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United Way of the Midlands Awards $613,700 to Catholic Charities

Media Contact: Cailan Franz

United Way of the Midlands Awards $613,700 to Catholic Charities
New Funding Focuses on Neighborhood Centers in south and north Omaha

Catholic Charities of Omaha is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $613,700 grant from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of United Way donors, Catholic Charities is able to continue to provide critical community services, including mental health and addiction recovery counseling, Douglas County’s only domestic violence shelter and food assistance programs for the most vulnerable in our community.

This year, Catholic Charities is grateful for additional funding for our neighborhood centers in north and south Omaha. Both Catholic Charities neighborhood centers offer food assistance through our emergency food pantries to meet immediate food and nutrition needs. The Catholic Charities Juan Diego Center in south Omaha provides immigration legal assistance services and family strengthening programs offer resources and case management support to help families achieve self-sufficiency and greater participation in the community. The Catholic Charities Christ Child North Center in north Omaha offers premier programming for seniors focusing on community involvement and encouraging seniors to maintain independence through education and advocacy. In 2014, over 30,460 unique individuals were served through Catholic Charities neighborhood centers.

When Maria first came to the Juan Diego Center, she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and was unable to work. Case managers connected with medical help as well as a therapist and a support group for abused women. The emergency food pantry provided food for Maria and her children as she bravely left her abuser and helped police prosecute him for his crimes. Because of her help with the domestic violence investigation against her husband, Maria and her son qualified for U-Visas. The Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance Services team at the Juan Diego Center helped Maria successfully submit her application for residency. Maria and her son benefited from several United Way funded services at the Juan Diego Center, including the Latina Resource Center, emergency food pantry and immigration legal Assistance services.

“United Way’s funding of our neighborhood centers allows us to continue to care for the hungry, abused and vulnerable who come to Catholic Charities seeking help and advocacy,” said John Griffith, Catholic Charities executive director. “Catholic Charities is grateful for the support of the United Way donors for ensuring we can serve the community where we are needed most.”

About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community. People affected by domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, unplanned pregnancy and other emergency situations can find sanctuary in times of overwhelming hardship, while opening doors for promising futures. Catholic Charities has a rich tradition of serving and advocating for more than 100,000 voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused and forgotten individuals and families annually throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, regardless of race, nationality, religion or economic status. For more information on Catholic Charities, visit

About United Way of the Midlands:
United Way of the Midlands helps the most vulnerable in our community, and works on human service solutions that will benefit our metro area for generations to come. We connect people and organizations with a secure way to donate their financial support and their time, and connect them to a strong network of health and human service programs that help our neighbors build a better life for themselves, Thanks to all who come together at United Way’s table, we are COMMUNITY STRONG.