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Tickets for Catholic Charities of Idaho’s annual Loaves & Fishes Gala and Roast are SOLD OUT. For questions related to the event, please call Shauna at (208) 890-2083.

 

Loaves & Fishes: 8th Annual Gala & Roast

Featuring Guest of Honor and Roastee Msgr. Andy Schumacher

Saturday, February 7, 2015

BSU Stueckle Sky Center

Reception 5:30pm; Dinner 6:30pm

 

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About the Event:

CCI’s Annual Loaves & Fishes Gala and Roast is a humorous and joyful evening of appreciation and celebration in support of CCI’s services throughout the state.

  • Guest of Honor and Roastee: Rev. Msgr. Andrew Schumacher
  • Master of Ceremony: Michael Kennedy, CCI Board Member
  • Date/Time: Saturday, 2/7/15; Reception 5:30pm; Dinner 6:30pm
  • Location: BSU Stueckle Sky Center, Double R Ranch Room
  • Attire: Black Tie Optional

 

Msgr-AndyThis year’s “Roastee” and guest of honor will be Reverend Monsignor Andrew Schumacher.

Msgr. Andy Schumacher, a Catholic Charities of Idaho board member, has been a beloved priest in Idaho since his ordination in 1960. An Idaho native, he has served as a priest in seven parishes across Idaho and is now considered the ‘priest to the priests.’  Msgr. Schumacher’s gentle humor, passion for charity and justice, and heartfelt Christian faith have endeared him to many throughout the state.

 

 

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!

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:

Executive Sponsorship: Includes two tables (sixteen tickets) to the event, signage at the table, special recognition at the event, listing on CCI’s website, and a listing in the program: $5,000.

Signature Sponsorship: Includes one table (eight tickets) to the event, signage at the table, recognition at the event, listing on CCI’s website, and a listing in the program: $3,000.

Table Sponsorship: Includes one table (eight tickets) to the event, signage at the table, recognition at the event, and a listing in the program: $1,000.

Event Sponsorship: Includes two tickets to the event and listing in the program: $500.

Underwriting Opportunities: Includes listing in the program: Help cover costs for portions of the event at levels below $500. (Items: Decorations – Music – Flowers – Printing – Postage)

 

Become a SPONSOR

 

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The Advent season calls us to reflect on how best to enter into the deeper meaning of Christmas. Join CCI and make a difference in the lives of struggling Idaho families. Donate securely online today.

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Christmas is a festive time full of laughter, gifts and gatherings with loved ones. Sadly, it is also a time when we witness the effects of poverty on families who make great sacrifices to merely survive each day. This Christmas, CCI asks you to demonstrate your compassion and concern for those in need, and give a gift of hope.

 

“Become the salt, leaven and light that provides a beacon of hope to those in need. See the image of God in each person’s eyes and know that no one is to be excluded from God’s love or from our care.” – Pope Francis

 

As the social service arm of the Catholic Church, CCI’s work engages individuals, families and communities to create hope, alleviate poverty and build resilience. This autumn, CCI and a supportive community helped one family change the course of their lives. Let us share with you the special story. Read Beatrice & Razaro’s story.

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The joy of Christmas brings us into the spirit of giving. You can help – donate today! Your gift will provide a beacon of hope to those in need by funding CCI programs which strengthen financial well-being and instill hope for a brighter future.

 

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

  1. Donate securely online with a credit card,
  2. Call (208) 350-7488,
  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 them a personalized Christmas card.

 

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF IDAHO WELCOMES IMMIGRATION ACTION, WARNS AGAINST UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF IMMIGRATION LAW

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI), one of the few nonprofit agencies providing immigration services in the state, welcomed President Obama’s executive action as an important first step toward protecting immigrants and strengthening families. The proposed administrative relief will benefit nearly five million individuals and help many contribute more effectively to the betterment of their families, local communities and our nation.

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, MSpS, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, acknowledged the news stating, “We have a long history of welcoming and aiding the poor, the outcast, the immigrant and the disadvantaged. Each day, the Catholic Church in the United States, in her social service agencies, hospitals, schools and parishes, witnesses the human consequences of the separation of families, when parents are deported from their children or spouses from each other. We’ve been on record asking the Administration to do everything within its legitimate authority to bring relief and justice to our immigrant brothers and sisters. As pastors, we welcome any efforts within these limits that protect individuals and protect and reunite families and vulnerable children.”

