October 22nd, 2014
By Alice Kenny
Catholic Charities joins today in celebrating the feast day of Pope Saint John Paul II.
The second longest-serving pope in modern history and first non-Italian since the 1500s,is credited for miracles including healing a French nun from Parkinson’s disease. He is also credited for helping end Communist rule in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.
Catholic Charities honors and shares Pope St. John Paul II’s counsel to never give up hope, never doubt, never tire.
For more than a century Catholic Charities has provided help and created hope for New Yorkers in need.
October 21st, 2014
KidCinemaFest Film Festival returns to New York October 22 – October 31 with more than 50 of the most exciting, smart and reflective movies of this decade for children and adults produced in Europe, Latin American, North America, Asia and Africa.
The film festival takes place at Catholic Charities Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th Street and Amsterdam), Casita Maria, an affiliate of Catholic Charities in the South Bronx (928 Simpson St at 163rd Street), The United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th Street), and public schools throughout Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the Bronx.
Films include kid-friendly highlights such as Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film Ernest and Celestine, Dominican film Los Super (The Superheroes), Argentinian comedy Caido del mapa and Japanese animation Welcome to trhe Space Show.
Back for its sixth installment, KidCinemaFest aims to enrich children’s appreciation for filmmaking and cultural diversity through its excellent line up of programs.
Cine Art Entertainment Productions is a collaboration between Catholic Charities, its Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center division and Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez.
The event is free and open to anyone and everyone who wishes to attend!
For a complete list of films and show times visit www.kidcinemafest.com.
October 17th, 2014
By Tony Osborn
As a parent of a child that struggles with substance abuse, I understand the difficulties associated with it.
A substance abuser’s behaviors affect many things such as their home life, their careers and themselves.
The availability of self-help programs, such as the programs that are offered by Catholic Charities, that are designed to assist an individual in taking advantage of the gift of life are very important to myself and my family. My family has benefited in many ways from these support programs meant to assist in coping with and breaking the cycle of drug addiction. For this reason I would like to represent Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Catholic Charities in the New York City marathon.
“There is no such thing as an inconsequential life.”
October 16th, 2014
Put on your walking shoes and join us to raise funds for the Catholic Charities Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign this Sunday, October 19th at 9am, following family mass.
All walkers will meet at The Epiphany School on 234 East 22nd Street.
The Epiphany Foundation will be raising money for Epiphany School through their annual walk-a-thon.
They are also raising in-kind donations to feed our hungry neighbors.
To participate, all walkers are asked to bring at least 5 cans of food or a donation of $10. To sign up to walk, please register here and Walk The Walk For Hunger
All funds raised will make a direct impact on Epiphany School and all non-perishable food items collected will benefit our Feeding Our Neighbors program – to restock our food pantries.
Feeding Our Neighbors is an Archdiocesan-wide drive to replenish food pantries supporting non-Catholics and Catholics alike.
To donate, specify “Feeding Our Neighbors” in the comments field in our Online Gift page.
Or text “CCHOPE” to 85944 to make a quick, easy $10 donation.
October 15th, 2014
Help us continue to provide our children with opportunities to thrive — outside, as well as inside the classroom.
Not every child in New York wakes up to the same advantages. Some will go to school hungry. Some weren’t able to do their homework because last night their home was so chaotic. With your support, we can help teens stay focused to succeed in school.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has programs to give teens a helping hand. We help make sure they’re showing up for class. We offer academic support. We lend a concerned ear with counseling. Throughout the year we help teens make graduation a priority.
Catholic Charities offers a variety of programs — from academic support to sports to cultural opportunities.
Your monthly contribution of $25 could help keep one child in programs like this for a full academic year. With all the distractions our children face, your donation can help them keep their eye on the ball — graduation.
With your support, there are no limits to what a child can accomplish.
October 14th, 2014
Come join us for CINEMUSICA CITY! on October 17 and 18.
See historic South Bronx cinemas and concert halls come alive.
- Larger-than-life projections of vintage footage from Latin music greats and Hip-Hop pioneers!
- Live performances by emerging Bronx teen artists!
The celebration is co-sponsored by Casita Maria, an affiliate of Catholic Charities and the first charitable organization to serve the Hispanic community in New York City.
CINEMUSICA CITY! celebrates magical sites — part movie house, part concert halls — like the Hunts Point Palace and Teatro Puerto Rico in Mott Haven where brilliant artists like Machito, Tito Puente, and Grandmaster Caz as well as popular films and local vaudevillesque performers revolutionized the way we dance, sing, see and hear.
CINEMUSICA CITY! features also features live performance by P.R.O.D.I.G.Y. New York, SBK St. Mary’s Youth Salsa Dancers, the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats and more.
All South Bronx Cultural events are free and open to the public.
Visit www.casitamaria.org for more information.
October 10th, 2014
Hiring America, the first TV series dedicated to helping veterans find jobs, recently interviewed Executive Director Shari Krull of Grace Institute, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, and Tanya Thomas, the first graduate of Grace Institute’s training program for female veterans and their families
“The most meaningful part,” Ms. Thomas tells TV host, “is that anyone can start over.”
“After taking care of my disabled husband for eight years- meaning we were childhood sweethearts right out of high school…going from caring for a disabled American veteran — and we have 2 children — and then him passing away eight years later after brain surgery, becoming a single mom and having to put my life back together…
“Grace Institute was a beacon of light to find your way…someone who will help you with a hand up not a hand out.”
Grace Institute’s goal is to graduate women as a complete package, women who are ready to take on a ladder job that will lead to financial stability for herself, her family and her community. It provides six months of tuition-free job training for underserved women, placing 80% of its graduates into full-time job within one year.
Ms. Thomas was placed as a caseworker at Catholic Charities.
“I’ve walked in some of the shoes of people who are having difficulties,” she said. “It’s so empowering.”
Watch parts two and three.
October 8th, 2014
By Ana M. Cafengiu, DPM
I would be honored to represent Catholic Charities in running this year’s NYC marathon.
Running for me has been a great source of joy, a way to stay fit, and a way to form long-lasting relationships with others. Running has helped me throughout difficult times of my life, as well as through my medical training to become a sports-medicine podiatrist. It has opened doors with others where there would be no other common bond. Running is an integral part of my life. A race such as the marathon brings together people from all walks of life, and different faiths for one common goal to run to the best of their ability towards the finish line.
I believe that Catholic Charities, through their tremendous efforts, strive to provide for others in their time of need, regardless of their faith or their place in life. They have a unified goal, to “provide help and create hope.” To provide for others in their time of need is one of the greatest acts of love. As refreshing as a cool cup of water, held out by a stranger, to a parched runner at mile 22 of a marathon is how refreshing it is to be comforted and provided for by others in the time you need it most. This is what catholic charities does on a daily basis. This is why I desire to be a part of their team.
As it is written, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” (Romans 10:15). I desire to use my feet to represent and bring the good news of help and hope that Catholic Charities has to offer to the people of New York City. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself.
Support Ana and Team Catholic Charities!