Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of St. Louis Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

August 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Mr. Brian Thouvenot started as the new Chief Development Officer for Catholic Charities of St. Louis on Monday, August 1.

“We are excited to have Brian joining the Catholic Charities team,” stated Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “His extensive media experience and passion for the Catholic faith will be a tremendous asset to Catholic Charities, and will help us achieve our mission to serve those in need.”

Mr. Thouvenot comes to Catholic Charities after working as the News Director at KMOV (Channel 4). In that role, he helped launch #EndViolenceSTL (renamed Imagine a Better St. Louis) with other community partners. He also established and led the overall vision of the KMOV Watching Out for You and KMOV Cares brand.

Mr. Thouvenot received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University. He has received numerous industry awards for his news accomplishments. He and his family are members of St. Teresa Parish in Belleville, Illinois.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL) has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 148,000 people annually throughout 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Catholic Charities Central Office provides advocacy, financial, accreditation, human resources, training, communications, quality assurance and fund development assistance for the eight organizations that make up the Catholic Charities Federation. Our goal is clear: we seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make positive, permanent changes in their lives, and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

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Catholic Charities Honored with Community Leadership Award

May 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

FOCUS St. Louis Presents “What’s Right with The Region” Awards Thursday

ST. LOUIS – Catholic Charities of St. Louis will be among 20 organizations and individuals honored by FOCUS St. Louis, “the region’s premier leadership organization,” on Thursday night. Catholic Charities will be recognized as “Flood Disaster Response Collaboration” along with seven other lead organizations including the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for their collective efforts in response to the December 2015 flooding.

According to FOCUS St. Louis, “The honorees were nominated by the public and selected by a panel of community judges for their impact and service to the community.” The awards reception begins at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

“Each year Catholic Charities assists approximately 150,000 people right here in the St. Louis region,” said President Theresa Ruzicka. “In the unique case of the flood in late 2015, the depth of our programs and services and the unique skills of professionals within our federation were able to help victims with long-term recovery.”

Each organization took the lead on a certain aspect of flood relief, with Catholic Charities and St. Francis Community Services focusing on case management through housing relocation. These collaborating agencies set up seven Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) as one-stop shop locations around the region designed to bring together service providers in a single location and provide on-site assistance to disaster survivors.

“It was inspiring to witness service providers working with a family and then walking with them over to another service provider to see what additional assistance was available,” Ruzicka added. “This award shows that partnership is an important part of disaster recovery and that the St. Louis is a region of people who care and work to help each other. It is a testament to how we came together in time of need!”

In addition to Catholic Charities, Dr. Jason Purnell, member of the Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Washington University professor, will receive the prestigious FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Award for his work on the For the Sake of All project. Dr. Purnell has presented his work on the project to parishes and agencies throughout the Archdiocese.

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Catholic Charities Moving to New Location in St. Louis

February 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – The offices of Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of St. Louis will soon move into the former chancery building of the Archdiocese of St. Louis next to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis at 4445 Lindell Blvd. The mid-century modern building, affectionately known as the “Round House,” will provide Catholic Charities with much needed space for staff, meeting and training rooms.

“Catholic Charities remains committed to serving the City of St. Louis and our entire region,” said Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities. “This more functional and prominent location will better support the mission and operations of Catholic Charities of St. Louis and our eight federated agencies as we serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.”

The “Round House” was designed by architect Charles P. Guariglia as the main chancery building for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Since its completion in 1961, the building has continually housed archdiocesan ministries and offices, most recently the Catholic Education Office. To make room for Catholic Charities, Catholic Education offices will be moved to the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

The “Round House” will be vacated by the Catholic Education Office this week. Catholic Charities will move in later this summer, but a final date has not been set.

The building Catholic Charities currently inhabits, the “Monsignor Butler Building,” located at 4532 Lindell Boulevard, after its use as a private residence, was purchased by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was the first home of the St. Louis Register newspaper. In the 1980's, under Archbishop John L. May, Catholic Charities relocated from its then-offices in the archdiocesan office building at 4140 Lindell Boulevard to the Monsignor Butler Building which was given that name in recognition of Monsignor John J. Butler who was the founding-father of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The archdiocese intends to put the Butler Building on the market after Catholic Charities has moved.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 124,000 people annually in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Catholic Charities seeks to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, empower people to make positive, permanent changes and support them to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

Statement From Archbishop Carlson Regarding Flood Relief Assistance

January 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement regarding the recent flooding in our region and the on-going response of the Archdiocese of St. Louis:

I have been fervently praying for those suffering due to the recent flooding in our city and state. As our region watched the flood waters rise to record heights, so too did we see the damage, loss, and suffering increase. We mourn for those who lost their lives. We know that many homes full of memories have been destroyed. Photos, heirlooms, and other keepsakes are lost. Businesses were devastated and will need extensive repairs. Yet, we are also thankful for the many homes, businesses, and lives saved through the bravery and dedication of emergency responders and volunteers.

Although the floodwaters have mostly receded, the needs are still very great. But our generosity must be greater. That is why I am directing all parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to hold a special collection the weekend of January 16-17 to assist in recovery efforts through Catholic Charities. Financial assistance, rather than clothing or food, is the most needed resource at this time.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis is a coordinating organization in the disaster relief assistance effort. The role of Catholic Charities is to assist now with the relocation and other services for those affected by the flood, as well as sustained long-term disaster recovery. We will continue to work closely with all agencies and authorities in the coming days, weeks, and months to help restore lives and livelihoods.

Those most impacted by the flooding will be recovering long after the water has disappeared. It is my pledge that the Catholic Church will continue serving those in the impacted areas until these needs are met. This is our responsibility as Catholics, especially during this Year of Mercy.

Those seeking flood relief assistance should visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in the coming days where representatives from numerous agencies, including Catholic Charities, will be present. Additional information, including information for those looking to volunteer or donate, can be found at ccstl.org.

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Catholic Charities of St. Louis Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

May 15, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Community Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

ST. LOUIS – Mr. Mark Vogt started as the new Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Charities of St. Louis on Monday, May 11.

“We are excited to have Mark joining the Catholic Charities team,” stated Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. “His extensive financial experience and passion for the Catholic faith will be a tremendous asset to Catholic Charities, and will help us achieve our mission to serve those in need.”

Mr. Vogt comes to Catholic Charities after thirty years of experience with the noted auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since 1996, Mr. Vogt has served as an assurance partner in the firm’s Sao Paulo, Brazil office. While there, he was active for ten years with the United Way of Brazil, including four years as president of the Board of Directors.

His areas of expertise include internal controls, budgeting, accounting, taxes, financial planning, project management and business operations. He is fluent in Portuguese and conversational in Spanish. He also brings experience with leading education and training sessions.

Mr. Vogt is originally from St. Charles, Missouri and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Saint Louis University. He also earned a Master of Accounting Science degree from the University of Illinois.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis (CCSTL) has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 147,000 people annually through more than 100 programs at 50 sites. CCSTL serves 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The Catholic Charities Central Office provides advocacy, financial, accreditation, human resources, training, communications, quality assurance and fund development assistance for the eight organizations that make up the Catholic Charities Federation. Our goal is clear: we seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, to empower people to make permanent changes in their lives, and support people to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

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