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"The goal of serving people is to serve them with dignity, to love people as best we can and meet their needs to the fullest." - Jeremy Sousek, CSS Team Member


The employees of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska work together to bring #HopeInTheGoodLife across 24,000 square miles of southern Nebraska. We're seeking a positive, energetic, creative, and mission-motivated leader for the position of Volunteer & Food Market Coordinator in Lincoln, Nebraska. This person will oversee the Food Market at CSS, including our new greenhouse. They'll recruit volunteers for the agency and cultivate partnerships and outreach within the community. This person will join the Social Services team to create a culture of compassion and impactful service. See all the details at csshope.org/careers



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This #TeamworkTuesday, we're excited to highlight a new partnership that connects immigrants and refugees with needed services. Building stronger, healthier communities is a commitment Tyson Foods and Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska share. The $25,000 grant we've received from Tyson will support our Employer Outreach Partnership program, which in turn supports our long-term goal of providing comprehensive immigration services to the refugee and immigrant communities of southern Nebraska. Read more about this innovative program, including a heartwarming reconnection made between CSS Immigration Specialist Drew Miller and one of our former refugee clients! ⬇

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Happy #MentalHealthMonday! Parenting is a blessing, but does not come without its challenges. The counselors at our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center are looking to offer community support through a psycho-education parenting seminar series and would appreciate your input!


Please take this 5 question survey to help them better understand your needs and interests:

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Thank you for helping us develop important resources to bring support and #HopeintheGoodLife to all parents!



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Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska is getting ready to embark on a redevelopment of part of its campus at 22nd and O streets.

"CeCe’s words really describe the human experience. Sometimes we are all-in... and then we get tired. We lose motivation. And then we are all-out. We run out of gas. We need inspiration. We need help. We need a hand-up. We need re-invigorated."


Read Fr. Justin Fulton's latest "Messages of Hope" here:

This #ThankfulThursday, we're sharing the results from the parish Lenten food drives in our Lincoln and Hastings outreach regions. Our Lincoln food pantry received a total of 8,100 pounds and our Hastings food pantry received 4,823.5 pounds!

St. Peter parishioner Bonnie Damrow has been volunteering at the CSS food pantry for the last few years. She enjoys helping with the St. Peter Catholic Church coordination of food donations to CSS

We're growing #HopeintheGoodLife!

This #TeamworkTuesday, we’re sharing the journey of brothers Amir and Tahseen. Like many refugees, their road to us began after a violent tragedy: their father, targeted for working with the U.S., was brutally murdered in Iraq. The boys, their mom, and little sister fled and became refugees in Jordan. From there, they were eventually resettled to Nebraska and began their relationship with Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska. We worked with the family and helped them adjust to life in our community. We also helped Amir find a job in manufacturing. Amir was so, so happy to be working! But the job just wasn’t enough to support his entire family, and Amir knew he needed to better himself to provide the financial security they deserved. CSS reached out to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and secured a grant for Amir, which paid for the six-week truck driving program at Central Community College. By obtaining both a Professional Truck Driver Training Certificate and a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Amir significantly upgraded his marketable skills. He immediately had not only job interviews but multiple job offers. He accepted a position with Authority Express (AE). AE lets him set his own schedule- an important benefit to Amir because family time is one of his highest priorities. Inspired by Amir’s success, Tahseen followed the same path and is currently training with Amir at AE. The brothers travel together, crisscrossing the country, and are proud to be a part of the network that keeps our economy rolling. Their story doesn’t end there, though. Amir and Tahseen dream of someday owning their own trucking fleet. With their drive and determination, they’re well on the road to success. We’re proud to have helped them on their journey, thanks to teamwork with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, ORR, and our supporters. The brothers, and our agency, are grateful for the support Amir and Tahseen have received along the way. Thank you!

It's our first #MentalHealthMonday of April and we're excited to share our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center's Feature of the Month: "Child Development & Parenting"! IHMCC has developed a webpage chock-full of content covering a wide range of topics including:

-Depression in youth

-How to handle your child's negative feelings toward school

-"Our Home is a loving PLACE" (one of our most popular #MentalHealthMinute videos!)

-Social and emotional learning


The page also has information about the IHMCC "Loving Hearts & TIny Feet" support group AND an opportunity for you to share your needs and interests by completing a parenting survey!

