Providing Social Services For All

By Jerry Rauckhorst
Wednesday - September 15, 2010 Share

By Jerry Rauckhorst, President and CEO
Catholic Charities Hawaii

Two years ago, “Sandra” found herself living on the beach with her two school-aged children. She moved from shelter to shelter, never feeling like she had a home. But through caring help and support, Sandra found solace at Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Maili Land Transitional Housing Program.

The program provided the family a safe place to stay while Sandra attended classes to learn the skills needed to better provide for her family. Sandra has learned to manage her money and is taking classes to become a childcare provider. This is just one of the many stories of hope made possible by the work of Catholic Charities Hawaii.

Serving Hawaii since 1947, CCH provides a wide range of social services with dignity, compassion, social justice and a commitment to excellence.

Through programs and advocacy efforts, CCH serves all people, especially those with the greatest need, regardless of their faith or culture.

Last year, CCH served more than 40,000 people on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. But the current economic climate has resulted in an increase in domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness and many other social issues as families struggle to stay afloat.

CCH Housing/Intake specialist Robert Lorin gives a client fresh linens at one of the nonprofit’s Oahu shelters

Earlier this year, CCH reached a milestone through the dedication of the Catholic Charities Hawaii Clarence T. C. Ching Campus. This new permanent home has allowed us to consolidate services to increase efficiencies and to offer easier access to services for clients. The new campus was a huge undertaking that required a significant capital campaign for which we are continuing to solicit funds.

We are asking for the community’s assistance to help us raise the remaining $10 million by the end of 2010 to help ensure CCH’s sustainability into the future. For more information or to lend support, visit

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