While this relief will provide legal protection and work authorization for many immigrants deserving to remain in our country, it does not provide a permanent solution to our broken immigration system. Joining our voices with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we renew our call for congressional action for comprehensive reform that will provide workers with a path to permanent citizenship, prevent families from being split up and protect children coming from violence stricken homelands.

In light of the new administrative rules, CCI warns against the threat of the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL). We urge immigrants to seek legal advice from qualified attorneys or nonprofit agencies recognized by the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), such as CCI. Only attorneys or BIA accredited representatives should be assisting immigrants with their applications for relief.

CCI stands ready to assist immigrants eligible for relief with credible, high quality legal services and accurate information. Community partners are encouraged to refer all potential applicants to CCI and help deter the practice of unqualified practitioners. Additional, up-to-date information related to President Obama’s administrative relief and where to find legitimate immigration legal assistance can be found at www.ccidaho.org.

 

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PARA DIVULGACION INMEDIATA

Caridades Católicas de Idaho (CCI-Catholic Charities of Idaho), una de las pocas agencias sin fines de lucro que ofrecen servicios de inmigración en el estado, da la bienvenida a la acción ejecutiva del Presidente Obama como un primer paso muy importante hacia la protección de inmigrantes y el fortalecimiento de las familias. La propuesta para un alivio beneficiará a cerca de cinco millones de personas y ayudará a que muchos contribuyan de una manera más efectiva al mejoramiento de sus familias, comunidades locales y a nuestra nación.

El Obispo Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp. S., coordinador del comité de Migración de la Conferencia Episcopal Católica de los Estados Unidos (USCCB), dio la bienvenida a la noticia diciendo, “Tenemos una larga historia dando la bienvenida y ayudando al pobre, al desamparado, al inmigrante y al desvalido. Cada día, la Iglesia Católica en los Estados Unidos, en su servicio social, agencias, hospitales, escuelas y parroquias, da testimonio de las consecuencias humanas de la separación de familias cuando los papás son deportados de sus hijos o esposos del uno al otro. Tenemos record pidiéndole a la Administración para que hagan todo lo posible dentro de su legítima autoridad para traer alivio y justicia a nuestros hermanos y hermanas inmigrantes. Como pastores, agradecemos cualquier esfuerzo hecho, dentro de los límites, que protegen a los individuos y que protegen y reúnen familias y niños vulnerables.”

Aunque este alivio proveerá protección legal y autorización para trabajar a muchos inmigrantes que merecen quedarse en nuestro país, no provee una solución permanente a nuestro roto sistema de inmigración. Al unir nuestras voces con las de la Conferencia Episcopal de los Estados Unidos, renovamos nuestro llamado para una acción del congreso por una reforma completa que provea a los trabajadores con un camino hacia la ciudadanía permanente, prevenga que las familias se separen y que proteja a niños provenientes de países afectados por la violencia.

A la luz de las nuevas reglas administrativas, CCI, advierte en contra de la amenaza que representa la práctica sin autorización de las leyes de inmigración (UPIL “por sus siglas en ingles”). Urgimos a inmigrantes que busquen ayuda legal con abogados capacitados o con agencias sin fines de lucro reconocidas por el Panel de Apelo a la Inmigración (BIA-Board of Immigration Appeals) del Departamento de Justicia, tal como lo es CCI. SOLO ABOGADOS O REPRESENTANTES ACREDITADOS DEL BIA DEBERAN ASISTIR A LOS INMIGRANTES CON SUS APLICACIONES PARA EL ALIVIO MIGRATORIO.

CCI está lista para asistir a inmigrantes aptos para este alivio migratorio con servicios legales de alta calidad e información exacta. Invitamos a nuestros amigos y socios de la comunidad a que envíen a todos los posibles candidatos con CCI y así ayuden a prevenir la práctica de individuos sin autorización. Para mayor asistencia sobre noticias al día referente al alivio administrativo del presidente Obama y sobre dónde encontrar legítima asistencia legal de inmigración, por favor visite nuestra página www.ccidaho.org.

 

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Download 11-14 CCI Press Release in PDF format or CCI AR Press Release in SPANISH.

