CATHOLIC CHARITIES 2020 Winter newsletter

Happy 2020! Can you believe that another year has come and gone? We are sharing some highlights from the end of 2019, and an encouraging message from Fr. Dave with a positive mindset for 2020.


From left to right: Silvia Avina-Reyes, Taylor Bufton, Raquel Medrano, Lucy Angulo, and Dr. Sebastian (Not pictured: Clarita Wesley)

At our Sheboygan office, our staff above provides Behavioral Health Services and Outreach and Case Management. Our staff also serves the Fond du Lac area three days a week.

Did you know? Our Sheboygan Office opened in 1967, with the intent of providing counseling and welfare services the city and county.
A newspaper article published on the day the Sheboygan office was opened!


Our Outreach and Case Management team has been busy this holiday season. We have partnered with many parishes and schools in the area for their holiday drives, where individuals from the community have donated personal hygiene products, winter clothing, and toys for children. We are blown away by the generosity of our community as we come together this holiday season. Here are a few photos!

Pathway High students who put on a holiday toy drive for Catholic Charities.
Volunteers from US Bank who helped organize donations this holiday season!
Just some of the items donated to us!

Here are some of the organizations that partnered with us:

- St. Matthias

- St. James (Franklin)

- St. James (Menomonee Falls)

- Christ King

- St. Luke's (Greenfield)

- Queen of Apostles

- St. Monica

- St. Paul of Genese

- St. Theresa of Eagle

- Pathways High School

- Dollar Tree Donation through Operation Home Front

We would like to give a special thank you to Bob Kaisler and Sue Howland, who were key helpers regarding gift pickup. Along with Sarah Klobuchar and Payton Metz, who helped with unpacking and gift sorting at MAO.



The In-Home Support and Hoarding Intervention & Treatment teams have been busy the past few months! While serving clients, the team has been doing outreach events to speak to the public and educate them on the needs of the population they primarily serve. In October, Garrett and Carla spoke on Hoarding with the West Allis Fire Department's Mobile Integrated Unit. In November, Garrett and Elizabeth spoke on Hoarding with staff and interns at the Bread of Healing clinic. Garrett and Carla also spoke on Hoarding with the Waukesha Aging and Disability Resource Center's team, who handles cases of abuse and neglect for seniors and disabled adults.

Joanne Eckman, Home Maker

In February, Home Maker Joanne Eckman will have been with us for 13 years. Congrats to Joanne on her work anniversary and thank you for the many client's lives you've touched over the past 13 years!

On December 12, the In-Home Support team had an in-service for the in home support staff, where Carla shared information on employee reviews, incident reports and made them tacos.


The holiday season can bring lots of cheer to not only our clients, but our staff as well! Here are some photos from the festivities put on at Catholic Charities!

First row: CAO staff celebrating Christmas, our Ugly Sweater winners, and our 2019 Door Decoration winners! Second row: RAO decorating for Christmas, along with some Christmas bundles for clients.
The Adult Day Center's Christmas Celebration with Santa!


Can anyone guess who is pictured in this photo? Hint: Still a current employee of Catholic Charities!


Happy New Year, Fellow Catholic Charities Colleagues!

At this time of the year, I have always enjoyed watching, hearing and reading about reminders of significant events that have filled a year like 2019! More often than not, I have been amazed at all the good things that have taken place, and then, saddened by others.

Some years, in my life, have been more memorable than others for a variety of reasons. I’ll bet that this has been the case for all of us!

For example, I remember all of the interest and excitement many people had some twenty years ago at this time of the year, as we anticipated the advent of a new year, decade, century and millennium, a year known as 2000 A.D.!

The challenge I have given myself over the years is to find gratitude in my heart, for the good and pleasant moments of each year, and gratitude for the gift of God’s amazing grace and the support of family and friends to deal with the challenging experiences of each year.

As we have brought our 99th year of service to its completion, helping countless numbers of people in need, our mission at Catholic Charities has been faithful to the vision of our founding colleagues to serve those who need us most.

Now, as we begin the journey through the year 2020, we will seek ways to reacquaint ourselves with the founding vision, as well as, some of the highlights in the journey of 100 years of service. There is much to be grateful for!

This year will also allow us to find the time to reflect upon the good that we continue to do at the present moment, and to plan for a good start in the first year and decade of our new century of service.

My message would be incomplete and sadly lacking, if I did not highlight my belief that it has been and continues to be the treasure of a very dedicated staff, committed members of the Board of Trustees and Committees, and many generous donors, etc. in the past and the present, that has been an essential part of the solid foundation on which we have built the legacy of Catholic Charities, 1920—2020!

Special thanks to each and every one of you, who make up our present Staff of Catholic Charities for being the treasured gift you are. Happy New Year!

Father Dave Reith, Vicar for Catholic Charities


Amaidani Boncenor | Immigration Attorney | RIS | December 2019

Amaidani earned her Juris Doctor at the UW Law School of Madison in May of 2017. While attending Fordham University in Bronx, NY, her Undergrad program was Sociology. Prior to joining Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants Amaidani had served as Director of Admissions at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee.

One of her hobbies is watching 90 Day Fiance on TLC. She states that it’s her absolute favorite show and that she’s watched every season, spin-off, and reunion episode. She loves watching people find love thousands of miles away despite cultural differences, religious beliefs, etc.

What she likes best about working for Catholic Charities is her co-workers. Amaidani states: “I love the passion and drive my co-workers have to help others in the community. The positive energy is contagious!”

Eno Meier | Hoarding Home Coach | Milwaukee | December 2019

Eno holds an MBA with an Emphasis in Accounting. She has worked as an Actuarial Analyst for Assurant Health and a Business Development Manager for the Social Development Commission. She has been a stay-at-home mom/Freelance Consultant for the past 10 years. Eno has a love for books, the art of storytelling, and comedy.

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