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The Voice of Charity With Monsignor Boland

Tuesdays 9:30-10am | Relevant Radio 950-AM

The Voice of Charity is a radio show hosted by Monsignor Michael Boland, Administrator, President and CEO of Catholic Charities. The show appears weekly on Relevant Radio, 950AM on Tuesday morning at 9:30AM. Each week, Monsignor Boland takes a look at the issues affecting the needy that Catholic Charities helps to serve throughout Cook and Lake Counties.


Radio Show Podcast

Summer Food
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
In Illinois, one in seven people struggles with hunger. Summer brings more food insecurity to families, as children do not have access to free and discounted school breakfasts and lunches. In these situations, families are often forced to go hungry or purchase the cheapest food available, even if it’s not healthy. Catholic Charities Summer Food programs work to eradicate this problem by providing free breakfast and lunch to low-income children across Chicagoland. Today Guadalupe Villanueva, Community Outreach Manager, and Diane Nunley, Associate Vice President of Community Development and Outreach Services, join Monsignor Boland to discuss Catholic Charities summer food initiatives. | Stream

Fatherhood Involvement
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
1 in 3 children grow up without the presence of a father. Fathers play a vital role in the life of a child; they teach life lessons, improve socio-emotional health, and increase academic functioning. Without a father figure, children may face many risks. Catholic Charities programs encourage parental involvement on a daily basis through parenting education, child development centers, and counseling for families. Today Shavon Parker, RAPP Program Director; Petra Gutierrez, Our Lady of Tepeyac Child Development Center Site Director; and Janice Williams, St. Joseph Child Development Center Site Director; join Monsignor Boland to discuss fatherhood involvement.  | Stream

Health Fairs
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Since the Affordable Care Act, more people are purchasing and obtaining health insurance, but there are still a lot of families and individuals without insurance. More than 9% of people in Illinois are uninsured and at risk. Catholic Charities annually hosts several FREE community-based health fairs to provide medical, dental, vision and glaucoma screenings, memory and depressions screenings, as well as immunizations and back to school physicals for children. Kate Mulvaney, Regional Director for City of Chicago and Catholic Charities Director of Health Initiatives and Wanda Moy, a District 201 School medical staff and the Nurse Liason at Catholic Charities health fairs join Monsignor Boland to discuss the upcoming health fairs. | Stream

Senior Unity Mass and Keenager News
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Seniors are special to all of us at Catholic Charities. Our Senior Services area is one of our largest, with more than 20 different programs across Cook and Lake counties. Our programs served more than 300,000 seniors last year, who accounted for 42% of our total clients. One of our programs is our FREE Keenager News newspaper, which is mailed out to more than 90,000 seniors each month. In addition, Catholic Charities hosts an Annual Senior Unity Mass and luncheon to honor our seniors. Today, Rob Boyd, Director of Josephine Argento Senior Center, and Kristine Kappel, Director of Communications, join Monsignor Boland to discuss Keenager News and the upcoming Senior Unity Mass. | Stream

Older Americans Act
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Today, 11.6 million seniors live alone, risking isolation. This can lead to negative health impacts and a lower quality of life for seniors. Thankfully, many programs are in place that provide seniors with nutrition and socialization. One of the first steps towards providing seniors with necessary services was The Older Americans Act, or “OAA,” which creates services that assist seniors and their families, including home-delivered meals, chore services, and support for caregivers. Today, Mary Ann Bibat, Vice President of Senior Services, joins Monsignor Boland to discuss the Older Americans Act and senior services at Catholic Charities. | Stream