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Your generous support funds CCI programs that strengthen families, alleviate poverty, and instill hope for a brighter future for those we serve!

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to assist families in need. Join our efforts to make Idaho a better place for all by making a gift to Catholic Charities in honor or memory of a special woman in your life. In your name, we will mail a Mother’s Day card to your loved one!

What would you do to ensure the protection, support, and flourishing of your children? In Idaho, too many parents struggle to care for their children in the face of adversity. At Catholic Charities of Idaho, we offer a range of services that support, educate, and empower families to discover pathways to a brighter future, filled with hope.

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This Mother’s Day, CCI invites you to support struggling families know they are not alone. Give a gift in honor or memory of a special woman in your life. We make it easy for you to donate with three secure giving options:

  1. Donate securely online with a credit card,
  2. Call (208) 350-7482,
  3. Or mail a donation (payable to Catholic Charities of Idaho) to P.O. Box 190123, Boise, ID 83719.

 

 

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“Don’t we all want a better,
more decent and prosperous life to
share with our loved ones?”
– Pope Francis

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The Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI) Mother’s Day appeal letter featured a special family that worked together with CCI to build a secure, safe future. We invite you to learn more about Arla Madinda’s journey

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Arla’s story of hope for a brighter future.

 

Arla Madinda* came to the United States in 2012 after spending years in a refugee camp in western Africa. Arla is the mother of five children, and her story reminds us that few things match the power of a mother’s love and determination. Devotion to her children brought Arla to Catholic Charities of Idaho, first in 2014 for housing assistance and then again in 2016, when she enrolled in our Active Parenting classes to learn how to better educate and nurture her children in a country still foreign but filled with promise.  (*not her real name)

 

What would you do to ensure the protection, support, and flourishing of your children?  Search for safe and stable housing?  Seek out the best schools?  Find the highest quality health care you could afford?  Do whatever you could to earn income?   Build and strengthen your parenting skills?

 

These are the very needs that Arla brought to Catholic Charities when she arrived at our doors, and, thanks to you, we were ready.  Your compassion helped Arla stand on her own two feet.  Thanks to you, Arla is now a home owner, is a strong and resilient parent who operates a licensed day care business, and is free of government support.  Thanks to you, and the Catholic Charities of Idaho matched savings account program, Arla is helping her eldest children save for college educations that can provide a stepping stone to future stability and the capacity to contribute gifts that make us all better.


Because of your generous support, Arla and her family is now living lives full of dignity. Still, the needs of many in our community are great and resources limited. Your prayerful support and financial assistance are an essential part of the Church’s ministry of love and service. Through our annual Mother’s Day appeal, please join our mission.   Learn more about the appeal.

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The divisions that trouble our country are hardly new, and certainly are not without parallel in recent US history. One of my most vivid school memories is of my fourth grade class, on Election Day in 1968, evenly divided between Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon (we took a class vote!). The next morning we learned that Mr. Nixon had actually won the election, but listened as a sober television reporter wondered how a country so divided by war and racial conflict could heal.

I don’t know if America is as divided today as it was in 1968. Social media accelerates and amplifies opinion and passion in a manner unimaginable 50 years ago. Yet, by any measure, we are a separated and encamped people. Dialogue is strained and social relations frayed. Have you felt the tension? And how did it get this bad?

St. Maximus the Confessor, the great Church Father, tells us that “love perfects human nature until it makes it appear like the very nature of God.” Literall y, love makes it possible for us to participate in divinity. St. Maximus also suggests that love of one’s neighbor is the sign of having acquired this divine character.

Everyone today seems to offer sense making explanations for our divided America. If, as St. Maximus asserts, love perfects human nature, and love of neighbor is the sign of God’s life in this world, if “believing is seeing”, what sense should Christians make of our polarized homeland and how should we respond?

