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In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asks us to “[open] our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society.” With only a few months left in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us answer Pope Francis’ call for compassion and concern by helping our brothers and sisters in Idaho. Please donate today.

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Families come to Catholic Charities everyday seeking hope, justice and compassion: parents wanting to be the best parents they can for their children; abuse victims looking for refuge from fear; those seeking the tools to overcome depression and anxiety. Pope Francis desires that we all reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year. As we enter the final months of the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by the Holy Father, let us take this opportunity to embrace our brothers and sisters. When you give to Catholic Charities, you answer this call for help and fraternal love. Will you join us today to support and invest in Idaho families?

 

For this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholic Charities asks that you demonstrate your compassion and let struggling families know they are not alone. We make it easy for you to donate with three secure giving options:

  1. Donate securely online with a credit card,
  2. Call (208) 350-7481,
  3. Or mail a donation (payable to Catholic Charities of Idaho) to P.O. Box 190123, Boise, ID 83719.

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Catholic Charities of Idaho has been selected to be a recipient for the 10th annual On Your Side Community Baby Shower! On Wednesday, June 22, Albertsons throughout the Treasure Valley will be collecting baby items to support CCI’s Parenting Education Programs.

10th Annual Community Baby Shower

June 22, 2016

Albertsons throughout the Treasure Valley


Drop off donated items for CCI at one of the following six Albertsons locations:
  1. Albertsons on State Street (1650 W. State St., Boise)
  2. Albertsons on Cole Road (1520 N. Cole Rd., Boise)
  3. Albertsons in Caldwell (2500 Blaine St., Caldwell)
  4. Albertsons on Broadway (1219 Broadway Ave., Boise)
  5. Albertsons in Meridian (20 E. Fairview Rd., Meridian)
  6. Albertsons in Kuna (700 E. Avalon, Kuna)

Baby Shower FlyerToday’s 6 and FOX9 (along with 94.9 the River, 107.1 K-HITS, 100.3 The X, and Variety Rock 105.1) are partnering with Blue Cross of Idaho and Albertsons to help Treasure Valley babies and families. For the 10th consecutive year, Journal Broadcast Group is holding a day long Community Baby Shower. The Community Baby Shower collects donated baby supplies to be distributed to area families in need; monetary donations can be made as well. Donation recipients receive baby items for participating in CCI parenting classes or achieving self-sufficiency goals. Last year, more than 1,000 packages of diapers, 800+ boxes of wet wipes, sets of new clothing, blankets and formula were collected. You can support our work at CCI and help build strong, healthy families in the Treasure Valley by participating in the Community Baby Shower.

Accepted donations include:

  • Diapers and Wipes
  • NEW Clothing
  • Formula
  • Baby Personal Care Products
  • Cash Donations

Babies in the Treasure Valley will continue to have a better beginning with the help of our community and parish members. Please help us spread the word about the Community Baby Shower to your family, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.

 

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to offer hope to families in need. Give a gift to Catholic Charities of Idaho in honor or memory of a special woman in your life, and we will mail a Mother’s Day card to your loved one.

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In Idaho, too many single mothers struggle to raise children in the face of adversity. They want a better life for their family, a life full of dignity and opportunity. At Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI), we offer a refuge for women trying to overcome abuse, abandonment and financial hardships; we offer hope. Let us share with you one special story of a family working together with CCI to build a life full of strength, hope and resilience: Read Lidia and Mayra’s Story.

 

For Mother’s Day, CCI asks that you demonstrate your compassion and let 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) 350-7481,
  3. Or mail a donation (payable to Catholic Charities of Idaho) to 1501 S Federal Way, Ste. 103, Boise, ID 83702.

 

 

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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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Catholic Charities of Idaho announces plans to consolidate offices in the Treasure Valley and open a new center in July 2016. The move will not impact service delivery, as we will continue to offer quality immigration legal services, counseling, educational and skill building, asset building, youth support and resource referrals throughout Ada and Canyon counties.

For the past year, Catholic Charities of Idaho has been working on a four-year plan to guide the course of our agency into the decade of the 2020s.  This plan will refine and enhance our service strategies for partnering with and enhancing the lives of those we serve.

