! At Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo, we have been given the incredible privilege and responsibility to accompany those we serve on their life’s journey. We are grateful, that our 100+ CCDOK volunteers have challenged themselves to provide help, hope and cultivate a sense of community at our agency!
Why is their volunteer role so important? Without committed Volunteers, our agency couldn’t serve the over 10,000 brothers and sisters in need, in the nine county Diocese of Kalamazoo!
Volunteers help us with Life Changing Work!
Volunteer efforts ~ mentoring, tutoring, serving on a committee or Board, collecting and organizing donations, administrative help, special event planning ~ all these efforts support our efforts to provide direct care to the women, children, and at-risk youth we’re called to serve every day!
In the coming year, I encourage you to invite others to connect with our agency! Have someone:
o Join us at one of our signature events!
o Help us connect with others in the community to raise needed dollars!
o Pray for our dedicated volunteers!
o Share our videos and testimonials www.ccdok.org
With the continued support of CCDOK Volunteers, we will continue our Mission of providing help, hope and cultivating caring communities~ life-changing work!
Timothy J. Lieser
President/CEO Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo
The Ark Services for Youth provides short-term crisis intervention and 24/7/365 shelter to runaway youth, homeless youth, and families in crisis. Each year, over 220 youth receive shelter and support services with the goal of family reunification. Over 7,000 youth receive crisis intervention or community education services. Staff also provide in-home case management services to help families in crisis. Since 1977, the Ark Shelter has been a safe harbor and caring community for trafficked youth and LGBTQ youth. Call us today to learn more.
Baraga Manor Apartments provides safe, comfortable, and affordable housing for seniors and mobility-impaired individuals through 48 HUD-subsidized single bedroom apartments. Baraga is located in Otsego, MI, just a short drive from Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. All residents have access to a Service Coordinator who assists them in individual needs and the program has an active Residents Council with lots of opportunities to get involved. Call us at 269-694-9711 today to learn more.
Caring Network offers services for pregnant and parenting teens and women and their families. Clients have access to personalized case management, referrals, material support, parenting and pregnancy education classes, and limited transitional housing. Services are provided at our site (1441 South Westnedge) or in the home/community. We work with families to reduce infant mortality risk factors, ensure healthy pregnancies, encourage healthy child development, and build parenting skills. Our goal is to help women chose life for their baby, deliver a healthy baby, and assist parents providing a good life for both themselves and their child.
Bridges provides free mental health counseling to individuals, youth, couples, and families with a variety of needs. Call us for more information or to schedule an appointment today!
If you would like to learn more about CCDOK and attend a one-hour tour of our mission, please click here. The mission of Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo is to provide people with compassionate social services in the manner of Jesus Christ, to advocate for justice, and to cultivate caring communities in the Diocese of Kalamazoo.
We envision respect for human dignity and ever-increasing stability and independence for individuals, families, and communities we serve.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo has the following purposes:
Promote respect for the sanctity of human life;
Empower those who are weak or marginalized;
Offer compassionate care;
Provide service with the highest standard of care;
Link with other people, ministries, and organizations in collaborative efforts; and
Educate the community and advocate for systemic change.
These purposes form the acrostic "PEOPLE."
Administrative Office, Ark Youth Independent Living, Ark Outreach Services, and Home Heating Program (seasonal):