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Customers buy fresh-grown vegetables, including amaranth, from the farmer's market this summer at the Catherine Kasper Place.

Donor offers matching grant for refugee assistance

Statement issued Friday by the Catherine Kasper Place:

Fort Wayne, IN, December 16, 2011 – A local donor has offered a $5,000 match gift to Catherine Kasper Place in Fort Wayne, IN. The gift is a dollar-for-dollar match for individual and corporate gifts received by December 31, 2011.

Our donor wants to ensure that Catherine Kasper Place can sustain its services to refugees during the holiday season. Catherine Kasper Place works with our local refugees to help them discover community resources that help them integrate into the community. Our services include interpreting bills, making medical appointments, offering skills training and job placement, and providing classes and community garden space for growing familiar ethnic crops in Indiana clay soil.

“We are so thankful for this generous holiday gift to our organization” said Catherine Kasper Place Director Holly Chaille. “During this holiday season, our clients remind us to be thankful for the simple things in life. As refugees, they remind us how precious it is to have the freedom to move from place to place, to laugh with friends, to enjoy the sunshine, to be paid for the work we perform, and to envision a future filled with possibilities. Our refugee neighbors can start to enjoy these simple pleasures because they have found a home in our Fort Wayne community.”

This year Catherine Kasper Place has worked with more than 1,000 refugees in Fort Wayne. With the support of the community, they hope to provide an inviting place where new and established neighbors support one another.

About Catherine Kasper Place

Catherine Kasper Place, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, builds and supports strategic alliances and ensures the availability of quality services and opportunities that advance the integration of immigrants, refugees and political asylees into the community of northeast Indiana. We offer educational programs and services designed to help new arrivals become self-sufficient and successfully integrate into the community. Assistance is also provided to area organizations to enable them to successfully connect with the new arrivals by offering cultural competency services, office and meeting space, and introductions to newly-arriving ethnic groups. Catherine Kasper Place is located at 2826 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. To learn more, please visit http://www.catherinekasperplace.org/.

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