Volume 2, No. 1 - Catholic Charities

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Volume 2, No. 1 - Catholic Charities

MIGRATION & REFUGEE SERVICES • MYANMAR SUCCESS STORY • ST. DONATO’S FACE LIFTHelp&Hopewww.ccaoh.org Summer 2008The Magazine of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford Vol. 2 / No. 1Migration & Refugee Services OfferA WelcomingNew HomeCatholic CharitiesProviding Help & Creating Hope, Serving People ofall Faiths in 102 Communities since 1920


Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford■ ANSONIAFamily Service CenterLower Naugatuck Valley205 Wakelee AvenuePhone 203-735-7481■■■■■BRISTOLFamily Service Center440C North Main StreetPhone 860-589-8662ENFIELDCT Works620 Enfield StreetPhone 860-745-8097GUILFORDFamily Service Center652 Boston Post RoadPhone 203-453-5746HAMDENA Step Ahead Pre-School357 Pine Rock AvenuePhone 203-389-5609HARTFORDAsylum Hill Family Center60 Gillett StreetPhone 860-244-9944Beacon EarlyLearning Center571 Farmington AvenuePhone 860-233-0644Black FamilyEnrichment Program60 Gillett StreetPhone 860-244-9944Children’s BehavioralHealth & Early ChildhoodConsultation Program999 Asylum AvenuePhone 860-548-0030CHOICE/STEP ProgramRefugee Education380 Franklin AvePhone 860-296-7061Fox Middle SchoolExtended Day ProgramPhone 860-695-6711Quirk Middle SchoolASI ProgramPhone 860-695-2240Family Service Center896 Asylum AvenuePhone 860-522-8241Youth Services15 Ely StreetPhone 860-728-0117Hispanic Senior Center95 Park StreetPhone 860-246-9322Institute for theHispanic Family80 Jefferson StreetPhone 860-527-1124El Paraiso InfantilPhone 860-524-6853Hispanic ChildGuidance ClinicPhone 860-524-8974IHF Family CenterPhone 860-524-6853Migration andRefugee Services125 Market StreetPhone 860-548-0059LITCHFIELDCOUNTYFAIRFIELDCOUNTYResidential Servicesfor DevelopmentallyDisabled Adults839-841 Asylum AvenuePhone: 860-493-1841Southside Family Center,Jumpstart to Kindergarten15 Newfield AvenuePhone 860-953-011321st Century Programc/o Hartford High School55 Forest StreetPhone 860-695-1327CT Works3580 Main StreetPhone 860-256-3700NEW HAVENCOUNTY■■■■HARTFORDCOUNTYMANCHESTERCT Works893 Main StreetPhone 860-643-2222TOLLANDCOUNTYMIDDLESEXCOUNTYMERIDENChild Development Center61 Colony StreetPhone 203-235-0392Family Service Center61 Colony StreetPhone 203-235-2507MILFORDFamily Service Center203 High StreetPhone 203-874-6270NEW BRITAINFamily Service Center90 Franklin SquarePhone 860-225-3561Empowering People forSuccess and JJIE Program90 Franklin SquarePhone 860-225-3561■ NEW HAVENAdoption and Birthparent/Pregnancy Counseling478 Orange StreetPhone 203-787-2207Centro San Jose290 Grand AvenuePhone 203-777-6771Family Service Center478 Orange StreetPhone 203-787-2207Project Apoyo790 Grand AvenuePhone 203-772-1131■■■■WINDHAMCOUNTYNEW LONDONCOUNTYEmpowering Peoplefor Success790 Grand AvenuePhone 203-789-1681ROCKY HILLAdoption and Birthparent/Pregnancy Counseling2433 Main Street, Suite 6Phone 860-257-4335TORRINGTONFamily Service Center132 Grove StreetPhone 860-482-5558WATERBURYAdoption and Birthparent/Pregnancy Counseling56 Church StreetPhone 203-755-1196Toll Free 1-800-352-0991Family Service Centers56 Church StreetPhone 203-755-1196School Readiness/Day Care965 South Main Street88 Cooke StreetPhone 203-754-6237WETHERSFIELDChild Development Center449 Silas Deane HighwayPhone 860-563-3747CC3 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


