Quarterly Newsletter 2023

Message from our CEO

Dear Catholic Charities Supporters

We find ourselves right in the middle of our 2023 Lenten Journey. Lent provides a time to reflect on how we are living our gospel calling. This season also gives rise to action—almsgiving, fasting and penitence. At Catholic Charities we have fully embraced the opportunities that Lent affords us. Gathering as a staff for a Lenten retreat, expertly led by Rev. Melvin Shorter, C.P., Retreat - Master at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Retreat Center, we were challenged to recognize when we are the hands of Christ and when we need to recognize Christ in others. As staff and delegates assembled for Catholic Days at the Capital last week, we were reminded that when the world overlooks the poor and the vulnerable it is we who must see in them the guiding light of Christ.

It is by no coincidence that we hear these messages at a time when we are more inclined to give to such initiatives as Operation Rice Bowl, or the Long Sleeve Shirt Drive.

Each day at Catholic Charities our interactions with those we serve provide for us a greater understanding of humility, of perseverance, of kindness, and of strength of spirit. It is these interactions that help us truly understand and appreciate that through His Son, God became poor for us. To be sure, there are days when it isn’t easy. We struggle with having the resources available to meet needs. We get bogged down in our processes and can forget the importance of just listening and being present. It is often at those times when we become buoyed by your prayers and your support! In countless ways, you are the means by which we respond to individuals who turn to us for assistance, and help us fully embrace our Lenten calling.

I hope the coming days are grace-filled and that you and yours know fully the blessings of the miracle that is Easter. 

Ellen T. Wayne, Ed.D.

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Upcoming Events

Interfaith Health and Wellness Annual Awards Luncheon

Thursday, March 23, 2023

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

National Croquet Center

Please join Catholic Charities Interfaith Health & Wellness Ministry, for our annual Awards Luncheon to support services to those in need, including presentation of the Faith Community Nurse, St. Mother Teresa, and Pope Francis Leadership Awards.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $125 per person.

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17th Annual Bernard & Betty Egan Memorial Golf Classic

Friday, June 2, 2023

12:00 pm

Grand Harbor Golf and Beach Club

4985 Club Terrace, Vero Beach

Join the Samaritan Center Advisory Committee for a golf outing that helps to change the lives of homeless families in Indian River County.

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40th Annual Caritas Dei Bishops Gala

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Breakers Palm Beach

Save the Date! Enjoy a memorable night of fellowship and fun, a gourmet dinner and cocktail hour, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and other surprises.

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Program & Ministry News

Operation Love Your Neighbor at Samaritan Center

The Samaritan Center is appreciative of the OLYN team who worked hard on Saturday, February 11th. The team organized the supply shed and bike shed, pressure washed the sidewalks, re-distributed mulch in the playground, among other tasks.


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SNAP Enrollment Assistance

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce a $13,000 grant award through Catholic Charities USA - from the Walmart Foundation. The grant enables our Hunger Homeless Outreach Program to enroll people in need to the federal SNAP program - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


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Immigration Legal Recent Victory

A 46 year old Mexican victim of domestic violence recently received her green card with the assistance of our Immigration team. One more happy customer. Pictured here with the team.

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Partner & Donor Shout Outs

Palm Healthcare Foundation

Palm Healthcare Foundation supports ANA Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation project through a $15,000 grant award.

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Staff Lenten Retreat at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center

On February 2, Catholic Charities staff came together at Our Lady of Florida Passionists Spiritual Center for our annual Lenten Retreat. It was a wonderful day to pause, pray and to recommit to being people of mercy, compassion, and love.

Thank you to Our Lady of Florida for sponsoring us and for the staff team who organized the day.

Catholic Charities USA Helping Hurricane Ian Victims

We are pleased to partner with Catholic Charities USA, through their $25,000 gift, to help local and Florida East coast victims of Hurricane Ian.

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Schlitt Insurance Services

Schlitt Insurance Services (Vero Beach) charity of the quarter is Catholic Charities' Samaritan Center. For every referral you send through March 31st, they will donate $10 to the Samaritan Center. Please help us help them reach their goal of $1,000 to benefit homeless families in Indian River County. Thank you so much!

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Ways to Get Involved

Join our Team

Catholic Charities is currently recruiting for various positions, such as an Anti-Human Trafficking Case Manager, Bookkeeper, Refugee Case Manager, and Licensed Therapist. Join us in fulfilling our mission to serve people in need and create hope in all stages of life.

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AmeriCorp Volunteer Assistant

Catholic Charities is currently recruiting for an AmeriCorp Volunteer Assistant. Benefits include a living allowance, nonprofit experience, health insurance, deferred student loans, and a childcare allowance. Contact Vicky Mongrut for more information.

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