Terrie Iacino to Retire as Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey's Executive Director

Seaside, California – Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey announces that Terrie Iacino, Executive Director, will
retire effective August 15, 2018.

Terrie Iacino transitioned from Interim Director to Executive Director in February 2012. For seven years she has
helped bring local, regional, statewide and national attention to the work that Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey
accomplishes in the four counties on the central coast of California.

The hallmarks of Terrie’s tenure are strong core agency services, expanded the geographic reach, advanced
organizational effectiveness and an increase in the base of financial support for Catholic Charities. Terrie says, “I have
been privileged to serve with an extraordinary team of board members, professionals, donors and volunteers at
Catholic Charities focused on client services. It has been work that impassioned me, nurtured me and made me
proud.”

Terrie established the Saint Toribio Romo Legacy Fund to offset the costs for any client and their qualifying family
members who seek specialized immigration and citizenship services. To many, Saint Toribio Romo is known as a
patron of migrants.

Attorney and former Catholic Charities board member, Ana Ventura-Phares, will begin as Interim Executive
Director on August 1, 2018 to as the Board of Directors implements a robust search for the new Executive Director.

We are deeply grateful to Terrie for her dedication to the mission of Catholic Charities to reduce poverty on the
Central Coast. We wish her well on her next journey.


Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey Statement on DACA

A note from the desk of Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey Executive Director, Terrie Iacino:

As many of you already know the administration has rescinded the DACA program effective today. Many of our clients are fearful of the consequences. We understand that Congress has been given 6 months to come up with a legislative solution for this part of the immigration landscape.

In the meantime we cannot assist anyone to apply for a new DACA status – New DACA has closed.

All of those who are ready to file for their 2 year extension should connect with our immigration offices as it seems possible to file these extensions until October 16, 2017.

We will keep everyone informed as new developments emerge on this issue.

Our message is for our clients and their families is not to panic – there is time to sort everything out and we pray that Congress acts on a new solution for the 780,000 current DACA in our country.


CCUSA Joint Letter Supporting DACA to President Trump

Dear Mr. President,
As uncertainty surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program continues
with untold consequences, we write to strongly urge you to continue to support this vital program.
The Catholic Bishops have long supported DACA youth and continue to do so. We believe that the
dignity of every human being, particularly that of our children and youth, must be protected. An
estimated 800,000 young people have received and benefitted from the DACA program. Through our
parishes and over 300 Catholic Charities, CLINIC and other affiliated member and partner agencies,
we have had the privilege of meeting and working with tens of thousands of these outstanding
individuals who are so much a part of who we are. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of
our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities.
Your decision to continue this program would ensure that young people can continue to work, study,
and be protected from deportation while Congress debates broader legislative fixes to our broken
immigration system. A decision to end this program would turn our nation’s back on immigrant youth
who are seeking to reach their full God-given potential and fulfill the promise of gratefully giving back
to the only country most have ever known.
At the heart of Catholic Social Teaching is the moral obligation to protect the life and dignity of every
human being, particularly the most vulnerable, which includes our youth. These young people were
brought to the United States by their parents whose desire was to provide their children with hope,
opportunity, and safety that they could never hope to find in their countries of birth.
Mr. President, your administration once again has an extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate, both
now and to future generations, our nation’s spirit of generosity and compassion. We hope and pray
that you make the right decision to continue the DACA program for the benefit of not only these
amazing youth, but our nation as a whole.
Sincerely,

Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez
Chairman
USCCB Committee on
Migration

Sr. Donna Markham OP, PhD
President and CEO
Catholic Charities USA

Jeanne M. Atkinson, Esq.
Executive Director
Catholic Legal Immigration
Network Inc. (CLINIC)


Covered California Deadline to Sign-up Approaches

Covered California Deadline to Sign-up Approaches

Seaside, California – Open enrollment for the Covered California health insurance program is slated to end on February 15th. Open Enrollment is the one time during the year when most Californians who need insurance cannot be denied by a health plan and the program offers all individuals - sick or healthy - the opportunity to get the health insurance coverage and medical care they need. Certified Enrollment Counselors for the Covered California Health Care program are available through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey. Counselors are able to determine eligibility of applicants and to assist with applications at Catholic Charities’ offices located in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties.

Catholic Charities has now extended hours in three of its offices: Seaside, Watsonville, and San Luis Obispo, to serve those interested in signing up for Covered California. Certified Enrollment Counselors are also available on Wednesdays, from noon until 8:00 p.m.

