Life Transitions Services
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am writing to let you know about changes being made to the programs that Catholic Charities offers in its Life Transitions Services.
Catholic Charities Life Transitions, located at 312 2nd Avenue North in Sauk Rapids will no longer offer services as of December 31, 2013. Catholic Charities Caritas Mental Health Clinic is reviewing options to offer grief support.
Several factors are part of the decision.
Beginning in mid-2013 a grant that provided 65% of the total revenue for the program was no longer available. We continued to operate the program through 2013 at this significantly reduced funding level while attempting to find a way to be financially viable. Unfortunately, that is not possible. Because Life Transitions offers intensive person-to-person services, staff costs comprise 70% of the program expenses.
Fundraising for Catholic Charities programs has become much more challenging. Donors, governments and foundations have changed their priorities with the changing needs in our community. For Life Transitions, the loss of that one grant almost tripled the amount of dollars we would need to raise from donors each year for this one program.
As we look to the many Catholic Charities programs working to meet the growing needs of those struggling with poverty and the underserved populations across the Diocese of Saint Cloud, we need to focus our donor dollars in those areas.
Since Life Transitions was founded in 1983, new community programs have been developed to provide assistance to those in grief. While those new programs use a wide variety of methods and approaches, some different than ours, we know that they meet the same needs as our Life Transitions program.
When a program ends, it is never easy for staff, volunteers and clients who have benefitted from the support and care they received. Sometimes the changes in our world and in our lives push us to a new place and manner of living. Catholic Charities, through its Life Transitions program, comforted and supported many children, adults and families as they moved through difficult personal times. Catholic Charities will still work to meet these needs, but will do so in a different way, recognizing that other organizations in the community also share our concern and commitment to help those struggling with a personal loss.
Change often is not easy, but it is necessary. Without it, we live in the past. With change, the future has possibilities for life lived fully.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud