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Help Others Achieve Self-Sufficiency

Circles® Northwest Florida, a prosperity initiative of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, needs 25 volunteers who want to help build prosperity with families trying to reach self-sufficiency. What builds prosperity is education and new relationships across class lines. Circles provides a supportive, structured way for you to build those relationships. As a volunteer, known as […]



Circles Informational Workshop September 16th Pensacola

The public is invited to attend a 1 hour informational workshop about Circles® Northwest Florida, a prosperity initiative of Catholic Charities and learn how to get involved through volunteering. The workshop will be held on Monday, September 16, 2013 from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Catholic Charities Outreach Center, 1815 North Sixth Avenue, Pensacola.  Circles® is […]

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Class number three in Panama City is ready to get ahead

Circles Northwest Florida, a prosperity initiative of Catholic Charities, is proud to recognize the third class in Bay County to complete “Getting Ahead In a Just-Getting’ By World”.  They met every Thursday evening for thirteen weeks, culminating in a celebration that took place on June 6, 2013. “This was something more than just a class,” […]

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Father Jonathan Morris to headline Fort Walton Beach’s Dogwood Gala on Oct. 4

Fox News commentator and best-selling author Father Jonathan Morris will be the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Dogwood Gala benefitting Catholic Charities’ Fort Walton Beach Regional Office. The event is set for Friday, Oct. 4 at the Grand Sandestin Hotel in the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. It will feature at cocktail reception beginning at […]



How would you assess Escambia County?

Catholic Charities Circles® Northwest Florida initiative will host a community assessment offering an opportunity for citizens and local leaders to interact with poverty experts. The community assessment is an essential component of the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World course. During the assessment, individuals from the community join with course participants in evaluating […]



Dogwood Gala – Save the Date!

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Poverty Simulation July 2013 Pensacola

Catholic Charities Circles will answer the question “What is it like to live in poverty?” by hosting a Poverty Simulation. This event educates everyone, from policy makers to local community leaders, about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. During a simulation, participants role-play the […]

Community Events Calendar Summer 2013


Bridges to Circles Summer 2013 Community Events

Sign up for ONE or ALL of the Bridges to Circles Community Events taking place this Summer!  Contact Haley Richards for more information (850) 429-7296, ext. 2 or email richardsh@cc.ptdiocese.org.



Community Assessment Rescheduled to June 11, 2013

Catholic Charities Bridges to Circles initiative hosts a community assessment offering an opportunity for citizens and local leaders to interact with poverty experts. The community assessment is an essential component of the 15 week Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World course. During the assessment, individuals from the community join with course participants in […]



Bridges Out of Poverty Training May 1, 2013

     Catholic Charities Bridges to Circles will host a Bridges Out of Poverty training to engage people of all classes, races, sectors, and political persuasions in the work of ending poverty and building communities where everyone can live well. The application of Bridges constructs provides an accurate mental model of poverty and class, a […]

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Relationships Build Community!

Imagine how different our community and nation would be if we decided to END POVERTY!  Bridges to Circles is designed to build enough relationships  across economic class lines in our community to cause social and policy change.  The Weekly Community meeting provided the Bridges to Circles community with the opportunity to build stronger relationships by […]

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Bridges to Circles Community Event Calendar is here!

Sign up for ONE or ALL of the Bridges to Circles Community Events taking place this Spring!  Contact Haley Richards for more information (850) 429-7296 or email richardsh@cc.ptdiocese.org.

Poverty Simulation Flyer April 2013


SAVE THE DATE April 30, 2013 Poverty Simulation
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Fort Walton Beach partners with Fisher House for Raisin’ of the Green fundraiser

Corned beef and cabbage will be on the menu at the Magnolia Grill on Sunday, March 17, when the restaurant hosts a special St. Patrick’s Day event benefitting Catholic Charities and the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. The “Raisin’ of the Green” fundraiser will take place from noon to 4 p.m., and will feature […]

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Getting Ahead Orientation February 26, 2013


Cost of Poverty Experience February 23, 2013

According to the U.S. Census, over 15 percent of Americans lives below the poverty line.  However, this statistic does not capture the true costs of poverty.   It does not portray the individual stories that are so common among low-income neighborhoods, nor does it convey poverty’s impact on families, businesses or communities. The Cost of […]

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Bridges to Circles Pensacola Graduates Seven from Getting Ahead

