Guided by God’s love for all people, Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia(CCEVA) provides comprehensive, compassionate services, collaborates with community partners and advocates for those in need in order to empower and enrich lives.
CCEVA primarily serves the poor and the working poor (88% of those we serve live at or below 200% of the poverty level). We serve all people in need regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.
Mission in Action
Focus on the Strengthening Families Program
CCEVA is proud to announce that we have received funding again through the Virginia Department of Social Services to continue to provide the evidence-based family education course – Strengthening Families. This program runs for 14 consecutive weeks, and involves the entire family. Education on topics ranges from conflict resolution to positive discipline to effective communication. Facilitators are provided for both parents and children separately to provide age-appropriate education, and then all are brought back together to enjoy dinner as a family. This interaction allows facilitators to observe how the family communicates and where they may need help.
Our staff celebrates the course graduation in large ways. One of our last groups had an Oscar-themed party complete with hair and makeup services donated by local businesses, along with each family “walking the red carpet” and being interviewed. This program has made an incredible difference in the lives of the families who participate. Families receive not only important education, but are connected to all the community resources they need to strengthen their unit, including access to food and health services, mental health services and even tutoring for children falling behind in school. These families build on their strengths, find support and leave the program with the tools necessary to navigate their family through both good and hard times, supporting and encouraging one another.
Many thanks to the Virginia Department of Social Services for funding this important initiative and investing in families in our community!
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Please visit our blog below to read more about support for families of children with special needs. If you or someone you love would like to talk with a counselor, please call (757) 467-7707.VISIT THE BLOG
CCEVA’s Adoption Information Nights
Wednesday, May 17
6:00 p.m. – Newport News
Wednesday, June 21
6:00 p.m. – Virginia Beach
Wednesday, July 19
6:00 p.m. – Newport News
Please call Rebekah Hall
(757) 456-2366, ext. 1019 to RSVP
Post-Adoptive Education and Support
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia’s Post Adoption Services Program provides education, support and tools to help families maintain successful adoptive placements. The program will be especially beneficial for families who have adopted children from difficult backgrounds.
Tier 2 – 6-week education course
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
2017 dates TBD
All services are FREE and confidential