Nebraska is home to the largest Sudanese population in the nation. In 2003 Mark Floersch’s Aunt, Sister Rosemary Floersch, started the “Sudanese Outreach Project” after retiring as a teacher for 30 years from Mercy High School and volunteering to help children at St. Richards Elementary School. She found a connection with these children who often had special needs and were refugees that fled with their families from Sudan in order to survive and escape religious persecution. The program was created to help support Sudanese children and families, which provides basic needs such as food, clothing, household items, personal hygiene supplies, furniture and appliances directly to the homes of the economically poor. The project also aids the Sudanese families in obtaining an education, applying for jobs, getting child care, acquiring housing, getting dental and doctor appointments, budgeting their income and securing permanent residence and citizenship. This program has become Sister Rosemary’s final mission of service and CATCH Intelligence has been the main financial supporter. CATCH Intelligence continues its funding and volunteering efforts and is dedicated to helping Sister Rosemary Floersch’s mission by backing her in the difference she makes in this world.
CATCH Intelligence and its employees have also hosted an annual Christmas Craft party where over 80 volunteers come together to help 50 to 100 children make Christmas gifts for their family members. These festivities provide not only a large venue to enable children to have fun with arts and crafts but also a learning environment as they discover the joy of making something with their own hands and proudly giftwrap for their loved ones. “I don’t know anyone who can stretch a dollar further than my Aunt Sister Rosemary,” states Mark Floersch, CEO of CATCH Intelligence “I trust her to invest our donations in the right places to make a difference.”
Sr. Rosemary Floersch
Sr. Rosemary Floersch; RSM, SM ’52 started the Sudanese Outreach Project in January, 2003, which provides basic needs such as food, clothing, household items, personal hygiene supplies, furniture, and appliances directly to the homes of the economically poor.