Louisiana Esperanza Project Announcement

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Holy family logo--click to give to the Louisiana Esperanza ProjectTo help sponsored refugee children seeking protection in the United States, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) has established the Louisiana Esperanza Project and received initial pledges of $310,000 over the next four years.

“The children at our border are some of the most vulnerable children on our continent,” said Winifred Reilly, who with her husband Kevin Reilly, Jr. helped kickoff the project with a challenge grant.   “Their parents have the same hopes and dreams as we all have for our own.”  

The project follows a statement by the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops issued earlier this month in which the Bishops urged protection of these vulnerable children and respect for their families.

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Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge’s Kicks for Kids seeks public support to expand program

Agency seeks donations to help kids start school with new shoes.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) announced plans today that it’s expanding its Kicks for Kids program to buy school shoes for more children and asks for community support to students start school on the right foot. The expansion put the program’s budget in the red, and the agency is asking for donations to make up the difference. 

Since 2007, Catholic Charities Kicks for Kids has paired up with area churches, Payless Shoe Source and to collect funds to buy new school shoes for 5,550 children. Most of the families receiving shoe vouchers are current or former clients of Catholic Charities.  However, the agency spokesman says the need is growing every year as CCDBR expands the geographic range and client groups included in the drive. 


Safe in Baton Rouge

Reilly donation to Catholic Charities is saving children from violence and murder

By David Jacobs--a reprint of an article appearing in Baton Rouge Area Foundation's Currents. 

Catholic charities disaster worker hugs childIn a Central American town, a little girl named “Carmen” was raped again and again by members of a drug gang. Not unexpected, she was pregnant at 14. Worried that an even worse fate would befall her, Carmen’s parents sent her to a safe haven; the home of an uncle is better than dangerous streets. They were mistaken, for the uncle only continued the pattern of abuse. 

At 17, Carmen decided to take control of her fate. Packing up her 3-year-old son, she traveled hundreds of miles toward the promise of America. She surrendered to border authorities, and made her way to her mother in the United States. 

The abuse she suffered at home, and the inability of her own government to protect her, makes Carmen a good candidate to become a resident of the U.S., says David Aguillard, the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Read more. Click here to download a copy of the full article appearing in Currents, a publication of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. 

NOTE: With her husband, Kevin Reilly Jr., Winifred Reilly helped kick off the Louisiana Esperanza Project with a pledge of $310,000 over four years. The project will provide legal services in an attempt to protect immigrant children and assure their sanctuary in the U.S. remains documented. Want to join The Reillys and protect the children? Contact us here. 




Help urgently needed for Kicks for Kids School Shoes

Help kids start the school year on the right foot. Your donation of $30 buys one pair of new shoes for a child whose family received services from Catholic Charities. Help us meet our goal of $6,000 by the end of June


Catholic Charities warns against adopting Nepalese Orphans too soon

Adoption experts says adoption not the best crisis response

CRS responds to Nepal earthquakeBaton Rouge, LA— Louisiana’s only accredited provider for both international and domestic adoptions Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) cautions families trying to adopt Nepalese orphans at this time. 

“Just like following the Haitian earthquakes, people see images of children separated from their families on the news and want to help, but protecting the children and reuniting them with their families is the top priority,” said David C. Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director.  “As the immediate crisis recedes, adopting orphaned children may become an option.  But international adoptions take time and professional expertise to safeguard the rights of all involved.”


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