May 21st, 2013
By Alice Kenny
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those hurt by the devastating, mile-wide tornado that touched down near Oklahoma City yesterday, killing at least 51 people—including 20 children—decimating homes, businesses and a pair of elementary schools.
As New Yorkers who have unfortunately struggled through Hurricane Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene and the World Trade Center destruction, we know firsthand about coping with disasters.
At Catholic Charities, we know firsthand how to help.
Please remember that we are here to help during disasters and every day.
From disaster response professionals visiting parishes to deliver information and resources, to volunteers collecting and distributing food and supplies, to neighbors checking in on neighbors, the entire Catholic Charities community responds to meet the human needs of the victims, providing help and creating hope for rebuilding lives.
Many still struggle to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Please come see your local Disaster Case Manager for help rebuilding your life.
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May 20th, 2013
By Alice Kenny
Determined to raise 8,000 – 10,000 pounds of vegetables for the hungry, dozens of volunteers planted pepper, lettuce, broccoli, tomato and eggplant seedlings at the Catholic Community Services of Rockland “Garden of Love” on May 18. Vegetables from the garden are distributed to families through food pantries throughout the county.
The garden, preparing for its fourth season, has been expanded with the help of volunteers and those who donated materials including tools, soil and fences. Renewing its commitment to the community, organizers have recently renamed the initiative “Produce the Produce.”
Check out photos of your neighborhood volunteers and more Garden of Love updates in The Journal News.
Are you hungry and need help?
- Contact us. At Catholic Charities, no one is ever turned away.
- If you live in Rockland County, please call 845 942-5791.
Help us help your neighbors in need.
May 16th, 2013
By Alice Kenny
- Check out JustLove’s radio interview with the famed miniseries’ coproducer and actress Roma Downey.
- Find Out inside info about this epic 10-hour television series.
- Win a novel based on the show.
Want to win? Just correctly answer one of the daily trivia questions we’re posting on Facebook during the next two weeks.
Enter the contest now.
Questions are based off of Msgr. Kevin Sullivan’s interview with Roma Downey and his upcoming interview with Dan Polotta author of Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up For Itself and Really Change the World. Winners will be selected from a random drawing.
For those new to the show, The Bible Series is based on the story everyone knows and told like never before. Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice) coproduce the series.
Tune in to JustLove with Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York, on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.
JustLove, aired weekly on Saturday at 10 am EDT and Sunday at 5 am EST, features conversations about the church in the world to promote a just and compassionate society.
May 15th, 2013
By Alice Kenny
Catholic Charities’ Monge Codio — known best, perhaps, for Catholic Charities-sponsored pilgrimages he made to Haiti to help those hurt by the 2010 earthquake disaster and the American Haitians for Economic Advancement & Development program he founded — celebrated his three-year anniversary as Director of Operations for CYO’s Hudson Valley Region during a live broadcast last week on AM1300 WRCR.
He spoke not only about ongoing help for folks still reeling from the Haiti disaster but also about a host of activities and initiatives offered by Catholic Charities CYO.
For example, more than 17,000 youth participate in CYO NY’s basketball program alone.
Yet CYO offers far more than the basketball program for which it is best known, said this former college basketball coach whose resume includes stints coaching at Concordia, Iona and Northeastern University.
CYO serves children from third through eighth grade and offers, for example, art and essay contests, scouting, retreats, track and field contests, soft ball and even a special golf program for children with developmental disabilities.
“We welcome everyone,” Monge said.
Check Monge out live on AM 1300 WRCR . The link is slow but it’s worth the wait.
Read more about Monge’s trip to Haiti in Catholic New York.
Would you like to volunteer to help run an existing CYO program or help start a new one? Contact Monge at 212-271-1000 x 2058.
May 14th, 2013
By Alice Kenny
The New York State National Alliance on Mental Illness honored Astor Services for Children & Families’ Early Head Start Program, an affiliate of Catholic Charities NY, on May 7 for their work successfully addressing the issues of children’s mental health. This includes early identification, outreach, family education, providing mental health awareness in schools, and successfully intervening on behalf of afflicted children and their families. Astor Services received this award during a reception at the 2013 “What’s Great in Our State – A Celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness,” at the New York State Museum in Albany.
Astor’s Early Head Start Program serves over 200 infants, toddlers and their families in seven sites across Dutchess County. Astor has operated the Head Start Program in Dutchess County since 1978 and later assumed responsibility for the Early Head Start Program. Head Start and Early Head Start are federally-funded programs for low-income families.
The children in Astor’s Head Start and Early Head Start Programs receive mental health screening through collaboration with Astor’s Hudson Valley Behavioral Health & Prevention Programs. This program provides early identification and intervention of social emotional problems in children, ages 2 to 18, through the Child and Family Clinic Plus Program (Clinic Plus). This program is a state-wide initiative by the Office of Mental Health to furnish mental health services for children and families.
“On behalf of the children, families and staff, I am delighted to receive this recognition,´ said Mary Sontheimer, Assistant Executive Director, Astor Services for Children & Families, Early Childhood Programs. “These are the issues at the core of our Early Head Start Program: social emotional development, health relationships and positive attachments for children. All stakeholders in our program play a critical role in ensuring optimal mental health and positive self-esteem.”
May 8th, 2013
We’re opening a new food pantry site at St. Margaret Mary Church on Staten Island this Friday, May 10th, and we’re looking for volunteers.
Tasks can include:
1. Setting up a client choice pantry outside on folding tables. This will require moving cases of food weighing 20-50 lbs. A hand truck will be available.
2. Greeting the clients of the pantry, providing information and maintaining an orderly flow of people.
3. Breaking down the tables and putting the food away. This will involve some use of stairs and carrying cases of food.
We will also be looking for volunteers willing to help at this new site through June. More postings will be made for future dates.
Please share with your friends and sign up to help the hungry.