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
Strengthening Families Program – Truly Changing Lives!
Initiated in 2015, CCEVA’s Strengthening Families Program utilizes evidence-based curriculum, paired with common sense, advocacy and lots of love, to help families grow closer and stronger. The 14-week program includes education for the whole family, with curriculum for the children and adults mirrored in separate sessions, and then a family dinner together with CCEVA staff. Education focuses on better communication, appropriate and effective discipline, developing family goals as well as substance abuse prevention. The program is free to any family and many of our families learn and grow so much that they attend another session.
CCEVA currently has funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth to provide the program to families on the Virginia Peninsula. Classes are also held for families on the southside thanks to the generosity of the United Way of South Hampton Roads and our agency donors.
Although a myriad of issues are addressed in classes, we have seen recent success in less truancy for families with teenaged students, and better family functioning with the increased supports and knowledge.
Recently, attending a community function at a local hotel, our staff ran into a former participant who was so eager to reunite with our Program Director, Milcah Wade. “The program really made me a better step-dad, and has prepared me to be a good dad my daughter, who is due in January.” he said. “We still have our vision boards at home!”, he reported.
The program is such a success because CCEVA staff build on families’ strengths. Helping families effectively problem-solve and communicate through this program has been incredible. We are truly grateful for all of those who support this important, meaningful work!
For more information, please contact Milcah Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping Women and their Families ASPIRE to New Heights!
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia is proud to announce that we will be a partner alongside ForKids, in Women United’s ASPIRE pilot program. Women United is a group of women philanthropists, organized through United Way of South Hampton Roads, whose membership is dedicated to eliminating barriers women and children face to escape poverty and achieve permanent self-sufficiency.
Women United has established funding for the ASPIRE pilot, which will provide intensive case management services to women and their children in an effort to increase financial self-sufficiency as well as improve overall family functioning. By serving women and children, the pilot hopes to provide education and services to empower families to create generational transformation. We are working hard to plan the pilot and will be bringing on other community partners to address the specific needs these families face. The program will be ready to serve our first families by January 2019, and we expect to serve 50 families through the pilot for up to three years.
For more information, please contact Tracy Fick at (757) 456-2366, ext. 1011.
VISIT THE BLOG
Please visit our blog for an article written by Rebekah Hall, MSW & Director of Youth & Family Services, for information on the Adoption & the Post-Adoption Program at Catholic Charities.
CCEVA’s Adoption Information Nights
All meetings start at 6:00
Monday, November 19
Wednesday, December 19
Thursday, January 24
Virginia Beach (5361 Virginia Beach Blvd.)
Wednesday, February 20
Newport News (12829 Jefferson Ave.)
Thursday, March 28
Wednesday, April 17
Thursday, May 23
Wednesday, June 19
Please call Rebekah Hall
(757) 533-5217, 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. Please call Rebekah Hall at (757) 533-5217 for more information.