October 8, 2012 marks 50 years since the first Catholic Charities office opened in Central Florida. The non-profit social service agency was established in 1962 and has steadily expanded their services over the years to meet the growing needs of the community. One million people have been assisted during the 50 year history.
At the Polk County Commission Meeting on October 2, 2012, the Board of Commissioners will issue a proclamation declaring October 8, 2012 as “Catholic Charities of Central Florida Day in Polk County” in recognition of their service over the last five decades. Joe Buranosky, executive director of Catholic Charities, and Brenda Reddout, Western Regional director will be in attendance to accept the proclamation.
Catholic Charities programs in Polk County include:
- Agape Food Bank – distributing approximately 6 million pounds of food each year
- SmilePak- a weekend feeding program reaching 1,000 local hungry schoolchildren
- Two Regional Food Pantries in Lakeland and Winter Haven
- Family Empowerment Program – teaching self-sufficiency skills in Lakeland and Winter Haven
- Lake Morton Senior Center – providing a place where Polk County seniors can gather, socialize, and learn
- Mental Health Counseling
- Pregnancy and Adoption Services
The Catholic Charities Proclamation will be presented at the Polk County Commissioners Meeting on October 2, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at Neil Combee Administration Building, 330 W. Church Street, Bartow, FL.