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by Katie Patrick

Give to Lincoln Day is just around the corner! In fact, early donations are now being accepted.

From May 1 to May 26, you can donate to Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska to help the poor and vulnerable in our diocese. Your donation will help the women and children at St. Gianna Women’s Homes. It will help families facing food insecurity and it will help cover rent and utilities for households in need. Your donation will help newly arrived refugee families and immigrant families and so much more!

Coordinated by the Lincoln Community Foundation, in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, this is an exciting day for several reasons.

Faheem Rashidi and his family came to this country from Afghanistan in 2000 and were resettled in Lincoln by Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska. Today, he is a successful businessman who shares his story of how he found hope in the good life.

HOLDREGE (SNR) – The 63rd biennial convention of the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) was held April 22-23 in Holdrege, themed “Mercy is Love’s Response to Suffering.”

The LDCCW is an organization of all Catholic women in the Diocese of Lincoln which aims to enrich the lives of Catholic women by pursuing projects designed to further spiritual and family life. Organized in 1932, the LDCCW has undertaken dozens of projects which fulfill the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as outlined by the Church.

by Katie Patrick

Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska raised $28,034 during the annual “Give Hastings Day” this year, with donations going toward our Family Support Services, Food Recovery and Distribution, and St. Gianna Women’s Homes West. Organized by the Hastings Community Foundation, this online giving campaign raised and rallied support for 97 local nonprofits doing great work.

Mental Health Awareness Month began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental health conditions and wellness for everyone. Through better understanding of mental health and lessening the stigma sometimes associated with mental illness, personal well-being is acknowledged and one’s fullest potential can be recognized- and healthy relationships with the people we love can thrive! CSS/IHMCC VP of Clinical Services Dr. Courtney Miller was on Spirit Catholic Radio's"Spirit Mornings" show today and shared more about this special month and why mental health matters.

by Fr. Justin Fulton

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

Peace be with you.

This will be my last time writing the Messages of Hope column. For it, I would like to share

Once again, Catholic Social Services is participating in Give Hastings Day (a 24-hour fundraising event scheduled for 5/6/22). In this podcast, hear CSS Hastings Regional Director, John McDonald, talk about the many services CSS Hastings provides, and why we’re excited to be a part of this event.

"Imagine being 8 years old and receiving your first bike! Well, that is in fact what happened just last week through the 'Build-A-Bike' event with FACTS, a Nelnet Company, and several families connected with Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska." Read the latest "Messages of Hope" by Katie Patrick to learn more!

  • Square miles served in the Diocese of Lincoln last year


  • Financial assistance provided across southern Nebraska last year


  • Counseling sessions through the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center last year


  • Nights of lodging & safety provided through St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes last year


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