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Parish Social Ministry Coordinator – Worthington

Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota is seeking a parish social ministry coordinator for the Worthington area. The primary mission of the deanery coordinator is to assist the Catholic parishes of Rock, Pipestone, Nobles, Murray, Jackson, and Cottonwood Counties in meeting the needs of the poor and vulnerable in their communities and in working for justice. The parish social ministry coordinator fosters collaboration between the parishes and Catholic Charities so that they work interdependently in carrying out this common mission.

Specific duties include:

  • Giving presentations and instruction on Catholic social teaching in parishes, parish schools, and faith formation programs.
  • Leading and training parish staff and committees in conducting community needs assessments.
  • Helping parishes meet the needs of immigrants, the poor, the elderly, the homebound, and the unemployed in their community by developing new programs and ministries, and collaborating with already existing programs, including those of Catholic Charities.
  • Coordinating opportunities for parishioners to advocate for laws and policies that promote human dignity and the common good.

Qualifications:

  • Candidate should be a practicing Catholic, well versed in Catholic Social Teaching, and be knowledgeable in Catholic theology.
  • Bachelor’s degree in theology, philosophy, or the human services field strongly preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of and connection to the Southwest Minnesota area strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of parish and church life.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.

We are looking for a person with strong written and oral communication skills, including a proficiency in Microsoft Office products. This position requires a demonstrated capacity for initiative, creativity, organization, and relationship building.

This is a work from home position that requires frequent travel and some evening and weekend work.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, a letter of recommendation from your local priest, and three work-related references to Isaac Landsteiner at ilandsteiner@ccsomn.org by July 1st, 2024. Position open until filled.

May 31st, 2024|Categories: Employment|

Active Aging Program Administrator – SE Minnesota

Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota has an immediate opening for a full-time (30-32 hours/week) Program Administrator for its Active Aging Programs.  This position requires a self-starter with experience in establishing, implementing, and maintaining programs involving volunteer management and facilitation of evidence-based workshops.  Primary job duties include coordination of the AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP, Financial Coaching, and Wellness programs throughout Fillmore, Houston, and Olmsted Counties.  Hybrid position of remote and Rochester office. Travel is required.

We are looking for a person who works well independently, shows initiative, has sharp community engagement skills, and works well on a team. The successful candidate must also be organized and able to multi-task, pay strong attention to detail, and meet deadlines.  Proficiency in Windows Office Products including Word, Excel, and Outlook is a must.  Excellent oral and written communication is required. Life experience is more important than any specific educational degree.

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and three work-related references to Sue Degallier at sdegallier@ccsomn.org by May 20, 2024.

May 1st, 2024|Categories: Employment|

Unpacking the Stigma: Why Counseling Matters Now More Than Ever

man talking to a counselor

Have you ever felt like modern life, with all its buzzing notifications and endless scrolling, is a bit… overwhelming? You’re not alone. Yet, there’s this pesky stigma around seeking counseling. Some see it as a sign of weakness or a last resort. Let’s dive into this and chat about why counseling is crucial in today’s world.

First off, Seeking Help = Strength

Guess what? Admitting you need a chat or some guidance isn’t a sign of defeat. It’s brave. It means you’re self-aware and ready to tackle challenges head-on.

Counseling’s Got Some Serious Perks

Beyond just having someone to vent to (which is super important, by the way), counseling equips you with tools. Tools to handle stress, mend relationships, and simply feel better about life. And yes, there’s research backing all this up (1).

Feeling Lonely in a Connected World?

It’s a modern paradox. We’re more connected than ever, thanks to tech. Yet, many of us feel isolated. It’s a lot. Counseling? It offers a genuine, heart-to-heart connection. No screens. No filters. Just real talk.

Think of Counseling as a Check-Up… For Your Mind

We don’t wait for a broken bone to see a doc, right? We go for regular check-ups. Why should our mental health be any different? Counseling is like a wellness check for the soul (2).

Let’s Chat About It!

The only way to crush this stigma? Talk. Share. Be open. The more we normalize mental health chats, the better off we’ll all be.

So here’s the deal: Counseling is a game-changer, especially in our fast-paced world. Seeking help isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s smart. It’s proactive. Let’s spread the word, support each other, and champion mental well-being.

(1) Lambert, M. J. (2013). The ins and outs of therapy’s impact. John Wiley & Sons.

(2) Druss, B. G., & Walker, E. R. (2011). The big link between mental and physical health. Synthesis snapshots.