PENSACOLA–Bridges to Circles graduated 7 from the Getting Ahead training on December 18, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Ave Maria Hall in Pensacola.  This graduation marked the completion of class #14 for the Bridges to Circles initiative and brings the total of graduates to over 200 since this initiative launched in 2008.  Getting Ahead […]



Catholic Charities brings a little Christmas to Crestview

Staff from the Fort Walton Beach regional office recently made a special delivery to Crestview. Read all about it in this article from the Crestview News Bulletin: http://www.crestviewbulletin.com/faith/faith-news/catholic-charities-brings-toy-distribution-to-crestview-1.67963  

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Bridges to Circles of Bay County Introduces Youth Program

Bridges to Circles of Bay County has been instrumental in changing the lives of low-income residents in the Bay County area for the past year.  Adults in Bridges have been actively attempting to journey out of their struggling circumstances and attain self-sustainability.  For some, this has meant going back to school to attain their GED or going back to college […]

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Second Bay County Getting Ahead Class Completes thier First Step

“One Step at a Time” was the theme for the second Bridges to Circles of Bay County class to complete the “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’-By World” course.  A celebration took place on November 15, 2012 to commemorate the end of this first phase of the Bridges to Circles Initiative. “Getting Ahead” participants are motivated to […]



Next Getting Ahead Orientation 2013

Are YOU Ready for Change? Are YOU Self-Motivated? Are YOU Goal Driven? If YOU Answered YES Come Get Ahead!   Next Getting Ahead Orientations*: February 26, 2013 6:00-7:30 pm Location: TBA *Must attend Orientation to be eligible for taking Getting Ahead training* Register for Getting Ahead Orientation Contact: Estella Lee Bridges to Circles coach (850) […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life in Fort Walton Beach!

A band of dedicated volunteers worked like Santa’s elves to design and build an amazing float for the Fort Walton Beach Christmas parade. The parade theme was “My Favorite Christmas Movie,” and the Fort Walton Beach regional office chose to represent “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Our theme was “Every time a bell rings, an angel […]



Invitation to Interact with Poverty Experts

The Bridges to Circles poverty initiative is offering an opportunity for the community to interact with poverty experts.  The community assessment is an essential component of the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World course.  During the assessment, individuals like you from the community join with the course participants in evaluating eight crucial areas […]

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WANTED: 25 ALLIES Bridges to Circles Pensacola


Holiday Hours

The Fort Walton Beach regional office will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. Happy Thanksgiving to all!



Diocese to Hold Special Collection for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Bishop Gregory Parkes announced today that the parishes throughout the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee will hold a special collection at all Masses on November 10 and 11 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Click here to read the bishop’s letter concerning the collection: Special Collection You can also donate by clicking on the Donate Now button at the top of […]



Limited Space Remaining for Poverty Simulation November 15, 2012

LIMITED SPACE REMAINING TO EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE EVENT -Bridges to Circles is having a poverty simulation on Thursday, November 15, 2012 with check-in starting at 5:00 pm and simulation with debriefing from 5:30-7:30 pm. Location: Asbury Place at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 N 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL. During a poverty simulation, participants role-play the […]



Bridges to Circles 101 Sessions are next week!

PENSACOLA, FL–Have you been asking yourself What is Bridges to Circles? If so sign up today for a Bridges to Circles 101 informational session scheduled for November 2012. This one hour session will provide you answers through an overview of the Bridges to Circles model and offer opportunities for you to solve poverty in Escambia […]

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Dogwood Gala celebrates caring

More than 200 people were on hand to celebrate the inaugural Dogwood Gala at the Hurlburt Field Soundside Club on October 5. The event, which benefitted the Fort Walton Beach regional office’s programs, spotlighted the good work of the staff and volunteers of the agency, and highlighted the many people who have been helped over […]

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Bridges to Circles of Bay County Participants Become New Homeowners

Congratulations to a couple of Bay County’s new homeowners!  Corey McGee and Lisa Hardy recently moved into a home they can finally call their own.  It has been a long road for this couple who has been struggling to move out of poverty. Corey and Lisa decided over two years ago that they wanted something better for themselves and their daughter, […]



2nd Annual Footprints to a Forever Family Fun Walk

Gather your family, friends on November 3, 2012 from 9:30 am-1:00 pm, University of West Florida and join H. Britt Landrum, Jr., Grand Marshall, in a walk to help children find an adoptive family and to celebrate adoption during National Adoption Month!!  Last year hundreds of children from Northwest Florida were adopted from the foster care system or […]



