CCDBR honors Volunteer Adam McLemore

In January, Catholic Charities Volunteer Adam McLemore began teaching English as a Second Language classes twice a week.  His students are refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Cuba, Colombia and Sudan.   

“We laugh a lot, but you can tell they are serious about improving their English to improve their lives,” said Adam. “The students eagerly come to class with a zest that is simply contagious.”

“Although I give time volunteering, I leave class with their enthusiasm and seem to have more time than I did before,” he continued. “If you’d like to volunteer with Catholic Charities, I encourage you to help these new arrivals achieve their American dream,”   

We are so thankful Adam’s continuous hard work and dedication to helping ease the transition for our refugees. 

We need more Adams! Contact us to find out more or call 225-336-8700 ext. 404. 

 

CCDBR offers 50th Anniversary Conference on Adoption

Portrait of Jane Cravens

Baton Rouge, LA--To celebrate Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge’s (CCDBR) 50th Anniversary, its Maternity & Adoption Department will present "A Holistic Approach to the Adoption Journey" on Tuesday, May 6, with prominent adoption expert Janie Cravens, LCSW, as keynote speaker.

“Adoption was the first service provided by the agency back in 1964,” said Stephanie Sterling, department director of CCDBR’s adoption program, “so it seemed only fitting that we offer this conference to the community as one of the activities to commemorate our anniversary.”

This seminar will offer invaluable insight for all touched by adoption - adopted people, adoptive families, prospective adoptive families, and birth parents.  Specialized learning about the complexities involved in adoption practice will be particularly beneficial for social workers, counselors, child welfare workers, attorneys, and judges. The conference qualifies for 2.5 hours of General Social Work CEUs. 

The conference will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at Southeastern Louisiana University Baton Rouge Center - School of Nursing, 4849 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at www.adoptbatonrouge.com or by calling 225-336-8708. 

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Catholic Charities celebrates The Hoormans during Volunteer Appreciation Month

Mike and Vicki Hoorman visit with a girl and her fatherSince 2007, Catholic Charities volunteers Mike and Vicki Hoormann have lovingly welcomed 20 newborns into their home, providing temporary care as they await their permanent adoptive homes. Despite many sleepless nights, Vicki and Mike believe being a boarding care family is their ministerial calling, especially since they can serve together as a couple. 

Not only do they build strong bonds with the babies, but they also welcome the new parents into their hearts, their homes, and their lives. They serve as a bridge connecting parents to the priceless details of their babies first few days in the world.

We are most grateful to Vicki and Mike for their years of service, sleepless nights and selfless love given to infants in need. 

Find out how you can volunteer at Catholic Charities, click here to send an email. 

Safe Families provides a haven for families in crisis

Published in The Catholic Commentator on April 4, 2014

By Richard Meek

Pinwheel garden at Catholic Life Center

As dawn’s first light heralded the arrival of Christmas morning, one needy Baton Rouge family awoke to holiday trappings normally reserved for the more fortunate.

Under the tree toys, a winter coat and even the dazzle of a shiny new bike awaited the 3-year-old boy. But the parents were not forgotten, either, also being able to experience the childlike thrill of ripping into Christmas presents.

Later that day, the family enjoyed a holiday dinner replete with ham and all of the trimmings.

“It was emotional, probably one of the best Christmases I've ever had,” said the mother, 36, who asked not to be identified. “I’ll never forget it.”

The family’s idyllic Christmas was made possible by Safe Families for Children, a national program launched locally by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge two years ago. Multi-faceted by design, the program offers a safety net for families in crisis.

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Operation Rice Bowl

Give to Operation Rice Bowl during Lent

During the season of Lent, we are called to prayer, fasting, and alms giving.  Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl can help your family bring these spiritual practices to life, while responding to the needs of those who are hungry in our own community and around the world.
 
By responding to the simple, yet powerful Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving through CRS’ Operation Rice Bowl, faithful families in our diocese are making a positive difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters who are most in need.  This truly is a faithful response to Jesus’ teaching that “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” 

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