You’re Invited to our Christmas Open House

Catholic Family Services is holding a Christmas Open House at the VanDomelen Center (1441 South Westnedge) on December 20.  From 3 PM – 5 PM we invite you to stop by and celebrate the season with us.  We’ll have delicious treats and a festive atmosphere and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the great work we are doing in our community.  All are invited — clients, donors, volunteers, and community friends.

If you have any questions, give Jeannine a call at 381-1234 and we hope to see you there!

Most of all, we want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season.



Getting The Word Out — Via Radio

Curtis Bryan, Ark Director, was interviewed about our programs and services on Lori Moore’s show on WKZO.  He gave out a lot of great information and we’d love to share that with you.  Click on the link below to listen to his interview.

We’re also reaching out to young adults via a radio campaign on 103.3 WKFR this Christmas Season.  If you happen to hear one of our ads, please let us know — and let us know what you think.

We’re always looking for ways to reach youth and families who need our services and we welcome any ideas you might have!

Many Ways to Join Us In Celebrating the Season

Are you looking for a meaningful way to reach out to others  this season?  Thanks to our amazing community partners, we have a variety of ways to make giving easy and would love to talk with you about any of them.  Check out these options and let us know if you have any additional ideas. 

As always, Catholic Family Services is accepting your generous donations and will put them to good use to help the most vulnerable members of our community. 

We have been selected as a partner in the Lori Moore Potluck Pals “A Holiday Dish To Pass” Cookbook. 

  • This cookbook costs only $5 and includes recipes from local contributers.  Over the past 10 years, it has raised more than half a million dollars for social services agencies $5 at a time!  This year, CFS is pleased to take part and 100% of all proceeds from the cookbooks CFS sells will go directly to CFS and the vulnerable clients we serve.  The theme this year?  $10 Challenge — feeding your family for under $10.  On December 12th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM we will be selling these cookbooks at the Harding’s in Woodbridge Hills.  We are also accepting preorders between now and then.  Just call 381-9800 and ask to speak with Laurie Schulte. 

Our local Art Van Store has also chosen to partner with us this holiday season through their Charity Bear Program. 

  • The teddy bear is an iconic symbol of love and comfort, and thanks to you, it will also be a gift that keeps on giving.  This holiday season, Art Van will be selling a special Charity Bear  for $39.99 of which 100% of the proceeds will go to  one of the 150 Art Van’s Million Dollar Charity Challenge recipients.   That means you can buy an Art Van Charity Bear and they will donate 100% of the proceeds to Catholic Family Services.  Call 381-9800 with questions.

Catholic Family Services is coordinating Thanksgiving and Christmas donations for clients across the agency. 

  • If you are interested, we will match you up with a client or family, provide you with specific information about their needs and wants, and you will be able to shop for them.  If you’d prefer, we will accept donations of gift cards and do the shopping for you.  Christmas donations are dropped off on morning of December 15th and delivered to the clients that afternoon.  If you’d like to be involved, call Jeannine Boehm at 381-1234.

We are so thankful for our donors and volunteers and generous community partners.  If you have ideas or other ways you’d like to share your time, talents, or generosity with Catholic Family Services, we’d love to discuss them with you.  Please call us at 381-1234. 

Welcome to Catholic Family Services’ Blog

This is our inaugural post and we are pleased to reach out to our community in this new way.  We welcome your comments, feedback, and suggestions and want to make this blog as informative as possible — so keep the ideas coming!

To start with, a note from our Executive Director:

Hello Friends:

CFS has helped many of your neighbors who are experiencing stress and intense hardships. Families are fragile as a consequence of lack of employment and health care.  Many are homeless, hungry and have debt.  With your help, during the past year, we’ve:

  • responded to homeless and precariously housed youth with Ark “Drop-In” centers where support and services are given,
  • relocated Bridges mental health counseling to be more accessible to pregnant women and teens at Caring Network,
  • increased the subsidy for utility costs for elderly residents at Baraga Manor Apartments,
  • welcomed and sheltered 14% more youth at the Ark shelter,
  • built 9 units of housing for homeless young adults, and
  • continued our commitment to quality care and have earned COA accreditation for 4 more years.

We thank God and you for all gifts and opportunities given to us.

Peace be with you,