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Volunteers provide

invaluable support,

guidance, and

‘girl time’ to

teen moms

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

The teen age mom nervously stood up, and bravely told all those gathered at the recent Teen Moms Volunteer Appreciation Reception that she had come to the Catholic Social Service program by way of court order.
Soon after joining Teen Moms, though, the young mother was introduced to one of the unsung heroes of CSS, a volunteer who would serve as her mentor for the next year. Soon, the young mom was refusing to leave the program, even when the court deemed it okay to do so.
There are many unsung heroes when it comes to the work of Catholic Social Service, and as the event of April 29 proved, every now and then they get their due.

On that Thursday evening, volunteers who have served for the past year supporting CSS’s Teen Moms Program were honored at a reception at the social hall at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Teen Moms is an outreach program for girls between the ages of 13 and 23 who have chosen to parent, and “who have not yet obtained their high school diploma or are transitioning from high school to full time employment, college course work or technical/certificate programs.”
Hosting the gathering were teen moms themselves; social worker Amy Falcon, who introduced the program when she was hired in 2000; CSS Executive Director Debbie Snapp; and CSS staff member Maria Gutierrez.
Among those honored were the mentors, women who spend at least 10 hours per month with a teen mom -- shopping, attending functions, sharing advice, or simply hanging out.
Also thanked were the meal providers -- mostly individuals, but some restaurants as well  -- that provided free meals to the girls at their weekly meeting with CSS. They thanked the teachers who provided lessons in everyday living at the weekly meetings, as well as the prayer guardian, who every week prays for each girls’ intention.
“Teen Moms has been a big support for me,” one of the young moms told those gathered. “They support you all the way. One way they support you is that if you attend the weekly meetings, you get Teen Moms bucks. When I don’t have any money for diapers, I use the Teen Moms bucks and buy some diapers from the store they have in their office. I can also buy clothes, toys, etc….
“Another way Teens Moms has helped me is to give me a mentor. I’m really glad I have a mentor because she has been really helpful. She has been there for me when I needed someone to talk to. I would also like to thank all the food providers. All the food we receive is really good.”
“I originally signed up when I saw the flyer in the church bulletin,” her mentor said. “As a new stay-at-home mom, I was going crazy. I loved my job. I gave it up because it was for the good of my family. … But I had to get out of the house. …”
Having been a teacher, she felt that she had a lot to offer the young mom. What she didn’t know was how much she would benefit, as well.  
She explained that the “girl time and talk time” were especially valuable to her. “It benefits both of us to be able to talk away from school, family and work; We can just talk and not have to worry about responsibilities and obligations.”
Another bonus, she said, was that as a mother of a two-year-old, “I’d go to the Wednesday night meetings too, and learned as much as these girls have – different things about parenting styles, time and stress management….”
Prior to Falcon handing out certificates of appreciation to the volunteers, Snapp expressed her appreciation for the volunteers:
“Some of you may know that we received a significant cut to our funding from all the state budget cuts, so we really had to look at how we were going to do the program,” Snapp told those gathered for the reception.
“The girls made a lot of sacrifices and had some good ideas. It’s because of you volunteers and the efforts that you all make that we can continue this program at the level we have. I appreciate that a great deal. Volunteers are very important to CSS and the ministry and mission that we do. I welcome you here tonight and thank you for everything that you do.”


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Dec. 23, 2018

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Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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