 

Contact Information:

Christine Tiddens, Community Outreach Director

Catholic Charities of Idaho

ctiddens@ccidaho.org; (208) 350-7488

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Catholic Charities of Idaho Names Douglas Alles New Executive Director. Doug Alles has served in several roles at Catholic Charities of Portland.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho – Catholic Charities of Idaho named Douglas Alles the new Executive Director of the agency. Alles most recently was the Interim Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Portland, Oregon and he has served as its Social Services Director for over 20 years.

Catholic Charities of Idaho Board Chairman Mike Kennedy called Alles an exceptional candidate: “Doug Alles will bring a lifetime of relevant experience to help our agency continue serving the people and communities of Idaho,” Kennedy said. “We conducted a national search and had a number of very qualified candidates from around the country. Our Board of Directors are grateful and enthusiastic at Doug’s willingness to join us at this important time,” Kennedy concluded.

Catholic Charities of Idaho was founded by Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, MSW, DD in 2000 after he arrived to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. Bishop Driscoll, along with the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of Idaho, sought a candidate who deeply understands the virtues and goals of helping people in the spirit and practice of social teachings within the Catholic Church. With Bishop Driscoll’s approaching retirement, it was important that a candidate would be able to carry on his legacy of service to all people regardless of religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, income, and background.

“It is a great honor to join the Catholic Charities of Idaho family,” said Doug Alles. “As the agency transitions into a more stable and robust statewide nonprofit, upholding the social mission of the Church is now more important than ever. I look forward to working with the Catholic Diocese and the outstanding Board and staff at Catholic Charities of Idaho, in partnership with local communities, to seek lasting solutions to alleviate poverty, create hope, and promote justice,” Alles added.

Alles is completing his work in the Diocese of Portland and will begin work at Catholic Charities of Idaho on October 16th, 2014. He and his wife Jennifer will be relocating with their family from Portland soon thereafter.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Gerry Lewin, Catholic Sentinel

 

Contact:

Mike Kennedy, Board Chair, Catholic Charities of Idaho

208-661-7337

 

Download 9/9/14 CCI Press Release

 

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Calling all DREAMers! Catholic Charities of Idaho and Andrade Legal, in partnership with the Idaho Law Foundation’s Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, are hosting a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) workshop for new applicants as well as renewals on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The workshop will assist with DACA process and application.

DACA Workshop for New Applicants and Renewals

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9:00am – 9:00pm

CCI’s Nampa Family Strengthening Center

847 Park Centre, Ste. 7, Nampa, 83651

Download DACA Workshop flyer (Spanish and English)

 

 

For more information, questions, or to secure a workshop appointment, please call 208-466-9926.

 

USCIS recently issued the regulations and application process for DACA renewals. Individuals should submit their DACA renewal request 120 days (4 months) before their current period of deferred action will expire.

To be eligible to receive assistance at this workshop, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have lived continuously in the U.S. for 5 + years
  • Currently residing and was living in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30 (had not yet turned 31 on June 15, 2012,)
  • Began residing in the U.S. before the age of 16
  • Currently enrolled in school or graduated from high school or have earned a GED
  • Must have and bring all documents/evidence
  • Have had no contact with law enforcement or any criminal history
  • Be able to pay the $465 processing fee to USCIS (this fee includes your DACA application, Work Authorization Card, and Biometrics)
  • Be able to pay CCI $200 for application assistance

What is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.

Individuals who can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis under the DACA guidelines.

Individuals can call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 with questions or to request more information on DACA.

Visit the USCIS website and learn more about DACA

Learn more about DACA renewals

Learn more about CCI’s Immigration Legal Services

 

 

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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 advocate to make Idaho a better place to live? We know that in every community there are “Unsung Heroes” – individuals and groups who go beyond their expected duties to work towards strengthening families and communities through either social justice or charitable works.

Catholic Charities of Idaho’s annual Marie Hoff Social Justice Award and Bishop Driscoll Charity Award honor the work of these heroes. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to honor someone special with an award. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 30.

CCI will be collecting nominations for TWO awards this year: The new Bishop Michael P. Driscoll Charity Award and the 10th 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.

 

Bishop MikeThis year, we are excited to announce the new Bishop Michael P. Driscoll Charity Award! With Bishop Driscoll’s upcoming retirement, we wanted to acknowledge his years of commitment to protecting and serving the most vulnerable by creating a charity award in his honor.