Pope Francis may have something to offer as we search for answers. Consider how he shapes his pastoral ministry by going to the edges of conflict and difficulty with a compelling Christian message of hope. By working at the external boundaries of the world and the Church, where people truly struggle and languish, I believe that Pope Francis is asking us to reframe our thinking about our own forces of polarization. Who gains from the changes that partisan groups advocate for, and who is lef t behind? And does anything really improve for those who have little voice in our debates and arguments?

Love of neighbor marks us as Christians. In the margins of Pope Francis, we learn that this love demands something beyond just a platform or ideology. Love requires that we stretch hearts and minds, yes, but our own first – that we hold as we can our views, but with slightly less volume so others can also speak and that we can listen. Love requires that we work toward a lifestyle based on vulnerability, mutuality, and service, so that we might be of use to God and the healing of others. Those who advocate for the needs of immigrants and refugees should not be adversaries of those concerned about the plight of blue collar workers displaced by globalization; the burdens of racism are real and a blight on our country, as is the disgrace of legal abortion and euthanasia – both a rejection of human dignity and justice and ultimately reflect an absence of love. The neighbor we see in the person oppressed by discrimination is no different than the neighbor lost in a terminated pregnancy.

In the end, mercy is the most import gift, Pope Francis tells us, that Christians can offer to our county in this hour of need. The changes that conflicting groups advocate for, while possibly true and important, are alone inadequate to calm the waters of agitation, division and conflict. Life in God is not achieved by intellectual debate, political confrontation, or competing economic theories, but is accomplished by the cooperation of the Holy Spirit and our freedom, made possible by repentance and love of neighbor. The late Cardinal Francis George was fond of saying “you can’t evangelize someone you don’t love.” He was reminding us of the insights of St. Maximus, and the solution to our life as a divided people.

–Idaho Catholic Register, March 3-16, 2017

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Unveiling a new plan to alleviate, reduce, and end poverty for those it serves, Catholic Charities of Idaho raised over $97,000 to benefit local programs on February 4th at its annual Loaves & Fishes Gala at the Grove Hotel in Boise.

The evening celebration included dinner, dancing and a live auction at the Mardi Gras-themed event. Auction items included sailing with Bishop Peter on a “Journey to Hope, ID”, and a custom reproduction of an icon hand painted by the Bishop. Event proceeds will benefit human service programs operated by the agency. Catholic Charities serves over 3,000 people annually through a variety of services, including mental health counseling, immigration legal services, skill building and educational services, youth mentoring, asset building, and information, referral and advocacy services.

Bishop Peter Christensen opened the festivities with prayer and a welcome that emphasized the important work of Catholic Charities. Douglas All es, CCI Executive Director, highlighted new, innovative services designed to promote economic mobility and long term prosperity for agency clients. Attendees also heard the story of a CCI client who purchased a home through the agency’s matched savings account program.

The gala’s honorary chairs this year were Terry & Kathi Bellew. Catherine Dorling was recognized for her years of volunteer service to the agency. Mike Kennedy, CCI Board Chair, served as master of ceremonies. Event sponsors included Saint Alphonsus Health System, Angels Among Us, Guho Corp, the Diocese of Boise, Tomlinson & Associates, Boise Housing Corporation, Bishop Kelly High School, Capitol Law Group, Cloverdale Funeral Home, St. Luke’s Health System, Lesley Bahner & John Fiedler, and the Idaho Central Credit Union.

Among those attending as table sponsors were AJ and Susie Balukoff, Dennis and Suzanne Carter, Don and Irene Eaton, Our Lady of the Valley parish, and Msgr. Andy Schumacher.

This year’s gala planning committee included Scott Curtis, John Fiedler, Chris Carlson, Mike Kennedy, and Msgr. Schumacher. Following the program and auction, guests danced to music from the Sally Tibbs & Kevin Kirk Jazz Ensemble.

Catholic Charities is the social service arm of the Diocese of Boise and a member of Catholic Charities USA, the largest private network of social service agencies in the United States.

