Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) today recognized two Catholic Charities agencies in Texas for their innovative work developing new approaches to serve women in at-risk populations.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Catholic Charities Fort Worth each were recognized by Catholic Charities USA with a CCUSA Social Innovation Award, a formal recognition of programs on the cutting edge of improving opportunities for individuals in local communities. The award comes with a $5,000 prize to be reinvested into the program, and is awarded based on a strict set of criteria judged by a panel representing the Catholic Charities network.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Lotus Project for Women Veterans provides supportive housing for homeless, disabled women veterans with and without children. It offers access to all-female support groups, skills training, counseling and basic needs assistance.
WORN, a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, provides women who have come to the United States as immigrants or refugees with the opportunity to utilize their existing skill sets and provide supplemental income to help their families rise above poverty. 100% of the net profits from the products sold at retail go back to Catholic Charities Fort Worth to provide community development and programming for refugee families.
The agencies received their awards at a CCUSA Partners in Excellence event being held in Fort Worth, Texas. Catholic Charities USA has held a series of 10 Partners in Excellence events over the last year to support local agency efforts and best practices. These gatherings bring together Catholic Charities leadership and staff from around the region to share and learn from one another’s best practices.