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January 2022 E-news

Saint Pio Foundation Donation
We are grateful to the Saint Pio Foundation for donating spaghetti dinners to those in need in our community. Volunteers joined us to pack the bags with ready to cook dinners.


For more information on the Saint Pio Foundation click here.

 
SAVE THE DATE: March 25,2022 March for Life
ACCESS Pregnancy Services presents March for Life Reunion Event on Friday, March 25th from 4:30 to 7pm. It will be held at Rock n' Bowl and the $12 ticket includes bowling, music, food, drinks, prizes and a special guest speaker. Open to all Pro-Life High School Students. For more information or to join the March Life Krewe as an event leader text or call Natasia Kissinger 504-339-5384 or Lois Cambre 504-912-4774.
A Day of Service for St. Paul's Students

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Jeff Ramon is a graduate of Saint Paul's and has served as Campus Minister since 2015. Jeff is responsible for the spiritual life on campus, the service program and Lasallian formation for all in the community. I had the opportunity to interview Jeff about the Day of Service for St. Paul Students.


What is the Day of Service?
   A number of years ago, our entire retreat program went through a significant reshaping. As part of the reshaping,we felt that it was important to have a day dedicated to service. Given the unique nature of the sophomore year, we felt the service day fit best at that level. Every year, typically in November, our entire sophomore class takes to the streets to serve our local St. Tammany community as well as the Greater New Orleans Community.
What do you see as the benefits to your students?  Catholic Charities has been a long time partner with us over the years. We have worked with the Food for Seniors program, PACE, Greenwalt Center and what was formerly New Directions. The primary benefit to my students on this day is the experience itself, to go outside comfort zones. So often we are caught up on being comfortable and this serves as an opportunity to break through that.
Please share the rewards of volunteering for your students and others.
In our Lasallian Catholic charism there is a great focus on accompaniment along our journey and the importance of relationship. In volunteering each student shares the same vignette that by sitting with and listening to the stories of the people they encounter, they are able to see the face of God in that experience. I remember one student who sat with a man who told him his entire life story, filled with all the ups and the downs. That student was left speechless at the end of the day. Just hours and hours of stories. The student's perspective was completely flipped. He realized that on this day where he was called to serve others, in turn, felt that he was the one being served.

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Advice for the New Year from
Dr. Lisa Surrency PhD LPC-S NCC

 

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                 "A Day at a Time" for 2022

                              (lsurrency@ccano.org)

"A day at a time." This simple reminder from Dr. Lisa Surrency for this New Year.

As 2022 begins we are struck by concerns over the new COVID variant that seems to be affecting every other person we know. We are remembering people we lost last year and how we don't seem to have enough time for our families and friends. Most particularly here at Catholic Charities we are worried about our clients and their continuing needs in our community. Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on so many within our area and the recovery is still slowly underway.

Dr. Surrency says,"When the worries become overwhelming stop and ask what about this is in my control? And if the answer is none, then let it go."

Another important lesson from the past two years is we cannot take our families and friends for granted. "Anything can happen so prioritize the important people in your life and make the time to spend with those that matter the most." Don't postpone calling to check on your Mom until all the work is done. The work is always there and it will be there after you spend 30 minutes making plans to visit those family and friends you haven't seen in too long. Take a breath. Say a prayer. Just take a day at a time.

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                Employee Spotlights
 
 
 
Padua Community Services Promotes
Tanna Barthelemy & Congratulations goes to Danna P. Cousins,LCSW-BACS

View recent photos.pngTanna Barthelemy-A Stellar Employee

I have been blessed to give service to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans for quite a while. The Padua facility is where I began my tenure 21 years ago as the Business Manager for Padua Community Services and Adult Day Health Programs. The opportunity to see the services performed in the facility and the light of life in the eyes of each resident has been a daily inspiration throughout my years of service. In 2004, I sought the opportunity to learn and enhance my skills in the area of grant writing and billing in the main office. I was privileged to be in that area for 12 years where I was able to see the dynamics of the various programs in CCANO and their relative missions to aid the community in areas they serve. In 2016, I was afforded the privilege to return home as Business Manager to that place that sparked my motivation throughout the years. Today, I hold the position as Program Administrator for Padua House and the Community Homes. My work at CCANO and Padua has given me the chance to qualitatively promote the service of an under served area of our community. Padua holds a place near and dear in my heart from all the experiences I have partaken in related to the facility and clientele. Our residents at Padua are the center of our purpose here and our residents never fail to bring joy and compassion daily to all those that serve them.

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We are pleased to congratulate Danna P. Cousins, LCSW-BACS, the Adoptions Services Program Director for receiving this proclamation on National Adoption Day on November 15, 2021,presented by Division A Councilwoman Beth A. Billings. "There are many thousands of children in the adoption system waiting to be adopted from foster care to their forever homes. Today, on National Adoption Day, we are focused on raising awareness of foster children in need of a forever home and we recognize the importance of adoption and every child having a loving family."

For more information please take a look at our newly re-launched website at: www.adoptnola.com

 

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