2016 Year in Review
2016 was an exciting year for tCI! With your help, we launched our Cultivating Hope campaigns to fund targeted needs within our nation-wide network of community development programs. We added the Campesino Outreach at St. Anthony Mary Claret parish in Fresno to our network, and were a part of a number of exciting collaborations between programs and community partners.
To celebrate the New Year, we’re taking a look back on some of our most popular blog posts of 2016:
The epidemic of violence in Chicago continues to dominate headlines nation-wide. In this Community Voices post, Mary Gomez, the Program Supervisor for the After-School Program at Casa Romero in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago shares how she and her staff help youth process the violence and choose a better path.
In April, the president and several of the board members of the Chicago chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) visited Casa Romero to share their stories and spread hope through mentoring. Every young person who attended left with a list of email addresses and phone numbers to serve as the next step in these new mentoring relationships.
Did you know that people who have stronger connections with their neighbors also have decreased exposure to gun violence? tCI programs work to build resilient communities where neighbors know and respect each other.
One of the first Claretian parishes in the United States, San Gabriel Mission has a long history of fighting poverty. Soon after taking over the mission, the Claretians opened a school to serve the surrounding community and offered free tuition and meals to students in need. Today the parish reaches out to youth through their Marimba Ensemble.
As we begin 2017, we remain grateful for the support of our followers and donors! We appreciate the energy you bring to this effort, as well as your support. With your help we are fighting the cycle of poverty and violence for many of those who need it most.