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October 24, 1997 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Welfare-to-work topic of ICC Welfare Forum The need for assistance is rising in southwestern Indi- ana. For example, the number of people seeking emer- ,e ncy asmstance from the food pantry at St. Mary 71" url, Evansville, doubled :rein August to September, according to Providence Sister Vll ry Mundy. ihe and others involved in assisting the needy joined rep- resentatives from many areas of Indiana at a meeting in Indi- anapolis Oct. 15. Their primary topic was the question on the minds of many: Will there be enough jobs with adequate pay to employ former welfare recipients? AnSWers wer " e iven with 3al'c-tions -- at the Welfa re Osted by the Indiana athol c Conference. Most of By BRIGID CURTIS The day began with a welcome and invocation given a lot more work is still ahead. and PAUL R. LEINGANG by ICC board member, Most Rev. William L. Higi, Bish- Mutz, who spoke highly of the O'Bannon adminis- op of the diocese of Lafayette-In-Indiana, to a group of tration's efforts in dealing with the challenge of moving over 50. In his opening remarks, Bishop Higi explained people from welfare-to-work, said that corporate social that in Catholic social teaching each individual has a responsibly has bottom line implications. Meaning that right and a responsibility to work. it costs money to employ more people and with cor- porate down-sizing it may be difficult for some businesses to create new jobs. But despite these implications, there is a need to raise the awareness among the business communi- ty, he said. Hmurovich emphasized tile importance of forming commu- nity partnerships to address a growing concern of providing transitional benefits such as child care, transportation, and health insurance. He went on to say that the success of welfare- to-work will rely heavily on the availability of transitional ben- a_ efits and that FSSA is working '?.e answers included words on roldm t b  l u .... p " g hese enefts. ., " coo eration" n "t ..... P and After the "anel discussion :hat - , umer mmcators " each &ocesan group ot service raenSc al agencies, govern- " providers had time to reflect wili'ail00turches and charities " k'ith their own group on local Th d tave to work together, concerns specific to their area, Cat=,,. rrum, which brought  ., . and then the floor was open to all o service providers from Jack Kirwer, left, and Mike Kouah listen to a Center, and Kouh is director of the ECHO ask questions of the panelists ulerotk _ .  o o  " stateoffic:_, the state, two top point of discussion about "welfare-to-work" Health Center, both in Evansville. M. Desmond Ryan, executive , aLS and a well res e l director of the Indmna Catholic .d co"0,,pur , - p ct- issues, at the Catholic Center, Indianapol's. Kir- " " " ave al]idt.  leader together, wer is the director of St. Anthony Family Life -- Message photo by Paul R. Leingang Conference, said he was pleased .... vedano,,,ortu- with the da's dialo ue and as!! an tf:arwtner- Lnmg?f'"aJnaiHGi:i! !i d:;i!P:l s?!er!h!lt ed:!lpghercth wh?' epresent" g P Y Y ' - P P P" ies :- mg the Diocese of Evansville and acen lv and Social Services Administration, and John Rvan, The new federal welfare law eliminates the o en- utSOtla... . o " : - P an ICr - u=western Indiana were Judith Neff, dioce- project manager of the Lieutenant Governor's Jobs ended entitlement benefits -- a program known as Aid or of "Ca,'-Crclinatr'.. ' j'ames Collins, diocesan direc- Council, continued with the theme of work, each from to Families with Dependent Children' (AFDC). The law 2har-=- mo!lc Charities; Wavne Bochert, Catholic their own versvective, also caps dollar allocations to the state in the form of o ,ueS staff member  " " " hi, co .... ; Benedictine Sister Victoria Ryan, who focused on the Jobs Councils -- a block grants. The new program is called Temporary Pera,.'