cover storyIRAQCUBABURUNDIMigration and Refugee ServicesWhen Fleeing isThe Only Option,We are Here to HelpBY RONNI NEWTONMost of us cannot possibly imagine having to flee our nativecountry due to a civil war. We are legally protected from religiousor political persecution, and thankfully most of us neverhave to witness atrocities like rapes and executions.However, we all know that there are other places throughout the worldwhere people are not so fortunate. That’s why the work of Catholic CharitiesMigration and Refugee Services is so important. The mission of Migrationand Refugee Services is to welcome and assist refugees who have been forcedto flee their own countries. War is the most common reason these individualsbecome refugees, but other causes include national disasters as well aspolitical and/or religious persecution.“In 2007, we had 264 individuals in the program,” according to JudyGough, Director of Migration and Refugee Services. “So far we have hadabout 45 in the 2008 fiscal year which began February 1, 2008,” she said.The majority of current refugees are members of a hill tribe in BurmaCC4 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


ing as well as assisting in the orientationprocess by helping therefugees open a bank account,learn to read a bus schedule, shopfor groceries, and other day-to-daytasks we may take for granted.Catholic Charities also providesthe opportunity for organizations,churches or families tobecome a co-sponsor to a refugeefamily. The co-sponsor becomescentral to the refugee family’s newlife in the United States, providingfor many of their needs as they assimilatethemselves into the Americanway of life.Migration and Refugee Serviceshas had many success stories,one of which is highlighted in theaccompanying account (see pageCC5). The goal of the program –acculturating refugee families tothe American way of life – isclearly being met through the hardwork and dedication of this essentialorganization. ■If you wish tomake a donationto MyanmarDisaster Reliefcontact CatholicRelief Serviceswww.crs.orgThe AnnualArchbishop John F. WhealonMemorial Golf TournamentTuesday September 16, 2008Schedule of Events:• Registration & Buffet Lunch - 11:00 A.M.• Shotgun Start - 12:00 P.M.• Reception & Dinner - 5:00 P.M.Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!• Hole-in-one prizes • Gross & Net golf prizes• Raffle prizes galore • Silent Auction • Live Auction“Best One Ball of Four” Format• 100% HandicapFore!• Women’s / Men’s / Mixed Foursomes• Twosomes, Threesomes, or Singles Welcome!Honorary Chairpersons:Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.DDavid LemkuilTournament Chairperson:Peter A. Giorgio, Jr.Tournament Committee:John Bermel Faith McMahonJenefer C. Berall Paul NowosadkoKevin Budds Paul PelletierMichael Camilleri Brian ReillyRobert Fay Patricia ShimkusCharles MannCatholic CharitiesArchdiocese of HartfordAll Proceeds Will BenefitSpecial Needs ChildrenFor more information call:Catholic Charities’ Development Office,Janet Romanowicz • (860) 728-2569WampanoagCountry ClubWampanoag Drive,West HartfordCC7 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


Migration and RefugeeOffices Get a FaceliftParishioners of St. Ann Parish, Avon painted and renovated the offices ofCatholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services located at 125 MarketStreet, Hartford on a recent Saturday. A visit from Archbishop Mansell surprisedsome, and fortunately he left his tour of the facility without a spot ofpaint on him!PHOTOS BY LENORA SUMSKYOpportunities toHelp Refugees■ Donations are always needed for items suchas beds, bureaus, tables, chairs, sets of dishes,pots and pans, flatware, bed linens, blankets,lamps, televisions, and other basic householdfurnishings. Other items always in demand arelaundry detergent, soap, toiletries, toilet paper,cans of coffee, flour, sugar, and cooking oil. Wealso accept used cars. The cars are given tothose refugees who need them for transportationto their place of employment.■ Linkage with a refugee family orsmall group to tutor them in Englishas a Second Language.■ Assisting in the orientation processby helping to open a bank account,obtain a social security card, use thebus schedule, etc.■ Helping with our food distributionprogram on Friday mornings.■ Helping to organize a donation drivein your neighborhood, church, or office.■ Utilizing your office skills by assistingwith computer input, answering thephones, filing, etc.■ Internship opportunities are alwaysavailable.■ Your monetary donation is always welcome.■ Opportunities for groups to Co-Sponsor:A co-sponsor is very special to a refugeefamily, probably the first contact they make intheir new homeland. The co-sponsor becomesthe liaison between the refugee family and theAmerican way of life. Interestingly enough,things we take for granted, such as getting onthe city bus or using the ATM, take on a deepnew meaning when shared with people whoare experiencing them for the first time.It’s not hard to be a co-sponsor, and you arenot alone because Catholic Charities Migrationand Refugee Services is always your co-sponsor.Sponsorship can be assumed by organizations,churches, and families. ■Contact us for more information on getting involved:Judith Gough, 125 Market Street, Hartford, CT 06103,(860) 548-0059.CC8 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


