See Hope in the Good Life in action! These videos bring to life our vision of inspiring hope and love in every encounter.
CSS Hastings 2023 Non-Profit of the Year
Catholic Social Services Hastings was honored to be selected as the 2023 Non-Profit of the Year by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce! This video, produced by the Chamber of Commerce and shared at the awards banquet on 1/31/24, highlights the ways CSS Hastings is bringing HOPE IN THE GOOD LIFE to southcentral Nebraska neighbors needing a hand-up.
Carole Fest 2023
Enjoy an encore performance of CAROLE FEST 2023, our festive fundraiser for the CSS St. Gianna Program (SGP)! This hybrid (both in-person and online) family-friendly event on Sunday, 12/10, featured several choirs performing Advent & Christmas songs of the season, Advent meditations, refreshments, and more.
Thank you, Bill Meduna!
We celebrate CSS Vice President of Operations Bill Meduna and his twenty-four years at CSS. And because Bill is a "Bean Counter" by trade, here are a few impressive "CSS Bill" numbers. Bill was employed at CSS for 8,894 days (44% of his life!) During that time, he worked 6,031 work days and traveled 470,418 miles to and from work. Bill is so much more than a "numbers guy," though, as you can see by these photos shared by past and current CSS team members. Many images feature Bill's family working alongside him at CSS as volunteers. It's clear to see faith and family figure strongly in the “Bill Equation.” It's also evident that Bill wore many hats over the decades! His hard work and dedication to our mission blessed and brought HOPE IN THE GOOD LIFE to countless neighbors. But now, it’s time for a new adventure. Effective 11/3/23, Bill has retired from CSS and will now work alongside his family at Meduna Family Farms. Thank you, and God bless you, Bill Meduna!
Sustainability Hope in the Good Life | 2023 Bountiful Harvest Impact Report
For over 30 years. Catholic Social Services Hastings has prioritized sustainability in its actions and practices. In the past year, this was accomplished through wise use of donated items, an innovative food recovery, and by helping families create sustainable lifestyles. Our 2023 Bountiful Harvest Impact report shares some of the many ways CSS Hastings, thanks to community partners &over 10,000 volunteer hours, made a sustainable Hope in the Good Life difference in southcentral Nebraska.
Bountiful Harvest 2023 | Event Sponsor Video
We're excited to see SO many of you in person at our Bountiful Harvest celebration! If you can't make it to Hastings on 10/8, you can still help us recognize the many who've helped make our 2023 event a bountiful blessing for the many neighbors helped by Catholic Social Services Hastings. Here's a video recap of our event sponsors (along with a few amazing HOPE IN THE GOOD LIFE impact stats and a bonus CSS SWAG coupon code!)
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.