Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Early response brightens prospects for Charities’ Christmas Collection

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 18, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

“Light the Way” is the theme for the 2003 Christmas Collection, launched Dec. 1 by Catholic Charities in the Spokane Diocese. The goal has been set at $675,000.

As of Dec. 12, $126,722.25 has been contributed by 1,235 donors.

A special collection is taken at the Christmas Masses in the diocese. The collection also receives strong support from individuals and businesses throughout the community.

Each dollar of the hoped-for goal will help “light the way” for Catholic Charities’ 11 agencies to continue serving the people of Eastern Washington.

Last year some 43,000 people of all ages and backgrounds were assisted with a variety of services. Homeless men, young mothers with children, senior citizens and the developmentally disabled can all benefit from the ministry of Catholic Charities.

• St. Margaret Shelter assists homeless women with children to get their lives back on track.

• The elderly and disabled are able to live in their own homes, thanks to Volunteer Chore, which provides volunteers to clean their houses or help them shop.

• Bernadette Place provides warm, cozy apartments for developmentally disabled women.

• Retirement apartment complexes throughout the diocese provide older adults with secure and comfortable housing.

• The House of Charity provides a place for homeless men to sleep in the winter, assists them in obtaining housing, and provides other opportunities and services for the “street people” of Spokane.

Services include counseling, immigration assistance, emergency help and senior nutrition, available to all persons in need, regardless of religious affiliation.

Catholic Charities has several special priorities in 2004: completion of a farm-worker housing complex in Othello to accommodate 26 families, completion of the new St. Anne Children and Family Center, which will provide child care for up to 200 children; housing and basic services for men through the House of Charity; enhancement of the emergency assistance network; recruitment of and training for additional volunteers.

Donations can be made at Christmas Masses Dec. 24 and 25. Donations also can be mailed to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane, WA 99210-1453, or brought directly to the Catholic Charities offices on the first floor of the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1023 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

For more information, call (509) 358-4250.

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