Light of Hope Fund/Helping Our Neighbors


04/21/2022 NVW: Richard Withers

Shortly after Richard Withers retired, he saw an advertisement in the newspaper asking for volunteers to support elderly people to stay in their homes. Richard enjoyed helping people, and he wanted to do something useful with his time, so he answered the advertisement. Years later, he is still an active volunteer with Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Services program in Ephrata.

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04/20/2022 NVW: Arlene Bergam

Arlene Bergam knows that you need to stick with an idea and see it through to reap the benefits. She has stuck with Catholic Charities (Catholic Family & Child Service to Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington) for 17 years.

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04/19/2022 Opportunities from the Great Resignation

Does it seem like everyone around you is looking for a new job? That might just be the case. So many people switched careers in 2021 that news organizations coined the trend as “The Great Resignation.” The US Department of Labor reported that over 4.4 million people left their jobs in September 2021 alone. Most stayed in the labor market and just switched careers, but others opted to stay home with children, retire early, or start their own home-based business.

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04/18/2022 NVW: Lauren Peterson

Beginning her Jesuit Volunteer/AmeriCorps project in the middle of the COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy Campaign was challenging for Lauren Peterson. The pandemic completely changed her service role.

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04/06/2022 Los programas de vivienda de Catholic Charities ofrecen esperanza para la gente sin hogar

La gente sin hogar enfrenta tantos desafíos: desde la falta de estabilidad, miedo constante, problemas de seguridad, y el estigma asociado. Las posesiones personales o los medicamentos a menudo son robados mientras las personas sin hogar duermen y esto puede agravar los problemas de salud mental u otros problemas médicos. La violencia de noche también es un problema frecuente, por eso muchas personas sin hogar duermen durante el día cuando es más seguro para ellos.

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