Volunteer Highlight – Nancy Burtenshaw!

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Yoga may not be the first kind of services that come to mind for women experiencing homelessness, or living in transitional housing, but Carmen, a CCS/CHS Coming Home Case Manager, likes to think outside the box! Carmen recently reached out to a local Seattle yoga studio to recruit a volunteer yoga instructor and found Nancy …

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Compassionately Serving the Immigrant and Refugee Community

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Carlos* came to Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) with a serious mental health diagnosis and resulting addiction challenges that he had been experiencing for over 15 years. A private attorney had referred Carlos to CCS for assistance. “Catholic Immigration Legal Services takes on clients with a lot of barriers that other agencies turn down. We really …

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CCS’ Legal Action Center gets a new grant and name.

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Introducing the Tenant Law Center! For over 25 years, CCS’ Legal Action Center has focused on preventing homelessness in King County. With additional funding from Building Changes to remove barriers for homeless families, the Legal Action Center team have changed their name to more accurately describe the focus of their work. The newly renamed Tenant …

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2017 Annual Report

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As the agency celebrates our 100th Anniversary and envisions the next “Century of Hope,”  I want to thank you for your service to and solidarity with poor and vulnerable people in our communities. Each year, we provide this Annual Report to you as a reminder of our agency-wide Mission, grounded in Catholic social teaching, to …

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“Having my own place helped me concentrate and set goals for each day. It’s working and I’m proud of myself!”

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Providing more than affordable housing is at the heart of our mission at Catholic Housing Services.  Beyond safe, secure housing for low or no-income individuals and families, is our deep commitment to be caring stewards who honor and support each resident. Betty Parker, a veteran CHS staffer, knows well the stabilizing effect permanent housing can have …

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CCS opened the door and said “Come in!” It’s where I found hope.

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Renard Smith was a gifted athlete in high school and earned a college scholarship, graduating with a BA degree in business. His dreams were realized with a good job and a plan to marry his sweetheart. “Unthinkable tragedy and traumatic life experiences changed my dreams. I lived through very dark times and great loss. I …

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Washington State to recognize March 31st as Cesar Chavez Day!

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We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sake and for our own. – CESAR CHAVEZ   After five years of advocacy from many individuals and organizations including CCS/CHS, the Latino Civic Alliance, …

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Thank you for making a real impact!

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We have been humbled by the response to the 2017 CCS Appeal for the Poor. You, along with thousands of others, demonstrated your commitment to our neighbors most in need, raising over $2.5 million for essential basic needs and emergency services—services that change lives and create hope. For more information, please contact us.

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New Federal Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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One hundred forty-five people fatally overdose on opioids or heroin each day in the U.S., and nearly 700 Washingtonians and 42,000 Americans have died of an opioids overdose in 2016 alone.* Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services (CCS/CHS) clients and staff came to support and discuss legislation that U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Kamala …

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