Muench to speak at SLU

Bishop Robert Muench will speak on “The Least of These … Reflections on Christ’s Call to Service” at an Oct. 15 dinner at Twelve Oaks on the Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to gather with our neighbors and hear the Bishop’s inspirational message,” said Stephanie Schulte, chair of the Catholic Charities Serving Tangipahoa Advisory Committee, adding: “The committee wants to let people know about the help Catholic Charities brings to families of all faiths in Tangipahoa. The work they do is vital to so many in our community.”

For example, 97 Tangipahoa families are enrolled in our Hurricane Isaac Disaster Case Management program, she said.

“Most were just barely getting by before the storm, but Isaac literally put them under water.” said Lisa Lee, CCDBR Mission Advancement Director. “One family is even sleeping in a tent under their carport, because the mold was making them sick. We’re helping them find the resources to rebuild their lives.”

Another Tangipahoa resident received 600 hours of counseling from licensed social workers stationed at the agency’s Behavioral Health Satellite office at St. Albert’s Catholic Student Activity Center.

“Our sliding fee scale makes our counseling sessions affordable for people who may not have health insurance,” said Lee.

In addition to helping people in need, Schulte noted that the economy community as a whole benefits from the wages earned by its Senior Employment workers and Immigration Legal Services clients.

“Because of Catholic Charities, the wages earned by these Tangipahoa residents is spent locally and that helps our businesses thrive,” said Schulte. “And as a result of that and the direct services we provide, the quality of life of our entire population improves along with it.”

In addition to Schulte, other committee members include Andre Coudrain, Rep. Steve Pugh, Deacon Nat Garofalo, Lillian Mirando, Mary Vedeckis, Beth Davis, Robert McClendon, Frank Cannino, John Hair, Rev. Jeff Day, Fr. Randy Cuevas, Carol Fernandez, Jeanie Holmes, and Lisa Amar. The Committee has helped guide and shape the services Catholic Charities offers in Tangipahoa.