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Catholic Charities of Idaho is excited to host an upcoming facilitator training titled, “Learning to Live Together: An Intercultural and Interfaith Program for Ethics Education.” Learning to Live Together is being used successfully in more than 30 countries. This is the first facilitator training in the U.S. Be part of a worldwide movement and empower youth to change the world.

Are you interested in working with children and young people on inter-cultural and inter-faith programs? Are you interested in learning participatory approaches to working with children and young people on ethics education? Are you interested in supporting children and young people to nurture their innate spirituality? Then this training is a great opportunity for you to develop your capacity and to work with others who share similar passions.



An Intercultural and Interfaith Program for Ethics Education

October 18, 19 & 20

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday

Catholic Charities of Idaho’s Administrative Office

(1501 S Federal Way, Boise ID 83705)



To Register

This training is generously funded by Arigatou International.  Cost per participant is $40 for lunches and break refreshments. Please follow the below two steps to register for this event by October 4, 2013.

Step 1: Complete the registration form online and press “submit” at the bottom of the form.


Register Here


 Step 2: Pay the $40 registration fee online by credit card, or pay by check and mail to: Catholic Charities of Idaho, 1501 S. Federal Way, Boise, ID 83705


Pay Online


About the Training

Learning to Live Together provides youth workers, educators, counselors, therapists, and social workers worldwide with the tools to provide an intercultural and interfaith program by which children, youth and young adults draw on their own innate strengths to develop a stronger sense of their own ethical commitments. It is designed to help them understand and respect people from other cultures and religions and to nurture their sense of a global community. This resource has been developed in close cooperation with UNESCO and UNICEF.

Objectives of the Learning to Live Together Program

1. To strengthen the capacity of children and young people to make well-grounded ethical decisions based on values that promote respect for other cultures and beliefs.
2. To empower children and young people to engage in dialogue – to listen and to talk – as a means of developing greater sensitivity to differences and an understanding of others.
3. To nurture children’s and young people’s ability to respond to the needs of their societies with an attitude of reconciliation and respect for diversity and to contribute, in this manner, to a culture of peace.
4. To allow children and young people to appreciate and nurture their spirituality.
5. To affirm human dignity as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the CRC and in the teachings of all religious traditions.
6. To affirm the possibility of living together, respecting one another in a world of different religious, ethnic and cultural traditions.
7. To provide tools to work with intercultural and interfaith learning in different regions and in diverse settings.
8. To develop and promote successful practices for living together with people of different cultures, ethnicities, beliefs and religions.

Meet the Trainers

Maria Lucia Uribe: Maria Lucia is the Director of Arigatou International’s Geneva office.  Maria Lucia holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel, World Peace Academy in Switzerland. She wrote her Master’s thesis on Peace Education in Colombia: A Contribution to Positive Peace, and does research and international consultancy in this area. Maria Lucia has eleven years of international experience working in leadership development and intercultural/interfaith education for children and youth.

Suchith Abeyewickreme:  Suchith is a U.S. Department of State Community Solutions Program Fellow at Search for Common Ground, Washington, DC.  Formerly the Regional Project Manager for Learning To Live Together Ethics Education program in South and South-East Asia, Mr. Abeyewickreme has 4 years of experience working on the LTLT program directly with children and in training youth leaders, social workers and educators.

Continuing Education

Approved for 19.5 Continuing Education hours by the Idaho Board of Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists.  Certificate of completion available for all other professionals.

For More information

Please contact Melaney Swenson at Catholic Charities of Idaho for more information about this program.

Melaney Swenson, LCSW

(208) 350-7495


This training is generously funded by Arigatou International and has been developed in close cooperation with UNESCO and UNICEF.



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Women, now is the perfect time to take a good hard look at your professional wardrobe and donate those pieces you don’t use to women who will! Catholic Charities of Idaho in Idaho Falls is partnering with Candlewood Suites to collect gently used professional women’s clothing.

Donations will be used at the free “Outfitted to Interview” event on October 4th and given to women who want to change their employment status. If you are in the Idaho Falls area and would like to participate, you can either drop donated items off during our “Saturday Clothes Out” drive through event or find a donation box in a participating location.

