Human Services

Catholic Charities of Terre Haute

Providing Help. Creating Hope. Serving All.

TERRE HAUTE, IN   |  ccthin.org

Mission

Our primary purpose is to serve the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the neglected children and the needy. The Agency develops and administers programs in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, parishes and any other established group in the Deanery who wishes to share in the church's work of social ministry.

Ruling year info

1946

Agency Director

Mr John C Etling

Main address

1801 POPLAR ST

TERRE HAUTE, IN 47803 USA

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EIN

35-1577679

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Catholic Charities in Terre Haute is an agency that offers compassionate and caring assistance to needy neighbors throughout west central Indiana. We offer various services to help alleviate some of the hardships of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Be it a long term need or an emergency situation, our agency is here to serve the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the neglected children and the needy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall

Since 1982, Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall has been a second home for children in the Ryves Neighborhood in Terre Haute. Located at the corner of 14th and Locust Streets, Ryves is a beacon of hope. Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall provides latchkey programs for children after school each weekday and during school breaks. A variety of programs are provided and include trauma-informed mentoring, counseling, tutoring, evening meals, Boy and Girl Scout troops, sports, games, computer lab, and theater performances. We provide full-day preschool for homeless and at-risk children from 8am – 5pm. These children receive three meals a day while learning skills necessary for them to enter kindergarten. Through the BackPack™ program, Ryves Youth Center provides nutritious, child-friendly food to provide children with the nutrition they need while school is out over the weekend.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
At-risk youth

Our Annual Free Christmas Store is made possible by the numerous volunteers and donors who support our mission to serve those most in need. The purpose of this seasonal project is to ensure that families in financial need will have Christmas gifts like clothing, household items, or personal hygiene products for each member of their family. The need may arise from unemployment, illness, the pinch of inflationary prices on fixed income, or simply not enough to cover "extras" like Christmas gifts. Families participating in the Christmas Store program must have a referral form with designated appointment time.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Bethany House Homeless Shelter has sheltered single women, women with children, and married couples since it opened in April 1980. Residents come from various backgrounds with many different reasons for needing shelter. All residents receive an intake assessment of needs and life situations and together we develop a program plan that includes goal setting and personal responsibility while living at Bethany House. Active participation in their service program and progress towards goals are monitored and reviews are conducted every 30 days. We work with each individual to provide them with the services they need: Collaboration with other social service agencies, attendance at local Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings, employment search and maintaining employment, and GED classes

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Females

Located at Bethany House, the Free Clothes Closet is open to the public. We accept donated clothing, small household items, toys, books, bedding, etc. In addition to serving more than 2,000 individuals monthly at the Closet, we also provide items to group agencies such as group homes, nursing homes, prisons, and other shelters for the needs of their clients.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Bethany House Household Exchange secures, organizes and has available used and/or surplus items in the store building across Locust Street from the Bethany House. Items such as furniture, appliances, desks, and other types of household items used in furnishing an apartment or house are available. We clean and make minor repairs to usable items and give them to needy families and individuals. Persons needing these items include the homeless, low-income families, mothers on AFDC, fire victims and others in dire need. Another aspect of this project is the assistance to the donors and the community at large. It saves the donors dump fees at the landfills, provides a tax deduction and reduces the flow of items going to the landfill.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our primary purpose is to serve the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the neglected children and the needy. We address these areas with the following programs: • Bethany House is a homeless shelter for single women, families, and single parents with children providing temporary housing, food, clothing, laundry facilities, and case management. • The Christmas Store works with over 25 churches and social service agencies which refer families in need of a little additional help during the Christmas season. • Ryves Youth Center at Etling Hall provides latchkey programs for children after school each weekday and during school breaks.

Increase public awareness of Catholic Charities and the assistance we have to offer by implementing a local marketing and community relations plan Creation of a branding campaign to educate donors and potential clients and the community Educate clients and the community on the programs and assistance offered to create positive outcomes and promote wrap-around services Educate and train staff on case management activities, client referrals and ways to better respond to inquiry from public Proactively deliver the highest value of solutions to our clients and thus providing appropriate stewardship of donor money

Our programming staff has years of experience in education and social issues. Working one-on-one daily with our client base allows them to quickly identify areas of need and direct patrons to the most appropriate type of assistance. Through our vast list of community partners, we are able to offer those needing assistance a full and complete experience. With wrap-around services and long-term solutions, our goal is to have our patrons feel welcomed with a positive and life changing experience. Through our experienced staff, community partners, active volunteer base and advisory council, we have shown that our programs offer long term stability and solutions to the needy of our community.

Each program in place has an individual set of goals and outcomes that are address and evaluated annually both internally and externally. We report back to our funding sources and community partners.

The following accomplishments are for the 2019 fiscal year: Bethany House Emergency Shelter has provided safe housing for 62 adults and 20 children Our Clothes Closet distributed gently used clothing and household items to 3,942 people The Christmas Store made Christmas possible for 363 families (1,243 family members) Fishes & Loaves Soup Kitchen served 30,425 meals and 13,036 weekend sack lunches Through the programs at Ryves Youth Center, 1,018 children participated in a variety of activities (sports, scouting, tutoring, preschool and reading programs) We are extremely proud of the success stories that come from the people that we serve and each day. We know that our programs are making a positive impact in the lives of those in most need. When James* was first introduced to Catholic Charities, it wasn’t as a volunteer, but as a patron. He was a resident of Bethany House and frequented the programs at Ryves Youth Center and enjoyed meals from the Fishes & Loaves Soup Kitchen with his family. His times and experiences with Catholic Charities stayed with Josh over the years and he now enjoys giving of his time to serve others. Josh is currently the Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 22 out of Ryves Youth Center and he volunteers with the Foodbank and soup kitchen as well – always taking on each task with a ‘yes and big smile!’ Raised by her aunt from a young age, Jane* was like most teenagers, rebellious and thinking she knew everything, she dropped out of school during the 7th grade. Feeling like she had no other option, Mary’s Aunt dropped her at Bethany House when she turned 18. As she sat on the back steps of the Bethany House, Mary shares, “I didn’t know where to go or what to do, I knew I was homeless.” With the assistance of our program, she was able to receive proper identification, birth certificate, a social security card, food stamps and Medicaid – and most importantly, a safe place to sleep and a roof over her head. During her time at Bethany House, Mary secured a job and was taught to save and budget, she enrolled in adult education courses and recently earned her high school diploma!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), case management notes, constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Catholic Charities of Terre Haute

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr Janet Clark

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College


Board co-chair

Mrs Julie Hart

Purdue Extension

David Will

Dan Weber

Caleb Fleschner

Martin Miranda

Teri Lorenz

Kristen Merchant

Martin Day

Dean, Terre Haute Deanery

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/07/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Keywords

Human Services, Emergency Assistance, Shelter, Youth Center, Housing Assistance