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Catholic Charities Honors Sugar Land Resident - Sugar Land

Catholic Charities Honors Sugar Land Resident - Sugar Land

Published: Nov 29, 2019, 11:30am

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston presented its annual Charity in Action Award to steadfast volunteer and Sugar Land resident Christiane Galvani. The honor was announced at the agency’s 2019 Annual Meeting, along with awards presented to a corporation (Sysco) and a parish, or church (Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart).

Christiane was acknowledged for her dedication to Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement Program, which welcomes and assists newcomers to the United States as they begin life in a new culture. Christiane spends hours each month tutoring individuals and in English as a Second Language classes.

“When I was thinking about volunteering, I did a lot of research to see which agencies are considered the best at serving refugees,” said Christiane. “Every source put Catholic Charities at the top of the list.”

One example of Christiane’s dedication was in her assistance to a Burmese refugee client. She tutored him for almost one year to prepare him for his citizenship test, which he passed. Christiane gave him moral support by attending his citizenship test, then attended his Oath Ceremony to join him in celebrating the significant accomplishment.

“Christiane is tireless, patient and encouraging with clients,” said Cynthia N. Colbert, MSA, president and CEO of Catholic Charities. “All of the clients she meets are grateful for her time and assistance. We cannot thank her enough for her help.”

The Refugee Resettlement Program helps refugees and other government-approved new arrivals achieve economic self-sufficiency. The program addresses their immediate needs when they arrive in the U.S. and offers ongoing help while they adjust to their new life through cultural orientation, education and job development.

“Catholic Charities brings us together to channel our collective compassion into meaningful action,” said Kevin K. Rech, board chair. “In the last year, we touched 97-thousand lives, bringing help and hope to people in need.”

About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston:
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston brings help and hope to people in need, especially the poor and vulnerable. Through a network of life-changing programs that work together to alleviate poverty, we serve an average of 85,000 people each year from locations in Harris, Fort Bend and Galveston counties. As the social services arm of the Archdiocese, we are guided by the Catholic faith to serve people of all beliefs in achieving self-sufficiency so they can live with dignity. Catholic Charities is a United Way agency, founded in 1943. We are people of faith, helping people in need.

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