The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week’s organization is Catholic Social Services.
The United Way helps fund programs of Catholic Social Services related to pregnant and parenting women. These include case management, helping with access to a doctor, and counseling regarding whether or not to put the child up for adoption.
In particular Catholic Social Services offers the Teen Moms Program, a program for parents between the ages of 13 and 23. The Teen Moms Program includes weekly meetings, workshops on a variety of topics and time spent with mentors.
Catholic Social Services began in 1965 and today has close to 75 volunteers.
“I think that part of what our mission has been about has been to identify needs in the community that have not been met and try to find a way to meet those needs,” Executive Director Debbie Snapp said. “The Teen Moms program is an example of that.”
Last year Catholic Social Services received about $15,000 in funding from the United Way. The funds were used for the Teen Moms Program and for services for pregnant women. Funds received this year are planned to be allocated to the same programs.