Monday, September 24, 2012

Work Wanted: Husband and wife seek positions in management, administrative assistance

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Work Wanted is a new feature here at The Open Door where we highlight clients of ours who need employment, including their skills and a little background about them. Our hope is that you might know of a job opening where our clients could apply. Like any other candidate a business might consider for hiring, all potential employers are responsible for vetting and interviewing the candidates to meet qualifications, for which Catholic Charities has no role. We simply wish to introduce you to potential employees. 

Clients’ Names: Paul Connelly and Yuliis Galery

Objective: Paul seeks a full-time management or sales position, where his 10+ years of related experience can build lasting client relationships for a progressive company. Yuliis seeks to commit her 8+ years of acquired skills to an administrative assistant position.

Just like that, your life can change.

Paul and Yuliis have been married for almost three years, and together they are raising Yuliis’ twelve-year-old daughter, Jordan. The family lives in Montgomery County, and until three months ago, they never imagined their resources would run out, their hope lost.

And then Paul was laid off, and the family couldn’t pay their bills.

Worried about their utilities getting cut off, Yuliis turned to Catholic Charities for financial help. We are an organization her own parents had always supported: “I knew they helped families in our situation, and I hoped they’d help us. We have been grateful, so thankful ever since.”

As with many clients at Catholic Charities’ Montgomery County Family Center (MCFC), Yuliis and Paul came through our door for help with their utilities, and found inside a wealth of resources: resume writing assistance and a financial literacy class to help them stretch their budget in their time of crisis. Both seeking employment, they also attend workshops offered by Montgomery Works about job searches, interview tips, and more. “We’re doing everything we can to feel more empowered and competent on the job market,” Paul said.
Paul Connelly – Resume 
With 10+ years of experience, there’s not much in the business world with which Paul hasn’t dealt: sales, merchandising, inventory management, marketing, hiring and training. His previous positions include Department Manager for Harris Teeter, General Manager for Finish Line, and most recently Store Manager/District Trainer for Hudson Trail Outfitters.

“Paul is responsible, articulate, and steady under pressure,” said Tiffany Tan, Program Manager at the MCFC. “He would be a strong fit in retail management or brand development, and he also has a special interest in music production. “

Paul’s resume boasts extensive experience on both sides of a business transaction, whether boosting sales and maintaining clientele on the floor, or forecasting sales and inventory behind the scenes.

And even in the fact of his family’s hardships, Paul is anxious to turn their tough time into a new opportunity. “At the end of the day, I believe everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I’m ready to move on, share those experiences I’ve gained, acquire new ones, and grow.”

Yuliis Galery – Resume
Yuliis is also on the job market with a huge range of administrative skills, not to mention a contagiously positive personality.

Professionally, Yuliis worked in customer service as a sales associate, as well as in the admissions departments at Sanford-Brown Institute and TESST College of Technology. Among coworkers she was recognized for her upbeat attitude, enthusiasm on the job, and especially her organizational skills. Working at Sanford-Brown, Yuliis was the sole person responsible for administrative filing, ensuring that the school stayed in compliance with various codes, maintained its accreditation, and avoided costly fines.

She has an array of computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite. She is also eager to help people, whether in a customer service position or simply in acts of kindness. In fact, even as Yuliis is receiving help from Catholic Charities’ Montgomery County Family Center, she is donating her daughter’s outgrown clothes to the center so that other families can get a little help.

Do you have a job  opportunity that Paul or Yuliis might fill? Please contact us at (202) 772-4346 or email

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Catholic Charities’ two family centers in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County welcome walk-ins for families facing any number of crises. Get more information about their services here.

On the job market? Catholic Charities offers a number of employment training programs, supported employment programs for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, and job search services. Learn more here.

Catholic Charities is hiring! Check out our job listings.

Friday, September 21, 2012

We are ready for change. Are you ready to join us?

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Each Friday Catholic Charities' President, Msgr. John Enzler (or Father John, as he is known around the office), emails staff with a brief reflection before everyone heads out for the weekend. This week we'd like to share his weekly email and encourage everyone to stand up for some of our neediest neighbors: homeless families and individuals. Your first opportunity to help is tomorrow, September 22 at the Prince George's Cares Help the Homeless Walk - will we see you there?

Dear Staff,

While I have a very busy day tomorrow (Mass, two weddings, and a baptism – oh my!), I hope to spend part of my morning at the Prince George’s Cares Help the Homeless Walkathon, for which Catholic Charities is one of the beneficiary organizations. The Help the Homeless Walkathon, sponsored by Fannie Mae, is an annual fundraiser for local agencies that support the homeless in our region. Even though Fannie Mae won’t be holding the main walk on the National Mall as they have in years past, our Catholic Charities shelters and housing programs are still depending on the money raised through mini-walks like the one tomorrow.
When I was a pastor at Blessed Sacrament, I remember that Help the Homeless Walkathon season was always a chance to gather with like-minded, charity-conscious people who enjoy the exercise of a good walk and more importantly, the joy of helping local neighbors in need. It was also an important way for parishioners to come to grips with our struggling brothers and sisters who live sometimes next door – or I should say, who used to live “next door” but now have no home.