Saturday Clothes out

Drive Through & Donate

Women’s Professional Clothing

Saturday, September 21st

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Candlewood Suites


Fall Clothes out

If you can’t attend the Saturday Clothes Out Event, Please Drop Off Clothing Items by September 27th at one of the following locations:

Stevens-Henager College: 901 Pier View Dr, Ste 105

La Quinta Inn & Suites: 2501 South 25th

Catholic Charities Office: 151 N. Ridge, Suite 270

Candlewood Suites: 665 Pancheri Dr.


Donations will be used at the free “Outfitted to Interview” event on October 4th and given to women who are under or unemployed. The event will focus on resume prep, interview prep, and image prep. Classes will be held at Stevens-Henager College. Call 528-7692 if you would like to attend.


Donation Tips:

  • Would you wear the items to an interview or your first week on a new job?
  • Were the clothes purchased in the last five years?
  • Are the items clean and in good repair?


“Fall Clothes Out” and “Outfitted to Interview” are generously sponsored by:

Candlewood Suites Stevens-HenagerLaQuinta

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A state of emergency has been declared in Colorado caused by endless rain and flooding. As flood waters continue to rise and surge, thousands of people are unaccounted for and tens of thousands have been evacuated.


Your donation is urgently needed to assist people impacted by this emergency, which has destroyed homes and wiped out roads, causing incredible damage that will need long-term rebuilding. Your contribution will save lives, rebuild homes, provide shelter and supplies, and restore hope.


As this situation continues to develop, Catholic Charities USA is monitoring the situation on the ground and is standing ready to help emergency personnel in disaster response and recovery – assisting families and individuals with shelter, food, and other immediate and long-term needs.


Make a donation to CCUSA today. Help these flood victims who need long-term support to rebuild their homes, their communities and their lives.


Call to Give to CCUSA:



Mail a Check to CCUSA:

Catholic Charities USA

P.O. Box 17066

Baltimore, MD


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Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI) announced today that Stephanie Dockweiler will assume the role of Executive Director effective Tuesday, September 3, 2013. With over 18 years of management and nursing experience focused on community health, Stephanie brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty.



Prior to coming to CCI, Stephanie served as the Health Department Director at Malheur County Health Department in Ontario, Oregon. An active member of Holy Apostles Parish in Meridian, Stephanie serves on the Parent Advisory Group, helping create programs which assist special needs children through religious education. Stephanie and her husband, Thomas, enjoy spending quality time with their family.

Stephanie’s enthusiasm for faith and community has prepared her to serve Idahoans most in need as CCI’s Executive Director. Stephanie stated,


“I am looking forward to supporting the excellent work CCI has accomplished over the past 13 years and to joining a talented team of staff and volunteers. With growing support from our generous communities, we will continue to move CCI forward into the future.”


Stephanie will assume the Executive Director role from Interim Executive Director, Sister Arlene Ellis, SSC. Catholic Charities of Idaho is truly grateful for Sister Arlene’s faithful leadership which inspired and motivated staff and volunteers throughout Idaho.



8-27-2013 Official Press Release Announcing CCI’s New Executive Director

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Catholic Charities of Idaho is pleased to announce the opening of a Plaza Comunitaria in Canyon County, with classes starting October 1, 2013, at the Nampa Family Strengthening Center.

Plaza Comunitaria is a program developed by the government of Mexico to provide Mexicans and Latinos living abroad the opportunity to begin, continue or improve their education in Spanish. Studies indicate that these students can learn English faster and more efficiently if they first have a solid education in their own language. Upon completion of a program, students receive a certificate from the Mexican Ministry of Education.

Elementary school subjects, middle school courses, literacy programs and other online courses are free.

If you are interested in registering as a student or would like to volunteer as a tutor please contact Blanca Luna at 466-9926.


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Catholic Charities of Idaho is hosting its first annual Putt Past Poverty Golf Tournament at Sage Lakes Golf Course in Idaho Falls on August 24th. All proceeds of the golf tournament will be used to fund programs that help Eastern Idahoans break the cycle of poverty and improve their economic circumstances. Register today to participate on a team or consider becoming a tournament sponsor and make a difference in your community!

Putt Past Poverty Golf Tournament

August 24, 2013; 8:30 a.m.