For information about outreach events, appointment availability and special extended hours,
residents are encouraged to call the office closest to where they live or work:

Santa Cruz: (831) 431-6939
Watsonville: (831) 722-2675
Salinas: (831) 422-0602
Seaside: (831) 393-3110
San Luis Obispo: (805) 541-9110

Financial assistance is available through Covered California in the form of a tax credit to people
who qualify, based on household size and income. The amount is based on a sliding scale, which means
the lower your income, the more help you can receive. Nine out of 10 applicants are eligible for financial
assistance. Those without health insurance, or with an exemption, will have to pay a penalty when filing
their taxes.

Since January 2, 2015, Catholic Charities has reached over 1,000 households (in its four-county
service area), determining eligibility, assisting with sign-ups for those who qualify for the Affordable
Care Act health insurance program in California, and providing outreach and education about the
program.
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Catholic Charities Assisting with Covered California Sign-ups

Catholic Charities Assisting with Covered California Sign-ups

Seaside, California – Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey began assisting with Covered California enrollment applications on January 2, 2015. Through a contract with the State of California, Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey staff have achieved their certification to help community members determine eligibility and to assist with sign-ups for those who qualify for the Affordable Care Act health insurance program in California.

These Certified Enrollment Counselors at Catholic Charities will be available to determine qualified applicants and to assist with applications throughout Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo counties.

For information about outreach events, appointment availability, and special extended hours, call the office closest to you:

Santa Cruz: (831) 316-9121
Watsonville: (831) 722-2675
Salinas: (831) 422-0602
Seaside: (831) 393-3110
San Luis Obispo: (805) 541-9110
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Free Legal Clinic for Those Applying for Citizenship

Free Legal Clinic for Those Applying for Citizenship

Sponsored by Catholic Charities; One Justice; and Gavilan College

Seaside, California – A free legal clinic for individuals interested in applying for citizenship will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Gavilan College’s Hollister site, in the Briggs Building, located at 354 4th Street, Hollister, CA 95023. The clinic is sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey; One Justice’s Justice Bus® Project; and Gavilan College.

Attorneys will be available to assist individuals at any stage of the naturalization application process. English language assessments will be provided on-site and staff will also be screening for exceptions to the English language component of the naturalization exam. Information regarding financial assistance will be available.

To register, call: 415-834-0100 ext. 300. (See attached flyers in Spanish and English.)

To receive assistance at the workshop, participants must bring all of the following:

1. A copy of your green card (both sides).
2. 2 photos (U.S. Passport style).
3. List of all of your trips out of the United States including departure and return dates.
4. List of addresses and employment and/or schools for the past five years including start and end dates.
5. If you are currently married; spouse’s full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, alien number (A#), date and place of naturalization, and current address.
6. Information about all your prior marriages and about all of your current spouse’s prior marriages; including date of marriage, date the marriage ended, and how marriage ended.
7. If you have children, their full name as it appears on birth certificate, dates of birth, residency card A#, and address.
8. Documentation of all arrests and/or convictions, including reason for the arrest, date, place, and outcome/disposition. Bring ALL arrest and court documents, even if the charges were dropped. # # #


$20,000 Grant to Support Grief Counseling for Low-income Families

$20,000 Grant to Support Grief Counseling for Low-income Families

Seaside, California – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey announced today [10/18/13] a grant award from Hospice Foundation in the amount of $20,000, to provide complex bereavement counseling for families and individuals in Monterey and San Benito counties who are dealing with grief and do not have
access to health insurance.

This service provides access to mental health counseling for those who need support, or are struggling with
issues stemming from the loss of a love one that require a professional to help work through the issues. The
funding from Hospice Foundation closes a previously identified service gap in the community for people who
require counseling connected to a past loss, but where significant time has elapsed since that loss. In these
situations, affordable grief support is practically non-existent for low-income families and individuals.
“Over the years, our partnership with Hospice Foundation has allowed us to reach out to those in our
community who are dealing with the profound loss of a loved one,” stated Maria Runciman, Director of
Mental Health Counseling for Catholic Charities. “The program’s particular focus is to provide quality,
compassionate and bilingual counseling services over an expanded period of time, whenever needed,”
explained Runciman.

Without financial assistance from the Hospice Foundation, grief counseling for individuals
suffering this type of loss would not be so readily available in Monterey and San Benito counties. Since its
inception in 1997, Hospice Foundation has granted over $20 million to local programs dedicated to
strengthening and improving palliative, hospice and other end-of-life services.