“Happy Valentine’s Day,” Msgr. Sullivan says, “but go beyond the flowers; go beyond the candy kisses and realize that Christian love reaches out in sacrifice to those in need to try to transform their lives.”
Click to watch his video.
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By Alice Kenny
Congratulations to Team U.S.A.’s Sage Kotsenburg, 20, for scooping the first gold in men’s snowboard slopestyle.
And way to go, Jamie Anderson, for riding clean on the rails and stomping down three high-flying jumps while snowboarding down the mountain to grab the U.S.’ second gold medal of 2014.
Want to learn the inside scoop on the Winter Olympics?
Check out this radio interview with Catholic Charities’ own Joe Panepinto, former member of the US Olympic Planning Committee, former director of CYO and current Director of Staten Island Catholic Charities.
Joe spoke this week on JustLove, Catholic Charities’ weekly radio show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, The Catholic Channel 129.
WHITE PLAINS — Christopher Martinez hefted a cardboard box containing non-perishables like Cheerios and Wacky Mac macaroni headed for the hungry, reports Alex Taylor in The Journal News.
“I wanted to come here because I wanted to help people,” said Martinez, 15, a sophomore at Lincoln High School in Yonkers and member of the St. Peter’s Parish. “Just seeing people in the street when I have so much at my house.”
About 50 Catholic and Jewish teens gathered at UJA’s Westchester offices in White Plains on Sunday afternoon to sort and pack a room piled high with hundreds of bottles, cans and cartons of nonperishable food as part of an interfaith food drive. The outpouring of donations were later delivered to local food pantries.
The event held capped off ‘Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response, ‘ organized by Catholic Charities and the United Jewish Appeal. This Archdiocesan-Wide Drive to Replenish Food Pantries ran from Sunday, January 26th – Sunday, February 2nd 2014. Its goal was to provide 1,000,000 additional meals for hungry New Yorkers, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.
The documented increase in hunger among New York children and families combined with the Senate’s recent vote for yet deeper cuts in the SNAP food stamp program makes the impact of this campaign, now in its third year, even more profound.
One out of five New York families now struggles to feed their children. As a result, hungry families, children and the elderly are braving snow, ice and freezing temperatures to reach local food banks. Catholic Charities food banks served 48% more meals in December 2013 compared with one year earlier.
At Sunday’s event, William Gregson expressed concern about the number of New Yorkers who go hungry on a regular basis.
“I just want to make sure everybody who is in need can get food,” said Gregson, 15, a student at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua.
By Alice Kenny
Stay safe. Stay inside. Call 311 if you need help.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency today, Wednesday, February 5, as another storm pounds the region with snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Winter storm warnings are now in effect for the entire area until 6pm. Heavy snow is transitioning to sleet and freezing rain.
Please use extra caution if you must venture out today. Temperatures are below freezing in our region and even as the snow changes to rain, it is freezing and creating a sheet of ice on all surfaces.
Due to the storm and icing conditions, NYC Department for the Aging closed all senior centers for Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
To ensure seniors’ safety, we ask that all seniors avoid going outside until the storm has cleared and call their respective senior centers and/or 311 to find out more information about post-storm operations.
Meanwhile, The New York City Office of Emergency Management issued a hazardous travel advisory and Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging commuters to use mass transit. However, due to signal problems, there are currently numerous 1, 2, 3 train service disruptions between Times Square and each line’s northernmost stop. For updates, please visit www.mta.info.
But the best advice is to stay inside. Ice associated with the storm can knock down trees and power lines and make walking treacherous.
Do you need help?
Call the Catholic Charities Help Line: 888-744-7900, or email us through our contact form.
Catholic Charities joins in mourning the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most widely admired actors of our time, who died on Sunday at the age of 46 of a heroin overdose.
Thanks to appearances in such movies as “Capote”, for which he won a best actor Oscar, The Big Lebowski and The Savages, his ease at combining a somehow laid-back intensity with an offbeat sense of humor made millions of us viewers identify with him as Mr. Everyman.
Unfortunately, Mr. Hoffman was also known for his struggle with addiction. He said on a 2006 “60 Minutes” interview that he had given up drugs and alcohol when he was 22, according to his obituary in The New York Times. Then last year he checked into a rehabilitation program for about 10 days after a reliance on prescription pills resulted in his turning again to heroin.
He is survived by numerous family members as well as his three young children.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction there is no need to struggle alone.
Catholic Charities affiliated agencies offer specific programs to help treat and overcome addiction. We helped treat 8,677 teenagers and adults last year for substance abuse.
Please contact us at:
By Alice Kenny
Yet another day of snow, ice and freezing rain. New Yorkers we know now face the choice of keeping warm or feeding their families.
