Your 2018 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal Resources are Here!

At Catholic Charities, our work is to create hope and provide help for all people living in Oregon. Your support benefits the following agencies through this appeal:

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  • Love feels like a child being a part of a team for the first time. When you donate to Catholic Charities 2018 Annual Appeal, you support children through amazing organizations like Catholic Youth Organization/Camp Howard and Catholic Charities. Give today!
  • Love feels like helping a neighbor in need. When you donate to Catholic Charities 2018 Annual Appeal, you help support over 10,000 of your Oregonian neighbors. Help someone in need & Give today:
  • Love feels like finding a warm, safe place to live. The Catholic Charities of Oregon support many people in need of housing, financial, and emotional support. Support your neighbor in need and give today.
  • Love feels like reuniting with family after a long road to safety. When you support the Catholic Charities of Oregon, you help refugee families reunited after a long road to safety and people at risk fighting to stay with their family. Help a family in need & give today.

Behind every person served each year by these incredible organizations, there is a compelling story of hope. Journey with us through their stories of finding home, companionship, and restoration in times of need. 

Debbie's Story, Catholic Charities (Portland)

Peter, Caritas Housing

Debbie Haskett rocks back and forth in a microsuede armchair, glancing out the balcony window at passing traffic from her new one-bedroom apartment in St. Johns. After four years of living on the streets, she finally has a place to call home. 

Haskett was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the youngest of four children. After losing her mother to cancer in her early 20s, she met her husband, Leslie Haskett, and moved to a small town in Indiana where they raised their two boys. 

She worked for 10 years in a hotel but had to leave the position to care for her husband when he, too, was diagnosed with cancer. He died in 2009. 

“It was a good marriage,” said Haskett. “The kids had a great relationship with their dad.”…

Read the rest of Debbie’s story here (feat. in Catholic Sentinel). 

Songolo Family, CYO

Funds from the annual CYO Champions of Faith dinner made it possible for the Songolo twins to get CYO track and field and Camp Howard scholarships. “Our family survived so much specifically (The Songolo family were refugees sponsored by Catholic Charities), my children did and now Asukulu and M’Munga would like to be given the chance to run track and field, subsequently being able to achieve their running dreams,” Eca-etabo wrote in an appeal to CYO. He asked CYO to help with scholarships so the big family could afford to let their boys compete as runners. Asukulu and M’Munga are more than athletes. They placed high in the annual speech contest at Valley Catholic School and take part in Mass. M’Munga is part of the Multnomah Youth Commission, a regional leadership group.

The Songolo twins are now freshmen at Central Catholic High School. For the whole story, click here.


Jewell, Catholic Charities (Portland)

Peter Za, a senior at Cleveland High School in Southeast Portland, seems to have a permanent smile on his face. Embracing a role model status in his community, he laughed as two young residents nervously ran up to him and then around the lobby of his home at Catholic Charities’ Kateri Park, a film crew from Sallie Mae buzzing about nearby…

Read the rest of Peter’s story here (feat. in Catholic Sentinel). 

Piering Family, CYO

Over 1,500 volunteers support Catholic Youth Organization and Camp Howard each year! Stephanie Piering is one of the all-star volunteers and she and her family will be featured in the main video at our October 9, 2018 Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner. Jeff and Stephanie Piering and their daughter, Ivy, are active members of Portland’s St. Rose parish, school and CYO club. Stephanie was baptized at the St. Rose Easter Vigil this year. When her parish established a CYO swim team, Stephanie signed on as coach. “We say a prayer before and after every practice,” she said. “I am so inspired by the CYO kids.”

This year Ivy will get to experience Camp Howard for the first time as a result of a partial camp scholarship. Sister Krista von Borstel, executive director of CYO/Camp Howard, is thrilled that the organization can fund the requested partial camp scholarship for the Piering family. “Our scholarship program enables people from all walks of life, including people who are sacrificing to send their children to Catholic schools, to participate in CYO Sports and Camp Howard. We want all of our children to enjoy and learn valuable life skills from our programs. I am so grateful to our Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner donors and all of our supporters who fund our life-changing scholarships,” Sister Krista said.