Congratulations on the splendid work being done by the schools of the Archdiocese in educating the next generation!
Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio recognized that work in his visit to St. Francis of Rome preschool in the Bronx. Cardinal Dolan, Dr. Timothy McNiff, head of the Archdiocese Department of Education and Connie McCrory, director of Early Childhood Education were on hand to help bring attention to the topic of Pre-K expansion. Cardinal Dolan expressed his strong support while not endorsing any particular funding model and Mayor de Blasio expressed a desire to partner with the Archdiocese on this important effort.
It is worth noting that the Mayor specifically singled out the long and fruitful partnership with Catholic Charities agencies in providing for the critical needs of the people of New York. When it comes to Universal Pre-K, a number of Catholic Charities agencies are already providing great services and are prepared to expand. Yesterday’s event was a good opportunity to build on this partnership with New York City to provide help and create hope for those in need.
In addition, the proposed expansion of after-school programs for middle school children is another area where a number of our agencies are prepared to step up to the plate and expand service. Simply put, there is much opportunity to broaden the scope of our work and continue impacting the aforementioned next generation of students.
- Monsignor Kevin Sullivan
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By Alice Kenny
You gotta be kidding. Twenty major snow storms since December. Twice as much snow – 60 inches! – as the year before. And temperatures dipping yet again into the single digits.
Getting cabin fever?
Well, here at Catholic Charities we have the cure.
With dozens of volunteer opportunities to choose from, we’re certain to have the perfect outlet for you.
So don’t let the weather keep you stuck inside.
Share your expertise with teens at our annual Career Day on March 13. Examples of past professional presenters include fire fighters, doctors, accountants, entrepreneurs, college representatives, professors, police officers, dancers, chefs and many more.
This volunteer opportunity gets you out big time. It involves distributing fliers, posters and other outreach material to let folks who live in Bronx Community District 2 — including Parkchester, Longwood, Soundview, Hunts Point, etc.– know about homeless services available.
You’ll provide support at our food pantries in Washington Heights, the Upper East Side and East Harlem
Is your company, team, office or women’s network interested in giving back? Serve as a model/mentor and help us find meaningful jobs for low-income, unemployed women.
Opportunities span from writing resumes to teaching women what it means to “lean in.”
Not quite ready to venture out? Our virtual data base assistants type and compile mailing lists for our new Washington Heights Community Center.
And that’s just for starters.
Click here to find the volunteer opportunity that inspires you.
Rev. Michael McLoughlin, pastor of the Church of St. Stephen, the First Martyr, will be honored with a presentation of the 2014 Caritas Awards at the eighth annual Celebration of Charity on Thursday, April 3.
The event, sponsored by Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, will be held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.
This year’s other honorees are state Sen. William J. Larkin Jr. and Joseph and Mary Bonura, owners of the Bonura Hospitality Group of Hudson Valley venues including Anthony’s Pier 9.
McLoughlin is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities in Orange County and has worked with Catholic Charities for 18 years.
That same evening former County Executive Edward M. Diana will receive a special Lifetime Achievement Award for his service from 2001-2013.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County is one of the human service agencies of Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York.The organization’s mission is to serve the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, immigrants, the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange County.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County collaborates with parishes and non-Catholic and Catholic partners to help people of all faiths who are in need.
Information about tickets to the Celebration of Charity will be available soon.Call 294-5124 or visit www.catholiccharitiesoc.org
On Sunday, January 26, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan met with the leaders of other emergency food providers and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the Food Bank for New York City warehouse in the Bronx. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the impending further cuts of billions of dollars to supplemental nutrition assistance programs (SNAP) by the federal government.
The network of Catholic Charities agencies and programs are a significant part of the efforts to address the issue of hunger and food insufficiency. In fact, the roundtable discussion took place on the same day as the kickoff of Catholic Charities annual Feeding our Neighbors campaign, an archdiocesan–wide effort to replenish food pantries and respond to the overwhelming need in our New York community.
