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Life has a way of interrupting our plans.Kids with bugs

Perhaps even today you were caught in sudden traffic, had an unexpected issue to deal with at the office or a family member became ill. I pray that your interruption was not a continually growling stomach or trying to find shelter for your family because you can no longer afford the rent.

Imagine the immense challenge of a child who needs to remain focused on their academics, but their growling stomach is regularly “interrupting their life,” or they recently overheard Mom and Dad discussing where they can live because they can no longer afford the rent.

Could you help a child whose plans are not going as expected with a life-changing gift of $310?

For 30 years, Ryves Youth Center has worked with children who meet challenges at some very basic levels – getting to school on time so they can participate in the free breakfast program, having their school supplies available to start the year without feeling less than adequate, or missing school on a Friday and therefore not being able to get a BackPack filled with nutritious food items for the weekend.boy on swing

Every child should have the opportunity to grow up with stability in their lives and to enjoy fun, youthful activities. No child should grow up with the stress of where their next meal will come from and in whose home they might be living next week.

Ryves Youth Center is prepared to help our community and our children thrive. We provide a safe and positive environment where more than 1,500 children each year have the opportunity to overcome the challenges and interruptions of life. At Ryves, learning and development is met without shame or fear... and every child is offered the chance to experience joy and success.

Would you consider helping us nurture, encourage, and provide a safe-haven for at least one of these children? Your gift of $310 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.

I hope you will consider teaming with us to provide help and create hope for the children in our communities.

John C. Etling


Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Scholarship Available


Tax Credits for Helping Your Community

NAP Credits are now available for the 2015-16 program year.

Would you like an opportunity to reduce your state income tax liability while providing shelter for a homeless family?


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 $12,424 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 $12,424 for emergency food assistance.

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

Additionally, because Catholic Charities is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization, 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. NAP Credit Form must be completed and sent in with your contribution. The Indiana Department of Revenue has discontinued use of Form NC-10. Please use the form linked above.


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 Bethany House
  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 5 meals for every $1 received. 1 cup coffee = 10 meals, a fast food lunch = 25 meals, one week of lunches = 125 meals.
  8. Find out about the poor and hungry in our communities by reading the 2010 Feeding America Hunger in America Executive Summary
  9. Now through November, purchase specially marked Snickers bars and text or enter the code to help provide 2 additional meals to the Feeding America network.
  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 2011 statewide Point In Time count of the homeless and of the 2012 statewide Point in Time count, are now available. 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.

For information about how you can help reduce homelessness in the Wabash Valley, please contact Jeff Lorick at (812)232-0110 or Myra Wilkey at (812)232-5681, co-chairs of the Wabash Valley Planning Council on Homelessness for Region 7.

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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