This Thanksgiving, Help Put a Meal on the Table for a Family in Need

November 27th, 2014

Paul Food KitchenDuring last year’s holiday season, Catholic Charities served 48% more meals than the year before – and this year we’re on track to feed even more. From soup kitchens in the Bronx to food pantries in Manhattan and mobile food pantries on Staten Island and upstate, the story is the same. Lines of our hungry neighbors in need are stretching longer.

Your donation of $50 could feed a family of four from now through Thanksgiving. That’s 12 meals for $50. Please share your bounty with hungry families.

This Thanksgiving, help families in need with a donation of $50 or more.

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Catholic Charities on Tiempo

November 26th, 2014

What Changes Will We See in Response to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform?

Watch Catholic Charities on ABC7 for answers.

Tune in to Tiempo on ABC7 this Sunday, November 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. for a round-table discussion with Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Director Beatriz Diaz Taveras and fellow experts.

Get your questions answered.

Need help?   Call the New York State Immigration Hotline administered by Catholic Charities at 800-566-7636.beatriz

Wall Street Breakfast Invocation

November 26th, 2014

Looking for Thanksgiving inspiration?

Check out this Wall Street Breakfast Invocation by Msgr. Kevin Sullivan in our JustLove blog.

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Meet a Few Faces of Hunger

November 26th, 2014

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By Alice Kenny

Timothy Cardinal Dolan joined a small army of Catholic Charities staff, board members and volunteers mobilized to hand out turkey and all the trimmings at the Catholic Charities annual Thanksgiving distribution to more than 400 needy New Yorkers on November 25 at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center in Harlem.

Recipients filling their shopping carts with everything from sweet potatoes to stuffing and fruit included Brenda Hugee, 53, a mother of four and former bank teller who is now disabled by Lupus, arthritis and three strokes.  They included Minerva Vega, 58, a widow who lost her job as a sanitation collector when she broke her neck lifting a garbage whose bottom, it turned out, had been filled with cement. They included Jose Costillo, 51, a former warehouse worker who lost his job last year.  And they included Elizabeth Vargas, who waitresses and babysits to support her three children, ages seven, one-and-a-half and six months old.

These are just a few of the faces of hunger who turn to Catholic Charities for help.  They include the unemployed and underemployed, families with children, seniors and the disabled.

During this historic time of need, more than 3 million people in New York State now turn to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to meet their family’s basic needs.

“I try not to ask for help and to make it on my own,” Ms. Hugee said. “If it weren’t for this we’d have rice and beans for Thanksgiving.”

Meet these faces of hunger in this powerful video:

http://youtu.be/w73bOYJHocQ

 

 

 

Hungry. Homeless But Not Hopeless.

November 25th, 2014

photo 1When people have nowhere to go, they turn to Catholic Charities for help. Amina, a college student and her two-year old child had to sleep on the subway – hungry and homeless – after her mother threw them out.

Fortunately, she found her way to a residence in Catholic Charities network of agencies that provides shelter for homeless mothers and children. The college senior said, “When they told me I could have whatever I want for my child, from diapers to toiletries to food in the pantry, I started to cry.”

This Thanksgiving, please consider a donation of $25, $50 or more.

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Opening Her Home to Disabled Children: A True Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2014

rodriguezLucky for the 40 abandoned New York City children that Josefina Rodriguez took in during recent decades and raised as foster children, this now 61-year-old woman loves children.  This is also lucky for Ms. Rodriguez’ oldest daughter, Hanny Casado, 40, who was born brain damaged and still lives at home.  It is lucky for Mia Rodriguez, 8, who Ms. Rodriguez took in as a foster child and later adopted.  And it is lucky for Natasha Rodriguez, 12, who Ms. Rodriguez also took in as a foster child and adopted regardless of the autism and mental retardation that make Natasha a more challenging child to raise.

Thanks to a wide array of support provided by Kennedy Child Study Center, an affiliate of Catholic Charities that assists children with developmental delays, this financially and emotionally stressed family continues to thrive.

“These are not real problems,” Ms. Rodriguez says when questioned about pressures she navigates every day.  “Problems are grave illnesses, when someone you love dies.  I have commitments, not problems, commitments to take care of my children.”

Read their story in The New York Times.

