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USCCB - (MRS) - Diocesan Resettlement and Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Offices
Mr. Peter BurnsRegional DirectorCatholic Charities/Immigration Services1213 16th Street NSaint Petersburg, FL 33705-1032Phone (727) 893-1313, x205Fax (727) 893-1309
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Mr. Peter J. Burns, Catholic Charities
Christians Learn To Live Their Faith: From The Tampa Tribune
Peter Burns, 43, who works full time for Catholic Charities helping parishes develop outreach ministries, enrolled as another step in his faith journey.He juggled family and work commitments to pursue his lay minister practicum, creation of The Peace and Social Justice Institute.He's organized three workshops that examine Catholic social teachings on relevant issues.
"It's opened my eyes in so many ways," he
said."The old ways I used to look at my church have cracked and crumbled.I've got a different vision for myself and my community."
To make the program affordable, the diocese picks up a third of the cost and the parish picks up another third, leaving one-third for the student.
Peter BurnsPeter has undergraduate degrees in Mental Health and Human Services as well as being an RN.His master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University is in public management of health systems.Peter worked in health care for 18 years with more than ten of those years in management and/or program development with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and then in the BayCare Health System in the Tampa Bay area.Having worked at Catholic Charities since January of 2000, Peter is the Pinellas County Regional Director responsible for the following programs: refugee, immigration, housing, counseling, and pregnancy support services.
As a board member of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul
for the diocese and chair of the board of director for the Bon Secours Health System's
St. Petersburg Campus, Peter
has been a Secular Franciscan for over 25 years and is married with four children.He
wife, Charlotte, are members of St. Timothy's Parish
in the Diocese of St. Petersburg
The Florida Catholic - Work partnership to help people in need
According to Peter Burns, regional director of Catholic Charities for the St. Petersburg Diocese, assistance could involve helping a person search for jobs through computers installed as part of the program; teaching a client how to write a résumé or fill out a job application; finding suitable interview and work clothes for someone who cannot afford to purchase them; or enrolling an immigrant in an English for Speakers of Other Language course.
"(These) three organizations will be getting money and they are the ones that will be actively doing the work.They will be working with people in the community," Burns
said."It's really to utilize the connection that the faith-based and community organizations have."
In addition to ensuring that the grant is used as intended, Catholic Charities takes on a mentoring role in Project ACCESS
.It will help the community organizations add small one-stop centers that provide job training, support services, follow-up, referral and encouragement to trainees.Burns
said Catholic Charities also will use its years of experience in grant writing to teach the organizations how to write and secure funding that will enable them to serve their clients year after year, long past the 18 months of funding provided by this grant.