See it all at csshope.org/ihmcc-fotm

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"Only Jesus Christ can take the worries and panic over a pandemic and turn it into a force that brings about unity in the world and a deeper awareness, respect, and care for the gift of human life."

In this week's Messages of Hope, Fr. Justin Fulton asks us to take those words to heart this Easter Season and always.

Read it here:⬇

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#HopeInTheGoodLife #benotafraid



An Op-Ed from the Catholic Southern Nebraska Register

The spring edition of our Patron newsletter shares the work we're doing together to bring #HopeintheGoodLife in southern Nebraska!

Read it here:⬇

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This #TeamworkTuesday, we're sharing a wonderful example of how working together delivered crucial support and fresh (diaper) changes for our littlest clients.

Please note: All CSS offices, our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center, & CSS thrift stores will be closed on Good Friday (4/2/2021), Holy Saturday (4/3/2021) and Easter Monday (4/5/2021). #HopeInTheGoodLife

Thank you, Now Vertakking, for sharing how we're using #teamwork to grow #hopeinthegoodlife!

"Our new greenhouse ties together lives from across the state. Here we have the leading university system in our state teaming with Catholic Social Services in order to help feed needy people. We join together in a response ultimately from Jesus to care for one another and build up a culture of life."

Read the latest "Messages of Hope" here⬇

https://www.lincolndiocese.org/op-ed/messages-of-hope/14991-growing-with-our-lord />

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This #ThankfulThursday, we're sharing the joyful anticipation of a mom waiting to hug her daughter for the first time in two decades.

LINCOLN (SNR) – Bishop James Conley appointed Father Justin Fulton as vicar general of the Diocese of Lincoln, along with administrative oversight-strategy and mission for Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska.

Bishop Conley appointed Katie Patrick, current regional director of social services for CSS, as interim executive director for Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska.

The appointments are effective March 15.

LINCOLN (CSS/SNR) – Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska (CSS) will present its 34th annual Celebration of Caring Sunday, Feb. 21. However, this year’s celebration will look markedly different than the previous 33.

In light of social distancing efforts, Celebration of Caring 2021 will not include a banquet. However, CSS invites all to visit csshope.org/Celebration2021 and virtually celebrate together bringing “Hope in the Good Life.”

Our latest Lincoln Social Services quarterly report contains much more than statistical data- it shares first-hand, "hand-up" encounters with our clients, who are thankful for your continued support and prayers.

Dr. Courtney Miller, clinical director at our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center, was a guest on Spirit Catholic Radio's Spirit Mornings show on 1/26/2021. She shared insight into alleviating anxiety during these challenging, pandemic-affected times by extending acts of kindness and increasing our involvement with others in mindful ways. She reminds us that "there is a connection that comes with extending ourselves to others" and provides real-life examples of individuals and families extending this care and the benefits gained from the experience.

Due to inclement weather, our Lincoln social services/administrative offices and Lincoln St. Louise Gift & Thrift store will be closed to the public on Tuesday, January 26th.
Due to inclement weather, our Lincoln social services/administrative offices and Hastings office will be closed to the public on Monday, January 25th.
Due to inclement weather, our Lincoln social services/administrative offices and Hastings office will be closed to the public on Monday, January 25th.

Reaching out to others in many ways

Story by Randy Porter

(SNR) - It’s not strictly because of the pandemic, but people throughout the Diocese of Lincoln are showing they care about others by many acts of kindness with renewed vigor.

Pope Francis appealed for a “culture of care” in his message for the 2021 World Day of Peace released Dec. 17. The pandemic merely presented a need for treating others with charity and people across the diocese continue to rise to the occasion.

Story by Randy Porter

(SNR) - The pandemic has highlighted the need for a culture of care, according to Dr. Courtney Miller, licensed psychologist and director of clinical services for Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska at Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center.

“We as human beings are made for connection and for care of one another,” Miller said. “Connection and care do not have to be big gestures, but are often best communicated through small acts of kindness.”

Merry Christmas! We've enjoyed bringing you a new Mental Health Minute each week since the early spring of 2020. In this edition, Dr. Courtney Miller pauses to thank you for watching our series, reflects on our objectives and accomplishments as our services did a pandemic pivot, and looks ahead to a few upcoming features in 2020.

