Lifetime of Service
Celebrating 40 Years of Commitment with Catholic Social Services
Catherine Fitzgerald, M.Ed., founding director of our Community Outreach Program (COP), recently celebrated 40 years with CSS. The COP is a very popular program which has evolved over the years and is now part of the Adult Training Facility within our Day Programs. Cathy has dedicated her life to helping others, first as a marriage and family therapist, and then, when the opportunity arose, choosing to work closely with individuals with intellectual disabilities, spearheading the creation of the COP. Cathy now serves as a Program Specialist for those individuals attending the Day Programs who live in the community. Co-worker Gina LaPenta shares: “Cathy is beloved. She is dedicated and passionate about our mission and puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She has a continual smile on her face.” CSS and the Day Programs are honored to have benefited from Cathy’s innovation, team spirit and commitment over the past 40 years. God bless you, Cathy, for all the good you have done for so many!
A Key Ingredient for Client Fulfillment
Our dedicated staff in the Day Programs continually strive to implement best practices related to active client engagement. The CSS Developmental Programs Division Training and Development function is now an integral part of Quality Management, working together to ensure robust and consistent training across all programs. Active engagement practices and core-values are fundamental to our mission, and are tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of our individuals. Active engagement depends on creating a learning environment in which individuals experience meaningful interactive relationships while engaging in fun, personalized activities. The aim is to facilitate an individual’s progress toward socially significant goals and enhance his or her overall quality of life. Team work plays an important role in helping our individuals to live a more fulfilling and healthier life through quality care that keeps them actively engaged. In the community or at Fatima, we are never limited by what our individuals can’t do; rather, we are motivated to creatively discover and daily promote what they CAN do!