A cornerstone of our plan is the provision of strength based, best practice services that achieve positive and lasting outcomes for our clients. To further this objective, I am pleased to inform you that we will be consolidating offices in the Treasure Valley and opening a new service center in July, 2016.

Our new office will be located at 7255 Franklin Road, Boise, ID 83709.  This office will unite activities presently scattered across our region, achieving service integration, care coordination, and greater service impact.

We will continue, directly and by way of outreach and collaboration, to offer quality immigration legal services, counseling, educational and skill building, asset building, youth support, and resource linkage services throughout Ada and Canyon counties.

Please know that, while our planning process will bring change to our organization, we will continue to prioritize service to those most in need, offer culturally competent services to immigrant and refugee families, and foster safety, trust, and empowerment as key guiding principles of our work.

As our planning process and service enhancement efforts continue to unfold, we look forward to working with you as a key stakeholder in our mission of helping make Idaho a better place for all.

Please contact us with any questions about the work of Catholic Charities of Idaho, our planning process, and our new service location.

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of Catholic Charities of Idaho. Thanks to our community’s support and generosity, thousands of struggling Idaho families have received critically needed counseling, education, advocacy and financial stability services.

To celebrate the occasion, we are sharing a special video of a family who struggled to build a life free of violence and fear. Lidia and Mayra share how, with Catholic Charities of Idaho’s and their community’s help, they gained hope and confidence for their future.

 

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PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: 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.

 

Loaves & Fishes: 9th Annual Gala

“Celebrating the Spirit of Mardi Gras”

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Grove Hotel

Reception 5:30pm; Dinner 6:30pm

Black Tie Optional, Festive Attire Encouraged

$125 per person or $1,250 for table of ten

 

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Featuring Honorary Chairs:

Seeley & Marianne Magnani of the Angela Magnani-Wood Foundation

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 is crucial to ensuring CCI’s ability to strengthen families and individuals and engage communities to break the cycle of poverty in Idaho. Join us as we work to Provide Help, Create Hope, and Promote Justice throughout Idaho.

 

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)
  • Prominent logo placement on the Catholic Charities of Idaho event Web page
  • Prominent display of your logo/name on 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………………………………………………………………………………………$1,250

  • 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

 

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Make your year-end gift and help families in need! Before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, make your tax-deductible year-end gift to help struggling Idahoans.

Winter is a time when we witness the effects of poverty on families who make great sacrifices to merely survive each day. But you can make a difference — CCI asks you to demonstrate your compassion and concern for those in need, and give a gift of hope.

DONATE

 

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

  1. Donate securely online with a credit card,
  2. Call (208) 350-7480,
  3. Or mail a donation (payable to Catholic Charities of Idaho) to 1501 S Federal Way, Ste. 103, Boise, ID 83702.

 

Catholic Charities of Idaho is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN/tax ID number: 82-0524367). Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Learn more about CCI’s end of year and Christmas appeal.

 

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Christmas provides a wonderful opportunity to bring hope and joy to our struggling brothers and sisters. Join with CCI this season and share your holiday blessings with the least fortunate among us. Give the gift of a brighter future. Donate securely online today.

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Christmas is a time when light shines forth from the darkness. We reflect on the mysteries of the Holy Mother with Child who, when faced with poverty, displacement and fear, found faith in a God who lifted up the lowly, fed the hungry and kept promises of love and renewal for His people (Luke 1: 52-55).

 

“May we be in this world the ray of light which shone forth from Bethlehem, bringing joy and peace to the hearts of all.” – Pope Francis

 

Catholic Charities of Idaho seeks to overcome poverty, instability and injustice by providing professional social services and offering families hope for a secure, safe future. Let us share with you one special story. Read Olga & Erik’s story.

 

 

The joy of Christmas brings us into the spirit of giving. You can help – donate today! You can be the ray of light which shone forth from Bethlehem to bring hope, joy and peace in their lives this holiday season.

