Oakland, CA, March 10, 2014 – Catholic Charities of the East Bay’s Family to Family Program hosted their annual volunteer appreciation dinner on February 25th at St. Patrick’s in Rodeo. The Family to Family Partnership is a collaboration with local congregations to train teams to work with families in need. Families helping each other overcome poverty and despair. The theme for the night was “On the Journey Together” which represented the journey that volunteers and families in need make together. The event allowed teams from all over the East Bay to come together in solidarity as they share a common purpose and dedication to help the disadvantaged and those in poverty.
Francisco Herrera played the guitar and sang Spanish Songs for the group. Staff members shared their experiences with the teams and indicated why they continue to do this work in the Family to Family Program. Staff has been on both sides—helping those in poverty and experiencing poverty:
“I was once that family who needed support and guidance.
Now, I am able to give back. I love this program!”
The St. Bonaventure team highlighted their graduated family, the Smith-McCall. Mrs. Smith-McCall spoke about her experience in the Family to Family program and how much it impacted her life. She told the group about how her experience brought her closer to God and her faith, which was one of the key factors that helped her and her family out of poverty. Mrs. Smith-McCall’s success story proves that Family to Family works; and that both volunteers and the families gain something from this program.
Greg Kepferly, the evening’s keynote speaker and CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, was touched by every speech in the program. By attending this one event, he grasped Family to Family’s mission and the work they do. He strongly believes that this type of work and program should expand and grow to other Catholic Charities organizations in other areas. Steve Wilcox, the Interim CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, indicated the agency already has plans to significantly expand Family to Family within the Oakland Diocese.
Learn more about the Family to Family Program. For more information, please contact Carolyn Krantz at (925) 628-7980.