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Aman's Journey to Safety and Stability

Posted By | Raeann Boero

Without Chiles House, Aman would have been living on the streets, battling his PTSD alone and facing the additional trauma of homelessness. Thanks to Chiles House, Aman now has a safe place to heal and has access to counseling right next door at Catholic Charities’ headquarters.

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Catholic Sentinel: New Catholic Charities' Leader: 'A mission given to us by God'

After 8 years of service to Catholic Charities of Oregon (CCO), Deacon Rick Birkel passes the light of leadership onto new Executive Director for CCO, Natalie Wood. After 20 years with Catholic Charities in Houston, Texas, Natalie joins us with a wealth of experience and a deep faith. Natalie will officially assume her new position…

Vancouver SW Washington Business Journal: Movers & Shakers 6/17/22

Congratulations to Molly O’Donnell, Executive Director for Save First Financial Wellness,  for her appointment to the Board of Directors of Lighthouse Financial Foundation. Lighthouse Financial Foundation provides financial services, counseling, and training to underserved populations in our community. With Molly’s expertise and passion for helping families and individuals become financially stable, she is the perfect…

Affordable Housing Finance: Oregon Developers Seek to House Zomi Refugees

Catholic Charities of Oregon, along with other partners, will be providing referrals and services for a new housing project called, “The Lawrence”. This affordable housing project is being developed by Home First Development and Green Light Development, whose primary focus is to serve the Zomi community. Construction for The Lawrence is expected to be completed…

Catholic Sentinel: Volunteers amplify ministry

Catholic Charities of Oregon would not be able to serve our mission without our robust community of compassionate volunteers. We are so grateful for individuals who have a heart for this work and give of their time and talent to support our clients and staff. Many challenges in volunteer coordination have presented themselves during the…

Catholic Sentinel: Helping workers get from budget crisis to financial security

Save First Financial Wellness, a program of Catholic Charities, supports individuals facing financial instability. Through working with our financial coaches, participating in RentWell classes, credit support, and many other services, Save First helps individuals manage their money and build financial security. Read the article: https://catholicsentinel.org/Content/News/Local/Article/Helping-workers-get-from-budget-crisis-to-financial-security-/2/35/45270

Catholic Sentinel: Reflecting on 15 years of the Housing Transitions Program

In December 2021, Catholic Charities’ Housing Transitions Program (HTP) celebrated 15 years! HTP has been a place of stability and community for so many of our unhoused neighbors. Learn about HTP’s services, the women served, and the inspirational stories of the HTP community. Read the article: https://catholicsentinel.org/Content/News/Local/Article/Reflecting-on-15-years-of-the-Housing-Transitions-Program/2/35/45259

Catholic Sentinel: The journey of Germaine's Kitchen and Café

Dive into the journey of Germaine’s Kitchen and Café! Learn how the idea first came to Catholic Charities of Oregon and how it has blossomed into an innovative enterprise. Read the article: https://catholicsentinel.org/Content/News/Local/Article/The-journey-of-Germaine-s-Kitchen-and-Caf-/2/35/45253

Catholic Sentinel: Charity, unity and synodality

Deacon Rick Birkel addresses the value of charity in the life of the church and society. “Charity is the gift God gives to his people to heal the broken Body of Christ.” To read the full article: https://catholicsentinel.org/MobileContent/Viewpoints/Viewpoints/Article/Charity-unity-and-synodality/3/383/45239

Catholic Sentinel: Geared to help in disasters

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Catholic Sentinel: 'A Place to Heal'

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Catholic Sentinel: Welcome Afghan refugees

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