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By Bob Reddy (Florida Catholic)

Making life easier for your neighbors in need is the primary goal of the the Catholic Charities ‚ÄúSummertime and the Giving is Easy‚ÄĚ Campaign.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. 2017 Summertime and the Giving is Easy logo.

We are taught that everyone deserves the feeling of a having enough food to eat, the comfort of a roof over head, the well-being of learning valuable skills, and the relief of knowing there is help to overcome your obstacles.

This young girl was the benficiary of hot meal from Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. offers the people of Southwest Florida the means to move beyond poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. Give food, shelter, education and support this summer. Supporting the campaign means you can provide the necessities to eager families and individuals yearning to obtain a better life.

“The annual ‚ÄėSummertime and the Giving is Easy‚Äô campaign assists many people in our communities of Southwest Florida who do not have the essentials needed to live a healthy life,‚ÄĚ Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice CEO Peter Routsis-Arroyo explained. ‚ÄúWe rely on the generosity of our donors to help families, seniors, veterans, and individuals who lack food, shelter, education, and support. Our mission is to provide services that offer people a steady path to self-reliance.”

An older girl assists a younger one during a summer camp at the Catholic Charities Casa San Juan Bosco farmworker housing in Arcadia.

Catholic Charities feeds the hungry with food pantries, a soup kitchen, and food programs that administer nutrition. You can end hunger with a bountiful gift that bolsters the neediest.

People eat a hot meal at the Catholic Charities Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Immokalee.

There are programs that provide shelter for the homeless, help that affords families and individuals a safe place to live while they work towards self-reliance and enhance the quality of their life. Your support of the campaign can build dreams with a caring gift of a decent home.

People line up for food at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Immokalee, a program of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc.

Catholic Charities supports the most vulnerable among us with care for victims, relief for families at an impasse, aid for lonely seniors, and navigation that avoids the loss of a home. Support of Catholic Charities can offer stability with a compassionate gift of advocacy and guidance.

Education is a cornerstone to success for people of all ages, so Catholic Charities educates with programs that prepare preschoolers for kindergarten, instruct adults in English, and provide after school and summer opportunities for students. Help uplift people with the beneficial gift of life skills and learning.

Programs that make a difference

Catholic Charities runs several key programs that make a tangible difference in the life of the individuals and families it serves.

For example, Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities is a residential program based in Venice for homeless mothers and their babies that offers a secure environment in which to become independent through education, vocational training, and personal growth. The Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program offers intensive case management services to victims that includes transitional housing that helps them assimilate into the community. The Weekend Power Pack Food Program in Collier County aids homeless children with food to sustain them when they are not in school where they often receive their only nutritious meal for the day.

During the dog days of summer, you can provide the necessities to eager families and individuals yearning to obtain a better life. Each year, Catholic Charities serves more than 40,000 families and individuals regardless of race, nationality or creed. A total of 93 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs and services of Catholic Charities that assist those in need each day. In addition, Charity Navigator regularly gives Catholic Charities its top 4-Star rating for is fiscal responsibility.

‚ÄúSummertime and the Giving is Easy‚ÄĚ is a chance to brighten the future for your neighbors who come to Catholic Charities for help. Any gift amount is greatly appreciated! You can make your contribution in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made to a specific program of Catholic Charities or to the general fund where the money will go where is most urgently needed.

The giving is easy! To donate, please visit Your gift will make a positive impact!

Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc.

Every dollar counts


Ensures mothers and their children receive the programs they need to achieve self-sufficiency.


Provides a safe residence for victims of human trafficking for four months.


Feeds 300 school children for a month over the weekend.


Stabilizes a homeless family for a year.


Provides after school tutoring and mentoring for a child for a year.


Assists a fragile victim of human trafficking for a month.


Feeds five families from a food pantry for a month.


Provides hot meals for one day at a soup kitchen.


Houses a desperate mother and child for a week.


Offers enrichment activities for farm worker families for a week.


Covers the cost of tuition for a preschool student for a week.


Sustains five families from a food pantry for a week.


Maintains housing for a deserving veteran and his or her family for a month.


Helps a family with professional crisis counseling.


Offers foreclosure prevention for struggling homeowners.


Supplies 50 people living with HIV/AIDS with nutrition assistance for a week.


Provides a special needs resident necessities for a month.


Provides a homebound senior with companionship and case management.


Sends a youth to summer camp for a day.


Catholic Charities Programs and Services

Adoption Services

Affordable Housing

After-School Reading Program

After-School Tutoring Program

Casework Services/Needs Assessment

Citizenship Classes

Clothing Bank

Counseling Services

Day Care Center

Disaster Preparedness and Response

Distribution of FEMA Funds

DUI Groups

Early Learning Center

Empowerment Program

English Classes

Farm Worker Housing

Financial Assistance

Food Assistance

Food Pantry

Food Stamps/Medicaid Applications

HIV/AIDS Housing

HIV/AIDS Support Services

Home Buyer Education Classes

Homeless Shelter for Families and Children

Housing Counseling and

Foreclosure Prevention

Human Trafficking Victim Assistance

Immigration Services

Infant/Toddler Supplies

Residential Program for Mothers and Children

Refugee Resettlement Services

Senior Services

Soup Kitchen

Summer Youth Program

Transitional Housing


Veterans Housing

Youth Mentoring Programs


Catholic Charities Service Locations

Arcadia (2 locations)

Boca Grande

Bonita Springs




Fort Myers (3 locations)

Highlands and Glades Counties

Immokalee (2 locations)

Naples (2 locations)

North Port (2 locations)

Palmetto (2 locations)

Port Charlotte

Sarasota (7 locations)

Venice (3 locations)



Contact information

Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc.

C/O Summertime is Giving

1000 Pinebrook Road

Venice, FL 34285




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