Summertime! School is out, days are long and warm, and outdoor activities call us - to the park for a picnic, to the pool or lake for a swim, to our neighbor’s front porch for a glass of lemonade and a visit. Most people I know cherish carefree memories of childhood such
as time spent running through the sprinkler or waving down the ice cream truck for a special treat. There is something about summer that belongs to the child in all of us. My own kids, Timmy and Tess, created a list of parks and trails around Spokane they want to visit this summer and are checking them off the list. Luckily, my wife Rachael, a Catholic School teacher gets the summer off and can t ke them on t ose adventures! Sadly, for many children and families served by programs of Catholic Charities, summer does not mean the usual tough circumstances of poverty, trauma, or homelessness go away. In every season of the year we serve those in crisis, aiming to bring hope and stability to their lives for the long term, but we also want to celebrate and share the joys of summer with our clients. CAPA families enjoy picnics, St. Anne’s kids spend time in experiential learning activities outdoors, and Food for All provides fun learning activities through their KERNEL program at farmers markets all around our community. The work we do with children and families is critical and something to be celebrated. When a child who has suffered through trauma finds comfort and healing, there is a real opportunity to break the chains of inter-generational poverty. We have the chance to change the future – to provide a path to a better life for families, their children, and their children’s children. Catholic Charities continues to see incredible growth in services dedicated to serving families and youth. CAPA/ PREPARES and Food for All are expanding their reach across the state. Catholic Charities Walla Walla is opening its long- anticipated Teen Shelter (with many community partners) on August 4th. It will be an incredible hub of services that are desperately needed for teens in the Blue Mountain region of the state. Guadalupe Haven opened in Othello, providing 85 units of farmworker housing for families, giving 250 children new homes! Pope Francis Haven opens to families in the Spokane Valley at the end of August. And, Rising Strong was awarded a grant from Premera Blue Cross in mid-July which means families will soon be welcomed at the Holy Names property in a groundbreaking model of family treatment and counseling. This summer, we are celebrating these amazing programs and services, and the opportunities they provide to transform young lives. We thank you for your continuing support and prayers for the families we serve, and for our staff, who work to bring them joy and hope. May you find many blessings as you enjoy the glory of the season.
Rob McCann, President & CEO
September 21 5pm-7pm Caring for Kids
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