September 2019
From the Director

This year Catholic Charities is celebrating our 100th year anniversary of service and ministry in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I am proud of the wonderful service Catholic Charities has provided for those in need. Each one of our programs provides a respectful atmosphere to those who come in our doors and Catholic Charities Bloomington and Becky's Place are no exception.

As the executive director, I am challenged daily with finding funding, staff and volunteers to help in our mission. I am reminded, through our church teachings and Holy Scripture, to rely on God's grace and abundance. I reflect yet again on the story of the loaves and fishes in Mark 6 and thought about how often I feel like one of the disciples. Imagine being one of the disciplines and all you have to feed thousands of hungry people is five measly loaves of bread and two fish!

Like the disciples, we might have been inclined to say, "Let them take care of their own needs; we don't have enough resources." But that is not what Jesus asks us to do. Jesus prayed with the right intention - to do his Father's work to care for his vulnerable brothers and sisters in need.

Let's encourage one another to Be The Light of God's love through all our ministries of charity. Let's pray and act to support those who are in need in our communities. You are the reason that people in our communities can get the help and support they need. You make a difference!

David J. Bethuram
Executive Director
Secretariat for Catholic Charities
Teen Rises Above Depression and Anxiety

14-year-old Susan was referred to Catholic Charities by Riley Physicians because of depression and anxiety. She found it hard to function due to feelings of sadness, hopelessness and low self-esteem. She was struggling to find ways to cope with these overwhelming emotions and had turned to self-harm. Through therapy at CCB, Susan was able to learn different coping skills for her depression and anxiety. She could comfortably share with her therapist, something she had not experienced from other adults in her life. She did intensive work on improving her self-esteem through cognitive-behavioral techniques and positive affirmations. A year later, Susan can regulate her emotions in healthy ways. She can better understand her emotions and has a wide range of coping skills for when challenges arise. She continues to work on maintaining a healthy self-esteem and sense of self-worth.

Click here to learn more about the 
types of therapy offered at Catholic Charities Bloomington.
Overcoming Grief and Drugs at Becky's Place

Mary came to Becky's Place at 65 years old after a very difficult period in her life. Two close family members had recently committed suicide and she was struggling with grief. She then turned to drugs to cope with the loses she had experienced. Mary came to Becky's Place with no home, family or energy to overcome the challenges in her life. Thanks to the dedicated staff at Becky's Place, Mary slowly started to get back on her feet. Becky's Place assisted her with getting Social Security benefits and working toward finding a place to live. Recently, Mary moved into her own apartment and is looking forward to continuing the life she had once thought lost. She thought she was down and out but thanks to the help of Becky's Place, she was able to over the challenges in her life and start anew.

Click here to lean more about the work of Becky's Place.
Grants Awarded

Emergency Solutions Federal Grant (ESG)  awarded $48,890 from HUD to Becky's Place to prevent women and children from becoming homeless and to provide essential services to residents. For more information on how HUD provides help to the homeless, visit 
Sophia Travis Community Grant  awarded $1,300 to our counseling program for psychological testing expansion and screening supplies.
Becky's Place Participating in "Quotes for Good"

For the month of October, stop by or call State Farm Agent Judy Macy's office to get a FREE insurance quote and mention Becky's Place. In turn, they will donate $10 to Becky's Place! No purchase necessary. Be sure to share with your friends. Judy Macy, State Farm is located at 2359 16th St, Bedford, 47421 and can be reached at 812-275-3811.
Catholic Charities 100th Anniversary Mass and Dinner

The Secretariat of Catholic Charities will be hosting "100 Years of Providing Help, Creating Hope, for All" liturgy and dinner with Archbishop Thompson on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. This event is an opportunity to celebrate a century of impact across Central & Southern Indiana and ensure the continued work for the poor and vulnerable.
The evening will begin with mass at 5:30 pm at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. A reception and dinner will begin at 6:30 pm at the Catholic Center (1400 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, 46202) . Sr. Donna Markham, OP, PhD, president of Catholic Charities USA, will be joining us and speaking during the program. More information about purchasing tickets can be found here.
Save the Dates!

Catholic  Charities Bloomington Skating Party

Date:  Saturday, September 21st
Location:  Western Skateland
Time:  9:00pm- 11:30pm
Details:  Join us for skating, fun, music by DJ Old Dirty Bryce, a photobooth, and food by BBQ Soul. $6 entry and $2 skate rental. Proceeds benefit the Catholic Charities Bloomington Mental Health Scholarship Fund
100 Years of Providing Help, Creating Hope, for All

Date:  Wednesday, November 20th       
Location : Catholic Center
Time : Mass: 5:30pm    Reception: 6:30pm
Details Liturgy at the Cathedral and ticketed dinner reception with Archbishop Thompson. More information and tickets can be found here.

Becky's Place Run for Hope 5k and Family Fun Walk

Date:  Thursday, November 28th            
Location : Downtown Bedford - Harp Commons
Time : 9:30am
Details Each step you take will impact the well-being of women & children in need. All participants receive a medal & trophies go to first male and female 5K finishers. More information and registration can be found here.
Join Our Mission

To sponsor the Run for Hope 
please contact Jenny Morgan at 812-675-6349.

Help Catholic Charities by shopping for groceries at no extra cost to you!  
  1. Register your Kroger Plus Card at (if you do not have one, they are available at the Customer Service desk at any Kroger)
  2. Click on 'Sign In' or 'Create an Account'
  3. Search for 'Catholic Charities Bloomington' or enter CL196
  4. Click 'enroll'.
Help Catholic Charities every time you shop!

Catholic Charities
803 N. Monroe Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

Becky's Place
1108 5th Street
Bedford, IN 

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