March 3rd, 2015
By Alice Kenny
Share your career tips with struggling teens yearning for success.
Join us at our annual Career Day in Washington Heights.
Catholic Charities Alianza Division offers its annual Career Day on Thursday, March 12, 2015.
- Speak with teens about your career and what it takes to make it work.
- Help us introduce teens to the world of professional opportunities open to them.
Career Day is part of our Learning to Work program, an in-depth job readiness and career exploration program at the Innovation Diploma Plus High School.
Whatever your vocation, from personal trainer to doctor or chef, you will find an interested audience.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
February 26th, 2015
Ivan Dominguez is “maestro” in every way, a distinguished musician and a respected teacher.
And tonight, Thursday, February 26 at 7 p.m., this Maestro and Director of Catholic Charities Alianza La Plaza Beacon will be honored at the Dominican festival of dance and song, the Camerata Washington Heights & Conjunto Folklorico Dominicano, at City College’s Aaron Davis Hall.
Eight of the evening’s performers began studying Dominican dance with Mr. Dominguez as young children at Alianza La Plaza Beacon, a division of Catholic Charities that provides cultural activities, recreation and homework help for neighborhood youth. Now, after more than a decade training with this “maestro” they have performed up and down the East coast, from Washington DC to Providence, from Boston and tonight to Aaron Davis Hall at the City College of New York.
“It’s important for children in this multicultural country to know about our cultures, to know where we came from so we can understand ourselves and show respect to others,” Mr. Rodriguez says.
Catholic Charities along with key elected officials and organizations is sponsoring the evening’s free event in commemoration of Dominican Independence Day.
February 23rd, 2015
By Alice Kenny
Spider-Man swung in for his first fantasy appearance in the Forest Hill, Queens home of this fictional boy-turned-insect’s aunt in 1962.
Now, more than 50 years later, the superhero made his latest appearance last week in the dilapidated East Harlem apartment of Jamel Hunter, a Spider-Man-obsessed boy trapped inside his thoughts by autism.
Spider-Man’s author, Stan Lee, learned about Jamel and his obsession with the comic strip hero from a New York Times Neediest Cases profile written about this eight-year old who receives help from Catholic Charities affiliate Kennedy Child Study Center.
In an effort to reach through the autism, Mr. Lee sketched a personalized comic with a special bubble, “Hi, Jamel,” and had it hand delivered to the young boy in the housing project where he lives.
Read the full New York Times “Crime Scene” story now.
February 20th, 2015
Another Volunteer Opportunity that needs Volunteers!
Students at our affiliate that trains women for careers, Grace Institute, need your support, advice, guidance and inspiration. Make a difference in their lives by participating in our Brag Party!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
New York, NY 10037
If you know someone who would be interested in this event please feel free to forward it on to them!
February 18th, 2015
Lent. Forty days before Easter when, through prayer, sacrifice and helping others, we transform our Christian love into action.
Sounds good but how exactly do we do this?
Now — and throughout the Lenten season — we give you our Lenten Messages of Inspiration.
“There are few guarantees but this one I’m betting on,” says Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.”Those who do these three Lenten practices – praying more, sacrificing more and helping others more – will find themselves in a better place when Easter comes around.”
Looking for more inspiration?
Throughout the Lenten season, check in with Catholic Charities for updated tips and inspiration.
February 17th, 2015
By Alice Kenny
At Catholic Charities, we mourn David Carr, the brilliant, irascible New York Times columnist who dropped dead at his desk at The New York Times last week from lung cancer.
From his memoir, Night of the Gun, many of us know the story of this powerful writer and his metamorphosis from cokehead to media guru.
But few know that he scored his initial inspiration and first story after learning from his dad about a Catholic Charities staff member beaten for standing up for men being bullied.
I was at my parents’ house one day in 1982 when my dad told me about his pal Peter, a guy who ran Catholic Charities. He watched as a couple of beefy cops pounded two black suspects already in custody. Peter stepped toward them to ask why they were beating up those guys and got a piece of same. It sounded outrageous.
“Somebody should do a story about this,” I said to my dad. Maybe, my dad said, it should be you.
I called the editor of the Twin Cities Reader. He sounded interested, in a bored, yeah-sure kind of way, committing only to read what I came up with. I pretended I knew what I was doing — isn’t that what most of life rests on? — and fumbled my way through police reports, disciplinary records, and relevant witnesses. With my pal David over my shoulder, I wrote it up. When it came time to deliver, I found myself chattering away in front of Brian, the editor, unable to hand it over.
That’s what we do at Catholic Charities.
We stand up for those who others forget.
And we serve as inspiration for some we will always remember.
RIP David Carr.