Catholic Charities increases outreach and assistance through support from CenterPoint Energy Foundation

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Evansville has announced the expansion of available resources to assist families in the community thanks to financial support from CenterPoint Energy through its charitable foundation.

“The contribution from CenterPoint Energy’s Foundation will enable us to provide more outreach for households in our community who may need rent or mortgage assistance,” said Denise Seibert Townsend, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. “With this support, we will be able to significantly increase our impact and reach even more families in need. We want to provide support and hope to help families move beyond crisis.”

Funding will be used for rent and mortgage assistance payments, and increased staffing capacity to provide direct support to families experiencing economic stress. 

Richard Leger, Senior Vice President of CenterPoint Energy’s Indiana Electric Operations, said, “CenterPoint Energy remains committed to the southwestern Indiana community and its residents by not only providing safe, reliable service, but also providing charitable contributions to assist those in need. We understand the importance of balancing the pressures of record-setting inflation with the need to make rent and mortgage payments. At the same time, we hope our contribution to Catholic Charities will help create better financial situations for the recipients so they have funds to put toward other personal needs.”

Households seeking rental or mortgage assistance may contact Catholic Charities by calling 812-423-5456. The agency schedules appointments weekly beginning at 8:30 a.m. CDT Mondays until appointment times are filled.

Catholic Charities has served the community since 1937, and continues to help the poor and vulnerable throughout southwest Indiana create lives that work. Catholic Charities is a charitable organization operating under the Catholic Diocese of Evansville. The organization provides outpatient mental-health counseling, job and life-skills training, low-cost immigration legal services, and financial-assistance programs. Catholic Charities strives to reduce poverty, improve self-sufficiency and improve the mental health of those served.