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If you made a New Year's Resolution to eat better, we have the perfect way to start off your day with a quick, healthy, filling breakfast- prep a batch of "Carrot Cake Overnight Oats" and sneak in some nutritious (and delicious) veggies. This recipe was featured on the cover of our #HopeintheGoodLife recipe calendar and has become a favorite!

We're excited to announce a NEW weekly therapy group at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center (IHMCC) for teen girls ages 12-15 wanting to develop skills to manage anxiety and better social interactions.

by Katie Patrick

Happy New Year! After a couple of weeks of celebrating Christmas and New Year's followed by an unexpected third week of managing yet another round of colds and flu at home with the twins, it’s good to be back at CSS.

The Advent season leading up to Christmas is a time of great joy both for the good works we are able to accomplish together for our clients at CSS, and for the tremendous amounts of generosity we receive from people across the diocese. If you donated to CSS in 2022, either financially or by donating items to our thrift stores or warehouse, or if you prayed for our mission and the families we serve, from the bottom of our hearts – THANK YOU!

It’s a privilege to encounter the poor and vulnerable and love them the way Christ loves us. We, at CSS, know that it would not be possible without your support, which is why I want to invite you this year to share not only in our mission, but in our vision. Let me tell you how we found our vision.

Since 2010, Kay Wessel has been providing hope in the good life one diaper at a time throughout southern Nebraska. The diaper drives she's helped to organize through the years has resulted in more than a million diapers going to needy families. Kay tells us what inspired her to start this project and how it has gotten national and international attention.

Resolving to make it a healthier new year? Here are a few tips to help you reach your goals as well as help our neighbors with their own healthy "Hope in the Good Life" 2023!

Happy HOPE IN THE GOOD LIFE new year! Welcome 2023 with a healthy (and delicious!) apple salad.

by Katie Patrick

Jesus ministered in all kinds of ways, even when those he ministered to did not want to be ministered to at all – much like mothers ministering to their children.

Before you become a mom, you might dream of what it will be like. You spend time wondering what their hobbies will be and who their friends will be. You are convinced they will cherish all the wisdom and advice that you plan to share, and you pray fervently that they stay close to God. So imagine the surprise when your children become teenagers and have no intention of listening to you at all. That was me for most of junior high, high school, and early college.

by John Soukup, Catholic Social Services

LINCOLN – A national publication that focuses on the nonprofit industry recently gave Katie Patrick, executive director of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska (CSS), the 2022 Rising Star Award.

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