Mental Health Minute: When Your New Year's Resolution is to Stop Yelling at the Kids
In this Mental Health Minute, Dr. Natalie Brei from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center addresses one of the common concerns she hears from parents: "If I could just stop yelling so much, things would go better!" This is easier said than done but there are proven tips to help accomplish this worthwhile objective. Dr. Brei shares in condensed form the advice she gives: attending to your own physical health; avoiding multiple warnings; monitoring facial/vocal cues, and using a mental image of a thermostat (a very helpful and creative visualization!).

Our agency offices and gift & thrift stores will observe a special schedule for the week of Christmas and New Year's Day, to allow staff and volunteers to spend time with their families.

The holidays are a time of both joy and challenge and come with good and bad stress. In this Mental Health Minute, Jillian Janousek from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center provides valuable insight and tips from the Mayo Clinic for managing our mental health during a holiday season unlike any we have faced before.

Our annual Carole Fest concert benefit for St. Gianna Women's Homes was virtual in 2020 and is the perfect family-friendly activity! Make a batch of hot chocolate, grab a plate of cookies, and gather together to watch the North American Martyrs choir and Soukup family perform songs of the season. Our Marian Sisters share wonderful Advent meditations to remind us of the "reason for the season" as well.

Join CSS and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, EmployLNK, Lincoln Literacy, Lutheran Family Services, and the Asian Community & Cultural Center for a wellness fair and drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, December 19 from noon to 3 pm in the Lincoln Literacy parking lot (745 S. 9th Street). Flu shots will be provided by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department. To sign up for a flu shot, please visit https://forms.gle/avQfX8q4viJdjttF6.

Happy and blessed Advent! In this edition of our Mental Health Minute. Dr. Courtney Miller from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center focuses on the importance of holiday traditions, including Advent wreaths, Jesse Trees, and gifts in our shoes on St. Nicholas Day (Dec 6th). We wish you and your family a blessed time of preparation!

Our Season of Hope message from Fr. Fulton shares the wonderful wedding proposal poem his father wrote for his mother, which concludes with, "Two loves that go un-joined/ is like the world without God." Our clients at CSS need the love of Christ through His people this Christmas. We invite you to join us in providing a "Season of Hope" to those in need. Thank you for working with us to bring #HopeInTheGoodLife to so many in need this holiday season.

In this Mental Health Minute, Evan Divis from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center shares insight into the benefits of nature to our overall general health, overall well-being, and stress levels. After viewing this, you'll want to "air out your brain in nature"!

Thanksgiving was a happy reunion for Nina and Alex Shevchuk, and the thankful conclusion of a journey from Ukraine for Alex's brother and his family of seven.
Separated for 19 years, Alex and Vasyl and their families are now together.

On Wednesday, seven Ukrainian refugees settled in for their first night in their new country. Wednesday afternoon, they were reunited with family here in Lincoln. One of them saw his brother for the first time in 19 years.

"Instilling gratitude values in our children in a time of instant gratification and overindulgence can have us feeling as if we're swimming against a current. However, it is so very important!" In this Mental Health Minute, Nicolette Machado from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center offers insight and tips to support our children in having an "attitude of gratitude".

BIG NEWS!!! Gift cards for each of our Gift & Thrift stores are now available for purchase online!!! Our stores offer wonderful products at fantastic prices... and the proceeds from sales (and gift cards) bring #HopeInTheGoodLife to the many Nebraska neighbors we help throughout southern Nebraska. If you're looking for a feel-good gift for someone or a pick-me-up for yourself, we've got your card waiting. Check it out and thanks for your support!

Our agency offices and thrift stores will observe a special schedule for Thanksgiving week, in order for staff and volunteers to spend time with their families.

This week's Mental Health Minute topic is lighter and a welcome breath of fresh air in these challenging times! Ann Peters Miller, M.S. from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center shares her personal reflection (and a few wonderful video examples!) on the benefits of laughter.

In this Mental Health Minute, Dr. Courtney Miller from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center defines gratitude and provides 5 helpful tips for living a life graced with gratitude.
For more information about our counseling center, visit immaculateheartcounseling.org. For more information about our agency, visit cssisus.org.

  • Square miles served in the Diocese of Lincoln last year

    24,000

  • Cash & in-kind assistance provided across southern Nebraska last year

    $1,800,000

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

    5,268

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

    17,280

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