 

 

Socktober: The Month of Warm Feet and Warmer Hearts

When the air gets crisper and the leaves begin to change, we know that autumn is upon us. While October is traditionally associated with pumpkins, costumes, and the eerie fun of Halloween, another movement has been gaining traction in recent years aimed at helping others known as “Socktober.” It’s a simple way to make a big difference in the lives of people who are struggling.

What is Socktober?

Socktober is a month-long initiative that started as a grassroots movement to collect and donate socks to the homeless and those in need. As we transition into colder months, having warm socks becomes essential. Unfortunately, for many people without permanent housing, something as simple as a pair of socks can be hard to come by.

Why Socks?

While many of us take having warm socks for granted, they are among the most requested and least donated items at homeless shelters. Socks not only provide warmth but can also help prevent a host of medical issues. Wet or cold feet can lead to frostbite, trench foot, and an array of fungal infections, especially when there’s limited access to clean footwear.

Participating in Socktober is as easy as you’d like to make it! Here are some simple steps to get started:

  • Collect Socks: Start by setting up a donation box at your workplace, school, or community center. Encourage colleagues, friends, and family to contribute.
  • Spread the Word: Share about Socktober on your social media accounts. Use hashtags like #Socktober and #WarmFeetWarmHearts to connect with a wider community.
  • Make It Fun: Host a sock-themed party or event! Encourage attendees to bring socks as their ticket in. You could have a fashion show, sock puppet-making sessions, or even a sock hop dance!
  • Donate: At the end of the month, gather all the collected socks and fill up a Catholic Charities Socktober box in Winona or Rochester.

Beyond Socktober

While Socktober is a focused month-long initiative, the need for socks and other essentials exists year-round. Consider making this an ongoing project, perhaps rotating the focus to different items each month.

Moreover, while donating is a fantastic way to help, let’s remember to also advocate for systemic changes and solutions that address the root causes of homelessness and poverty.

Socktober is more than just a catchy name; it’s a testament to the power of community and the difference we can make when we come together.

So this October, while you’re enjoying your pumpkin-spiced everything and planning Halloween festivities, spare a thought (and a pair of socks) for those who might be facing cold nights on the streets. Let’s warm their feet and our hearts, one sock at a time!

Meet Our Team: Annette Krutsch, Clinical Psychologist

Annette Krutsch, Ph.D, LP
Annette is a clinical psychologist working in our Counseling Program.

She grew up in Roseville, Michigan, and her lifelong curiosity about human behavior led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Detroit. Furthering her education, she attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio for four years and completed a fifth-year clinical psychology internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Hillside Hospital.

At home, Annette cherishes her moments with her devoted husband, Rich, and their elderly orange tabby cat, Harvey. Any time shared with their beloved daughters, even simple activities like grocery shopping, brings her immense joy.

Describe Your Job in 3 Words:

Compassion
Solutions
Healing


Favorites:

Color: many shades of blue
Pizza Toppings: extra cheese and black olives
Cats or Dogs? Both are great, and it is so unfair to choose between them, but honestly, cats are easier (and that is what I have now).
Quote: “It is what it is.”
What she likes about working for Catholic Charities: Excellent support staff and colleagues who share the mission, along with our Agency’s ability and willingness to meet the needs of clients who could not otherwise afford psychological services, are two of the best things about working at CCSOMN.


Annette’s “happy place”

Gentle walks alone, often listening to music or a podcast, in my neighborhood or around Lake Winona (okay, I admit that in the last year or two, it has been more like “part-way around the lake” ) are good for my heart-  and mental health.


What is something people don’t know about you?

People may not know that if I want them to know something, I’ll tell them. :)

September 29th, 2023|Categories: Counseling, News & Announcements|

Meet the Staff: Taylor Williams, Shelter Advocate

Taylor grew up on a small organic farm outside of Rushford Minnesota. She moved to Winona about five years ago and began working for the Winona Community Warming Center in the winter of 2021. She transitioned over to the Day Center in the spring of 2022 and has been here ever since! She helps our guests with finding housing as well as connecting them to resources throughout the community. AND Taylor just started school to become a social worker. In her free time, Taylor likes to in nature, watch movies, spend time with friends, and take care of my many plants at home and at the Day Center.

Describe Your Job in 3 Words:

Humbling
Connecting
Empathy


Favorites:

Color: purple
Pizza Toppings: pepperoni
Cats or Dogs? Cats
What she likes about working for Catholic Charities: I have been given the opportunity to help people.


Taylor’s “happy place”

Our family farm outside of Rushford.


Fun Fact

My family runs a small honeybee farm, Spring Bee Honey.
September 7th, 2023|Categories: Emergency Shelter, News & Announcements|
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