–Idaho Catholic Register, March 3-16, 2017

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In light of recent and expected federal executive orders, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise affirms our commitment to accompanying and supporting the vulnerable in our society, including immigrants and refugees.

I believe that comprehensive immigration reform is the best and most appropriate solution for addressing immigration issues.

Accordingly, I urge our elected officials to seek solutions that will not only help with national security, but also facilitate family unification. My heart and prayers also go out to refugee families and to those seeking political asylum that have faced terrible violence, lost their homes and now need a new place to live.

It is my hope that our federal government focus its efforts on comprehensive immigration reform and humane refugee resettlement that will benefit not only these families, but also our entire country.

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Join Catholic Charities of Idaho for an elegant evening in support of our programs and services. Guests will be treated to a gourmet dinner, a lively auction and festive jazz music.

Become a Sponsor / Purchase Tickets

 

Loaves & Fishes: 10th Annual Gala

“Celebrating the Spirit of Mardi Gras”

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Grove Hotel

Reception & Photo Booth 5:00 p.m.; Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Black Tie Optional, Festive Attire Encouraged

$150 per person or $1,500 for table of ten


 

Featuring Honorary Chairs:

Terry and Kathi Bellew

Master of Ceremony:

Michael Kennedy, Board Chair

Special Guest:

Bishop Peter F. Christensen

Live Musical Performance:

The Sally Tibbs, Kevin Kirk Jazz Ensemble

 


Become an Event Sponsor:

 

Your sponsorship support not only provides critically needed social services to low-income families in Idaho, but also yields benefits that can complement strategic marketing objectives, foster new networking opportunities and increase visibility among key constituencies. Join us as we work to Provide Help, Create Hope and Promote Justice throughout Idaho!

 

PRESENTING SPONSOR…………………………………………………………………………….$10,000

  • Exclusivity as the “Presenting Sponsor” of the event
  • Logo/Name incorporated into the printed gala invitations, save the date, program book and all publicity pieces (deadlines permitting)
  • Prominent logo placement on the Catholic Charities of Idaho event Web page
  • Prominent display of your logo/name on event signage
  • Table signage and special recognition at the event
  • Full-page ad in gala program book
  • Two tables (20 seats) with premier seating at the Loaves and Fishes gala

GOLD SPONSOR……………………………………………………………………………………….$7,500

  • Logo/Name incorporated into the printed gala invitations, program book and all publicity pieces (deadlines permitting)
  • Prominent logo placement on the Catholic Charities of Idaho event Web page
  • Prominent display of your logo/name on event signage
  • Table signage and special recognition at the event
  • Ad in gala program book
  • Two tables (20 seats) with premium seating at the Loaves and Fishes gala

SILVER SPONSOR…………………………………………………………………………………….$5,000

  • Prominent recognition on the gala invitations and program book (deadlines permitting)
  • Logo placement on the Catholic Charities of Idaho event Web page and event signage
  • Table signage and recognition at the event
  • Ad in gala program book
  • Two tables (20 seats) with premium seating at the Loaves and Fishes gala

BRONZE SPONSOR…………………………………………………………………………………….$2,500

  • Recognition in the gala program book (deadlines permitting)
  • Ad in gala program book
  • Table signage and recognition at the event
  • One table (10 seats) at the Loaves and Fishes gala

TABLE SPONSOR………………………………………………………………………………………$1,500

  • Recognition in the gala program book (deadlines permitting)
  • Table signage and recognition at the event
  • One table (10 seats) at the Loaves and Fishes gala

 

Become a Sponsor / Purchase Tickets

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This holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to be a bringer of peace. Join with CCI this Christmas and share your holiday blessings with the least fortunate among us. Donate securely online today.

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The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and release to the prisoners. (Isaiah 61:1)

For many who struggle in Idaho, their desire to be whole and self-sufficient is a daily battle. For those who have endured abuse, the road to healing is long and often lonely. The gift of peace and stability remains elusive. Because of your help, one special woman is finding that gift. Read Christine’s story.