_"tumator of the St. Vincent de Paul Society statewide program to create jobs -- explained that the Assistance for Needy Families or simply TANF. Begin- VimvUnS in Evansville; Providence Sister Mary Department of Commerce and Family and Social Ser- ning in July of 1997, states started receiving federal Y, Irorrt S " ve r, dir-- !. Mary Church, Evansville; Jack Kir- vices Administration were collaborating in efforts to block grants for public assistance recipients. vii e K? tr ot St. Anthony Family Life Center, and "partner" with local areas to provide jobs and transi- er in Ev ugh' executive director of ECHO Health Cen- tional services. He also noted that although a lot has Brigid Curtis is director of communicationsor the lndi- 'rosy file. been done in the way of working toward job creation, and Catholic Conference. 'New Life' seminar planned for divorced and separated viii  in early November Father Wargel said the semi- of two children, a 'seasoned vet- usually precipitate a divorce. afternoon session emphasizes + ,e a Way to she 'Pletha,,,_ - w divorced nar is for the divorced and sep- eran' who has helped many to There is reflection on the vari- planning for a healthier future. or -eznL- , me Church does care arated of all ages. In a letter to find new life in the midst of their ous stages o_f emotional and Registration is requested by dirt and their future," pastors and attorneys in the personal storm." legal divorce to better under- Nov. 3. A $20 fee for workshop tcc g to Father Bill ).torofFiol Wargel, Evansville area, Father Wargel The workshop is not for mar- stand the causes of the present participants includes lunch on Fh, sera =YRedeemer Church. noted that the presenter is Mau- ridge reconciliation or for those situation." Saturday. ,if.v, ,,,:,;,jar, entitled "New reen McCoy, who has given the who are "broken dating" or The Saturday morning ses- For more information, contact 'hll, ''u be held at the arish seminar at Kordes Enrichment widowed. It is intended for peo- sion concentrates on grief Holy Redeemer Church, (812) e.,'Fnday and e--P , 7and8 aturclay, Center at Ferdinand and at ple who want to have "New life recover}; and the Saturday 424-8344. ( ath, other churches in southwestern after the death of their marital 'es o .CCharities of the Die- Indiana. relationship." OUt te, l'eet EVansville and Holy McCoy was divorced ,dyears The program begins Friday, People ..... we care ....... ab ........ .... s th are workin ago and is now the founder of Nov. 7, at 6:30 with check-in and u0 eth  o e two-day event Divorce Recovery Workshops in prayer, and continues through 9 Following is a feature in the Message, designed to help draw te cri A Divorce Recov- the Midwest. A brochure distrib- p.m. Saturday sessions run from together the People of God in +uth'stern Indiana. Readcrs are divorced and uted by Holy Redeemer Church 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, invited to submit information ah_n+t people who may benefit by describes her as "a single parent The Friday evening session is some extra prayers and attention. to consider "the background events and circumstances that * A card shower is underway for Dave Werner of Jasper. ,,, Notes of encouragement and best wishes may be sent to him SPECIAL CORRESSELL, INC. at 694 E. 330 N, Jasper IN 47546. His family recently spon- HEATING AIR CONDITIONING sored a benefit dinner and raffle to help with medical expens- u $40.00 PER SYSTEM REFRIGERATION es due to cancer. 15-point fall service check , Alan Corressell 426-1440 Prayers are requested for 13-year-old Ashlee Hagen who on your furnace has been diagnosed with ternunal cancer. She was scheduled for peak efficiency to undergo a bone marrow transplant this fall. Although the and peace of. mind. WANTED procedure has been canceled, there are still $50,000 worth of - medical bills. A rummage sale is planned for Oct. 25 at St. GOOD CHRISTIAN woman Theresa Church, Evansville. \\; All makes and models, to sit with elderly woman on Call Now 422-9242 Westside of Evansville, 24- " hour care, five-day week Please sendinformationforPEOPLE T. CARE ABOUT (Mon-Fn). Need references, to Mary Ann Hughes, The Message, EO. Box 4169, Evans- Call 853-3929 rifle, IN 47724.