 

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

 

  1. Donate securely online with a credit card,
  2. Call (208) 350-7480,
  3. Or mail a donation (payable to Catholic Charities of Idaho) to 1501 S Federal Way, Ste. 103, Boise, ID 83702.

 

 

child purchased Giving in honor or memory of someone special?

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

 

 

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Do you have a relative, a co-worker or a group of friends going out of their way to serve others? Or to advocate to make Idaho a better place to live? We know that in every community there are “Unsung Heroes” – individuals and groups who work towards strengthening families and communities. CCI’s two annual awards honor the work of these heroes.

CCI will be collecting nominations for TWO awards this year: The 2nd annual Bishop Michael P. Driscoll Charity Award and the 11th annual Marie D. Hoff Social Justice Achievement Award.

Unsure which award your nominee qualifies for? Learn more about the difference between charity and social justice. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to recognize someone special with an award! The deadline to submit a nomination is December 31.

 

The nomination process is simple:

First, decide which award you are nominating for – either the social justice award or the charity award – and download the below “Criteria and Nomination Form.” Then, review the criteria, complete the nomination form and write a brief, compelling essay about the individual or group you are nominating. That’s it. CCI’s Award Selection Committee and Board of Directors will then choose a recipient for each award.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD “Criteria and Nomination Form” PDF

 

CHARITY AWARD “Criteria and Nomination Form” PDF

 

Please return Nomination forms by December 31st to:

Email: email
Catholic Charities of Idaho
Social Justice & Charity Awards Selection Committee
1501 S. Federal Way, Ste. 103, Boise, ID 83705

 

Learn more about the two awards:

What is the Bishop Michael P. Driscoll Charity Award?

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In 2000, Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, M.S.W., D.D., founded Catholic Charities of Idaho and assigned it to be the social service arm of the Catholic Church in the state. Bishop Driscoll retired from the Diocese of Boise in 2014. The Charity Award was established in 2014 to honour Bishop Driscoll’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable and serving the needs of the suffering.

The purpose of the Charity Award is to recognize an individual or group that has worked to passionately serve the least of these, specifically focusing on individual needs and providing direct services that meet the fundamental necessities of daily life. For instance, charity is volunteering in a shelter, tutoring and mentoring youth, developing a beautification program, distributing food to people suffering, visiting the sick in hospitals, etc.

The award recipient will be publicly recognized at Catholic Charities of Idaho’s annual Loaves and Fishes Gala, given a plaque, and provided with a small donation to a charitable organization designated by the recipient. The mission and values of all nominees must be consistent with Catholic Social Teaching as defined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the mission of Catholic Charities of Idaho: “Catholic Charities of Idaho advances the dignity of individuals, families, and communities by strengthening families, advocating justice, and engaging the community to serve the common good.”

What is the Marie D. Hoff Social Justice Achievement Award?

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Dr. Marie D. Hoff was the founding Executive Director for Catholic Charities of Idaho. She guided the agency from 2000 until her retirement in 2005. The Social Justice Achievement Award was established in 2005 to honour Dr. Hoff’s passion and commitment to social justice.

The purpose of the Social Justice Achievement Award is to recognize an individual, group, business, or organization that passionately seeks to call forth and engage people in transforming social structures that perpetuate injustice and poverty which, in turn, threaten family life and community well-being. For instance, social justice is organizing a rally against domestic violence, advocating for a bill to end predatory lending at the legislature, educating on human rights abuses in the community, initiating community dialogue about immigration, organizing a low-income community to develop their own business, etc.

The award recipient will be publicly recognized at Catholic Charities of Idaho’s annual Loaves and Fishes Gala, given a plaque, and provided with a small donation to a charitable organization designated by the recipient. The mission and values of all nominees must be consistent with Catholic Social Teaching as defined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the mission of Catholic Charities of Idaho: “Catholic Charities of Idaho advances the dignity of individuals, families, and communities by strengthening families, advocating justice, and engaging the community to serve the common good.”

What are the eligibility criteria for entering a nomination?

The Social Justice and Charity Awards have different eligibility criteria. Please download the eligibility criteria and nomination form for the Social Justice Award or the Charity Award for criteria specific to each award.