They commute from food bank to soup kitchen as the Senate poises today to vote on still deeper cuts in the SNAP food stamp program.
For budget crunchers, these hungry children and families are just a number.
For us, they are folks we know, care about and serve.
We invite you to meet a few of the faces of hunger introduced by the Hunger Action Network of NYS.*
Family of two, a disabled grandmother and her granddaughter
We don’t get enough SNAP benefits to cover me and my granddaughter. We are so grateful for the food pantry. It helps us out a lot. Most of the money we have is from SSI, and it just cover bills to survive. There is no room for any extras.
Kim relies upon SNAP benefits, free lunch programs, food pantries, and church assistance in order to provide enough food for her family.
“If we didn’t have these programs, we would suffer a lot more than we do. The struggles from day to day would be a lot worse than they are. We try our hardest, because we know others have needs also.
Disabled, and living alone.
I receive food stamps and do not get enough to get through the month without this program. Food pantries have definitely subsidized my needs. Without these services, I would probably go hungry most months.
I am poor and disabled. My son lives with me, and grandkids are with me on the weekends. SNAP doesn’t stretch.
I am a divorced, diabetic woman. My 19 year old grandson lives with me.
I lost my job as an accountant for my town, because of tax cuts. My trailer is old and falling apart. My van is old and in constant need of repairs. I still have student loans which I have to pay, and my grandson has student loans as well. I have over $125.00 in medicine costs per month.
I get a small amount of SNAP, so I really appreciate the help from the food pantry. I hope to get HEAP this year.
Debbie’s household consists of herself and her boyfriend. She only gets food stamps and SSI, and her boyfriend was laid off from work. They depend on SNAP and the food pantry in Cuba as their primary food resources. Debbie feels that these services are “really good for helping anyone” in need.
There are ten in Katherine’s household, including five adults and five children. Three of the adults are on disability, and are diabetic. One of the children is a special needs child. One adult works full time in a minimum wage job, and another works two part time jobs. The household has many medical and car repair bills. They receive SNAP benefits, which helps them buy food for the children, and participate in local food pantry programming. The also get HEAP benefits, which help them heat their large house which has especially high heating bills in the winter.
“Without these services, we wouldn’t be able to keep everyone fed.
Jenn’s family consists of two adults and two children. Her daughter has medical issues, and needs a wheat, gluten, and corn free diet. Her food is, therefore, very expensive. Both Jenn and her daughter are disabled, and their income is limited. The only receive $80 a month for food stamps, and that doesn’t go far enough for all of their nutritional needs. They frequently find themselves out of food and Cuba Cultural Center’s food pantry helps them out a great deal. If they didn’t receive SNAP benefits and go to the food pantry, the children would be eating while Jenn and her boyfriend went hungry.
John is retired and lives alone. He has no central heat, no water, and only minimal electricity. His house needs a great deal of work. He is happy that he has a roof over his head and can be relatively warm.
“Everything, and I mean everything, has become so much more expensive. Being on minimal Social Security Retirement, and having severe arthritis makes it difficult and limits my options. The food pantry makes it a bit easier and give that ever important “hope” to live.”
Because of the food pantry, John doesn’t feel so alone anymore.
John does receive SNAP benefits, and looks forward each month to the day when those benefits come in. Food pantries provide John with “additional nutrition and eases the financial strain of purchasing groceries.” He describes his local food pantry as being “very much like a social gathering, a bringing together of community.” John feels this is “very healthy and healing for all involved.”
Tonya & Family
Tonya is a single mom with three young children. She is unable to work and is applying for disability. Life is difficult, and Tonya struggles every month to make sure that her children’s needs are met. They have benefitted greatly from SNAP, financial and food pantry assistance, and subsidized housing. Without these programs, Tonya would be unable to provide for her family.
Cheering and booing as the Seahawks trounced the Broncos, CYO teammates, coaches and kids from Resurrection parish in Rye gathered yesterday at Butterfield 8 restaurant in White Plains to celebrate the Super Bowl and raise funds for the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign.
Over 50 families from Resurrection’s CYO program attended this event they organized and hosted. Together, they raised more than $10,000 for the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign that will enable us to feed 40,000 additional hungry New Yorkers.
The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) is a division of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. CYO programs across the Archdiocese participated in the Feeding Our Neighbors food drive campaign.
The campaign represents a united effort to fight hunger. It responds to Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s call that we all do our part to replenish the food pantries and soup kitchens in our community that so many families in our community rely on to survive.
100% of contributions to the campaign will support local food pantries that serve New Yorkers, non-Catholic and Catholic alike.
The NFL season has ended but hunger continues to grow.
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Or text “CCHOPE” to 85944 to make a quick, easy $10 donation.