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by Katie Patrick, executive director,
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska

Last Tuesday, I received a phone call from a young man who came as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2000, when he was just 5 years old. Catholic Social Services had resettled his family then, and he had questions regarding the process of how they were admitted and resettled in the Lincoln community.

I asked a few more questions about his family, and as he listed the names of his siblings and his mother, I immediately recognized who I was speaking to. 

Following more than a decade of working in the development and financial services industry, John Soukup of Lincoln is now the Development Officer for Catholic Social Services (CSS) of Southern Nebraska. Soukup will pursue and manage aspects of donor prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship in accordance with the mission of CSS.

Learn more about new CSS Executive Director Katie Patrick by listening to her "Spirit Mornings" interview on Spirit Catholic Radio's Spirit Mornings segment!

by Katie Patrick

Malémbe, Malémbe. Slowly, Slowly.

When I moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo in October 2010, these were the words I heard from the local Congolese most frequently. I had just finished graduate school at Seton Hall University in New Jersey where I spent a fair amount of time commuting to internships in Newark and New York City. Life was hectic, complicated, and tiresome. Even when you’re not in a rush, you’re hurrying to catch a train, a taxi or a bus.

by Randy Porter

(SNR) - Bishop James Conley appointed Katie Patrick as the new executive director of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska (CSS), effective July 1.

Patrick was named CSS interim executive director March 15 when Bishop Conley appointed previous director Father Justin Fulton as vicar general of the Diocese of Lincoln, with administrative oversight, strategy and mission for CSS.

Dr. Peter Martin and Evan Divis, LMHP from our Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center were guests on Spirit Mornings on 6/15! They spoke about fatherhood and faith with God's mercy.

Department of Justice-certified services for immigrants, refugees

LINCOLN (SNR) – Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska (CSS) received a $25,000 grant from Tyson Foods to support their “Employer Outreach Partnership” program.

The program supports providing comprehensive immigration services to refugee and immigrant communities of southern Nebraska.

Story by Randy Porter

(SNR) - Mary Hurst of Johnson Lake speaks from personal experience.

“I definitely approve of the services of St. Gianna Women’s Homes,” said Hurst, formerly of Arapahoe. “Any place like that is just wonderful.”

There was a time she was in need of a place like St. Gianna’s, which assists women and their families fleeing domestic violence. It also helps women being coerced into an abortion. Each family receives a secure home to deal with the trauma caused by abuse, become self-sufficient and learn to develop healthy relationships.

Our latest Lincoln Social Services quarterly report showcases the many ways we worked together to bring "Hope in the Good Life" to our neighbors in need!

It's #NationalVolunteerWeek!️ We're excited to use this opportunity to highlight our AMAZING crew of volunteers who partner with us to bring #HopeintheGoodLife all across southern Nebraska. This week, we'll be sharing stories from each of our outreach regions and providing information on how YOU can join in our work as one of our treasured volunteers. In the past year, 469 volunteers provided 20,290 hours valued at $280,800 to our agency. We simply could not carry out our important work without them. Thank you, volunteers!

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

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

  • Square miles served in the Diocese of Lincoln last year


  • Cash & in-kind 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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