Christian Brothers University (CBU) recently donated furniture from its dormitories to Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN). The furniture will be used to furnish permanent housing for individuals and families in both the residential treatment and refugee programs.
CBU is currently updating the Mauralian and Rozier dormitories for the 2011 school year, as well as furnishing its new Living Learning Center, which opens this fall. In a continuing effort to incorporate sustainability practices into CBU’s way of doing business, CBU donated the furnishings to Catholic Charities to aid and further their mission of providing excellent human services to the poor and vulnerable while advocating for the dignity and rights of all people in West Tennessee.
“As the only Catholic University in the Diocese of Memphis, we are constantly striving for ways to strengthen our relationship with our partners in the Diocese,” expressed CBU President and CCWTN Board member Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. “The mission of Catholic Charities, one of our very significant Diocesan partners, resonates so well with the mission of CBU. I see this donation as just one of many actions we will be undertaking both now and in the future to enhance the quality of life for those in need in the Memphis community.”
The donated furniture will be used to assist in housing newly relocated refugees and transitioning persons from Catholic Charities residential treatment programs. Such programs include the Sophia’s House a residential facility that serves homeless women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, Genesis House, which serves homeless men and women who are chronically mentally ill and addicted, and Dozier House for homeless men and women who are chemically dependent and in need of a structured, 24-hour alcohol and drug treatment program.
Michael D. Allen, President of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, confirmed the strengthened partnership between CBU and Catholic Charities, “We are very grateful for the generosity of CBU. In the past year or so the partnership between CBU and CCWTN has grown tremendously. It makes perfect sense for our two organizations to find ways to work together.” Allen further noted, “In addition to this donation, CBU has hosted events for us on their campus and through its School of Business used CCWTN as a case study in the MBA program. As we look to the future we hope to find ways to integrate CBU students into our intern program and Service Project needs.”