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Backgrounder

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Backgrounder 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION:March 11, 2009 Sarah SmithDevelopment Director (541) 345-3628 x 317ssmith@ccslc.org 
History
In January 1952, under the direction of Monsignor Edmund J. Murnane, CatholicCharities of Lane County opened its first office in Eugene to help families and individuals inneed. The agency name was changed when it became an independent "member" organization of Catholic Charities Portland in the 1980s.Originally, the staff managed a foster home program, provided marriage counseling,served unwed mothers and their children, and gave emergency aid to people in crisis. Today,Catholic Community Services (CCS) provides help in the form of rent scholarships, food boxes,counseling, energy assistance, prescription subsidies, and transitional housing.
Accreditation
CCS is one of only three accredited social service agencies in Lane County, havingreceived this recognition through the New York based Council on Accreditation. The other accredited agencies in Lane County are Looking Glass and S.C.A.R. The accreditation processensures that CCS is operated using the best standards and practices of the industry as appliedacross all facets of the organization, including financial management, ethical practices, deliveryof services, and quality of the service environment.
 
Much of the help CCS receives to run their programs comes from collaborations withmany prominent community organizations, including Catholic Charities, the United Way,Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, and Food for Lane County.
Partner Organizations
Catholic Charities is an umbrella agency to Catholic Community Services of LaneCounty. Each member agency receives funding from the Catholic Charities Annual Campaignand other technical and professional assistance. Catholic Charities is also the link between eachmember agency and Catholic Charities USA.Programs funded by the United Way serve more than 100,000 men, women, and childrenthroughout Lane County every year. The United Way offers critical support in a variety of human service areas with the help of their many community partners, including CatholicCommunity Services.The mission of the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon Foundation (CTFO) is to support theestablishment of community-based service programs designed to provide universal prevention programs. The CTFO strives to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect and promotehealthy, safe families. CCS is connected to the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon through itsyoung father’s program, which seeks to improve young men’s parenting skills and to enhancetheir ability to support their children economically and emotionally.FOOD for Lane County works toward both short- and long-term solutions to hunger andfood insecurity that involve the support of our community and preserve the dignity of all people.They partner with more than 100 agencies and programs to provide food assistance. With the

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