Texas Panhandle Catholic Charities Blesses and Dedicates New Home in Amarillo
As community members gathered in Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle’s new location, the group prayed “The Lord bless these works”, aiming for the new space to be a beacon of hope for the north. -is of Amarillo, seeing Christ in others and others seeing Christ’s love of the organization.
At a Saturday morning rally, the Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle celebrated their new home, located at 1900 and 2004 N. Spring St. in northeast Amarillo. It comes after the organization left its former home in Duniven Circle.
During the ceremony, representatives of the organization, as well as the Catholic Diocese of Amarillo, blessed the venue, sprinkling water on both buildings and praying for the potential impact this new location will have on the city of Amarillo. ‘Amarillo as a whole.
According to a press release, these two renovated locations are the former Alamo / Holy Cross gymnasium for the Interfaith Hunger project and the former Students Off the Streets activity center for the home of the organization’s administrative team as well as other programs. The total cost of these buildings was $ 1.9 million.
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Jeff Gulde, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle, said the move process began in 2014 with the Catholic Diocese of Amarillo being the subject of a fundraising campaign. Through this process, a room was included for the organization to have its own building, something the organization has not had since its inception in 1932.
“This is the first time in our history that we have a building that really belongs to us,” he said. “The importance of this is that instead of having to invest money in rent, that money can now be reinvested in programs to get more food for those who are food insecure, things for helping children who are in the youth shelter, ESL / citizenship plays. It can be programmatic and not administrative.
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Gulde said the choice of the location for the Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle’s new home in northeast Amarillo was intentional, with this side of town being a food desert.
“The design was to put our pantry really right in the middle of where it was needed,” he said. “Another thing we are doing is resettling refugees, and a lot of refugees have been resettled in this part of town… There are people on this side of town who really couldn’t make it to Duniven Circle. . We have certainly seen an increase in the number of people we serve in the northeastern part of Amarillo. ”
This new space gives the organization the opportunity to grow, expand its programs and add new programs as needed. Gulde said this gives an opportunity for a whole new community to be exposed to the programs offered by Catholic Charities in the Texas Panhandle.
“We have a lot of programs, so if you need them, consult us,” he said. “My hope is to be here, we are in the right place to help more people.”
But without God’s help, the organization would not be possible, hence the importance of Saturday’s blessing, Gulde said.
“It’s important for us because as Catholics we want to help, and we absolutely want to involve God in the help we give,” he said. “It is our belief that help is flowing from Him through us to other people. ”
In his remarks at the blessing, Bishop Patrick J. Zurek reminded attendees that even though he bears the name Catholic, the organization helps anyone in need. But, Zurek said he’s proud the organization bears the Catholic name.
“We are committed to all those who need it,” he said. “Local poverty, it knows absolutely no creed, no religion, no race, no country, no ideology, no culture, no language. He only knows need, and the commitment we have to Jesus Christ to care for one another is a sign of our love for God and our love for one another.
For more information about the organization, visit https://www.cctxp.org.