of Norwich                                                                               Executive Director


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Your Impact, Their Story…

Catholic Charities is a wonderful place where they offer other assistance than just outstanding one-on-one counseling. I thank God for being able to receive such a wonderful program and beautiful people such as Catholic Charities to fund such great work– J.C.

 

I was really pleased to know that you cared not only or my immediate need but as a whole, in us as a family, which I greatly appreciated as sometimes I feel nobody cares. Often times I just want to cry but the reality is I have two wonderful kids that need me. We’ve met many caring people along the way, thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little. – F.C.

 

Thank you for your much needed help during this difficult financial time for me, for giving me strength to persist and succeed. Knowing that someone is there to help means the world to me. –S.J.

 

I would like to thank Catholic Charities for helping my family so much. I did not know where to go or who to speak with about my problems. My daughter was so happy with a full tummy and I was happy to have food in the house. My daughter loved the new clothes that were not dirty and stained. When we go out, my daughter now fits in and is not ashamed about the way she looks. Thank you for all you have done.M.H. and Family

 

“You caught me when I was falling” – M.S.

 

I would refer someone dealing with mental illness/addiction/custody battles to Catholic Charities because of the services I received; I feel confident that you could help meet anyone’s needs because you did with me. This is the first time I have been accepted and valued by professionals. With past organizations I have felt abused and looked down upon because of my religious views. My religious beliefs do not offend this agency, instead they are valued and used as part of my treatment.- J.B.

 

Laura's Story

“I'm writing to share my story with you about what this pregnancy education program and group means to me and my son.

I came to meet with the Pregnancy Educator through referral of my counselor at Catholic Charities. I was seeking mental, emotional and financial support. I was in my second trimester at the time. I was scared because my pregnancy was high risk and my boyfriend was facing jail time after the baby's arrival.

After the first time I met her, I could instantly tell I could trust her. She was very encouraging and reassured me she would help me and my baby in any way she could. She really meant it! During our appointments, we completed referrals for housing, clothing and even day care. I wasn't sure how to apply but she would find the answer instantly for me. Most programs you are told to wait but she always took care of me and what I needed the same day. She provided me with diapers, clothing, nursing bra and a car seat.

The most important thing really for me was she supported me as a mother or as a good friend would. I felt supported, so in turn, I was less stressed in my pregnancy and after the baby's arrival. There's never anything I don't feel comfortable sharing. I would recommend this group and program to anyone expecting a baby even if it's not their first. I feel blessed to have been in it for as long as I have."


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.

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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 and mental disorders 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.

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Adoption Services
We believe that all children deserve a loving, committed, safe and permanent family.  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich has created a strategic partnership with other Catholic Charities agencies in Connecticut and with local child placing agencies.

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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.

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Immigration
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich provides immigration education and referrals throughout Eastern Connecticut, and has created strategic partnerships with community providers in an effort to address the immigration needs of those in our community. 

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Intensive Case Management Services
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich plans, secures, coordinates, monitors, and advocates 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.  Our Pregnancy Services provide comprehensive education and support services to anyone who is expecting a baby   We also provide basic baby needs.  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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Catholic Charities
Diocese of Norwich

331 Main Street
Norwich, CT 06360
860-889-8346