January 2019 News from Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) owes a great deal to those who lead us. Our Board of Directors includes a wide range of members -- business leaders, clergy, and representatives from the medical and healthcare community. The CCSEM Board oversees and guides our ministries to be the best they can be. Sometimes they even roll up their sleeves to jump in and help, like our President, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, shown in the photograph above, serving patrons at our All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Please keep our board members in your prayers so they can continue their visionary leadership for CCSEM into 2019. Click here to learn more about them.
CCSEM Hightlights from 2018

When a new year begins, it is good to look back and take stock of the past year. In 2018, CCSEM ministries accomplished a great deal, such as opening our new Saint Joseph Center of Hope crisis intervention center at 222 Colonial Drive in Monroe, Michigan, in November. Annually, our seven ministries serve more than 20,000 persons in the six counties of southeast Michigan. Click here for highlights by county of CCSEM's year.
You Are Invited!
Come learn more about CCSEM's
Foster Care and Mental Health ministries:
Mark Your Calendars for February 13

All are welcome to attend this meeting Feb. 13 at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Join Christian Service Coordinators and other community members to learn about the need for more licensed Foster Care families in Michigan, and how CCSEM can help. Also discussed will be how to combat the stigma of seeking mental health treatment. Please RSVP by Feb. 8. Contact Joyce Hyttinen at hyttinenj@ccsem.org.
CCSEM in the News

Thanks to the efforts of Michigan State Representative Joe Bellino, CCSEM is being awarded a grant for $100,000, to help further our substance abuse counseling ministry. The recent "Michigan Enhancement Grant" was mentioned in a Dec. 21 article in the Detroit Free Press: "Michigan lawmakers approve $1.3 billion in extra spending for 2019" .
Supporting CCSEM Ministries
Mark your calendars for CCSEM's 2019 Annual Celebration gala, our major fundraising event for the year, on April 27 at Petruzzello's in Troy . There are many ways to support our ministries, including becoming an event sponsor. Learn more by downloading a sponsorship form here .
Committee members are also needed to help with planning.
Learn more at the upcoming
Annual Celebration Planning Meeting:
5:00 pm, January 16
Christ Our Light Parish
3077 Glouchester Drive
Troy, Michigan
For more information, contact Farrah Shammas at shammasf@ccsem.org .
Thanks to All Who Helped Families In Need this Christmas

Pictured on the right are employees from Chrysler Corporation who donated items for families in need this 2018 Christmas season at our Hispanic & Newcomer Outreach ministry.

We would like to thank the many people and organizations who donated to help families in need for Christmas 2018 through CCSEM. Our Saint Joseph Perpetual Help Fund was able to raise more than $36,000 to help 200 families this year, and we received donations from several Catholic parishes and organizations to help those served through our Foster Care ministry, our Project Hope pro-life ministry, patrons of our All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, our Hispanic & Newcomer Outreach and more!
Volunteers Still Needed in 2019

Our All Saints Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry is still in need of volunteers for the first six months of 2019. Open dates include: Jan. 24, 30; Feb. 6, 28; April 3, 25; May 29, 30; June 5, 27; and July 25, 31. To volunteer contact Farrah Shammas at shammasf@ccsem.org.
CCSEM Launches Tribute Page

Beginning in this first month of 2019, CCSEM is launching a new page on our website, ccsem.org, to highlight donations made to us in memory of, or in tribute to, someone special. Click here to see current listings.

2019 Calendar Highlights

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