  1. Nominee is not required to be a member of or affiliated with the Catholic Church or Catholic Charities of Idaho.
  2. Catholic Charities of Idaho board, staff, and volunteers (including the Public Policy Committee) are not eligible to be nominated and may not submit or sponsor a nomination form. However, they may solicit and encourage nominations.
  3. The Catholic Charities of Idaho Public Policy Committee will review nomination forms for completeness, and judge nominations based on content, quality of presentation, focus on topic, and nominees’ activities. Incomplete nomination forms will not be considered for the award. Based on feedback from the Committee, the Catholic Charities of Idaho Board of Directors will confirm one recipient for the award.

Previous Recipients of the Awards.

Marie Hoff Social Justice Achievement Award: Ellen Piper for Catholic Worker Houses, Liz Paul for the Idaho Peace Coalition, Henry Krewer for Corpus Christi Day Shelter, St. Pius Parish in Coeur d’Alene for their balanced approach of both justice and direct service ministries, Judge Michael McLaughlin for establishing the Ada County Mental Health Court, Chuck Tacke for Bishop Kelly High School social justice curriculum and projects, Judith Hobbs for the St. Alphonsus refugee women’s clinic programs, Deb Miciak for Capstone Mission, Dick Gallegos for Diocesan Prison Ministry, Sally Zive for United Way of Treasure Valley.

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Bishop Michael P. Driscoll Charity Award: Marie Olson for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Idaho Falls

What is the nomination procedure?

  1. The CCI Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee (A.K.A. the Award Selection Committee), will publish a call for nominations for the awards annually through email, website and through the Idaho Catholic Register to invite the public to submit a nomination in the summer each year.
  2. Individuals/groups/organizations wishing to make a nomination must submit a completed nomination form. The deadline for nominations will be September 30th.
  3. Please return Nomination form by September 30th

Why two awards? The difference between social justice and charity.

Unsure which award your nominee qualifies for? Read below for more about the differences between charity and social justice.

Charity (Social Service)

Justice (Social Change)

  • Charity Provides direct services and help to those in need, such as food, clothing and shelter.
  • Justice promotes social change in institutions or political structures.
  • Charity responds to immediate needs.
  • Justice responds to the root of the problem.
  • Charity is directed at the effects of injustice or its symptoms. Charity addresses problems that already exist.
  • Justice is directed at the root causes of social problems. Justice addresses the underlying structures or causes of these problems.
  • Charity is practiced as private acts by individuals or organizations.
  • Justice is typically public, collective actions.
  • Example of charity: Volunteering in a soup kitchen, building food shelves in a pantry or donating items to a food drive.
  • Examples of justice: Working to end inequalities that make the soup kitchens necessary through legislative advocacy and changing policies and practices.

two-feet-of-love-montageIn Catholic tradition, disciples on mission are called to put Two Feet of Love in Action. This foundational tool describes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can put the Gospel in action in response to God’s love: social justice (addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals). Learn more about Two Feet of Love in Action.

Perhaps the best way to differentiate two often-confused terms “charity and justice” is to re-tell the parable revolving around these two concepts: There was a village holding a social gathering one summer, when a person noticed a baby struggling and crying in the river. As someone rushed to save the baby, more babies were added and so the people tried saving the children. As others became busy with their rescue efforts, two people went upstream to stop whoever is throwing the babies into the river.

This may seem to be an improbable tale, but the difference between the concepts of justice and charity are clearly outlined. Charity occurred when the townspeople put their efforts together to rescue the babies, while justice was sought by the two individuals who went upstream to stop whoever was throwing the babies downstream.

As such, charity deals with the immediate need, while justice leans more towards addressing the root cause of the problem. Although both charity and justice aim to fulfill a need, the approach is different.

Still have questions?

For questions related to the Marie D. Hoff Social Justice Award, the Bishop Driscoll Charity Award, nominations and criteria or to receive a hard copy of the nomination form, please contact:

Christine Tiddens, Community Outreach Director
208-350-7488; email