Sage Lakes Golf Course, Idaho Falls


Tournament Details

The Putt Past Poverty Golf Tournament will be held at Sage Lakes Golf Course (100 East 65 North, Idaho Falls) on August 24th; play will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The tournament will be played in a scramble format with teams of four. Prizes will be given at the end of the tournament for closest to the pin, longest drive and the winning team. Registration costs include tournament entry, green fees and a BBQ lunch.

Registration is easy! Simply click below and pay registration fees online with a credit card. To register for the tournament by mail, you can download a Putt Past Poverty Golf Tournament Brochure.


Register to Play


Help bring Idaho one step closer to breaking the cycle of poverty and providing hope to families in your community – become a sponsor for the Putt Past Poverty Golf Tournament! Sponsorship packages are available at two levels: $200 (includes signage on a tee-box) and $440 (includes signage on a tee-box, registration for a four person team and two carts). Click below to become a tournament sponsor.


Become a Sponsor


Proceeds from the Putt Past Poverty Golf Tournament will directly benefit the Eastern Idaho Individual Development Accounts Program and help build stronger, more prosperous Idaho communities.

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that help people with modest means save towards the purchase of a lifelong asset, such as a home or education. IDAs match the deposits of low-income participants into special savings accounts. In addition to earning match dollars, participants learn about budgeting, saving, and purchasing an asset. Participants can use their savings and match money toward the purchase of a home or to further their or their children’s education. IDAs make it possible for individuals to build financial assets they need to become economically self-sufficient, have hope for the future, and achieve the American dream.


For more information on the tournament, sponsorship or registration, please contact:

Jason Batalden, CCI Regional Director

151 North Ridge, Suite 130, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

(208) 350-7493

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Catholic Charities of Idaho is partnering with Today’s 6, FOX9 and Walmart to collect diapers and other baby items for Treasure Valley families in need July 11-19th. You can support our work at CCI and help build strong, healthy families in the Treasure Valley by participating in the Community Baby Shower.

Visit CCI’s booth at the Nampa Walmart (5875 E. Franklin Rd., Nampa) and drop off your donated items. Catholic Charities of Idaho’s Boise and Nampa Family Strengthening Centers are honored to be one of five area non-profits to be chosen as beneficiaries. 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.

2013 Community Baby Shower

July 11th – July 19th

Walmart Supercenter off Garrity Blvd.


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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Marie D. Hoff Social Justice Award

Do you know an individual, group or organization you greatly admire 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?
Do you know an individual, group or organization who truly lives out Catholic social teaching and embraces both charity and justice?

Nominate an Idaho hero who works to transform your community today!

If you know of an individual, group or organizations in Idaho whose social justice service deserves recognition, please consider nominating the individual or ministry for CCI’s Marie D. Hoff Social Justice Award.

Please complete the below nomination form and email, mail or fax it to CCI by August 15th, 2013.


Download Form


Eligibility Criteria for the Award

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

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. This award was established by Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI) staff in 2005 to honor Dr. Hoff’s passion and commitment to social justice.

The award recipient will be publicly recognized at the annual CCI Loaves and Fishes. The recipient will be given a plaque on which the name of the award recipient(s) 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 Boise office. A small donation will be made to a charitable organization designated by the award recipient.

The mission and values of the designated charity must be consistent with 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.”

The purpose of the 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.

What are the eligibility criteria for entering a nomination?

  1. The nomination should show that the Nominee is, or has been, engaged in the process of transforming social structures or societal attitudes that perpetuate injustice and poverty.
  2. Nominee(s) must reside in the state of Idaho.
  3. 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.
  4. Nominee(s) have been active in social justice activities in Idaho that are consistent with the mission and values of Catholic Charities of Idaho and the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
  5. There will only be one winner.

Previous Winners of the 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.

What is the nomination procedure?

  1. The CCI Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee (A.K.A. the selection committee), will publish a call for nominations for the award annually through email, website and the Idaho Catholic Register and 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 August 15th.
  3. Please return Nomination form by August 15th to:

Catholic Charities of Idaho

MDH Social Justice Award Selection Committee

1501 S. Federal Way Boise, ID 83705

Email:  or Fax: 208-350-7499



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

Christine Tiddens, LMSW, Public Policy & Communications Coordinator; 208-350-7488


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Idaho Food Bank Fund: Grant Applications Open July 1st – July 31st

The Idaho Food Bank Fund will accept grant applications between July 1 and July 31 from any Idaho nonprofit that provides hunger relief services.  Funds can be used to support ongoing hunger-relief programs and services, purchase food and/or expand existing capacity (new freezers, shelving, transportation, etc.).

