Agency seeks donations to help kids start school with new shoes.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) announced plans today that it’s expanding its Kicks for Kids program to buy school shoes for children affected by the 2016 floods and asks for community support to students start school on the right foot. The expansion will put the program’s budget in the red, and the agency is asking for donations to make up the difference. 

Since 2007, Catholic Charities Kicks for Kids has paired up with area churches, Payless Shoe Source and to collect funds to buy new school shoes for 6,000 children. All of the families receiving shoe vouchers are current or former clients of Catholic Charities.  However, the agency spokesman says the need is growing every year as CCDBR expands the geographic range and client groups included in the drive. 

Way of the Cross procession with State Capitol in backgroundCatholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Joseph Cathedral will host their annual Way of the Cross downtown Good Friday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The procession begins at St. Joseph Cathedral, travels a 14-station route throughout the State Capitol grounds, returning to the steps of the Cathedral.  

The Way of the Cross is a symbolic pilgrimage highlighting the suffering of Christ in the world today through the poor, abandoned, abused, ill and homeless. It is an opportunity for the Baton Rouge faith community to come together for a day of united prayer. 

Check out this video from the 2010 Way of the Cross. 

Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program has been welcoming people to our Diocese since 1974. Chances are ... you know someone we helped. In response to the flood of misinformation spreading through social media and the high volume of inquiries we've received in the past few days, we've put together a list of FAQs concerning Syrian refugees in Louisiana and the refugee process. Check back for future developments.  

You can help. Please share our message. Read the message from the Diocese of Baton Rouge and  the Archbishop of New Orleans’ message about the Catholic Church’s role in resettlement.  Get the real facts about the resettlement process from a reliable source. Open your heart and answer Jesus' biblical call to welcome the stranger.

How many refugees, and specifically Syrians, are in the Baton Rouge area?

A State Department web site reveals 15 total refugees, of all nationalities, have resettled in Louisiana in the month of October, since the Federal government announced it would resettle 10,000 Syrians throughout the nation.  

None, 0, of these 15 are from Syria.  Most are from Asia. 

Currently there are no Syrians scheduled for resettlement in the Diocese of Baton Rouge through March of 2016.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge resettled one, 1, Syrian last year, and that person subsequently moved out of Louisiana and their case transferred to another agency.  Federal officials track these cases, not CCDBR, and these relocations are routine.

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