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Forty One Years of Saving Survivors of Domestic Violence - January 2020

Omaha, NE – For more than four decades, Jan Young has been saving the lives of women and children of domestic abuse. Since 1978, Young’s career has been with the Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities. She has been instrumental in helping abuse victims escape violent relationships and transition into a safer, healthier life style. Now comes the time for Young to transition as well. After 41 years of service, Young will retire from Catholic Charities.

For most of her time with the organization, Young has served as the Community Reintegration Advocate. She has made significant contributions to Catholic Charities and has influenced, empowered and saved countless lives. A true testament to her work is the number of previous clients who continue to reach out to her, even years after leaving the program, to update Young on their progress and accomplishments.

“Victims of abuse deserve better. Many need help accepting that. There are too many deaths related to domestic violence. Living in fear should not be an option for anyone,” said Young. “We teach our clients that they can be successful after leaving an abusive relationship and stress the importance of building a support system. Seeing the women I have helped grow and succeed is the best feeling.”

According to Vice President of Program Services, Theresa Swoboda, “Jan has given over forty one years of her life to ministering to survivors of domestic violence. All those years of ministry, work, and service that Jan has devoted are woven into the fabric of Catholic Charities and we are forever grateful to her.”

In 2019, Catholic Charities received more than 1,000 calls to our crisis hotline. Domestic Advocates are available by phone 24/7 to answer questions, discuss options, and provide support including crisis intervention and safety planning. Last year, we had more than 90 families access our Shelter for a secure, temporary place to stay while receiving care and support as they regained control of their lives.

About Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community, serving over 80,000 people in need every year. Since 1926, Catholic Charities has had a rich tradition of serving and advocating for the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused, and forgotten individuals and families throughout the Omaha Archdiocese’s 23 counties.  THAT’S THE POWER OF COMMUNITY!  For more information on Catholic Charities, visit

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