Sign Up for Bridges to Circles 101 Session Pensacola

PENSACOLA, FL–Have you been asking yourself What is Bridges to Circles?  If so mark your calendar for a Bridges to Circles 101 informational session scheduled for November 2012.   This one hour session will provide you answers through an overview of the Bridges to Circles model and offer  opportunities for you to solve poverty in […]



Poverty Simulation November 15, 2012 Pensacola

EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE EVENT-Bridges to Circles is having a poverty simulation on Thursday, November 15, 2012 with check-in starting at 5:00 pm and simulation with debriefing from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Location: Asbury Place at Cokesbury United Methodist Church.   During a poverty simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their […]



Buy Tickets for Jewel of the Gulf Gala October 13, 2012 Pensacola

PENSACOLA, FL–30th Annual Jewel of the Gulf Gala Saturday, October 13, 2012 at New World Landing.  The event will support Catholic Charities to carry out the social mission of the Catholic Church in Pensacola, Florida to serve, to empower, and to advocate for vulnerable families and individuals of any race, religion, or national origin through […]



Tallahassee Crop Walk

2012 Tallahassee Crop Walk Sunday, November 11, 2012 2:00 pm Lake Ella Park More Information



Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida Launching Spirit Works

In an ongoing effort to provide help and hope to Florida Panhandle individuals and families adversely affected by the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010, Executive Director Mark Dufva of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida  announced a new jobs initiative today known as Spirit Works.  Read Full Story Here!  

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Girl Scouts are “nuts” about Catholic Charities!

The Girl Scouts Council of the Florida Panhandle has selected Catholic Charities as its charity of choice to benefit from the 2012 Fall Product Program, which begins on Sep. 15.  The nuts and candy donation program benefits Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida food banks across the Gulf Coast. Girl Scouts will begin taking  orders on […]



Allies needed in Bay County

Bridges to Circles of Bay County is seeking volunteers to work with individuals/families attempting to move out of poverty.  As an ally, you will help people as they work on thier goals to self-sufficiency. All perspective Allies must complete Ally 101 before being matched with a family trying to move out of poverty & ALL volunteers for Bridges […]



Catholic Health World Article profiles Bridges to Circles Pensacola

Hot Off the Presses!  The Bridges to Circles Pensacola initiative along with community partners Sacred Heart Health Systems and Prosper Pensacola were profiled this month in a Catholic Health World magazine article. Click on the link to read about the innovative and collaborative efforts being done to change our community: http://www.chausa.org/CHWorld. Get involved by contacting Haley […]



Bridges to Circles Pensacola Weekly Meeting Cancelled

Bridges to Circles Weekly Community Meeting has been cancelled for Tuesday, August 28, 2012 due to Isaac.  Bridges to Circles will resume Weekly Community Meetings next Tuesday, September, 4, 2012 depending on storm effects.  Stay Safe!



Pensacola 30th Annual Jewel of the Gulf Gala

Save the Date October 13, 2012 for Pensacola”s 30th Annual Jewel of the Gulf Gala at New World Landing! This annual fundraiser supports  programs in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties which help those in need.  For more information on this year’s event including ticket prices, auction and entertainment visit: http://ccnwfl.org/30th-annual-jewel-of-the-gulf-gala-pensacola/.

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Bay County Poverty Simulation Described as “Outstanding”

Bay County residents were able to get a glimpse into the life of a person living in poverty as they participated in a poverty simulation hosted by Bridges to Circles of Bay County, a Catholic Charities Initiative, in Panama City.  The event was held at Grace Presbyterian Church on August 21st and was an eye-opening experience for many that participated. […]



Bridging the Gap Article Promotes Bridges to Circles in Pensacola

Have you picked up your copy of the Independent News today? The BRIDGING THE GAP article published in this weeks Independent News shares experiences from a recent Poverty Simulation, the impact of Bridges to Circles on a Circle Leader and highlights the work of other local efforts working to move people to economic stability in Escambia County, Florida. […]



Bridges to Circles Ally Training August 16, 2012

This two hour session presents an overview of the Bridges to Circles poverty initiative and begins to equip the individual to serve as an ally for an individual (Circle Leader) moving from poverty to self-sufficiency.  2-3 Allies commit to build intentional relationships with a Circle Leader twice a month at the Weekly Community Meetings and […]



