Bethany Durham has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a passion for storytelling. Her writing for Catholic Charities has included blogs, newspaper and magazine articles. She enjoys telling client stories in a way that captures the humanity and emotions of those she writes about. When she’s not working, Bethany loves to spend time with her two cats, hike and sing karaoke.
A relationship characterized by domestic violence rarely starts that way. In the early stages, an abuser may shower their partner with affection to gain trust. But over time, behaviors that seem innocent can lead to a controlling dynamic.
When Parish and Diocesan Engagement Manager Dulce Valdez first started at Catholic Charities in 2017, she had no idea she’d help bring an idea to fruition that would impact so many lives. She had heard talk of starting an ambassador program with individuals who would be called “Champions.” These Champions would educate the community about Catholic Charities’ mission and services.
For some, giving to a nonprofit means making a one-time or monthly gift and not necessarily knowing how the donation is making a difference. However, creating a culture of philanthropy involves not only reaching those who feel passionate about a cause, but also showing them how they are making an impact and expressing gratitude for their support.
As far back as she can remember, Mary Tabuena’s family prayed the Rosary. Now a wife, mother and grandmother, Mary considers herself fortunate to have been raised in a loving Catholic home with parents who taught her how to pray.
Gardening can be an exciting, hands-on way for young students to learn about responsibility and the world around them. It teaches them that inside and outside of the classroom, a little hard work and patience can go a long way in creating something beautiful.