Kayla has endured a great deal of pain in her 19 years; much of it at the hands of her own mother and other family members. To get away, she found herself in the homeless encampment in Yakima. As a single mother, she is determined to find a way out of the violence and dysfunction that has always surrounded her.Read more about this article
Chris De Villeneuve has been named the Division Director of Mental Health Services for Catholic Charities (CC).With 25 years in the field of behavioral health and primary care, Chris brings a wealth of experience to his new position.Read more about this article
Yakima Herald-Republic, YAKIMA, Wash. -- After passing the half century mark, now there are even more honors. The Rev. Tom Champoux is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. Champoux, a Yakima native, is pastor of Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland. He was honored recently at his parish with news that Pope Francis had named him a Chaplain to His Holiness, with the honorary title of Monsignor. The surprise announcement was delivered by Bishop Joseph Tyson. In his homily to parishioners, Tyson said, “Father Tom Champoux has embodied ... God’s grace in concrete acts of charity and kindness and, you, by bringing him your challenges, have shaped and formed him as a priest who gives you ‘a reason for your hope.’”
Champoux served as director of Catholic Charities until 1996 and has continued as chairman of the board of trustees.
Yakima Herald Republic, Donald W. Meyers – PROSSER, Wash. — Catholic Charities Housing Services is seeking an additional $5,000 in donations to complete a pocket park by mid-summer. CCHS is working with the city and others to install a middle-school-sized basketball court with two hoops, benches and an ADA-compliant picnic area on a half-acre lot in the 100 block of New Gate Drive. The total cost of the project is about $50,000, said Ashleigh Kilgore, CCHS affordable housing developer. So far, CCHS has contributed $25,000, including $10,000 of in-kind labor. The city and a local Ace Hardware store have also contributed to the project. To donate or for more information, contact Kilgore at 509-367-5309.Read more about this article