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Adoption Monthly Support Group

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FEMA DISASTER RELIEF INFO

Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding starting on May 5 through June 4 can now apply for state and federal disaster assistance. Survivors in 20 designated counties (Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Grady, Johnston, Kiowa, Le Flore, Marshall, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Oklahoma, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Seminole and Wagoner) who sustained losses or damage from storms that occurred between May 5 and June 4 may register anytime.

Individual Assistance was extended to these counties after a review of on-going damage assessments by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Disaster assistance for qualified applicants may include:

  • Grants for rental assistance or temporary housing;
  • Grants for home repairs not covered by insurance;
  • Grants for serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance—such as medical, dental, funeral, personal property, vehicles and moving and storage; and
  • Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may be available to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, and homeowners and renters for losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

There are three easy ways to register:

  • Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov;
  • Via smartphone or web-enabled device by using the FEMA app;
  • Or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

For more information on Oklahoma disaster recovery, click http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4222  or visit the OEM site at www.oem.ok.gov.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) prepares for, responds to, recovers from and mitigates against emergencies and disasters. The department delivers service to Oklahoma cities, towns and counties through a network of more than 350 local emergency managers.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/femaregion6and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Click here for a printable version of FEMA contact information (in English and Spanish).

Adoptive Parents Support Group Family Picnic

Picnic

Catholic Charities Needs Baby Cribs!

 

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We are in need of lots and lots of baby cribs! If you have any you would like to donate, we would really appreciate it.

Our donation drop off hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. The donation drop-off area is on the northwest corner of our campus, facing the west.

If you have any questions, you can contact Becky Wisdom at 918-508-7165 or bwisdom@cctulsa.org.

Thank you!

Birth Mother Mass

MotherBabyPaintingCatholic Charities Adoption Program will be observing Birth Mother’s Day on, Wednesday, May 6th 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of the Resurrection. This Mass will be celebrated to honor birth mothers, adoptive parents and adoptees.  The Church of the Resurrection is located at 4804 S. Fulton, Tulsa, OK 74135. Anyone who has been touched by adoption is welcome to attend, and there will be a reception following the service. One need not be Catholic to participate.  Father Stephen Austin will be the celebrant for the Mass.

This Mass to Celebrate Life will honor the motherhood of those who have made adoption plans for their children.  Join us to recognize and celebrate:

• Mothers who support life in choosing to adopt
• Motherhood and to pray for all mothers
• A celebration of children born and lovingly placed families through adoption.

For more information contact, 918-508-7131, mbeets@cctulsa.org

Please vote for Mary and Andy!

Andy and Mary Bidasio have been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2015 Lumen Christi Award!

Bidasios-LumenChristiMarried for 72 years, Andy and Mary Bidasio, both in their 90s, have spent most of their lives volunteering in the Diocese of Tulsa, Okla. In 1983, through Catholic Charities, they helped convert two dilapidated buildings into St. Elizabeth Lodge and the Madonna House, respectively serving families in transition and women in crisis pregnancies. Then the couple was instrumental in the creation of Holy Child Assistance Shop, where donated mother and baby items are available to those in need. Though they both have encountered health challenges, Andy and Mary have each logged more than 8,000 volunteer hours with Catholic Charities. They are thankful for the opportunity to continue volunteering and feel that the Lord still has plenty of work for them to do.”

Now in its 38th year, the Lumen Christi award is presented to a woman religious, priest, lay person or group whose service spreads the light of Christ and transforms lives in their community and beyond. Both the nominating diocese AND recipient of the Lumen Christi Award will receive a $25,000 grant, for a total of $50,000 to fund their ministries.

Please vote and share with your friends.

*Voting is not the only method of becoming a finalist, but it does help.*

Click here to vote now!

After the voting is over, finalists will be announced in the first week in May, and the overall Lumen Christi honoree will be announced in the beginning of August after extensive rounds of interviews.

Spring 2015 Newsletter