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Happy Fourth of July from Catholic Charities!
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Happy Fourth of July from Catholic Charities!
By Alice Kenny
Details are surfacing about the upcoming historic visit by Pope Francis to the U.S.
And Catholic Charities is here to share them with you!
The Pope’s whirlwind visit, scheduled from Sept. 23-27, touches down in Washington D.C.. It moves to NYC. And it culminates in Philadelphia.
Here in New York, Kathryn Lopez reports in National Review,
“The pope will be visiting a Catholic Charities center…to see how ‘strangers’ are welcomed in the city (by a church that was built by immigrants), as Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities in New York put it.”
Adding more details, this time about Pope Francis’ visit to those served by Catholic Charities in Washington DC, Matt Hadro reports in Catholic Online,
“The Pope will visit the archdiocese’s Catholic Charities branch where he will meet with homeless persons attending the charity’s weekly St. Maria’s Meal program, blessing the food.”
Pope Francis, since his election, has made solidarity with the poor and the defense of immigrants his towering priorities. His determination to spend time with those served by Catholic Charities during his short trip along the East Coast comes as no surprise, says Msgr. Sullivan.
“This is so appropriate,” Msgr. Sullivan says. “So many of our agencies day in and day out serve newcomers to our country with a wide range of services..Our food pantries feed immigrant children…Refugee are helped with resettlement…Fearful immigrants are aided in how to avoid exploitation and fraud. Families are reunited.”
Check out Pope Francis’ full itinerary in Catholic Online.
Read CrossStreets as we continue to bring you breaking news on Pope Francis’ upcoming visit!
But just what inspires someone to take on this grueling 26-mile run?
Each of our 12 Team Catholic Charities NYC Marathon runners has a different answer.
Today, let’s here from Jinah Kim, program assistant with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement department.
By Jinah Kim
Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement
It was my Alma Mater’s unofficial tradition to run the Boston marathon before graduating and I wasn’t one to miss out on a Boston College tradition. But what was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in 2012 turned into an ongoing pursuit of physical excellence and mental discipline.
I signed up for the Philadelphia marathon two years later. I fell in love with the way each community assembled to support runners from abroad and close to home, not to mention the joy of running through carless streets while being cheered by enthusiastic crowds of complete strangers.
I don’t necessarily consider myself a marathon runner, but it was such a natural decision for me to join the Catholic Charities team in the world-famous New York City marathon. I work for the Refugee Resettlement Office of Catholic Charities, I love to run, and it’s New York City. Needless to say, I was quite easily convinced.
This marathon will be especially close to my heart, not only because it takes place in a very special place, but also because I’ll be running for refugee resettlement. I’ll be running for every individual who’s been forced to leave his or her home country because of political or religious persecution, for every family torn apart by war and conflict, for every asylum-seeker struggling to make it in New York City without proper housing and work authorization awaiting a court decision.
Our office works with individuals and families from all over the world, assisting to find employment and resettle in New York City. Regardless of the different traditions and cultural backgrounds our clients come from, I believe that they share the common thread of hard work and extraordinary resilience, the very elements that form the backbone in our pursuits of the “American dream.”
Whenever I go for a particularly difficult run, I have to push myself forward and disregard the pain. Our clients go through a very similar struggle in the resettlement process but with much higher stakes involved. We have clients who were once in well-paid and respected executive positions taking on entry-level jobs as cashiers and porters but they oftentimes do so with great willingness and appreciation. We know mothers who have not seen their children in years but still save up money in hopes that they will soon be reunited, uncertain of exactly when that day will come. I have met men and women well into their fifties traveling an hour and a half each way to attend English classes. By working with my clients, I feel that I’ve tapped into the depths of human potential and witnessed the day-to-day diligence required to run in this very real race of life.
I know from past marathons it’s going to hurt like crazy running 26.2 miles and the several months of training leading up to it are going to require immense focus and intentional sacrifice. But just as my clients are on an everyday basis choosing to hope and move forward, for every refugee, asylee, family, individual, adult and child that was forced to flee, I’m choosing to run.
The Vatican today released the itinerary of Pope Francis for his upcoming trip this September to Cuba, Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.