The nomination process is simple.

First, decide which award you are nominating for – either the social justice or charity award. Then, download the nomination form; fill in the name, address and telephone number of both your nominee and yourself; and then write a brief, passionate and compelling story about the individual or group you are nominating. That’s it. CCI’s Award Selection Committee and Board of Directors will then choose a winner for each award.

 

⇒ Download the 2014 CCI Justice & Charity Awards Nomination Form ⇐

PDF Version or Microsoft Word Version

 

Please return Nomination form by September 30th to:

Email: ctiddens@ccidaho.org

Catholic Charities of Idaho

Social Justice & Charity Awards Selection Committee

1501 S. Federal Way Boise, ID 83705

 

What is the Bishop Michael P. Driscoll Charity Award?

Bishop MikeIn 2000, Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, M.S.W., D.D., founded Catholic Charities of Idaho with the intent of it becoming the social service arm of the Catholic Church. He currently serves as the President of Catholic Charities of Idaho’s Board of Directors. The Charity Award was established in 2014 to honor 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, group or organization 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 children, developing a beautification program, distributing food to people suffering, etc.

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

marieDr. 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 honor Dr. Hoff’s passion and commitment to social justice.

The purpose of the Social Justice Achievement Award is to recognize an individual, group 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, educating on human rights abuses in the community, initiating community dialogue, organizing a low income community to develop their own business, etc.

What are the eligibility criteria for entering a nomination?

  1. The nomination for the Marie Hoff Social Justice Award is, or has been, engaged in the process of transforming social structures or societal attitudes that perpetuate injustice and poverty. For instance, social justice is organizing a rally against domestic violence, educating on human rights abuses in the community, organizing a low income community to develop their own business, etc.
  2. The nomination for the Bishop Michael Driscoll Charity Award is, or has been, working 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 children, developing a beautification program, distributing food to people suffering, etc.
  3. Nominees must reside in the state of Idaho.
  4. Members of the Board of Directors and Staff of Catholic Charities of Idaho may directly encourage and solicit nominations but are not eligible to receive this award. Members of the Public Policy Committee may not submit nominations.
  5. Nominees have been active in social justice and charity activities in Idaho that are consistent with the mission and values of Catholic Charities of Idaho and the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
  6. There will only be one annual winner for each award. The award recipients will be publicly recognized at the annual CCI Loaves & Fishes. The recipients will be given a plaque in which the name of the award recipients will be engraved. A second plaque will be made and attached to the larger wall plaque that will hang in the Catholic Charities of Idaho. A small donation will be made to a charitable organization designated by the award recipients.

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.

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Bishop Michael P. Driscoll Charity Award: 2014 is the first year of the award.

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.

 

 

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

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Thousands of children are fleeing their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras due to the lack of economic opportunity and threats from gangs. Children have experienced violence, sexual assault and forcible recruitment into criminal activity of gangs. For parents who send their children on the journey to the U.S., the life-threatening journey north is a more appealing option to these children and is viewed by their families as the last remaining option to secure their safety.

popePope Francis has called for the care and protection of these children. In a recent letter, the Holy Father wrote: “Such a humanitarian emergency demands as its first measure the urgent protection and properly taking in of the children.”

Catholic Charities and the Catholic Church see the incredible influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border to this country as a Humanitarian Crisis. Our agency and our partners are fully engaged in activities both at the national and local level responding to the needs of the thousands of families and children coming to this country in search of a better and safe life.

 

How to Help Locally

 

How to Help Nationally

 

Learn More About the Crisis

Protecting Children and Their Families »»

Pope Francis has called for the care and protection of these children. In a recent letter, the Holy Father wrote: “Such a humanitarian emergency demands as its first measure the urgent protection and properly taking in of the children.” The Holy Father also said that the root causes of their flight should be addressed, such as violence and endemic poverty.

These children should not be looked at through an enforcement lens, but through a child protection lens. A significant number could qualify for refugee protection, consistent with U.S. and international law. In fact, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has found that 58 percent of these children fleeing violence in their home countries could qualify for international protection as refugees.

As refugees fleeing persecution, these children are entitled to legal protections under U.S. law and international law. Again, in many cases they are fleeing for their lives. Current U.S. law requires that they be placed in a least restrictive setting and that they have a chance to go before an immigration judge so their case can be heard. This is the least we can do for this vulnerable population. Opponents want to change the law so the children are sent back without due process or a chance to go before an immigration judge. This would be akin to a fireman showing up at a burning house and locking the doors while people are trying to escape the flames.

