Doesn't it feel like yesterday we were looking forward to warm and long summer days? Time is flying by this year! As fall quickly approaches, here's our most recent news to share with you all!
OFFICE HIGHLIGHT: RACINE AREA OFFICE
At our Racine office, our staff provides bilingual Behavioral Health services and Outreach and Case Management. Jose also provides Behavioral Health services at St. Mark's Parish in Kenosha.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: REFUGEE + IMMIGRATION SERVICES
Refugee and Immigration Services is wrapping up the first phase of their website project. They feature a page for every legal process they help their clients with, for example, applying for citizenship or a green card. They have written over thirty pages so far, and have created Spanish translations for each page. With only a handful of pages left to write, the goal is to launch the site in the beginning of October. Afterwards, they will continue to optimize the functionality of the site as well as create new content to be featured on the site, such as videos and blog posts. They are excited to offer the site as a resource to their clients, as well as the larger immigrant and refugee community in the state and ideally, across the country.
Meet Anastassia Christensen and TJ Nixon, two Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee volunteering with Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services (RIS) program this year. Anastassia and TJ are learning skills in systems mapping, negotiation, program planning, facilitation, evaluation, conflict transformation, and more.
Anastassia joins the Catholic Charities team as a Refugee Education Initiatives Coordinator for the academic year. Before her graduate studies, she spent time in Jordan and recently completed an AmeriCorps service year with World Relief, a Wisconsin-based refugee resettlement agency. She will be working on a Newcomer Parent Education Program in partnership with a local MPS school, focused on parent-driven goals and helping families better navigate complex American systems. She will also be working on Rohingya women’s education initiatives.
TJ joins Catholic Charities as a Refugee Community Partnerships Coordinator. Prior to graduate school, TJ was working part-time as a project coordinator for African Education Foundation in Togo, West Africa, and full-time as a high school English Teacher at the American International School in the capital of the same country. He will be coordinating volunteer training and matching them with clients in our Be-Friender program. In addition, facilitating the Refugee Community Advisory Board, as well as helping coordinate some Congolese community specific projects.
Claire Reuning, Refugee Integration Specialist, will be out on maternity leave October through the end of the year. Should you have any questions or need to connect with someone regarding refugee services, please contact Anastassia Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADOPTION PICNIC HIGHLIGHT
This summer, we had our annual Adoption Picnic held at St. John the Evangelist in Greenfield. On what was probably one of the hottest days of summer, we still had families come out for some food, games, and fun times as the children got to play together! Enjoy some photos of some really cute kids!
GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY EVENT
In September, we hosted the 2019 Good Samaritan Society Celebration at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. It was a lovely evening where our Good Samaritan Society members (donors who give $1,000+ per year) were able to meet with our staff, volunteers, and two members of a family we serve in our Refugee Integration program! Thank you to all who attended and were part of this memorable night!