During this five-day, four-city trip, His Holiness will visit with immigrant and refugee families and children served by Catholic Charities at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem on Friday, September 25, 2015.
“We are honored that Pope Francis plans during his short visit to meet and bless immigrant families and children that Catholic Charities serves,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan.
By Alice Kenny
What can be sweeter than watching a toddler take his first steps?
Watch it right here in this just-released video by Good Counsel Inc., an affiliate of Catholic Charities.
The video celebrates Good Counsel’s 30-year anniversary helping women and babies in need.
“I came from absolutely nothing,” one mom, Marisa, says. “Good Counsel took me in and got me on my feet.”
Timothy Cardinal Dolan adds his congratulations as he helps the tiny toddler and greets the moms and babies.
“You’re talking about home,” Cardinal Dolan says. “You’re talking about life; you’re talking a choice on the side of God of babies and moms and families.”
Hundreds more beat cops are working in neighborhoods where violence continues to dominate.
Eddie Silverio, director of Catholic Charities Community Services Alianza Youth Services, joined Mayor Bill DeBlasio and others to speak about their joint work in Washington Heights.
“We continue to improve communication between youth and the police department,” Mr. Silverio says.
These 1,300 new officers aren’t just extra bodies, they’re the start of a new proactive approach to policing that involves you as a team player!
The pilot program rolled out in the 34th Precinct a little over a month ago and already crime statistics are going down. It’s a trend local leaders hope will now continue city wide.
It’s a bold new strategic plan local leaders believe will give a much needed edge to the NYPD in the ongoing fight against crime.
1,300 additional officers are not only targeting problem areas but building real relationships with everyday people to forge a united front.
In Washington Heights where the new plan has already been executed, officers at a community meeting Thursday night encouraged neighbors to get more involved.
“We are now doing a bottom up approach where an officer knows the community, the community knows the officer, we stop the problem many cases before it even happens,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Called “One City Safe and Fair Everywhere” Mayor De Blasio along with Commissioner Bratton laid out the details of the new policing framework, which also entails additional training so officers can better engage and activate the communities they serve.
Watch the live event on ABC News 7.
Decked out as our Mad Men favorites – Don Draper, Peggy Olsen, Roger Sterling – nearly 150 Catholic Charities Junior Board members and their friends celebrated the board’s Mad Men-themed gala earlier this month.
The event, in typical Mad Men style, of course included drinks, dancing, card games and mingling. More important, these budding young members of the Catholic Charities family raised nearly $30,000 to benefit Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Project. This year-round project provides warm clothes and necessities for thousands of New Yorkers.
“There are so many people in need,” says Grace Nordloh, a co-chair of the Junior Board Gala, “and they rely on our generosity to help them endure the winter season.”
The Mad Men series may have ended but Catholic Charities continues.
Will Don return to NYC and reunite with his children? Who knows.
But we do know you’re very welcome to have fun with our Junior Board.
Click here to learn more.
Check out these photos on Facebook.
Can you conquer NYC in 26 miles?
Our 12 Team Catholic Charities NYC Marathon runners are taking on the challenge.
Check out their “Tips & Tricks; A Runner’s Guide for the NYC Marathon” as they train for the big day.
Today, let’s here from Vanessa Spoto.
By Vanessa Spoto
I will be running my first marathon on November 1, 2015. After graduating from college, I set a goal to run the New York City marathon. I did not gain entry the last few years but this year I am so grateful to be running for team Catholic Charities.
I worked for Grace Institute – a non-profit organization (affiliated with Catholic Charities) which provides tuition-free business skills training and job placement for underserved women. We worked very closely with Catholic Charities and I am familiar with the good work of the organization. Many of Grace Institute’s graduates have eagerly gone on to work for Catholic Charities and serve an organization that helped them fight hunger, obtain affordable housing, strengthen and reunite their families and much more.
As a native New Yorker and avid runner, it has been my dream to run the NYC marathon and experience the 26.2 mile journey through the five boroughs. In addition to training, it’s even more fulfilling to fundraise for an organization that strives to serve our community.
Running is a very large part of my life and I have pursued running longer distances during the past few years. I ran cross country and track and field all throughout high school and college at Fordham University. I have also run the NYC half marathon twice, but this is my first time running for a charity and running a marathon, and it’s very exciting.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.