Refugee and Immigration Success Story
When a refugee family or individual arrives in the United States, the refugee resettlement multilingual staff and volunteers assist in getting them settled in their new home. They are provided safe, affordable housing and assisted with medical, welfare, and Social Security appointments. The staff also provides community and cultural orientation, ESL, GED tutoring, job readiness courses, certification in specific areas of employment and a robust employment placement program. These services are provided to make the transition to a new life in the United States as seamless as possible.

After several months with no new refugee arrivals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities welcomed a new family from Burma in September! Services were provided remotely while the family was in quarantine. Staff collaborated with Perry Township Schools to successfully enroll the daughter in kindergarten and provided a uniform and school supplies. She was excited to begin school in America!

This family was provided with a Chromebook through the Refugee Resettlement program to help with things like English classes, Cultural Orientation and Employment Training. Staff assisted the family in getting internet services set up so they could connect to all these wonderful opportunities. The staff assisted the parents in finding warehouse jobs and they started working in December. They are thankful for all they have been able to do from their home and are grateful for their new life in Indianapolis!
Join us in Prayer
We are saddened to share the passing of Amy Sczesny, director of A Caring Place Adult Day Services. She was a wonderful person who cared for the participants of A Caring Place with dignity and compassion. She will be missed by in the Catholic Charities family. Please keep Amy and her family in your prayers. 

To make a donation in Amy’s memory click here.
Program Updates
The end of the year was a busy time for Catholic Charities Indianapolis. The Christmas Store served over 800 families in 5 weeks. Holy Family Shelter served 34 homeless families this holiday season, including over 70 homeless children. We look forward to a great 2021 as we continue to provide help and create hope for those in need in our community. 
St. Elizabeth|Coleman Virtual Event Recap
On November 12th, St. Elizabeth|Coleman held the first Giving Birth to Hope virtual fundraiser. Guests tuned in to hear an adoptive family and a long-time supporter share their connection with St. Elizabeth|Coleman. Director of Pregnancy and Adoption Services Renee Hummel shared an update on the state of the program and how we have adapted to serve clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to a generous matching gift from sponsor PFM Automotive this event raised almost $24,000. Click here to watch the video.
Upcoming Events
Caregiver Support Groups
Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 4:15 - 5:30pm
Details: Registration required. Contact Monica at or 317-261-3378. If you are not able to attend, feel free to call for caregiver information. 
Archdiocese of Indianapolis Legacy Gala
Date: Friday, April 16th, 2021 
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Virtual
Details: The first annual Archdiocese of Indianapolis Legacy Gala benefitting Catholic Charities, Catholic Schools and Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary. For more information or to sponsor this event click here.
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