We are also concerned about the large number of families coming into the United States. They are extremely vulnerable. Women and children are most vulnerable in a conflict situation, unable to protect themselves. Detention is not the appropriate setting for these families –they should be placed in community-based alternatives to detention. They also should have their claims heard by an immigration judge.

Factors Driving Children North »»

While there are ongoing factors, such as poverty and division of families, the primary factor driving the children north is the violence in their nations. Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, with El Salvador and Guatemala 4 and 5. Drug cartels are strengthening their hold on these countries as shipping routes for drugs to Mexico and the United States. Children are specifically targeted to join gangs or are threatened with death or rape or both. The governments of the region –particularly in the Northern triangle of Central America, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador– are increasingly unable to protect these children and their citizens. The U.S. bishops traveled to the region and issued a report on their findings in January, and Catholic Relief Services is present on the ground in all of these countries.

Statistics »»

The number of children apprehended at the U.S./Mexico border between 2004 and 2011 averaged 6,800 per year. In 2012, that total jumped to over 13,000 children, and then to 24,000 in 2013. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS/ORR) estimates between 60,000-90,000 unaccompanied children could enter the U.S. in 2014. They are being held in detention centers at the border and at other federal facilities like military bases.

The U.S. is the Global Protector of Human Rights »»

The United States is a leader in the protection of human rights globally. We often ask other nations to accept refugees, such as Lebanon and Jordan, which each host 1 million Syrian refugees. It would send the wrong signal to the world for our nation to return 60,000 children to their persecutors in Central America. Our moral authority in the world would be undermined and discredited.

Congressional Action is Needed »»

The current humanitarian challenge is a test of the moral character of our nation. This is not a time for political posturing, but a chance for bipartisan cooperation to humanely address this issue. As the leader of human rights protection globally, we cannot fail this test.

If we change current law and subject these children to expedited removal without access to legal representation and an immigration judge, we could be sending them back to great bodily harm and possibly death at the hands of gangs and criminal networks in their countries. We urge elected officials to protect these children and families.

Additional Resources »»

 

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The annual report will be posted this fall. Please check back again soon for information related to CCI’s service and financial overviews for the year.

For questions or to request a paper copy, please contact us.

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Thanks to our generous community, the 2014 Community Baby Shower was a huge success! As one of the four nonprofits selected to benefit from the 8th Annual On Your Side Community Baby Shower, Catholic Charities of Idaho received thousands of diapers, wipes, shampoos, blankets, bottles and other baby items that will help build strong, healthy families in the Treasure Valley.

In total, Catholic Charities of Idaho collected almost 15,000 diapers during the Community Baby Shower!

From each of CCI’s assigned Albertsons grocery stores and the Boise Saint Alphonsus Maternity Center, CCI collected the following:

  • 5,555 Diapers
  • 19,176 Individual Baby Wipes
  • 103 Clothing Items
  • 156 Baby Toiletries (Shampoos, Oils, Powders, etc.)
  • 63 Bottles & Food Items

 

What’s more, Albertsons provided a surprise donation of 35,000 diapers to the Community Baby Shower! CCI received 9,350 of these diapers.

Many thanks to Albertsons for their amazing generosity that will help support thousands of local families in need.


Putting the Community Baby Shower Donations to Use

 

CCI distributes the baby items collected from the Community Baby Shower as incentives to clients throughout the year. Recipients earn baby items for participating in CCI parenting classes or achieving self-sufficiency goals, such as searching for a job in our computer lab, participating in financial literacy trainings or reading about child development in our resource library.

This summer, CCI will offer a variety of opportunities that are focused on helping families succeed in the Treasure Valley. Below are a few upcoming events; for additional opportunities, please visit CCI’s agency calendar.


Check out these pictures of CCI staff and volunteers during the Community Baby Shower!

 

 Thank you Today’s 6 and FOX9 (along with 94.9 the River, 107.1 K-HITS, 100.3 The X, and Variety Rock 105.1) for partnering with Blue Cross of Idaho, St. Alphonsus and Albertson’s and supporting the 8th Annual Community Baby Shower.

 

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