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Father and daughterEvery child deserves stability and to have people that advocate for them.

Qafe and loved. Unfortunately, many of the children living in our neighborhoods are growing up with stress, instability and without a voice. Children like Mary.

Seven-year-old Mary has been participating at Ryves Youth Center since January after moving into Bethany House Emergency Shelter with her father and 3-year old brother. Unable to have any interaction with her mother due to active drug use, her relationship with
her father and brother is exceptionally strong and leaves her shy around others.

When she first arrived, Mary told staff that she could not read. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon for the young homeless children
seen at Ryves and, like many others, Mary was assigned a tutor. Her tutor quickly discovered that not only could Mary read, but she read at a first-grade level! The trauma and instability she experienced in her short 7 years had stunted Mary’s self-esteem and confidence. 

In the six months that Mary has been attending the youth center, the progress she has made is astounding. The stable environment that
the center provides through meals each evening and filling her backpack with food each Friday give Mary one less worry. She is active in many Ryves activities such as Girl Scouts, Tutoring, Gardening and much more – all building her confidence. When the time comes for Mary and her family to move into stable housing, she will be able to remain at Ryves and continue to thrive on the relationships and experiences that will support her as she grows into a productive adult. 

Would you consider helping us nurture, encourage, and provide a safe-haven for at least one of these children? Your gift of $370 will provide a year’s worth of evening meals, tutoring, recreational activities, and most of all…the opportunity for a child to recognize their value, develop the skills needed to succeed in life, and have hope for a better future.

Thanks to Ryves Youth Center, children have a safe and stable place to learn, laugh and just be a kid. This summer, team up with us to provide help and create hope for the children in need in our communities.

John C. Etling


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Tax Credits for Helping Your Community

NAP Credits are now available for the 2019-20 program year.

MoneyWould you like an opportunity to reduce your state income tax liability while providing shelter for a homeless family or food for your hungry neighbors?

If so, you may be interested in Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits. Unlike a tax deduction, NAP credits are applied to your Indiana state tax liability - the bottom line taxes owed after all deductions are taken.

This year, Bethany House has been awarded $11,399 in NAP credits by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority to be used to provide temporary housing, case management, and support to single women, married couples, and families. In addition, Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank has been awarded $11,399 for emergency food assistance.

For every dollar you give ($100 minimum) to Catholic Charities or Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank, you may receive up to 50% of the contribution as a direct tax credit on your Indiana state income taxes.

Additionally, because Catholic Charities and Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank are recognized by the IRS as 501(c)3 organizations, a NAP contribution may also be taken as a federal tax deduction. (Consult your tax advisor about your specific situation.)

For more information on how you can take advantage of NAP credits, Click HERE for answers to FAQ's, or contact Jennifer Buell at (812)232-1447.


Ten Ways to Help End Hunger

  1. Volunteer at a local food pantry Mother and child eating
  2. Volunteer at Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank
  3. Coordinate a Food & Funds drive in your neighborhood or at your work, school, or church - Donate what you receive to the Foodbank
  4. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen like the one at Ryves Youth Center
  5. Engage your elected officials to support Child Nutrition legislation
  6. Empty your pockets each day and save your change for one month - Donate your savings to the Foodbank
  7. Fight hunger in a big way by giving up something small. THCC Foodbank can distribute as many as 5 meals for every $1 received. 1 cup coffee could provide 10 meals, a fast food lunch = as many as 25 meals, one week of lunches could be turned into as many as 125 meals.
  8. Find out about the poor and hungry in our communities by checking out Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap.
  9. Sign up for Amazon Smile and designate Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank to receive your donation.
  10. Go to Feeding America's website and find out how you can become more involved in the fight against hunger.

Point in Time Count Results

Results of the 2019 statewide Point In Time count of the homeless are now available. (Results for Vigo County can be found in the tab for Region 7.) Volunteers from shelter providers, churches, and social service agencies were trained and guided in completing surveys with those living in shelters, on the streets, in parks, late night coffee houses, or wherever they may call home. Results of the count help determine the population of homeless and precariously housed individuals and families in each region of the state. State funding for helping the homeless is partially based on the numbers recorded on that day.

Danielle Elkins and Brendan Kearns are co-chairs of the Homeless Council of the Wabash Valley. For information about how you can help reduce homelessness in the Wabash Valley, please contact Danielle Elkins at (812)232-4798, Opt. 1.

Newsletters and Annual Reports

In order to keep you informed we mail newsletters and distribute them through our parishes throughout the year. They are also available below in electronic format.


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