Bloch to lead Catholic Charities
By RENEE WEBB, Globe senior reporter
“My faith has always been important to me and with my family,” she said. “I saw this as an opportunity to build on the good work that is here. Catholic Charities has a great reputation in the community and I think we can do even more with community outreach and community programs that support the church.”
Bloch, who began who work at Catholic Charities on July 7, said two factors weighed heavily into her decision to take the position with Catholic Charities - family and personal ambition. Plus, she fully supports the mission of the agency.
“I believe this is exactly where I am supposed to be in my life,” she said.
Originally from Minnesota, she attended Catholic grade school in Marshall and graduated from the public high school as there was no Catholic high school. She attended South Dakota State University for one year, before finishing her undergrad at Morningside College in Sioux City and graduating in 1995. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1999.
“I did my internship at Jackson when I was at Morningside,” she said. “My first job was as a therapist down in Denison in their satellite office.”
Other than a six-month stint as a residential counselor at another agency in Sioux City, Bloch’s professional career has been with Jackson Recovery Centers. Aside from her most recent role at Jackson, she served as an outpatient therapist, connecting point clinician, program director of adolescent services and program director of outpatient services.
Bloch and her husband, Troy, have one daughter, Caitlyn, 6, who attends St. Michael School in South Sioux City.
In her short time with the agency, she has already been able to witness the “amazing” work of the staff with clients and families who have a variety of struggles.
“They work with families and try to help them have better lives,” Bloch said. “Their dedication has really impressed me. We will keep building onto what is already done here.”
She mentioned Catholic Charities in various dioceses throughout the country offer a variety of creative community programs such as mentoring to children. There are many possibilities, Bloch noted, adding that she would love to see the agency work with Catholic schools and parishes.
“I want to take what is already being done at Catholic Charities and continue to grow it,” said Bloch, who especially wants to explore opportunities for outreach to the poor and look at ways to do so “in new and different ways.”
The new executive director, who heads up all branch offices of the agency throughout the diocese, plans to spend her present time learning more about what is currently being offered at Catholic Charities and learn about what the needs of the communities are through visits to pastors and parishes.
Catholic Charities offices are located in Sioux City, Carroll, Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, Algona and Spencer.
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