Catholic Social Services Named Non-Profit of the Month

CSSUP Non Profit of the Month


Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula Named Non-Profit of the Month

Marquette, MI, August 18, 2014 – Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula (CSSUP) as been named the August 2014 Non-Profit of the Month by the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter. CSSUP has been serving Upper Peninsula communities for nearly 100 years.

The agency was established in 1915 to help nurture, stabilize and strengthen families and serve the poor. CSSUP provides counseling for mental health needs and addiction recovery, adoption and foster care services, prisoner re-entry programs, and perform many community outreach efforts to address the needs of the diverse populations in the area.

CSSUP Executive Director Kyle Rambo said on the award: “on behalf of the dedicated professionals serving with Catholic Social Services of the UP, I thank NASW-Michigan for recognizing their efforts at helping numerous Upper Peninsula families in need. The social workers of CSSUP are often a source of hope and inspiration for the poor. The demand for social work in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is significant and our social workers have dedicated themselves at sharing their healing gifts with all
those who ask for our help. Our goal is to continue to serve even more children and families oft he UP. We promise to continue to perform as good stewards and continue to improve and develop our organization to support this goal.”

CSSUP has been a long-standing advocate for their social work staff and have been a host to monthly continuing education events for several years. The current social workers on staff are: Pamela Aalto, Diane Tryan, David Dill, Tom Zinski, Tricia Emery, Jill A. Esterly-Jayne, Catherine St. John, Will Shampo, Jennifer Reynolds, Kristine L. Wiethoff, Tracy Kolich, SusanUballe, Judy Krause,Polly Wilson.

To get involved or find more information about Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula please go to

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with over 130,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Click here to view the press release in its entirety.






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