Quarterly Newsletter October - December 2023

Message from our CEO

Dear Friends,


As we approach the season of thankfulness, I want to express gratitude for each of you and the many ways you help further the work of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. Each day, I am reminded of the blessings we have as an organization. From community partners who expertly lend their efforts to help improve the lives of those we serve, to those who contribute financially to our efforts, individuals, foundations, public and private funders and more—our reach and our impact is significant because of you! 


Our agency is blessed by a dedicated team of employees, who bring compassion, empathy, professionalism and a willing attitude to their positions. Their efforts are complimented by

dedicated volunteers who show up each and every day, ready to make a difference. Our volunteers contribute a host of skills and abilities, and whether they are serving on committees behind the scenes or working directly with our clients, they are always willing to go the extra mile further our mission. 


We are thankful for our clients. They trust our agency with their stories, and with each interaction we are left in awe of the humility, the determination, and the perseverance they demonstrate through each challenge they face. It truly is our honor and privilege to work with them and to recognize the successes they achieve as they overcome the challenges that have come their way.


These are challenging times. Tensions are high in our communities and across the world, causing fear and uncertainty, and creating feelings of hopelessness. It is my hope that as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we do so with a spirit of gratefulness. Let’s recognize opportunities to focus on our blessings and appreciate all that we have to be thankful for. And then, let’s in turn strive to be a blessing for others through kind words and deeds. 

Ellen T. Wayne, Ed.D.

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Upcoming Events

Program & Ministry News

What is the Luncheon's 4 Life?

Luncheons 4 Life ("L4L") brings together life-affirming organizations such as pregnancy care centers, crisis maternity homes, adoption and foster care agencies, sidewalk advocacy teams and and caring individuals witnessing for pro-life and networking to further the cause.

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Prison Ministry in Action 2023

Seminarians from the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary will be ministering to inmates at several local correctional facilities in our diocese.

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Celebrating a Victory: Immigration Legal Services

A 40-year-old Guatemalan Woman and her 22-Year-Old Daughter, represented by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach's Immigration Legal Services Program, obtained their green cards on September 28, 2023.

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Respect Life Ministry Important Announcement

Decline to sign petition for dangerous pro-abortion amendment in Florida.

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Partner & Donor Shout Outs

Town of Palm Beach United Way

Thanks to the support of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, Catholic Charities was able to expand its refugee services to hire a Ukrainian-Russian speaking case manager to specifically assist Ukrainian Refugees.

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Florida Attorney General's Office/Victim of Crime Act

Our Bakhita Empowerment Program receives funding from the Florida Attorney General's Office, through the Victim of Crime Act.

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Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime

Catholic Charities is pleased to announce our continued partnership with the Office of Victims of Crime with the award of a new grant shared with PBSO to fund the Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2017, for another 3 years.  

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Indian River County Hospital District

The Indian River County Hospital District approved continued support in providing mental health services to the residents of our Samaritan Center at their September 22 Commission meeting.

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National Council of Jewish Women

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc. is thankful for our long term partnership with the Palm Beach chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in providing needed assistance to local victims of human trafficking.  

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Port St. Lucie Business Women

Catholic Charities is thrilled to partner with the Port St. Lucie Business Women in support of our Birthline/Lifeline pregnancy care center in Ft. Pierce.  

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Leo & Peggy Pierce Family Foundation

The Leo and Peggy Pierce Foundation awarded Catholic Charities a $10,000 grant in October 2023 in support of food provision for the Samaritan Center, our transitional housing facility in Vero Beach. 

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Walter and Adi Blum Foundation

Catholic Charities is happy to partner with the Walter and Adi Blum Foundation in support of our Immigration Legal Services.

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Ways to Get Involved

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Catholic Charities is currently recruiting for various positions throughout our 5-county diocese.

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