Houston, TX (May 13, 2015) – Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston received the prestigious 2015 Pinnacle Award in the nonprofit category May 13 at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau’s Awards of Excellence luncheon at the Bayou City Event Center.
“Catholic Charities is honored to be recognized for excellence by an organization that focuses on financial integrity and quality business operations,” said Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, president and CEO of Catholic Charities.
The Awards of Excellence recognize an organization’s commitment to excellence in the marketplace and give consumers greater confidence in supporting an organization. Each year, a number of organizations are recognized in a particular category, but only one receives the Pinnacle Award.
This year, Catholic Charities was selected from a group of 16 finalists in the nonprofit category, including Houston Food Bank, Goodwill Houston, Houston Community College Foundation and Star of Hope Mission. (A full list of the 15 finalists is below.)
The Houston BBB supports and recognizes businesses and nonprofits in the Greater Houston area that meet specified standards of excellence and quality in the workplace. Catholic Charities is accredited by the BBB.
“Through efficient operations and effective stewardship of our resources, we are able to serve tens of thousands of people who need some type of assistance – from food and shelter to counseling and legal advice,” Colbert said. “Last year, we served more than 87,629 people across the Greater Houston area through a network of programs that helped them overcome challenges and become more self-sufficient.”
The nomination form requested information in a number of operational categories, including ways the organization adapts to changing community needs. One example provided by Catholic Charities was the development of the Lotus Project, which grew out of an observed need of women veterans that was not being met elsewhere. The program helps female veterans rebuild their civilian lives after the challenges of military duty.
Catholic Charities adapts to other changes, such as a downturn in the economy, by calling on its extensive volunteer network to fill in gaps where staffing is insufficient and by seeking out collaborative partnerships across the community to ensure clients receive the services they need.
The other 2015 finalists in the Houston BBB Awards of Excellence competition in the nonprofit category were:
Amigos de las Americas
Crime Stoppers of Houston, Inc.
Family Time Crisis and Counseling Center
Global Healing Center
Houston Community College Foundation
Houston Food Bank
Kid’s Meals, Inc.
Northwest Assistance Ministries
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program
St. Hope Foundation, Inc.
Star of Hope Mission
The Houston Area Women’s Center
The Women’s Home