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March 4, 1988 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana III I I The Recycle Center 3 Program gives00.assistance to poor and.needy in Spencer County area By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer /n indigent young couple with a sick baby went to the Spencer County Recycle Center D-because they couldn't afford their rent payment last month. They waited patiently for their turn to talk to the director, Sister Judith Briselden, D.C. "If this place wasn't here, a lot of people would be in bad shape," said the husband. "She's helped us when nobody else would." The Recycle Center is a non- denominational social service ,ency located at 410 Main 'treet in Rockport, Ind. "Recycle Center is probably an unfortunate name because we get calls to process aluminum cans," said Sister Briselden. "It's a program to assist with the immediate needs of food, shelter and day-to-day living," she explained. "It meets a need in the county and really reflects the care and concern of the peo- ple here." The Recycle Center maintains a food pantry and a "Thrift Shop" that sells used clothing and household items. It gives the poor and needy financial assistance for rent, utilities, medicine and transportation, The agency also offers emergen- cy help, counseling and referral services, tutoring and tax assistance for the elderly. , The Recycle Center serves ,,people Who are not usually eligible for assistance from other agencies," according to Sister Briselden. She spoke of the "Catholic involvement" in the Recycle Center. Father James Lex, former pastor at St. Bernard Church, Rockport, was one of the Spencer County clergymen instrumental in starting the agency in 1977, according to Sister Briselden. Sister Jackie Kissel, a Benedictine nun, was the first director; several Daughters of Charity have also served as directors. In addition, two members of the Recycle Center's board of directors, Bill Young and Leona Chinn, belong to St. Bernard parish, said Sister Briselden. She noted regular cash and food donations from St. Ber- nard, St. Martin Church, Chrisney, and St. Rupert Church, Red Brush. The Recy- cle Center "is the way our Catholic churches in the county serve the needs of the poor," she explained. Sister Briselden was also quick to point out the Reoycle Center is also very ecumenical. "The (Catholic) church has been very involved in both its foundation and its support, but it is supported by all the chur- ches in the county and is a non- profit, non-denominational organization," said Sister Briselden. Funding is also received from the United Way of Southwestern Indiana and the Employee Mildred Gibbs and director Sister Judith Briselden stand in front of the Spencer County Recycle Center, located at 410 Main Street in Rockport, Ind. Gibbs works at the Thrift Shop through the Indiana Green Thumb program, which provides part-time work for men and women age 55 and over. -- Message Photo by Mary T. Ellert Catholic Charities' Christian Sharing Fund. A grant from the Daughters of Charity assists the elderly, she said. In addition to her work with the Recycle .Center, Sister Briselden has also founded the "Southern Indiana Literacy Council" to assist the undereducated adul'ts *in Spencer County. Sister Briselden has trained around 35 tutors, "many of whom are presently tutoring adults who request our services." "We're headquartered at the Rockport public library and recently have moved to Perry County, with a center at the Tell City library," she said. Editor's note: Those in- terested in literacy services or in donating food, clothing or household goods should "call the Recycle Center, 649-4946. It is open weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Continued from page 1 Catholic Education Foundation "is to help make it possible for every child to have the advan- tage of attending one of our Catholic high schools." The let- ter continues, "to help achieve cr. this goal, the Foundation has been providing tuition assistance to worthy, needy students to continue their education in this environment. Too, we are committed to finan- cially assisting the Marian Day School Program of educating the physically handicapped and the special children. A financial report, "an ac- counting of our stewardship for the last twenty years," is being mailed with the letters. Also being made available this .year is a list of answers to the "most frequently asked questions" about Catholic schools. Don't overlook Trip Guard Reimbursement Service with your AAA membership, especially during the winter driving season. When your auto is damaged and disabled as a result of a traffic accident or collision 50 miles or more from home and reported to the police, AAA Southern Indiana will reimburse the member up to $250 per accident for unexpected emergency expense. AAA Trip Guard service covers: local meals and lodging commercial car rental commercial transportation to your destination or home For all the details arid a copy of the Trip Guard proce- dures contact your Ioc.l AAA Southern Indiana office in Evansville or Jasper. In response to the question about competition with public schools, the foundation response is that "our schools have a pattern and tradition of excellence in education. Our students consistantly score above the national average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Each year, we have students in each of our schools who receive National Honor Merit recognition." The 'response to a question about religious eduation at the Catholic schools states "there are specially trained teachers in our religious departments. Our religious staff this year consists of two priests, two religious I brothers, one deacon and six religious sisters preparing the students in this area of educa- tion. The religious departments try to meet not only the doc- trinal needs of the students, but their sacramental and moral needs. The students are en- couraged to spend time in ser- vice to others. Because religious education is a shared responsibility of parents and school, a monthly newsletter is sent to the parents informing them of what is being taught and experienced." The Catholic Education Foundation was founded in 1968 by the late Archbishop Paul Leibold, Msgr. Patrick For information on vocations contact: Father David Fleck, Vocations Office, 424-5536 Ext. 111 COMPARE OUR NEW AUTO and HOME RATES INSURANCE AGENCY 464-5993 OLH00t Kilfoil, Msgr. Thomas Clarke, Joseph E. O'Daniel, Marvin J. Evans, John F. Berry, Lewis Rhiver and John Carroll. Accor-. ding to the current foundation president, "these pioneers were in accord in the philosophy that Catholic high schools are need- ed, and that they provide ex- cellent academic training while instilling Christian morality for the future leaders in our nation." Father Lefler takes leave of absence Father John W. Lefler, 57, is on medical leave, according to Bishop Francis R. Shea. Tem- porary arrangements have been made to provide for theL sacramental needs of St. Mar- tin, Chrisney, where Father Lefler has served as pastor since May, 1984. Father Raymond L. Kuper is presiding at weekend liturgies, temporarily. Father Kuper is the Director of Catholic Educa- tion for the diocese. Call the Covenant House 9-LINS, a hotline for troubled youth and families, open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the U.S. 1-800-999-9999 I I I I i i Evansville 425-2288, Jasper 634-1213, or 1-800-851-0222 (in IN}