Engage with Catherine’s House
A popular quote states, “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a longtime ago.” At Catherine’s House, we address the needs of the whole person, not just a piece of this complex issue. We are not a “shelter” but a transitional HOME for women and children experiencing homelessness. When you donate to Catherine’s House, you know you are becoming a part of our family; good families nurture, support, and care for one another in a way that mimics the love of God. Our mission is aligned with that of the Sisters of Mercy-“to improve the quality of life for the economically poor, especially women (&) children…” We help women in a variety of ways- a comfortable bed, a warm room, and friendly surroundings are just the start of how we assist women and children we serve. We also focus on employment, building financial security, and ensuring there are safe facilities for the children, as well as trauma-informed resources to address the psychological aspects of the mental and emotional wounds created by homelessness. Catherine’s House also has an aftercare program that allows our women to access a multitude of resources after they leave our home. This includes access to our food pantry, hygiene supplies, and computers as well as continued emotional support as they continue their journey. We focus on empowerment.
We invite you to take a tour of our home, participate in any of our special events, and consider making a one-time donation or becoming a part of our monthly giving program. Life is full of good times and bad, unfortunately no demographic is immune to the effects of poverty. By collaborating with Catherine’s House, you truly are helping your sister, your friend, your neighbors, and your family.
Spring Fling Raffle
You can make a difference in the lives of women and children that are experiencing homelessness in a very fun way and exciting way! Follow us on social media for our online event, The Spring Fling, where a simple purchase of a raffle ticket can not only help you win an exciting prize , but also change the lives of so many in our community with great needs. Examples of prizes from previous events include passes to the Biltmore Estate, rounds of golf at one of our best local clubs, an outdoor fire pit and a Yeti cooler! Homelessness is an evil no one in this country should have to face and your ticket purchase helps ensure that another woman and child are provided with the fundamental gift that every individual is entitled to have. Each online purchase increases your chances of winning one of our amazing prizes; don’t miss out on our Spring Fling!
Party for a Purpose
Join us on the evening of Friday, September 27th for our annual signature fall event, Party for a Purpose. We will celebrate our success stories and share future goals with great food, beverages and music while enjoying the breathtaking ambiance of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont. Meet our staff and mingle with others who believe in the mission of Catherine’s House while making a difference in a communal way. Mark your calendars and save the date so you don’t miss out on this limited-seating event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities. Our 2023 Party for a Purpose raised over $75,000 to support our mission of mercy. Tickets will go on sale August 1st and can be purchased online via our website.
“A community, in which this universal charity reigns, is capable of surmounting all difficulties.”
~Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy and namesake of Catherine’s House
Annual Car Raffle
Our annual car raffle is an amazing event held at many of the local parishes in North Carolina who support the mission of Catherine’s House. There, you can meet our staff and volunteers who are happy to help you with your raffle purchases. With your ticket purchase, you are entered to win a brand new vehicle! We look forward to meeting you in person to share our mission of mercy. We will also be selling car raffle tickets online via our website beginning May 15th. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for updates on this all other events at Catherine’s House. The car raffle is a labor of love that allows us to share our mission with thousands of parishioners across the state.
In 2023, we celebrated 21 years of this amazing fundraiser, which currently provides 8% of our annual budget.
Elizabeth Andrews said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
Volunteerism is one of the most selfless acts that someone can be involved in and our volunteers play a critical role in providing the love and mercy that Catherine’s House is known for. From answering the phones at the reception desk to babysitting resident’s children while moms are in group, volunteers give back in a way that make a significant impact on our mission. Additional volunteer activities include organizing the pantry, sorting donations and assisting with special events.
What kind of volunteering opportunities does Catherine’s House have?
We have many different volunteer opportunities that range from babysitting, stocking and reception.
How often am I able to volunteer?
Our volunteer times and hours are tailored to your schedule and of course our need.
Ex. weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
Do you accept group volunteers?
We do! Please contact Christy Potts directly at email@example.com to discuss different group projects for volunteering.
How can I show proof of my volunteer services?
We are able to provide you with a letter stating the hours you have volunteered.
Interests in volunteering can reach Christy Potts at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 704-825-9599 ext. 103.
Items that are a constant need:
Individual bags of chips
White and black trash bags (13 gallon and 30 gallon)
Individual bags of cookies
Robes (all sizes)
Full Size sheets
Full size quilts or comforters
Full size vinyl mattress covers/protector
Standard size pillows
There are a number of reasons I enjoy going to work. The staff and other volunteers are wonderful people who make me feel welcome, appreciated and just plain special. When answering the phone I am sometimes the first person someone speaks to who needs shelter. Having someone to listen to their story and give them information about Catherine’s House or referrals to other resources is the most important part of my job. I also feel helpful by assisting residents with requests for supplies and food pantry, by attending the door to let in residents, guests, workmen, UPS deliveries, and receiving and documenting donations. And then there are the projects. I have been trusted to prepare files for storage, participate in sorting and storing Amazon donations, writing Thank You notes for donations, completing packets of raffle tickets and data entry of raffle tickets.
The work being done at Catherine’s House is outstanding and if anything I do contributes a little bit to the success of the program, it is time well spent.
I am grateful for the wonderful experiences, the great friends and a sense of accomplishment I have volunteering at Catherine’s House. Every day is different and it is seldom routine or boring.
November 2017 to Present
I have been a volunteer with Catherine’s House doing various task for over 20 years. I was first drawn to their mission statement “to love and empower women and children who are temporarily experiencing homelessness”. By providing safe housing and various services that empowered them to become self-sufficient, in turn blessed me with so much more than I ever expected. I have met and loved so many people who share the dream of making a positive difference in the lives of those who are in need of a helping hand.
My introduction to Catherine’s House was through the indomitable Sister Carmelita who was visiting my parish to sell car raffle tickets. While I didn’t need a car, I was interested in serving in this ministry and joined the volunteer rota working the receptionist desk one morning a week which I have been doing now for eight years. While at Catherine’s House I try to do whatever I can/whatever needs to be done to help free up our professional staff to carry out our mission of Mercy working directly with our residents and in the community. I feel blessed to be associated with this ministry as it empowers women to become self-sufficient.