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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.

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.

Our Carole Fest 2022 was our most festive fundraiser- the recording includes songs of the season by several choirs and is the perfect accompaniment while wrapping holiday presents and sipping hot chocolate!

After retiring from a successful professional career, John White wanted to find a way to give back to the community. Passionate about immigration and migration issues and following Catholic social teaching with regard to welcoming the stranger and the dignity of the human person, he chose to volunteer at CSS. He tells us how his work in cultural orientation is fulfilling.

Lindsay was in an abusive relationship, but knew there had to be a way out. She knew that God wanted something more for her and her son, so she prayed for a solution, and soon found St. Gianna Women's Homes.

We're excited to offer CSS SWAG! This branded content shows your support of our work and increases awareness. Your purchases help us spread the word and Hope in the Good Life, as monies raised through the CSS Swag Shop will help fund our programs throughout all of southern Nebraska.

"To me, the fact that you're giving people who are feeling completely lost not just comfort but hope and peace in a chaotic time in their lives... that's something that resonates with me." Our latest Hope in the Good Life podcast introduces Ameer Damanhoury, a small business owner and new CSS partner in hope.

A fun time, something different to do and thank-you were the responses after Friday’s (11/11/22) Trivia Night fundraiser for Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska's Imperial Outreach program and St. Isidore Gift & Thrift.

This wonderfully simple roast acorn squash recipe is from When prepared properly, acorn squash can be a nutritious and delicious addition to your Thanksgiving Day meal!

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.

Dr. Martin tackles myths about forgiveness that complicate and compromise the journey toward God.

Support a great cause and get into the holiday spirit on Sunday, November 6 at Creative Collabs’ (Patina Joe Boutique + 555 Boutique) ‘Tis the Season Holiday Event & Fundraiser.

by Dr. Peter Martin, PsyD

Forgiveness myths abound. Some of these misunderstandings can be sourced to our family of origin. For example, perhaps an exasperated parent, after hearing a complaint about our sibling for the 77th time, abruptly told us to just “forgive and forget.”

Additional confusion about forgiveness can originate from the numerous essays and books that unfortunately fall short of clear guidance on the subject. These writings may offer ambiguous or confusing definitions of this essential concept in the Christian life. They may also provide inaccurate recommendations, for instance, that all that is required to forgive is to accept another’s apology or that one must simply “move on” from the offense. These articulations, while well-intentioned, unfortunately muddy the waters and can diminish the truly transformative power of authentic forgiveness.

Join our team and bring Hope in the Good Life to our newest Nebraskans! Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska is hiring a full-time Refugee Case manager. In this role, you'll be responsible for delivering core resettlement services and offering guidance to eligible refugees on their path to achieving self-sufficiency through the Match Grant Employment program.

EXCITING NEWS... our online Bountiful Harvest auction is now OPEN! All funds raised through our auction will help the neighbors we serve through our Catholic Social Services Hastings outreach office- talk about a "win-win"! We have a fun variety of items this year with something for everyone (with a few surprises to come so stay tuned!). Our auction will conclude at the end of our in-person Bountiful Harvest Celebration on 10/30 (around 8 pm).

by Katie Patrick

In Lincoln, our staff at Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska has just one week left in our current location at 2241 O Street.

LINCOLN (SNR) – Katie Patrick, executive director of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska, was one of seven recipients of the 2022 Young Lincoln Leader Awards (YLLA), honoring the outstanding contributions to the Lincoln community.

The award ceremony was held Sept. 29 at Robber’s Cave during YP Week, an annual celebration of young professionals in Lincoln.

Individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 were nominated for a YLLA in six categories. Patrick was chosen “Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year.”

Our Bountiful Harvest auction is 100% online and open for you to register! Bidding will start on Friday 10/21/22- register ahead of time and check out items as we add them to our auction site.

Roy and Charlene Diers will be honored with the Love of Christ Award at the Hastings Catholic Social Services Bountiful Harvest Banquet on October 30, 2022. Charlene talks about how a saint inspires she and her husband to do the small things that make a big difference.

Please join us for an evening of fellowship and Hope in the Good Life! We'll gather to share a wonderful meal and enjoy a program highlighting the many ways we worked together in the past year!

Birthright volunteer: donations have real impact on the pro-life cause

(SNR) – The 13th annual pro-life diaper drive is underway in parishes across the Diocese of Lincoln, with the goal of collecting 90,000 diapers for pregnancy centers in southern Nebraska.

The drive, held in October of each year, is sponsored by the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW). The LDCCW is an organization of all Catholic women in the Diocese of Lincoln. Organized in 1932, the LDCCW has undertaken dozens of projects which fulfill the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

On September 29th, Lincoln Young Professionals Group (YPG) announced Katie Patrick, Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska as Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year.

Born in a refugee camp in Africa, Nyabuoy Chan never imagined moving to America as a young adult to start a new life. She now uses that experience in her role as a CSS Refugee Resettlement and Senior Case Manager to help others find hope in the good life in Lincoln, a city she calls very friendly and welcoming to new arrivals.

"Why stick around that long?" "Because I'm greedy! I LOVE helping people!" CSS Lincoln is blessed to have Elaine Wagener as a hard-working volunteer who has helped in our thrift store, our accounting department, and our CSS Food Market. In this podcast, Elaine shares her journey to Lincoln and why she continues to help CSS bring Hope in the Good Life to our neighbors.

We're honored to announce that we've received $100k thanks to being one of the top ten nonprofits during THE BIG GIVE voting!

LINCOLN (SNR) – The Knights of Columbus of St. Peter Parish in Lincoln will collaborate with the Capitol City Ford & Mustang Club as they host the 41st “All Makes Car and Truck Show” Sept. 11.

Voting ends at 11:59 pm Friday 8/26. Your support for CSS in the Large category could bring $100k of relief to our Lincoln neighbors needing a hand-up in their time of greatest need.

Despite facing stage 4 cancer, Mary is not afraid of dying. She’s not afraid because she’s found hope in her faith and the love she and her young daughter feel from the people around them, including those at Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska.

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