Guatemalans make it to Coachella Valley

860 "lucky ones" taken in by Catholic Charities

The following comes from a Dec. 20 story in the Inland Catholic Byte, a publication of the San Bernardino diocese. Beginning in late October, the Diocese began receiving mostly Guatemalan migrants at locations in the lower Coachella Valley, transported by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel. It is a collaborative effort with Catholic Charities San … [Read more...]

Judge throws out lawsuit against bishops over immigrant shelters

ACLU of Northern California had sought to block government funding of USCCB to provide housing for immigrants because of Church's refusal to provide abortions, contraception

A federal judge has dismissed the ACLU’s attempt to block the government from delegating the care of immigrant unaccompanied minors and sex-trafficking victims to a Catholic group that opposes birth control and abortion, and transfers those wishing to have an abortion to other shelters. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed the lawsuit against the … [Read more...]

How Catholic Charities is tackling California’s housing crisis

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved a $1.5-million contract with Catholic Charities to connect renters with housing providers

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara has partnered with the local county to launch a shared housing program, connecting renters with housing providers amid California’s high housing costs. “We are incredibly excited to be partnering alongside the County of Santa Clara’s Office of Supportive Housing for this much needed housing resource for our community,” said Lindsey Caldwell, … [Read more...]

ACLU tries to drag Catholic Charities into illegal immigrant abortions

Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations could be forced to tell young illegal immigrants in their care that they have a 'right' to an abortion

If the American Civil Liberties Union has its way, Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations providing care for illegal alien minors will be forced to proclaim to the girls in their care during the shelter’s orientation that they have a “right” to an abortion. The ACLU seeks to compel this speech under the auspices of providing “notice” to the members of the … [Read more...]

San Diego Catholic Charities relocates to diocese’s pastoral center

Seventeen Catholic Charities staff members moved into the building on July 14 at the invitation of Bishop Robert McElroy

Offering possibilities for increased collaboration with the diocese, the administrative staff of Catholic Charities has found a new home at the diocesan Pastoral Center. Seventeen Catholic Charities staff members, including Executive Director Robert Moser, moved into the building on July 14 at the invitation of Bishop Robert W. McElroy. On July 17, the diocesan staff gathered … [Read more...]

San Jose Catholic church publicizes employee’s gay marriage on parish website

"John and his husband Willie are the parents of twin third graders at St. Clare School"

A parish in the San Jose diocese in California is openly employing a gay married man, who is an active member of the parish council. Saint Clare parish in Santa Clara has posted on its parish website brief biographies of their parish council members. On a page titled "Meet the St. Clare Parish Council," the biography of parishioner John Sullivan ends with the following: "John … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities of California gets additional funds to assist undocumented youth

Awarded $200,000 grant to conduct Medi-Cal outreach and enrollment assistance to undocumented youth and members of mixed-immigration-status households

Catholic Charities of California (CCC) has been awarded $200,000 in additional funds to conduct Medi-Cal Outreach & Enrollment Assistance to undocumented youth and members of mixed-immigration-status households. The program is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, Cal Wellness’ mission … [Read more...]

Trump’s order on refugee visas has dramatic effect in San Diego

If the courts uphold president's position, refugee program at Catholic Charities of San Diego could lose $1.2 million in annual funding

The empty screen told the story. The day before, the screen had displayed a three-month calendar of refugees who had been cleared for resettlement in this country. Staff members at Catholic Charities used that information to arrange basic services such as housing, schooling and health care for those destined to make San Diego their home. But when staff members logged on to … [Read more...]

‘Poverty Simulation’

Catholic Charities San Bernardino-Riverside plans event designed to help participants understand what it's like to be poor

The following comes from an October 6 Inland Catholic Byte article: SAN BERNARDINO — Catholic Charities San Bernardino-Riverside is hosting a Poverty Simulation at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on Friday, November 18. The Poverty Simulation is designed to help people better understand the challenges, stresses, and compounding factors that contribute to poverty. During the … [Read more...]

A free bus ticket home

Catholic Charities pays Santa Rosa homeless people to return to where they came from

The following comes from a December 22 Press Democrat article by Kevin McCallum: When Marie Stiffend struck out for California in July, the 19-year-old former foster kid wanted to put some distance between herself and the small Oregon town where nothing much ever happened and everybody knew everybody else’s business. She hit the road with her boyfriend and his friend. … [Read more...]