works CHRISTMAS 2017

Dear friends,

I hope this Christmas greeting finds you enjoying the holy season of Advent and preparing for the celebration of Christ’s birth!

2017 has been an incredible year at Catholic Charities. With the opening of three new housing communities, Rising Strong, the Walla Walla Teen Center, and 24/7 services at the House of Charity, we have great reason to praise God! Miracles happened with funding, staff rallied at every turn, volunteers blessed each endeavor with time, treasure, and talent – it makes my head spin thinking about it all! And while tax credit dollars built the housing, and partnerships, grants and municipal monies helped establish new programs, we would be no where without YOU, our faithful community of volunteers, individual donors and supporters.

Opening doors is one thing – sustaining operations is another. It is your gifts to Catholic Charities that truly save and transform lives.

• You supply linens, household items and furniture for new housing communities like Pope Francis Haven and Donna Hanson Haven. • You provide toiletries and towels for warm showers and socks, gloves, and hats for patrons of the House of Charity. • You fill food pantries with non-perishable items at St. Margaret’s Shelter and Rising Strong. • You give diapers and pajamas, clothing and baby items to clients of CAPA/Prepares. •You provide essential operating funds that benefit every one of our programs in Eastern Washington when you make a monetary donation to the Catholic Charities Collection!

When we call to our faithful community with a need, you answer. Over and over again, you pray and give because you understand the need. Catholic Charities will not give up seeking new solutions. With you, we will find ways to provide dignity and resources to those who are hurting amongst us. And so, as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we celebrate you and your willingness to live the Christian faith and support our mission. Thank you for sharing your gifts and advocating in hope with us. May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Many prayers,

President & CEO Catholic Charities Eastern Washington

Spokane residents will recognize the Madonna and Christ Child simulated stained glass window that graced the Bon Marche/Macy’s building from 1957 - 2016. Artwork by Chris Bovey | www.vintageprint.us

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