• Major Challenges

All Chapters face challenges from time to time so we must work together to evaluate those challenges and look for solutions. Some Chapters were kind and forthright enough to share the following challenges that they have faced -

  • Western Reserve

Determining the greatest area of need in our community and how to help those who “fall thru the cracks” is our major challenge.  In 2011 we set up a Discernment  committee.  Each committee member took an area, i.e. Jobs & Family Services, United Way, homeless shelter, education, or the free clinic . We met with representatives in each area and were able to determine where the needs were.   From this committee we were able to start new programs.   We supply diapers to a homeless shelter, provide cultural and recreational activities to children who are wards of the state and living in a county shelter.   We have begun tutoring children thru the More Reading Program and are in the planning stage to provide dental supplies for children seen thru the free clinic.

  • Detroit

In Michigan it is very difficult to have a child classified as needing residential treatment as it is more expensive for the state than foster care.  Often times our boys have previously been in multiple foster care settings, sometimes as many as 5 or 6, before they come to the Christ Child House which adds to their damaged self-esteem and other psychological issues.  We also face a lack of volunteer commitment.

  • Pittsburgh

The identification of the areas that are in most in need of our help is a major challenge.  Upon addressing those areas, having adequate member participation and staffing presents a problem.  Our aging membership is not as able to go out into various regions of the community or participate in the evening hours.

  • Cleveland

The biggest challenge is making enough money each year via our fundraisers to continue and to expand our projects to meet the ever increasing needs in our community.  Another challenge is working with social workers and making them understand what we can and cannot do.  We are currently working to set up informative sessions with social workers to explain to them how to make requests.

  • El Paso

Our biggest challenge is illegal immigration

  • Quad Cities

The first challenge we face is getting more of our membership involved in planning and implementing projects to help those in need.  The second challenge seems to be figuring out what we should begin ourselves and what we should partner with another agency.  We are a young chapter and still struggling to find out what we should be doing to help in our community. 

  • Toledo

Our major challenge is always fund raising. There are fewer dollars in our Toledo community for charitable giving and there are so many people in our community in need. We instituted and relied on Celebrity Wait Night for many years but many other organizations in Toledo have started their own Celebrity Wait Nights. We tried selling Carruths (Garden plaques and statuary) this year. We made about $3,000.  Presently we are getting some grants for transporting students to the Life Lab at Lourdes University and 1st grade students to live performances for our Theatre Interactive program. We are trying to find fundraisers that do not always require our members to go to their wallets as we do presently. We have been so fortunate to have so many new members every year and that helps with our funding and our programs.

  • Summit

We live in a community where the disparities, between rich and poor are great.  Although generally considered a community of great wealth, Summit has over 400 students qualifying for the Federally Funded lunch program, which means that out of over 3,000 students in our public schools more than 10% come from families that are struggling with trying to make ends meet.  Many, but not all of these children and families are from homes where English is not the first language.

  • Geauga County

We found that in the last few years we were not receiving the requests for help as we had in the past.  Sometimes this is due to a change in directors and information does not pass down to the new directors.  We spent time this year meeting with several of the agencies to let them know how we could help them and we discussed what their specific needs are.  It has proved to be very valuable.

  • Door County

There are many people and service groups in need.  We find it difficult choosing just which ones we can help. 

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