Catholic Charities office in Indiana County reopens with hiring of new therapist
The Catholic Accent
GREENSBURG – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg has announced the hiring of Roberta (Bobbi) Torrance as a therapist in its counseling office. The hiring enables Catholic Charities to reopen its Indiana County office after nearly a year and maintain office hours at the St. Thomas More University Parish location at 1200 Oakland Avenue in Indiana.
Torrance joins Catholic Charities after 20 years at The Community Guidance Center and Creekside Presbyterian Church. She has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s in community counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
“I feel like I make a difference when I help someone through a rough time,” she said, highlighting the compassion she will bring to her new role. “There is value in listening and being present with someone in their suffering. I don’t have to have all the answers and I can’t necessarily fix what’s broken, but I can remind a hurting person that someone sees and hears them, someone cares, God loves them, and that they will be OK again.”
Robert Baum Jr., Director of Counseling for Catholic Charities, said the new hire will address the increase in people needing mental health care, especially in rural areas.
“Bobbi is a dedicated professional who has served both Indiana and Armstrong counties. Even though we have served these areas virtually, having Bobbi to be available in person is critical for those, especially the aged, in these rural parts of the Diocese.”
For those in need of counseling, Catholic Charities accepts most insurances and offers a sliding scale fee for counseling services. The Indiana office can be reached by calling 724-463-8806
Catholic Charites of the Diocese of Greensburg was established in 1954 as the primary social service arm of the Catholic Church. Rooted in the Gospel and social teaching of the Church, its mission is to serve the human needs of individuals and families, regardless of their religious affiliation, and to provide leadership in building collaborative efforts with parishes and communities in addressing these needs. Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.