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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New Catholic Initiative for Poor Families and Communities

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The Catholic Initiative for Poor Families and Communities is a new collaboration focusing on parishes to assist them in expanding their capacity for outreach and advocacy, and helping them respond to the 2016 Washington State Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Poverty, “Who is My Neighbor?” The Initiative is a collaborative partnership committed to expanding Catholic engagement …

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Amerigroup provides $17,000 award towards creative family housing solutions

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Tremendous thanks to Amerigroup for a recent $17,000 award to be put towards creative family housing solutions! Our community does not have sufficient resources to shelter all people experiencing homelessness, which results in thousands of people sleeping outside even though they have a viable path to housing stability. A key strategy to reduce the number …

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All Souls Day – Annual Day of Remembrance

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On All Souls Day, Nov. 2nd, CCS/CHS hosted an Annual Day of Remembrance service for residents, clients, staff and friends of CCS/CHS who passed away in the last year. Fr. Magnano, pastor at Christ Our Hope, gave a reflection and staff participated in readings. Together we created a beautiful and sacred space inside the Josephinum …

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Volunteer Highlight!

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“Kris and I know that we are working with a wonderful organization right in our own region that changes lives and gives people hope.”  Chuck and Kris Kusak, third generation owners of Kusak Cut Glass Works in Seattle, reflect on the many volunteer projects and programs of Catholic Community Services they have participated in over …

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Help Create Safe, Supportive Communities

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“Three years ago I was standing on a street corner. I had no idea what was next. I was 60 years old, and I was dying out there. I knew I needed help.” At the tender age of thirteen, Dennis found himself homeless, alone, with no safe place to rest or family to care for …

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EPiC Generosity Helps to Create a Safer Community

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Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable during emergency situations. Emergency Management practices have shown that preparedness is critical for safety and comfort in days after an emergency when individuals may be on their own without heat, power, and water. Purchasing the necessary supplies can be out of reach for most low-income seniors living in subsidized housing, …

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