St. Donato ProjectA Match Made in HeavenFor over 100 years, the Family Service Center, a program ofCatholic Charities, has operated its offices at 478 Orange Streetin New Haven. For close to 90 years, St. Donato Church servedits parish on Lombard Street in New Haven.Catholic Charities Family Service Center in New Haven was burstingCC9 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


“The newFamilyServiceCenterfacility willallow usto servemoreclients,and willhavemuchmoreparking”– Janet Freimuth,Director ofPrograms forCatholicCharities inNew Havenat the seams, and struggling with inadequate parkingfor its staff as well as its clients. On December 31, 2004,the Archdiocese of Hartford de-commissioned St. DonatoChurch. Since the Archbishop did not want to sellor simply abandon the church building, a decision wasmade to give it to Catholic Charities. One might say itwas a “match made in heaven,” because the churchbuilding has now been renovated and will shortly becomethe new home to the Family Service Center.The interior of the former St. Donato Churchbuilding has been gutted, and a second floor and officeshave been constructed. The project is nearlycomplete, and a move to the new site is planned forthis summer. “The new facility will allow us to serveCC10 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


more clients, and will have much more parking,” saidJanet Freimuth, Director of Programs for Catholic Charitiesin New Haven. All of the Family Service Center’sprograms, which serve hundreds of people every week,will be housed in the new facility.The Family Service Center provides mental healthcounseling and support to the New Haven community.Its services are nondenominational, and patients are acceptedregardless of their ability to pay. A large proportionof clients are affiliated with Court Support andDepartment of Corrections programs. Participants inthe Court Support Program are assisted with angermanagement and other issues, and the Department ofCorrections Program serves those who have recentlybeen released from prison and/or are on probation.Marcia Tanguay, recently retired as Director of Programsfor Catholic Charities in New Haven, was involvedin the planning and early stages of therenovation. The new facility “will be a much larger andmore accommodating space for the behavioral programs,”she said. Tanguay also thinks it’s good that thenew space is in the Fair Haven section of New Haven,close to where Catholic Charities’ two other New Havenprograms (Project APOYO and Centro San José) are located.“It’s still accessible by bus, but there is also a lotmore parking,” she said. ■Catholic Charities...... has been the licensed, accredited socialservice arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdioceseof Hartford (Hartford, Litchfield & NewHaven Counties) for more than 90 years.... serves 30,000 people of all faiths annuallyon a need basis from 42 locations throughoutConnecticut.... is an employer of more than five hundredsocial service professionals ranging from earlylearning specialists to licensed care social workersto psychologists and psychiatrists.... distributes over 85% of the donated dollarsto clients from a balanced budget of $33,000,000.... is funded by the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal,federal and state grants, the United Way,client fees and gifts from individuals, corporations,and foundations. ■CC11 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


There is a New Way toGive to Catholic Charitiesin a Meaningful andLasting WayCharitable Gift Annuities are now available throughthe Archdiocese of Hartford for donors who wishto receive fixed income for life, avoid capital gainstax and leave a lasting gift to Catholic Charities.Benefits include:● Lifetime Income at Attractive rates of return● Charitable Deduction – a significant tax deductionfor your gift● Tax-Free Payments – a large portion of eachpayment is taxfree● Capital Gains Tax Savings Contributions ofappreciated assets for a Charitable Gift Annuities,minimize any taxes on “paper profit”● Personal Satisfaction of supporting CatholicCharities.Please see the chart at right to see your personalrate of return. Log onto the website listed belowfor more information, or call Peter O’Donnell,Director of Development for Catholic Charities at(860) 728-2571. Gift Annuity rates are based on age(s), the older your age(s)the higher the rate of return.(860) 728-2571 or Online at: www.ccaoh.org


