Catholic Social Service 2014 Annual Report
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

2014 Annual ReportOver the past year, Catholic Social Service staff members have counseled women experiencing unintended pregnancies, supported and educated teen moms who are trying to become good parents, and have prepared couples who have opened their lives and hearts to adopt a child. We have taught individuals and couples how to communicate and nurture healthy relationships that will last a lifetime, and we have counseled individuals and families who are struggling to overcome and heal from addiction. We have worked to make sure that the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and that basic needs are met. In short, we have continued our mission of helping those in need, regardless of their faith. Click here to read more in our 2014 Annual Report.

Pope Francis Speaks

Encourages Members of the Catholic Charities Family

This past week, Debbie Snapp, Executive Director of Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City, participated in the Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) Annual Gathering that was held on October 4-7th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The theme of the gathering was: Setting the Pace: Changing the Course, and it provides an opportunity for Catholic Charities professionals, volunteers, and partners to advance our work, strategize about poverty reduction, and celebrate our shared identity. Speakers included Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J., William Evans, James Sullivan and Dr. Ruby K. Payne, PhD. Helping to set the tone, Pope Francis addressed attendees, and all who are involved in the Catholic Charities mission to provide help and hope for those in need:

An Adoption Love Story
Monday, 06 October 2014 14:31


Ed. Note: Adoption is a wonderful gift. Though sometimes portrayed in negative ways by the media, most experiences of adoption are beautiful love stories—such as the one Jenny* shares below.

My husband Bill and I have been married for six years. Having children and raising a family had always been our expectation. By the time we were married, most of our siblings and friends already had children, so of course we were excited and ready to be parents ourselves. We soon learned, however, that having children of our own might not be so easy.

We made a few trips to multiple cities to be treated by wonderful doctors who have helped so many couples conceive, but everything we tried was unsuccessful. We felt so hopeless at times. Words can't even explain this experience of loss.

Fortunately, our marriage only grew stronger, because we were there for each other and continued to rely on God. This didn't always come easily, but it helped that Bill has a great sense of humor, and we were able to laugh at some of the crazy situations and conversations that come with infertility.

Demasiado Joven

Demasiado Joven is a 5 minute, informative, candid, emotionally hopeful, and uplifting video that explores teen pregnancy in the Latino community, as told by Latino teen parents. Updated with new data in 2013, it shows how teen pregnancy is connected to other social issues. Click here to learn more about how we are working to help Teen Mothers like those who share their stories in the video below.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Esta Soler on Domestic Violence

When Esta Soler lobbied for a bill outlawing domestic violence in 1984, one politician called it the "Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act." "If only I had Twitter then," she mused. This sweeping, optimistic talk charts 30 years of tactics and technologies -- from the Polaroid camera to social media -- that led to a 64% drop in domestic violence in the U.S.

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