Bridges Out of Poverty Training August 9, 2012

  Bridges to Circles uses the concepts found in Bridges Out of Poverty[Bridges] to engage people of all classes, races, sectors, and political persuasions in the work of ending poverty and building communities where everyone can live well.  Bridges provide a common language for Guiding Coalitions, Allies, and Circle Leaders.    The application of Bridges constructs provides […]

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Baby-sitting brings big benefits

Katherine Kowalski, a rising sophomore at Navarre High School, recently donated nearly $600 worth of groceries and other merchandise to the Fort Walton Beach office’s food pantry. She paid for the items with money she saved from baby-sitting. Thank you, Katherine! You are a real inspiration to all of us!

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Could You Survive in Poverty for a Month?
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over...it became a butterfly."


Poem by Getting Ahead Graduate from Bridges to Circles Pensacola

Flight of the Butterfly By: Yvonne Haynes, Getting Ahead Graduate It’s no secret that we all must crawl before we walk. Some of our journey are traveled over terrain which can be rougher that others. We then cover ourselves, sometimes for warmth and comfort, sometimes for protection and growth, but once we remove our coverings […]



Bridges to Circles Pensacola Graduates 6 from Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead Graduates & Facilitators  July 10, 2012 Graduation Bridges to Circles graduated 6 from the Getting Ahead training on July 10, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Ave Maria Hall in Pensacola.  This graduation marked the completion of class #13 for the Bridges to Circles initiative and brings the total of graduates […]



Bridges to Circles Ally Training July 26, 2012

  This two hour session presents an overview of the Bridges to Circles poverty initiative and begins to equip the individual to serve as an ally for an individual (Circle Leader) moving from poverty to self-sufficiency.  2-3 Allies commit to build intentional relationships with a Circle Leader twice a month at the Weekly Community Meetings […]



Bridges Out of Poverty Training July 16, 2012

  Bridges to Circles uses the concepts found in Bridges Out of Poverty[Bridges] to engage people of all classes, races, sectors, and political persuasions in the work of ending poverty and building communities where everyone can live well.  Bridges provide a common language for Guiding Coalitions, Allies, and Circle Leaders.    The application of Bridges constructs provides […]



Delivering help for the hungry!

  The Fort Walton Beach office of Catholic Charities was one of the beneficiaries of the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive in May. The food pantry was blessed with hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items to help feed people in need. The pantry, which is located in the old St. Mary Church building on […]



Save the Date!

  The Fort Walton Beach regional office of Catholic Charities invites you to “save the date” for our upcoming Celebration of Caring Charity Gala on October 5 at the Hurlburt Soundside Club. We have an exciting evening planned, so keep watching as more details become available. If you would like to participate in planning our event, or […]



Painting with a Twist – and a Purpose!

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida’s Fort Walton Beach office is excited to bring “Painting with a Twist” to Okaloosa County! Painting with a Twist is a fun-filled, two-hour “class” that allows even the most artistically challenged person to paint their version of a delightful work of art. Everything you need to paint your masterpiece is […]



Poverty Simulation Save the Date July 31, 2012

Bridges to Circles asks you to SAVE THE DATE, JULY 31ST for the next POVERTY SIMULATION at WATERFRONT RESCUE MISSION.  This event is designed to help local community members better understand the realities of poverty.  The goal is to provide a greater awareness of its impact, including the complexities, frustrations and everyday realities of living in […]



Ally Training June 21, 2012

This two hour session presents an overview of the Bridges to Circles poverty initiative and begins to equip the individual to serve as an ally for an individual (Circle Leader) moving from poverty to self-sufficiency.  2-3 Allies commit to build intentional relationships with a Circle Leader twice a month at the Weekly Community Meetings and […]



Bridges Out of Poverty Training June 7, 2012

Bridges to Circles uses the concepts found in Bridges Out of Poverty[Bridges] to engage people of all classes, races, sectors, and political persuasions in the work of ending poverty and building communities where everyone can live well.  Bridges provide a common language for Guiding Coalitions, Allies, and Circle Leaders.    The application of Bridges constructs […]



2012 Jewel of the Gulf Gala!

Planning for the 2012 Jewel of the Gulf Gala has begun! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13, 2012. More details to follow soon!  



