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Summer 2010
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How you can help... Eat at Pinchers Crab Shack! 
The week of August 16 through August 22 is designated Catholic Charities Benefit Week at all Pinchers Crab Shack locations in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach,  North and South Fort Myers, and Sarasota. When you mention "Catholic Charities" a total of 10% of the check will go to our organization. Please consider a meal out at Pinchers Crab Shack during this week and help Catholic Charities help your neighbors in need. 
Click HERE to find the location of the Pinchers Crab Shack nearest you.
New facility opens doors with 
dedication and blessing ceremony  

Venice--Our Mother's House of Catholic Charities opened the doors to a third facility with a dedication and blessing ceremony. Bishop Frank Dewane, leader of the Diocese of Venice, officiated the event held at the new building located at 500 Venice Avenue.

"Our Mother's House is about hope and choice," said Program Director Joyce Scott to the many community partners and supporters in attendance. "When a mother makes the choice to better herself, she creates a brighter future for both she and her child."

Senior Services offer independence for elderly 


Fort Myers--After suffering through two strokes, 83-year-old Julien Jeudy still was able to live at home. However, his vision in both eyes became weak and he discovered he needed surgery. Since Jeudy had only emergency Medicaid for health insurance, he was unable to pay for the procedure and his ability to remain independent was threatened.

Senior Services of Catholic Charities provides free assistance with daily living to elderly who are disabled, home bound, and cannot perform personal care activities without some help. The program targets the under served population with no health insurance who are usually isolated and alone most of the time. The mission of the program is to help the senior citizen to live in the least restricted environment such as their home.

Staff partners with Habitat for Humanity
to end homelessness in Arcadia 

Arcadia--Staff members of Catholic Charities of DeSoto County and students from the agency's After School Tutoring Program spent a day lending a hand at Habitat for Humanity. "We helped with painting, caulking, and general cleanup," said Andrea Herigodt, Program Director. "It was a good time had by all."
Herigodt said the family that will receive the Habitat home was a former client of Catholic Charities of DeSoto County. "The community must work together to help stabilize families," she said.
Annual fundraiser offers students necessary undergarments and supplies to attend school
Collier County--Organizers of the 14th Annual Undy Sunday event are preparing for more students than ever to be in need of items to be ready for another school year. During August about 50 Collier County churches and synagogues will be asking their members to donate new underwear and socks for school-aged children along with donations of money for other necessary school items.

Participating religious communities will set out donation boxes on Sunday, August 15 and Sunday, August 22. Donors will be asked to bring new socks and new underwear for boys and girls sizes six through 12. Monetary donations also are needed to purchase backpacks and school supplies.

Event promises to entertain and fund worthy cause 

Venice--Plans are underway for the 3rd Annual Sugar Bowl Show of Shows to be  held Saturday, November 6, at 2 p.m. at the Venice Community Center. The show will feature The Ditchfield Family Singers, and Ken McBride with Joe Beddia. Tickets are $20. 

The show planning committee include members of the Knights of Columbus Councils (above) from Venice, Englewood, North Port, and Grove City. The Knights have been working hard to put on an exciting show. All proceeds will benefit the Sugar Bowl Fund, a partnership program with Catholic Charities that assists families in need who are suffering from an economic hardship. Last year, 34 families in Sarasota and Northern Charlotte Counties were helped through the program.
To become a sponsor or purchase tickets, please call Dick Maier at 941-496-8181 or email at
Providing relief from mental health issues 
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice offers counseling  services to help individuals and families live a richer life. When Angelina turned four-years-old, her mother brought her to Catholic Charities for selective mutism. She was worried that Angelina would not adapt well to school as she was not able to talk to people outside the family.
During the initial counseling sessions, Angelina refused to speak. But through play therapy, barriers were broken and soon there was no stopping Angelina from using her words. Angelina confronted her fears and began to express herself outside the home and most importantly at school. Angelina now is achieving outstanding academic marks.
Licensed, professional clinical therapists at Catholic Charities offer individual, couples, family and group counseling. Catholic Charities offers services in two locations: Catholic Charities of Sarasota County (941-355-4680) and Catholic Charities of Collier County (239-455-2655).
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. serves the ten-county area of Southwest Florida.