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.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, family members, Catholic Charities and volunteers from St. Aloysius Catholic Church were on hand to greet an Iraqi family of 5 as they arrived at the Baton Rouge airport to join other family members CCDBR resettled last year.
“In today’s world, service to the poor often means helping people from around the globe, said David Aguillard, a parishioner at Aloysius and Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. “We live our Christian faith and Catholic tradition when we welcome them as members of our single human family, house them, and help them become our new neighbors.”
“This is nothing new for Aloysius,” continued Aguillard. “We’ve done the same for other families in past years, helping Catholic Charities house and welcome refugees when they first arrive no matter where they’re from.”
January 25, 2017
WASHINGTON—President Donald J. Trump today issued an executive order to construct a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, to significantly increase immigrant detention and deportation, and to disregard the judgment of state and local law enforcement on how best to protect their communities.
The U.S./Mexico border, spanning approximately 2000 miles, already has roughly 700 miles of fencing and barrier that was constructed under the George W. Bush administration. In response to the decision to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border, Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the Committee of Migration and Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, stated:
The refugee process is complicated and confusing, even for people entrenched in this work. That, coupled with rumor, may cause people to question this work. We have complied a list of answers to questions below that you might have.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge will dedicate its newly renovated and expanded home for homeless pregnant women on Tuesday, September 20. The Sanctuary for Life now also offers a safe haven for women and their newborns.
Bishop Robert W. Muench will bless and lead the dedication ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
“The Sanctuary for Life has offered a safe haven for over 250 women and unborn children since it was first established in 1999,” said David C. Aguillard. “As Louisiana’s only housing program of its type, its often saved the lives of the children and also their mothers who had no place else to turn,” he said.