Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties held an open house at its new location in Jackson. The consolidation from two older facilities into one new location at 3425 Francis St. has allowed the organization to expand its human services to area clients, including on-site foster care and adoption services.
Prior to the open house, Bishop Earl Boyea conducted a service that included blessing the new location. He thanked the contributors, volunteers and community partners working with the agency and said “We become our best selves when we give ourselves away. For those who believe, this is our way to become Jesus Christ to others.”
More than hundred people joined staff for the celebration, which included a ribbon cutting and dedication of the St. Teresa of Calcutta Giving Society. Guests toured the facility and learned of the variety of services provided by Catholic Charities from transporting seniors to vital medical appointments to group, individual and family counseling.
“We are excited to be able to improve client services through significantly updated facilities, better accessibility, and a comfortable environment more conducive to outpatient counseling and group therapy,” said Sue Lewis, executive director. “By working under one roof, we have the opportunity to improve service delivery, increase program collaboration, and offer integrated services for families.”
An example of integrated services could be a parent working with Catholic Charities towards reunification with their children who have been placed in foster care. Part of the reunification plan may require therapy such as substance abuse treatment for the parent or counseling for the children. Catholic Charities staff can work together creating a plan for all members of the family providing help and healing. When one family member is dealing with trauma it often impacts the rest of the family. For example, if a father can find strength and hope in one domain of his life and has established trust with Catholic Charities, he’ll know the agency can offer help for his loved ones in other areas as well.
The Personal Needs and Linen Closet will continue to operate from 407 S. Mechanic St. They are open the second and fourth Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon. Donations to the Personal Needs and Linen Closet will be accepted at the Francis St. facility during normal business hours.