Qualified applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations but are not required to have any connection with Community Action Partnership of Idaho, Catholic Charities of Idaho or The Idaho Foodbank.

Apply for the Idaho Food Bank Fund Grant: Please read through the grant guidelines below before completing the application. Click HERE to access the application form.


Information for Applicants


Who is Eligible: Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Idaho whose services include hunger-relief. Applicants are NOT required to be a member of The Idaho Foodbank partner network, Catholic Charities of Idaho or the Idaho Community Action Partnership in order to apply.


What We Fund: Funds can be used to support ongoing hunger-relief programs and services, purchase food, and/or expand existing capacity (new freezers, shelving, transportation, etc). The typical grant amount is between $500 – $5,000, though strong applications with a special project over $5,000 will be considered on a case by case basis.


Deadlines: Our grant cycle opens July 1 each year and applications are accepted through July 31. Grant awards are announced in late September and funds are dispersed in early October. Recipients must submit progress reports in March and October.


How to Apply: We prefer applicants use our online form, which can be accessed HERE. From the application page, applicants may also download a fillable PDF form, which can be completed and emailed to, or printed and mailed to the address below. Mailed applications must be received (not postmarked) by July 31.


Idaho Food Bank Fund
c/o The Idaho Foodbank
3562 South TK Ave
Boise, ID 83705


Purpose and Background

Thousands of children, families, and senior citizens across Idaho depend on access to free emergency food. The Idaho Food Bank Fund provides financial support to local nonprofits who offer this important service in their communities. Grant awards help these organizations, which are often volunteer-driven, cover vital costs and activities associated with their work.


The Fund was established by the Idaho State Legislature in 2009 and monies are accepted on behalf of donors by the Idaho Tax Commission through what is commonly known as a ‘tax check off’ on Idaho State tax returns. The Idaho Foodbank is the recognized fiduciary agent for the Idaho Food Bank Fund, which is administered through an agreement between three statewide organizations: The Idaho Foodbank, Catholic Charities of Idaho, and the Community Action Partnership Association of Idaho. Idaho Food Bank Fund legislation reads:


57-824. There is hereby created in the state treasury, the Idaho Food Bank Fund. Moneys in the fund shall be appropriated to The Idaho Foodbank to provide food, information and support services to hungry people of this state through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations and individuals by serving as a central clearinghouse for donated and purchased food.


2012 Grants Award Recipients

  • $2,000 to West Valley Elementary School in Fruitland for healthy after-school snacks and a new refrigerator-freezer.
  • $2,000 to the Bingham Crisis Center in Blackfoot to replace two old donated refrigerators that kept breaking down, a new upright freezer to replace their 20+ year old freezer and purchase perishable foods to assist emergency-shelter clients.
  • $4,200 to the Cascade Food Pantry to install six heavy-duty shelving units for better distribution and storage. The pantry also acquired additional freezers and refrigerators to help distribute milk, eggs and meat on a more regular basis.
  • $4,176 to the Horseshoe Bend Community Pantry to purchase meat, eggs, and fruit for clients on a monthly basis for the upcoming year. Without the grant, such purchases would have been impossible.
  • $1,500 to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Lewiston to buy a refrigerator and shelving needed to supply fresh foods, frozen foods and canned goods.
  • $3,000 to Mercy Housing Northwest-Idaho in Eagle to provide healthy cooking classes for the low-income residents at Mercy Housing Northwest-Idaho properties across the state. The grant also funded healthy meals and snacks for the school-aged children enrolled in Mercy’s on-site after school and summer program.

Contact Information:


The Idaho Foodbank:

Karen Vauk, (208) 336-9643

Catholic Charities of Idaho:

Christine Tiddens, (208) 350-7488

Community Action Partnership of Idaho: 

Christine Zamora, (208) 375-7382


For more information about how to apply:


Email To learn more about the fund, view the public service announcement and access the grant application, go to