Catholic Charities Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

November 21st, 2014
07_StCatholic Charities, along with Catholic parishes and schools has long welcomed immigrants to our country and most especially to New York. We have helped new Americans adapt to their new home with a sense of dignity and respect. Given this experience, we have been at the forefront of advocating for legislation that  comprehensively reforms a broken immigration system to create fair and humane resettlement and integration for those coming to our country. Because of this, we have been saddened again and again by the failure of Congress to pass such critically needed legislation.In light of this failure, we are encouraged by President Obama’s executive action that deals with one part of immigration reform that is at the heart of Catholic Charities advocacy – the unity of the family.  By this order, millions of children who are citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States will be protected from suddenly having their parents taken from them and deported. Vulnerability and fear is reduced for millions by this action.  Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York highlighted this point from his own personal experience:

“Let me tell you a tale of two Sundays that I personally witnessed. The first Sunday a family of four was praying in my parish church. The next Sunday it was a family of three. The father and breadwinner was deported for a minor infraction that occurred almost a decade earlier.  The wife and mother was alone and the children now without their father.  No one benefited – not the family and not the nation.”  An executive action might have protected the unity and ensured the stability of this family.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York stands at the ready to help eligible immigrants respond to this new opportunity.  We will provide accurate and timely information through our New Americans Hotline.  We will also assist immigrants to comply with the provisions of this executive order so they can obtain the new protections and authorizations it affords.

While we are positive about the protections afforded vulnerable families by this executive order, there is undoubtedly more work to be done.  We continue to maintain that comprehensive immigration reform is necessary and thus advocating for such will be an ongoing part of Catholic Charities’ efforts.

Young and Rubicam Teams Up with Developmentally Disabled

November 20th, 2014

With breakaways, drop kicks and punts, eight volunteers from the international marketing and communications company, Young and Rubicam, teamed up with 20 developmentally disabled adults at Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Memorial Center gym earlier this month for a day filled with soccer drills and games.

Organized by Catholic Charities Director of Volunteer Services Staci-Jo Bruce, the event enabled volunteers to provide a meaningful day for the developmentally delayed adults, all passionate soccer players, served by Catholic Guardian Services, an affiliate of Catholic Charities.

Meet the Homeless. Hear Their Stories

November 19th, 2014

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 6:15PM

You are invited to join us for a memorable evening of sharing and reflection.

Fordham University, Lincoln Center
Second Floor Chapel – Room 221
113 West 60th Street (corner of 9th Avenue)
New York City

Hear the stories of people who have experienced homelessness. Their Experiences.  Their hopes.

This presentation will feature homeless men and women who will share the stories of their experiences and their efforts to rebuild their lives. They are participants in the Education Outreach Program (EOP), a program of Catholic Charities Department of Social and Community Development.

For more information, please call Alison H. Kelsick, MSW at 212-371-1011 ext. 2450 or George B. Horton, ext. 2480.

Goya Foods 300,000 Pound Donation Helps Catholic Charities Feed Our Neighbors

November 18th, 2014

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Tapping into an unprecedented outpouring of support, Catholic Charities teamed up with Goya Foods and Catholic Charities organizations from across the nation to feed and care for hungry and homeless families and immigrant children in need.

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, yesterday donated 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York’s Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, to support a vast network of food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese.

Catholic Charities also distributed donations of food and handmade blankets donated from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and stuffed animals donated by Catholic Charities Chicago to unaccompanied minor children who fled violence and abuse and recently arrived in New York.

“I am proud of Feeding Our Neighbors as a truly united effort by Catholic Charities to fight hunger in New York and help those in need who are struggling to put food on their tables,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York.   “We are very grateful for the ongoing support from our parishes and schools in addition to the new partnership with Goya this year.”

Begun in 2012, 100 percent of contributions to the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign have helped support food pantries in New York that serve non-Catholics and Catholics alike after the holiday season has left them bare.

Goya’s immense donation, 300,000 pounds of food all told, is enabling the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign to extend its reach beyond the New York area to support other Catholic Charities agencies in communities that are providing services to unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America.

In fact, 100,000 pounds of the donation will be delivered by Goya throughout the United States in the weeks ahead to include the following Catholic Charities agencies:

  • Ft. Worth, TX
  • Galveston-Houston, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Washington, DC
  • Southern Arizona
  • Brooklyn and Queens, NY
  • Rockville Centre, NY

Food will also be distributed to the regions of Central Florida and Southern California by agencies of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York said he is especially pleased with the expansion of the program to include the needs of unaccompanied children throughout the country.

“The goal of Feeding Our Neighbors is to inspire New Yorkers to answer the basic call to help feed our hungry neighbors.  Through the support of Goya and our network of Catholic Charities programs in communities across the nation, we will make a significant impact on children across the United States who are hoping to reunify with their families and loved ones.  In addition, we will extend even further to meet the needs of these children through collaboration with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition in distributing this donation of food.”

 Join us in Feeding Our Neighbors, our Archdiocesan-wide drive to replenish food pantries supporting non-Catholics and Catholics alike.