These students atNorthwest Catholic HighSchool have benefitted fromCatholic Charities “Matthew25” program. The goal ofthis program is to assistgifted, economicallydisadvantaged Hartfordyouth in obtaining a privateschool education. Theprogram fosters educationaland social success throughfinancial assistance andmentoring support.You can feel confidentyour gift will count.More than 85% of your gift goes directly to help those in need.You may indicate how and where you would like your gift applied,or we will use it where it is most needed.Remember Someone SpecialYou may wish to make your gift in memory of a loved one, tocommemorate a special achievement or milestone, such as awedding anniversary or birthday, or to honor someone importantto you who has made a difference in your life. We will be happyto acknowledge this thoughtful act on your behalf. A gift toCatholic Charities is a special way to show how much you care.Matching GiftsMany companies will match individual gifts of employees,retirees, or their spouses. Please check with your company’spersonnel department to learn if your company has a matchinggift program that can double or even triple your gift to CatholicCharities.Catholic CharitiesProviding Help & Creating HopeArchdiocese of HartfordRated one of America’s most efficient charities by Smart MoneyWe’ll Help You Help UsWe welcome gifts of all sizes and forms. Your gift is tax deductibleto the full extent allowed by law. Our Development Director,Peter O’Donnell, will be happy to discuss giving opportunities andways you can help your neighbors in need. Call us today at(860) 728-2571, to make a pledge or tell us about your givingintentions.Mail or ClickChecks should be made payable to Catholic Charities and maileddirectly to:Development OfficeCatholic Charities839-841 Asylum AvenueHartford, CT 06105-2801Make a secure online donation. We accept MasterCard, VISA,American Express, and Discover on our secure page atwww.ccaoh.orgThank you for considering a gift to Catholic Charities.


The new home for the Institute for the Hispanic Family is located at 45 Wadsworth Streetin Hartford, CT.ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF JCJ ARCHITECTURE.Institute for the HispanicFamily Will Celebrate itsNew Home on June 17thThe dust has settled, and the paint is (almost) dry... it’s time to CELEBRATE! TheMost Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., Archbishop of Hartford, cordially invites youto an Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 to celebratethe opening of the new home of the Institute for the Hispanic Family at 45Wadsworth Street in Hartford.The Open House will be from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremonywill be at 4:00 p.m.Refreshments will be served. If you need more information or to RSVP, pleasecontact Alyson Karpiej at (860) 728-2562 or email akarpiej@ccaoh.org. ■CC14 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


SPOTLIGHTING OUR SERVICES: PART OF AN ONGOING SERIESPregnancyCounselingHow will I cope?Catholic Charities is staffed by professional socialworkers who are trained specifically to work withwomen who are in a crisis pregnancy. Our staff canhelp link you to the resources you will need to enjoy ahealthy pregnancy, including: pre-natal care,housing and transportation, financial assistance, counseling,and adoption services.What are my choices?Catholic Charities is a pro-life agency. Our dedicatedprofessional staff will empower a pregnant woman andher partner to determine the future of theirchild, whether it be by single parenting, familyparenting, adoption, or marriage.What about adoption?Adoption can be a healthy choice for somebirthparents. Catholic Charities is a licensedchild-placing agency that has been helping tofacilitate adoptions for over 80 years.If you choose to explore adoption as an option, youwill be provided with encouragement in selectingand meeting adoptive parents and provided with informationthat governs open and identified adoptions.You’ll have the opportunity to receive pictures, letters,and updates after the placement of your child, and youwill receive counseling by experienced social workerswho can help you assess all your options withoutbeing pressured. Assistance with housing and medicalneeds is also available.Catholic CharitiesProviding Help & Creating Hope, ServingPeople of all Faiths in102 Communities since 1920Administrative offices:839-841 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105-28011-888-405-1183For more information and a directory oflocal offices, visit: www.ccaoh.orgEarlyReading FirstThe goal of “Early Reading First” isto build early childhood educationcenters of excellence that can serve asexamples of effective early literacyprograms throughout the nation.Children are provided enhanced literacy and earlyreading skills laying a solid foundation to launcha successful educational career as they enterkindergarten. Children living in an eligiblecommunity who are 3 to 5 years of age and not yetready for kindergarten may enroll in one of our SchoolReadiness programs.The program includes:■ Research-based early literacy activities andcurricula integrated throughout the school day■ Quality classroom materials creating language andprint rich environments■ Parent support activities■ Literacy mentors in each classroom■ Professional development for teachers throughcredit-bearing coursesProgram Goals■ Improve children’s oral language, phonologicalawareness, knowledge of concepts about print, and alphabetknowledge skills■ Increase teachers’ knowledge and implementationof early literacy development and practices■ Create language and literacy-rich classroomenvironments that support children’s language andliteracy development■ Enhance linkages and collaborations with schoolsand libraries to ensure children’s’ successful transitioninto kindergarten.Catholic CharitiesProviding Help & Creating Hope, ServingPeople of all Faiths in102 Communities since 1920839-841 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105-28011-888-405-1183www.ccaoh.orgCC15 • Help&Hope • Summer 2008 • Catholic Charities


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