By Lauren Pardue Combel
We began 2022 with our director of Counseling Solutions, Dr. Lisa Surrency, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, registered Play Therapist reminding us to take "A day at a time". Still concerned over new COVID variants and really just beginning the recovery from Hurricane Ida that hit our area, August 29, 2021. Prioritizing the important people in your life matters the most.
In February we heard from various programs about the reason why we do what we do at Catholic Charities. We learned that our Early/Head Start program has a pregnancy support program. We learned about the incredible hearts of those that parent foster children in our Therapeutic Family Services program. We met an elderly couple that have found the community they cherish at our PACE center.
In March Tatiana Rodriquez was our International Woman's Day spotlight with her beautiful story of success here in the United States. April is volunteer month and here at CCANO we celebrate our volunteers! Spring parties at ESL and two 101 birthday parties at our PACE programs. Our Father's Day newsletter featured a story about our CCANO Board Chariman on what it means to be a father.
With the beginning of our fiscal year in July we hard about some innovative events happening at Head Start with the white coat ceremony. In September we would get to experience a special 50 year anniversary of our Pregnancy Services program. Bethlehem Housing success stories were plentiful this year, featured in several newsletters and our Annual Report.
October brought us an introduction to our new AHCA Campaign Committee Chairs, Vaughn and Doug Downing and we are now at over 80% of our AHCA goal! Cornerstone Builders received warranted attention in November at the Governor's Round Table event. Showing a 97% success rate with those individuals that have gone through our re-entry program from St. Tammany, New Orleans and Jefferson Parishes means we are making a difference.
2022 has been eventful and we are clear about our plans in 2023. We are compelling, welcoming, empathetic, collaborative and discerning. CCANO assisted over 50,000 individuals in 2022 and expect to continue the work of empowering the vulnerable in our community to break harmful cycles of suffering and move people from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. We are Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.