See Hope in the Good Life in action! These videos bring to life our vision of inspiring hope and love in every encounter.
Celebration of Hope 2023 Panel Discussion | The Global Refugee Crisis: A Catholic Response
Lincoln, Nebraska, is home to over 30,000 immigrants and refugees from approximately 150 different countries. Nebraska has a long history of resettling refugees, and in 2016, Nebraska resettled more refugees per capita than any other state in the U-S. During our innovative and insightful panel conversation, we take a closer look at how Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska has helped refugees and immigrants find hope in the good life. Our panel was moderated by John Soukup, CSS Development Officer. Panelists included CSS executive director Katie Patrick; Fr. Justin Fulton, former executive director of CSS and now the Vicar General of the Diocese of Lincoln; Faheem Rashidi, an Afghanistan refugee who came to the U.S. in 2000 with his family; and Oleg Stepanyuk, a Ukrainian refugee who came here with his family in 1996. Both Faheem and Oleg, along with their families, were resettled in Lincoln by CSS. Watch to learn more about a refugee's journey and why we are called to "welcome the stranger."
Impact of Hope | 2022 Report from Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska
Our CSS team members, volunteers, and donors made a HUGE "Hope in the Good Life" impact in 2022! We're excited to share the IMPACT of your generous support last year. Together, we brought hope, help, and healing to neighbors in need across 24,000 square miles of southern Nebraska. Please enjoy this glimpse of the lives you helped change!
The Heart of Christ Award 2023 Presentation to Shirley Lang
Shirley has humbly made a difference for many of her "almost ninety!" years. Years ago, she and her late husband, Jack, selflessly opened their home (and hearts) to two refugee children resettled by CSS. Years later, one of the young men named his son "Lang" to honor Shirley's status as his "American Mom." Shirley has also worked tirelessly for Lincoln Right to Life from the organization's inception. Katie Patrick, CSS Executive Director, presented the 2023 Heart of Christ Award to Shirley Lang at our Celebration of Hope event on Saturday, March 11th. Shirley's beautiful acceptance speech shares how she has reflected the heart of Christ in these ways and so much more.