Martha Murphy has been named Lead Case Manager of the Family Empowerment Program in the Winter Haven office of Catholic Charities of Central Florida. The Family Empowerment Program provides case management services, food and financial assistance to those in need in Polk County.
As the Lead Case Manager, Murphy will work with volunteers, churches, community groups and businesses to help connect clients with much needed community resources. She will help individuals and families who are financially struggling to set and reach financial goals so they can become self-sufficient.
“I know that I can help prevent homelessness in the long-term by helping someone learn how to budget, get a job, increase their skills or improve their credit,” said Murphy, “but I can also help in the short-term by helping to pay a bill, or even just giving someone in need a bag of food.” Murphy has worked for Catholic Charities of Central Florida in the Winter Haven office for five years. In 2012, Murphy became a certified credit counselor through the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors, and a certified tax preparer since 2011. She is now the coordinator of the VITA free tax preparation program. She also received certification through Florida Master Money Mentors in 2014.
Murphy is replacing Anne Winkler who retired this month after almost 17 years. Murphy’s previous position will be filled by Ellen (Ellie) Weaver, former administrative assistant in the Catholic Charities’ Lakeland office.
“One of my greatest joys is meeting people where they are in life and allowing them to find their way to better circumstances through education and assistance. As we better one, we better many,” said Weaver, who is a Certified Tax Preparer through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).
As a full-time case manager, Weaver will provide case management services which include credit counseling, financial case management and tax preparation for the VITA free tax program.
The mission of Catholic Charities of Central Florida is to provide vital social services for people in need regardless of their religious, social, or economic background, to improve lives of individuals, families and the community.