| A Family to Family gathering
Catholic Charities of the East Bay's Family to Family Program is a collaboration with local congregations to train teams to work with families in need. Families help each other overcome poverty and despair.
The theme for the annual volunteer appreciation 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.
During the event, which was held Feb. 25 at St. Patrick Parish in Rodeo, staff members shared their experiences with the teams and indicated why they continue to do this work in the Family to Family Program. Staff members have 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 Family to Family team at St. Bonaventure Parish in Concord highlighted a family that had graduated from the program. The mother of the family told the gathering 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. The family's success story proves that Family to Family works; and that both volunteers and the families gain something from this program.
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. At this time, more than 20 parishes have active Family to Family teams.
Parishes interested in Family to Family may contact Carolyn Krantz at 925-628-7980.
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