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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

Nutrition Programs for Children
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Hunger is one of the biggest problems we face today. Nearly 800,000 people throughout Chicago are food insecure and many of those impacted are children. These children and their families do not know where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity has a role in many problems including poverty, health and wellbeing, and poor nutrition. Catholic Charities recognizes the importance of quality nutrition and works to provide healthy meals to families in need. One program that meets the needs of the hungry is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC provides WIC-approved foods for eligible participants, access to social services, nutrition education, job training and educational programs. Today Monsignor Boland is joined by Angel Gutierrez, VP of Community Development and Outreach, Diane Nunley, Associate VP Supplemental Food and Nutrition, and Tal Vanek, Nutritionist to discuss Catholic Charities nutrition programs for children. | Stream

Peace Corner: a Safe Place for Youth
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Chicago is often known for being one of the most violent cities in the US. Violence not only affects those involved, but it impacts entire communities. One of the Chicago neighborhoods most troubled by violence is Austin. Catholic Charities has recently partnered with Peace Corner, a drop-in center for youth in Austin, in the fight to promote healthy and safe communities. Peace Corner works with volunteers to help and support the neighborhood citizens. The center has a variety of services, including job training and employment placement, fitness and sports programs, nutrition programs, and more. Today Angel Gutierrez, Vice President of Community Development and Outreach, and Seth El-Jamal, Department Director for Peace Corner join Monsignor Boland to discuss how Catholic Charities works with violence-plagued communities. | Stream

Month of the Young Child
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
April is the month of the Young Child. The annual celebration supports young children, teachers, and families in the pursuit of health, safety and education. Catholic Charities recognizes the responsibility that society and the Church has to protect children. We provide services that enhance children’s education, health, safety, and connections to the community. Through our child development centers, 1,4000 children and their families learn and grow in safe, nurturing centers and are prepared for success in elementary school. In 2015, 97% of zero to 3 year olds in Catholic Charities educational programs met or exceeded their expected milestones for language, cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. As Pope Francis describes children as, “the joy of the family and of society…Children are a gift.”  | Stream

Supporting Young Parents with Young Children
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The birth of a child is a beautiful thing, but very young parents may find themselves unprepared to bring a new addition into the world. There are many risk factors associated with teen pregnancy. Poverty is one major risk, since teens are usually not working jobs that can support a family. Also educational achievement is at risk if a teen drops out of school as a result of the pregnancy and demands of parenting. Finally, a young parent may find themselves rejected by their own parents as a consequence of their pregnancy, and therefore must face this challenging time alone and possibly homeless. For all these reasons and more, it is important that young parents have access to help in having a healthy delivery and ongoing care of their baby. Catholic Charities Child, Youth, and Family Services work with young parents to help them provide for their children, and themselves. Last year alone, more than 600 teen parents benefited from our supportive classes, counseling, home visits, and more. Today Velma Brown-Walker, Director of Adolescent Parenting Programs, joins Monsignor Boland to discuss Catholic Charities services for young parents and their children. | Stream

Catholic Charities and Regional Offices
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
At Catholic Charities we have more than 150 programs at more than 160 locations across Cook and Lake counties. To help cover our very large territory, we have seven regional offices which function as local hubs where community residents can access Catholic Charities services. We invite parishes, schools and other community groups to volunteer and donate their time, talent and treasure to their local office. For example, a parish may have someone who is a member of a Regional Advisory Board and therefore, is very tied in to the regional operations. Or, a parish may run regular food or clothing drives or donate funds for a particular program, like transitional housing. Catholic Charities regional offices also network with other community resources to strengthen the social safety net in their geographic area. Joining Monsignor Boland today are Kathy Donahue, Senior Vice President of Program Development and Evaluation, and Terri Denny, Senior Director Regional and Lake County Services.
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