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Catholic Charities adds board members

Catholic Charities is proud to welcome Angela Ducey and Mark Weber to the Board of Directors. Jim LaBrie is stepping up to be board chair after seven years on the Board of Directors.

  • Angela Ducey, a native of Arizona, is a co-owner of a small retail design store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Her previous work experience includes sales and management for Gallo Wines, Hotel/Restaurant Division. She continued her career in the food service industry working for several large companies before leaving the workforce to raise her children. Currently, she is involved with several charitable organizations and serves on the board of Childhelp Arizona Advisory Board, notMykid Auxiliary Board, and Mother’s Grace Board of Directors. Ducey is currently training to become a court appointed special advocate for Arizona’s foster children.
  • Mark Weber is a seasoned professional with governance experience as a member of Boards of Directors with several not-for-profit organizations such as Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Community Foundation, and W.P. Carey School at ASU. Weber has a wealth of experience in financial reporting and audit committee processes. He currently serves as the office managing partner for Moss Adams LLP. Moss Adams is the 11th largest CPA firm in the country and is based in Seattle, Wash. Weber’s previous professional experience includes senior chief accountant with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Jim LaBrie serves as a volunteer with various organizations. Much of his volunteer work is with his parish, St. Francis Xavier. He also has served on various parochial school boards such as SS Simon & Jude, St. Jerome and Seton Catholic High School. LaBrie graduated from University of San Diego and taught English at Alhambra High School. He is also owner of Bug & Weed Mart.

DIGNITY receives $50K from Freeport-McMoRan

Catholic Charities Community Services received a $50,000 Women’s Development Grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation. The funds will be used to help women in Catholic Charities’ DIGNITY program for prostitution recovery.

“We are so grateful for Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation’s support,” said Erica Reed, DIGNITY program director at Catholic Charities. “There tends to be little sympathy for these women because people assume the women choose to be prostituted. People do not realize that most prostituted individuals come from abusive homes and were lured into ‘the life’ as young as 13. They have had no real home, life-skills or work history. This grant will help our women to reestablish a life for themselves—a life with dignity.”

DIGNITY is an acronym for Developing Individual Growth and New Independence Through Yourself. Catholic Charities reaches out to prostituted individuals, including girls, in the streets and in the jails. They also offer a year-long residential recovery program to help women build their self-esteem and their life-skills so they may transition to an independent life free from abuse and prostitution.

The Women’s Development Grant from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation will be used to help the DIGNITY women to complete job readiness and life-skill training, including financial literacy.

“When women build stable lives, succeed and increase their income, they are more likely to invest in the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of their children, their families and their communities,” said Tracy Bame, president of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation..