February 2019 News from Catholic Charities
Congratulations are in order! We wanted to share with you the five Catholic parishes who will be recognized at the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) Annual Celebration April 27 at Petruzzello's in Troy. The following parishes will be presented with our "Time, Talent, and Treasure" awards:

Christ Our Light Parish in Troy
St. Anthony Parish in Temperance
St. Christopher Parish in Marysville
St. Kenneth Parish in Plymouth
St. Lawrence Parish in Utica

Congratulations to all!

Come learn what these wonderful parishes are doing to support the ministries of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. To attend our Annual Celebration event, contact Farrah Shammas at 586-267-0212 or shammasf@ccsem.org .
New Project Hope Office Opens

Our newest Project Hope location opened last month to serve expecting mothers at our CCSEM office in Pontiac. Since beginning service, the new location has already served more than 10 expecting mothers, providing support and resources, infant care items, and more. To learn more about this ministry, go to the Project Hope page of our website here.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Families/parishes express gratitude for Christmas help

Because of the many generous donations to our Saint Joseph Perpetual Help Fund during Christmas 2018, Catholic Charities was able to raise more than $36,000 to purchase gift cards to help 200 families. We wanted to share with you some of the kind words we received from those families, as well as the parishes and Saint Vincent de Paul councils who nominated the families. Click here to read more.
Clinton Township Adds
Play Therapy Room

The Mental Health Counseling ministry at our CCSEM Clinton Township office is experiencing significant growth in the number of child and adolescent clients. To better serve them, CCSEM has furnished a special "Play Therapy" room to begin use this month. " Incorporating play into therapy is critical to treating younger clients," said Doug Chalmers, Manager of Clinical Services in Clinton Township. Through play, children can better communicate what is troubling them. To learn more about all CCSEM counseling services, click here .
CCSEM in the News

Catholic Charities oversees several Student Prevention Leadership Teams (SPLT) in the Monroe area. The teams work to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among their peers. Read more about one of their recent events in the Monroe News here .

(Photo by Caitlin Taylor of the Monroe News )
We love our Volunteers!

Next time you are driving in the Auburn Hills or Roseville areas, keep an eye out for new billboards thanking participants in our Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The billboards will be visible for four weeks beginning February 11. In Auburn Hills, look for the billboard on I-75, south of the Joslyn Road exit. In Roseville, look for the billboard on Groesbeck Highway, south of 13 Mile Road. To learn more about our RSVP program, click here.
Supporting CCSEM
Holy Family Regional School Donates to Help
Hispanic & Newcomer Outreach Child Care Program

Did you know our Hispanic & Newcomer Outreach (HNO) Program offers
child care? Many of our clients, especially young mothers, need this help when taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, or to participate in any of our other programs to help them find employment and become self-sufficient. “We provide child care in a very positive, caring environment,” said Maria Etienne, Assistant Director for Hispanic & Newcomer Outreach. She said one of Catholic Charities’ ESL coordinators has been so impressed with the HNO child care program that she recommended it as a possible recipient of donations from the Catholic school her child attends. The school, Holy Family Regional School in Rochester, raised more than $800 for the HNO program through a fundraising event. Every Friday, students receive the privilege of a “dress down” day if they donate $1.00 to the charitable cause of the week. 
Thank you Holy Family for your generous donation! 
Upcoming Events at CCSEM

Mark your calendars for the following Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan events coming soon:

Sunday, February 10 - The 2019 Mass for the World Day of the Sick will take place at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Read more details here.

Monday, February 11 - Middle school students are invited to sign up for our Peer Connection Social Skills Group meetings taking place on Mondays (through the end of February) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at our CCSEM Waterford office. Learn more here.

Wednesday, February 13 - Come learn more about what it takes to become a Foster Parent, and how to encourage someone to seek Mental Health Counseling at our Parish Engagement event at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Download the flyer with registration details here.

Saturday, February 23 - Getting married for the second time? Then our Remarriage Workshop in Royal Oak is for you! Learn the communication skills needed to make your relationship the best it can be. Find out more, including additional 2019 workshop dates, here.

Thursday, March 28 - Parish Nurses, save the date for our annual retreat at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills. Click here to learn more.

Saturday, April 27 - Plan to attend our gala event of the year, the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan Annual Celebration at Petruzzellos in Troy. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Farrah Shammas at 586-267-0212 or shammasf@ccsem.org.
Proud Supporters of Catholic Charities
855.88.CCSEM (22736)
15945 Canal Road,
Clinton Township, MI 48038