Twice Treasured Open House May 16

Please join us on May 16, 2012 for Catholic Charities Twice Treasured Thrift Store OPEN HOUSE! We are very excited to welcome our community in to see all of the changes in our stores. We have saved some wonderful “finds” for our loyal customers! If you love thrifting, you won’t want to miss our open […]



The Spirit of the Gulf – Providing Help and Hope for Many

In light of the several major disasters that have greatly impacted the Northwest Florida coastal counties over the past seven years, economic stability is giving cause for great concern. The back to back catastrophic Hurricanes, Ivan and Dennis, the enormous number of families that migrated to Florida’s gulf coast region from Mississippi and Louisiana following […]



Bridges to Circles of Bay County Celebrates First Milestone

  First “Getting Ahead” class of the Bridges to Circles of Bay County Initiative. Also pictured are Class Facilitator Naomi Sharp and Community Organizer Barbara Moore Bridges to Circles (BTC) of Bay County’s First “Getting Ahead in  Just Gettin-By’ World” Graduating class held their ceremony on April 26, 2012.  The class is designed to help people help […]



A Modern-Day Miracle

RENAISSANCE COMMUNITY CENTER More than 40 businesses helped build one-stop center to assist Tallahassee’s homeless More than 40 private organizations, businesses and foundations contributed to the construction and development of this $1.2 million project. Mad Dog Construction, Moore Bass Engineering, DodStone Architects and many others provided in-kind professional services and donated work, supplies and materials. […]



A Shift In Perception – God’s Way

  What God Creates, We Help Complete – A Beautiful, Loving Family Our Adoption Program has placed over 700 babies into loving homes for over 50 years Our son chose well. When faced with a very difficult decision, all the values that he had grown up with kicked in–the sanctity of life, the tradition of […]



Crunchy Logistics Receives First Angel’s Wings Award

    Neil Dufva and his wonderful team at Crunchy Logistics get the first Angel’s Wings Award for their amazing work on this new Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida website. We appreciate all your help Neil and thank you for all you have done to help us make this dream a reality. Need help with your website? Go to: http://crunchylogistics.com/



Thrift Store Open House in Panama City!

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Christmas Connection Tennis Tournament!

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New Mental Health Counseling Program!

Catholic Charities announces the launch of the new Mental Health Counseling Program at all four regional offices across the diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.  “It has long been our desire to serve all of our communities with this program,” stated Mark Dufva, Executive Director.  We are now blessed with the opportunity to make this a reality.



The Christmas Connection

Christmas Connection tries to fulfill the wishes and some of the basic needs of hundreds of needy families in Northwest Florida each holiday season. We want to deliver toys for their children, food for their table and a little joy to their homes. Christmas Connection is an initiative of Catholic Charities, but it serves families […]



2012 Jewel of the Gulf Gala

Planning for the 2012 Jewel of the Gulf Gala has begun! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 13, 2012. More details to follow soon! 2012 Jewel of the Gulf Gala



Catholic Charities USA Announces National Volunteer of the Year

Ellen Buelow recognized for refugee transition program and advocacy efforts.   Alexandria, Va. – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the nation’s leading human services organizations, today announced the winner of its 2012 National Volunteer of the Year Award: Ellen Buelow of Albuquerque, NM. “Ellen is an outstanding volunteer and a fine example of the […]



Sale at the Thrift Shop!

20% off sale! Everything in the store must go!   Call this number or here is a picture of the map for directions.



Pensacola End of Week Party!

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Marketing and Communication

The top strategic priority is marketing and communications. Our priests, parishes and community at-large have little to no idea what Catholic Charities does. This must and will change. Carole Bayer, Diocesan Board Secretary from Gulf Breeze has agreed to chair this area. She is already hard at work and provided a terrific report at our […]



Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning The future will look back to 2006 as a critical turning point in the history of the organization. It marks the first year of new leadership at each regional office and the initiation of a strategic planning process that clarified regional and diocesan board roles, relationships, governance and future direction. Aligning our boards […]



Council on Accreditation

Council on Accreditation (COA) A major milestone occurred last Friday Nov. 10 with the submission of our self-study to COA in New York. Everyone in this organization needs to be congratulated on your contributions to building a “Culture of Quality”. A special thanks goes to Terry Bush for shepherding us through this development. In addition […]