 

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We make it easy for you to donate with four secure giving options:

  1. Donate securely online with a credit card
  2. Set up a recurring donation and give to CCI year-round
  3. Call (208) 350-7480
  4. Mail a donation (payable to Catholic Charities of Idaho) to P.O Box 190123, Boise, ID 83719

 

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CCI will mail your special loved one a personalized Christmas card!

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The new administration is expected to make significant changes to current immigration policy. The details of what President-elect Trump will actually do on immigration are unknown, but we will continue providing updated information via our CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) resources:

Catholic Charities of Idaho Immigration Legal Services, continues to provide ongoing legal consultations every Friday, please contact our staff for questions or concerns regarding your immigration legal matters.

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Join Catholic Charities of Idaho for an elegant evening in support of our programs and services. Guests will be treated to a gourmet dinner, a lively auction and festive jazz music.

Become a Sponsor / Purchase Tickets

 

Loaves & Fishes: 10th Annual Gala

“Celebrating the Spirit of Mardi Gras”

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Grove Hotel

Reception & Photo Booth 5:00 p.m.; Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Black Tie Optional, Festive Attire Encouraged

$150 per person or $1,500 for table of ten


 

Featuring Honorary Chairs:

Terry and Kathi Bellew

Master of Ceremony:

Michael Kennedy, Board Chair

Special Guest:

Bishop Peter F. Christensen

Live Musical Performance:

The Sally Tibbs, Kevin Kirk Jazz Ensemble

 


Become an Event Sponsor:

 

Your sponsorship support not only provides critically needed social services to low-income families in Idaho, but also yields benefits that can complement strategic marketing objectives, foster new networking opportunities and increase visibility among key constituencies. Join us as we work to Provide Help, Create Hope and Promote Justice throughout Idaho!

 

PRESENTING SPONSOR…………………………………………………………………………….$10,000

  • Exclusivity as the “Presenting Sponsor” of the event
  • Logo/Name incorporated into the printed gala invitations, save the date, program book and all publicity pieces (deadlines permitting)
  • Prominent logo placement on the Catholic Charities of Idaho event Web page
  • Prominent display of your logo/name on event signage
  • Table signage and special recognition at the event
  • Full-page ad in gala program book
  • Two tables (20 seats) with premier seating at the Loaves and Fishes gala

GOLD SPONSOR……………………………………………………………………………………….$7,500

  • Logo/Name incorporated into the printed gala invitations, program book and all publicity pieces (deadlines permitting)
  • Prominent logo placement on the Catholic Charities of Idaho event Web page
  • Prominent display of your logo/name on event signage
  • Table signage and special recognition at the event
  • Ad in gala program book
  • Two tables (20 seats) with premium seating at the Loaves and Fishes gala

SILVER SPONSOR…………………………………………………………………………………….$5,000

  • Prominent recognition on the gala invitations and program book (deadlines permitting)
  • Logo placement on the Catholic Charities of Idaho event Web page and event signage
  • Table signage and recognition at the event
  • Ad in gala program book
  • Two tables (20 seats) with premium seating at the Loaves and Fishes gala

BRONZE SPONSOR…………………………………………………………………………………….$2,500

  • Recognition in the gala program book (deadlines permitting)
  • Ad in gala program book
  • Table signage and recognition at the event
  • One table (10 seats) at the Loaves and Fishes gala

TABLE SPONSOR………………………………………………………………………………………$1,500

  • Recognition in the gala program book (deadlines permitting)
  • Table signage and recognition at the event
  • One table (10 seats) at the Loaves and Fishes gala

 

Become a Sponsor / Purchase Tickets

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Check out Catholic Charities of Idaho’s recently published fall 2016 newsletter. This edition focuses on news and updates from our Treasure Valley Center, including an introduction to new counseling staff, program success stories and the 2017 Loaves & Fishes Gala save the date. Scroll down to read more or click below to download a newsletter PDF.

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