“It’s just sort of a simple, homemade approach to a big problem,” said Cardinal Dolan recently in support of the campaign. “Everybody talks about hunger and how bad it is, and our politicians argue about it, debate about it, but the faith community said, ‘Let’s do something about it.’ ”
“The meeting confirmed what Catholic Charities has been experiencing across our own network of emergency food programs throughout the communities in the New York metropolitan area,” said Monsignor Sullivan. “Since November, after cutbacks in support of ongoing nutrition assistance programs [$5 billion nationwide], we have seen a surge in working families visiting our programs.”
In Washington Heights for example, people have begun lining up before 7am to make sure they can obtain food for their families. Catholic Charities has over 4,000 families registered for food assistance but only enough food to serve 1,000 families in need each month.
Volunteer efforts and food drives can only do so much to address the overwhelming need. They cannot come close to replacing the need for government resources and assistance for families struggling to put food on the table.
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother and alcoholic father, Haley Carter, 18, was thrown out by her foster mother when the teen learned she was pregnant.
Fortunately, Catholic Charities affiliate Elinor Martin Residence provided the pregnant mother “a place in the inn,” a safe home to live in and one day begin to raise her own child.
That child, little McKenzie Jackson, was born just in time for Christmas.
Grace Institute, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, is actively recruiting for its upcoming class that begins May 2014.
This six-month business skills program includes:
- Job training for Office Support, Customer Support, and Administrative Positions
- Training in – Microsoft Office Suite, Keyboarding, Business Writing, and Communications
- Professional & Career Development
- Job Placement Assistance
- On-Site Student Services Department
- Convenient Daytime Classes
- Supportive Environment
- HRA APPROVED
Program schedule: Monday through Friday — 9AM to 4PM
Open house dates still available in January and February 2014
To learn more or to register for an open house, please visit Grace at www.graceinstitute.org
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Bullied for much of his childhood and bounced between eight inner-city schools Edwyn Colon, 11, was treated for anxiety and panic attacks.
The young boy shares a one-bedroom apartment with his mother who is disabled by asthma, neuropathy and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and his grandfather who needs constant care due to the three strokes he suffered and Parkinson’s Disease. His father left the family when Edwyn was four years old.
Edwyn needed someone outside his family, his mother said, someone healthy who he could look up to, learn from and begin to enjoy life outside their urban Bronx neighborhood.
Fortunately, the family found Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers, an affiliate of Catholic Charities New York. The agency matched volunteer and investment banker Noah Anderson, 33, a “big brother”/mentor for Edwyn.
“I don’t believe anyone is self made; you are the people you interact with,” says Mr. Anderson. “I was fortunate to interact with good people and I want Edwyn to have that experience.”
By John Otis
When asked to tell the story of his life and of the circumstances that left him homeless, Eugene Manu, 21, tripped over his words, his testimony stalled by moments of nervousness and trepidation, filled with false starts and constant backpedaling.
It is no wonder his thoughts could not find purchase. Mr. Manu’s meandering speech seems to reflect the fact that he’s never known any sense of stability or permanence. He is a young man who, despite a strong faith in God, and the guidance offered by certain family members, finds himself better acquainted with doubt and feelings of abandonment.
“I have never considered any place home,” he said.
Three months into Mr. Manu’s life, his mother, unmarried and barely scraping by at a minimum wage job, sent him to Ghana to live with his grandmother. He remained there for seven years before coming to the United States to join his mother in New York, where he would end up shuffled between an array of homeless shelters and foster homes, before he was returned to his grandmother’s care in Ghana at age 15.
Last spring, while living at Create, a Harlem shelter affiliated with Catholic Charities, he acquired his G.E.D. and was accepted at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. But at about the same time, he was hospitalized with pneumonia, caused by complications from the hereditary sickle cell anemia he was born with, and nearly died. “I felt like I was drifting away,” he said. “If it wasn’t for God, I would have lost my life.”
Read Mr. Manu’s story in The New York Times. Learn how Catholic Charities is helping him rebuild his life.