By Barbara Bedell
The Times Herald Record
Team Newburgh, the community-based program with more than 75 adult partners, is dedicated to improving and enhancing the quality of life for young people in the City of Newburgh.
Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County is the lead agency for the TEAM which recently hosted its sixth fishing outing at Lake Washington on Little Britain Road in Newburgh.
Dawn Wilkin, coordinator of the agency’s Preventive Services, said it was a fun day with close to 70 youths from the City of Newburgh Recreation Department’s summer camp and the Youth Empowerment Center participating.
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A Bronx school that helps some of the most vulnerable residents in the city is celebrating 110 years, and that makes it a fitting time for a visit from the Archbishop of New York, reported Erin Clarke on this recent NY1 television broadcast.
The Lavelle School for the Blind had humble beginnings when it opened more than a century ago.
“It was run by the Blauvelt Dominican congregation and their dedication to the students, their commitment to helping people with severe disabilities,” said Claire Lavin, president of the board of trustees at the Lavelle School for the Blind. “They started with one blind person in someone’s apartment, and from that, it grew into a whole school.”
On Thursday, (September 11, 2014) Cardinal Timothy Dolan stopped by the school in the northeast Bronx.
“In love and compassion, teaching, healing, they do it splendidly,” Dolan said.
Though Lavelle isn’t a Catholic school, it was started by nuns and it falls under the umbrella of Catholic charities and Archdiocese institutions. This year, it’s celebrating 110 years of giving not only blind students, but also those with multiple disabilities the skills to stand on their own and be successful.
“I not only had an academic education, but I had a lot of other skills and things to back me up to be able to go out and then be the only blind child in athat was in my neighborhood,” said Carmen Rico, an alumnus of the school.
Rico said the school gave her the confidence to go on to the College of New Rochelle and Columbia. Then, she became a teacher for blind students.
“The kids are learning basic skills that translate to real work in the future,” said Gary Weir, transition coordinator for the Lavelle School for the Blind.
“I’m working with clothes and in pocketbooks,” said student Rosa Santos. “It makes me feel good. I get paid.”
This holistic approach to education piqued the interest of Dolan on his visit.
“There was sort of a sense of pride and joy and ownership in the students,” Dolan said. “They weren’t numbers. They weren’t clients. You could tell they were part of the family. There’s a sense of love and warmth and self-help and helping one another. That moved me very much.”
Just like in 1904, when the Blauvelt Dominican sisters started Lavelle, today, it’s caring for and helping its students achieve fulfilling lives.
Learn more about the Lavelle School for the Blind, an affiliate of Catholic Charities NY.
Do you want to empower women and help them get ahead in their careers? Our affiliated agency, Grace Institute, is looking for volunteers to help hold mock interviews during their Converse with Confidence event on September 10th.
Grace’s mock interview series allows current students to prepare for the next step of their career journey.
How this works
- Volunteers interview Grace students in rotating 20 minute segments, using the tips below as guidelines
- Volunteers will see approximately six students during this time period
9:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast and Orientation
9:30am – Noon: Interviews
Click to learn more
A federal immigration court in Manhattan that usually deals with fewer than 100 new children’s cases a month is getting a lot busier, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Twenty-nine minors who entered the country unaccompanied by adults appeared Wednesday before Judge James Loprest, Jr., some with attorneys, others with family by their sides. Six-year-old Gabriela and her brother Brandon Lopez, 15, were among the minors hoping to be allowed to legally stay with family already living in the U.S.
The siblings participated in the first day of surge docket hearings at federal immigration court. The “surge docket” is an initiative by the federal government to help expedite the legal process for the more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors who have been processed into the system since October.
The minors are fleeing poverty, gang-violence and death, say advocates from the New York chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
AILA is one of five groups handling unaccompanied minor cases. The others are the Legal Aid Society and nonprofits Catholic Charities, Safe Passage, and The Door. The groups have been preparing for a surge in cases since they learned 3, 347 unaccompanied minors had arrived in the state since January. New York is second to Texas with the most cases.
Gabriela and Brandon needed to leave their home country to get away from extortionists, said their father, 35-year-old Emerson Lopez.
“I began to hear rumors that they were going start charging rent for each head,” Lopez said, referring to his children.
“In my home country, they call them ‘heads.’ They treat people as if they are cattle, and that’s when my wife and I made the decision to send for them,” he said.
Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal.
Find out more about the help Catholic Charities provides in the Latin Post.
By Barbara Harrison
I work as a case manager for Catholic Charities and see how our St. Nicholas fund helps out so many families throughout the year and brings such joy at Christmas time.
