Laura Roesch, chief executive officer of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Catholic Charities USA Board of Trustees. Her election was approved by a unanimous vote.
Catholic Charities USA is the national office for one of the nation’s largest social service networks. Member agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to almost nine million people in need, regardless of their religious, social or economic backgrounds. CCUSA’s mission is to advocate for justice in social structures and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.
The organization has 167 member agencies nationwide, including Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, which has offices at three locations in Dayton and one location in Sidney. Roesch is one of seven CCUSA member agency directors currently serving on the CCUSA Board of Trustees.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the CCUSA Board of Trustees,” said Roesch. “It is deeply gratifying to see Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s hard work and successes recognized by this outstanding national organization. I am excited to be able to bring our local concerns and ideas to the national group, as well as to learn from my peers from across the country.”
A Social Policy Committee that provides insights and recommendations to the CCUSA Board of Trustees includes affiliate (non-voting) members from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Veterans Administration Catholic Conference, St. Vincent de Paul National Council of the United States, the Catholic Health Association, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC).
Elements of the Catholic Charities USA ministry that are most closely related to the local initiatives of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley include foundational services such as pregnancy/parenting services and senior care, refugee services, emergency assistance for the poor, behavioral health and nutrition.