The statistics are scary. On any given night throughout the year there are an estimated 11,830 people in the Washington metropolitan area who have no home. That includes over 3,300 children. How can that be? This is the nation’s capital – a very affluent area. The Washington Post reported yesterday that our area had seven of the nation’s ten most affluent counties, based on average income. Tomorrow’s walk is a chance for those who are unwilling to accept that dichotomy between the haves and the have-nots to walk in solidarity with others.
There’s another reason, too. If we get 4,000 total walkers for Catholic Charities, our housing programs will receive an additional $50,000 grant from Fannie Mae. These 4,000 walkers can come from one of our two major events – tomorrow or on October 6 at the Catholic University of America - or local mini-walks at churches, schools, and community groups.

Can you join us tomorrow? The Walkathon begins at 9:30 am at Allen Pond Park in Bowie, MD (click here for map). All are welcome. I hope to see you there. If you are interested in the event on October 6, or if you are interesting in holding a mini-walk, you can learn more on our website: Remember, you need to register for your feet to count!

Have a great weekend and may God bless you,
Father John

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  • If you can't join us, you can still support us - be a virtual walker!  
  • Did you know? Catholic Charities provides over 1,600 beds each night for people who are homeless so they have a safe place to sleep off the streets.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Holy Football! Father John's Redskins-Rams Prediction

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We're excited to bring you Week 2 of Father John's Holy Football Redskins Prediction, airing this weekend on Comcast SportsNet! He took a lot of flack last week for his pick, so we'll see how he fares in his prediction for this Sunday when the Redskins face the Rams. Plus, don't miss his RGIII tribute and a special plug for our Help the Homeless Walkathons! 


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Join us September 22 in Prince George's County for the Prince George's Cares Help the Homeless Walkathon! Basketball giveaway, refreshments, the Wizard Girls, and most importantly - critical funds and awareness for our neighbors who are most in need. Sign up here!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What Makes a Great Teacher?

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Andrew Hartman, Schnozz, and one of our Kennedy students
Guest Post from Father John
President and CEO
Catholic Charities
A simple act of kindness on your part can help change someone’s life forever. Think how humbling that can be! This is the knowledge—and the huge responsibility—our Catholic Charities staff and volunteers carry every day. Let me give you just one example:

We offer programs that help children with developmental disabilities. It takes time, dedication, and very special teachers who know how to keep kids excited about learning.

Andrew Hartman is one of them. Andrew uses a technique he calls “Chinchilla Math” to engage and challenge his students.

“Chinchilla math is where my pet chinchilla, Schnozz, comes with me every day to school,” Andrew said. “He sits in the middle of the table and runs from child to child. Whoever he runs to gets the next math problem. It keeps the kids focused and they really love it.”

Schnozz in action in the classroom!
What a simple, yet inspired idea! And it’s the kind of innovative teaching that is only possible because you help.

I see this same love, caring, and dedication in every one of our Catholic Charities programs. Our staff and volunteers tackle major problems in our community every day—hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, and much more.

And in a very real sense, they are all teachers. Because meeting people’s most urgent needs is just the first step. Helping people truly change means teaching them dignity, self-respect, responsibility, and the life-skills they need to regain control of their lives.
It takes people with very special gifts to do this work. I’m deeply thankful to God, and to all those who support our work, that we are blessed with so many of these committed individuals. Every day they help men, women, and children receive the gift of knowledge, so they have the strengths and abilities to move beyond their past and begin life with new hope.

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Catholic Charities has many gifted teachers.  Some teach kids in the classroom.  Others teach life skills to help adults build better futures.  To help reach and teach all who need us, please make a gift here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Holy Football! Father John's Redskins-Saints Prediction

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If you know Father John, you know he's big into DC sports and a major Redskins fan. This year before every Skins game, Comcast SportsNet is asking three "men of the cloth" (a priest, a rabbi, and a pastor) for their final score prediction - and Father John is thrilled to be representing Catholic priests and Catholic Charities! What's his pick for the Redskins-Saints game this weekend? Find out below (we think some people in our office might be bitter about his pick).

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  • Father John's Skins picks is helping us get the word out about Catholic Charities. Find out how you can get involved
  • Read: Catholic Charities kids root on the Burgundy and Gold at Redskins Training Camp