It is one of the best parts of my job to see the joy this programs brings and in this spirit that I wanted to run the marathon to raise funds for this program.
I began running when I was about 50 years old and ran two marathons in the 1990’s. After that my husband became ill and subsequently passed away.I found other forms of exercise. I was still raising our four children as well and life was very busy. In my heart I always wanted to run the NYC marathon because it is ”the best.”
I was inspired to run this marathon when my coworker’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in the early spring. She is about my age which will be 69 when I run the race. I understood how frightening and challenging her road ahead would be and how fortunate I am to be in good health and able to run. I decided to enter the race for her to cheer her on in her battle.
My home is in the Hudson Valley and I work in Poughkeepsie, so I felt that it would be fun to represent this area of the Archdiocese by running the marathon.
I run in the morning at 6 a.m. on the beautiful rail trails in our area with my running partner, my daughter, Sarah. We are currently running about 24 miles weekly and it is wonderful to be preparing for this race.
Learn more about Barbara and help support her run.
Bronx-born Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor returned to her roots – and brought her friend and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with her – to encourage low-income children participating in Catholic Charities Alianza Division summer programs including its Mosaic Day Camp and others to dream big.
The “Dream Big Day” event held at the Bronx Children’s Museum was part of a summer arts enrichment program aimed at inspiring children to dream, work hard and follow their passions.
To underline this point, the former secretary of state praised Ms. Sotomayor and her biography, My Beloved World.
“She tells the story of how as a child of the Bronx, she dreamed big and ended up on the highest court of the land,” Ms. Clinton tells the children seated on the floor around her, “She’s one of our heroes.”
In return for Ms. Clinton’s and Ms. Sotomayor’s inspiration – as well as the opportunity to meet two of the most famous female leaders in person, the day campers, ages 7 – 9, sang and danced performances they had been perfecting for weeks.
Then they hugged Ms. Sotomayor and Ms. Clinton and shouted their thanks.
I have raced in a number of marathons and triathlons, including two full Ironman races, but so far not one homeless person, research team, student or child has benefited from my narcissistic quest to stem the tide of middle age.
This year I am trying to be a little different and am proud to be running the New York City Marathon for Catholic Charities of New York. I have always considered Catholic Charities to be a key part of the support system in all the cities they serve and the organization is a natural extension of my family’s active involvement with our parish and the Catholic schools my three children attend – St. Ignatius Loyola and Regis High School.
To up the ante, I am making two pledges to those sponsoring me in this effort:
1) I will personally match the first $1,000 in donations on my page, and
2) I will work like crazy to achieve one of my life time goals of finishing in under 3 hours. (I have a lot of work to do on this one.)
I encourage all of my family, friends and colleagues to give something and give generously via the following link:
By James Bowe
I chose to run for Catholic Charities because it addresses such a wide array of human needs regardless of religious background. Catholic Charities feeds the hungry, provides job training and resources to help people get back on their feet, and offers children and youth better opportunities to learn and grow, among many others.
After graduating from college and hanging up the sprinting spikes, I started to run longer distances and eventually found that running became a sort of escape while simultaneously allowing me to push myself and to continuously challenge myself to run farther and faster. I made it a goal to run a marathon so now I am running the 2014 NYC marathon for Catholic Charities. I’m looking forward to challenging myself through training and adding another reason to why I am running: I am doing it to help raise money for individuals served by Catholic Charities.
While I have not yet run a marathon, I ran four years of varsity indoor and outdoor track and field at Colby College, primarily competing in the 400m dash and 1600m relay. I also participated in a sprint triathlon in college. After college I focused on longer distance running and competed in a 5k for WCS in the Bronx Zoo in 2011, the Chicago Rock and Roll half marathon in July 2013 and the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge (3.3 miles) in June 2014.
I am training specifically for the marathon for 18 weeks running five to six days per week. I will be racing in the Bronx 10 mile at the end of September and participating in NYRR long runs in August and September. Additionally, I will be doing runs with the midtown Nike store running club two to three days per week.
My family and I have been involved with Catholic Charities for some time (primarily in DC where I grew up) so I was able to first hand witness the difference Catholic Charities makes in so many ways for so many individuals.
It is really inspiring to know that I am running for an organization that touches so many lives, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, with a high level of dignity and compassion across an array of human needs. I am especially inspired by the many programs and services that are designed to set individuals up to lead a better life, whether it is a child who now has a nurturing after school environment or an out-of-work mother who is given training to get her back in the workforce and enabling her to support herself and her children.
Here is a link to my fundraising for Catholic Charities page: https://www.crowdrise.com/TeamCatholicCharities2014/fundraiser/jamesbowe