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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Nonagenarian. What’s that?
And what kind of way is that to celebrate a birthday?
Well, for Virginia Suppies, our nonagenarian — AKA – she just turned 90 — volunteering at the Catholic Charities Ulster County Food Pantry was the perfect way to celebrate her big day.
Similar to Ms. Suppies – and her birthday party choice — the food pantry is special. Located at 6 Adams St. in Kingston, N.Y. it is a full “Client Choice” food pantry. Clients comb the aisles as if they were shopping at a mini grocery store, filling their carts with everything from canned goods to fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and poultry.
Volunteering at the food pantry is Ms. Suppies’ way of giving back, she says. An added bonus is the friends she has made.
On her big day, the entire Ulster County Catholic Charities staff joined to wish her a happy birthday, share her ice cream birthday cake, give her a house plant and cheer as she tried on her newest gift and fashion statement, a Catholic Charities jacket.
“Virginia is one of our many dedicated volunteers that come to give their time and energy to help feed more than 1800 families in need, says Catholic Charities Ulster County Regional Director Tom Kelly. “She does it with care and compassion to everyone.”
We’ve heard a lot about “Produce the Produce,” the proactive effort by Catholic Community Services of Rockland (CCSR), an affiliate of Catholic Charities, to get more freshly grown fruits and vegetables on the tables of people in need.
And we’ve heard about their annual Blessing of the Soil in their “Garden of Love,” held this year on May 10, 2014.
But hearing and seeing are two different things.
Check out this just-released video of the event.
“Give us this day our daily bread,” prays Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan as he blesses the soil. “The tragedy is that for so many of our neighbors they are not sure they will have their daily bread this day. Thanks to the partnership, the work, the generosity, the time and the talent we make sure that many of our neighbors will have their daily bread today.”
Join us in praying and working to feed our neighbors in need.
Find out how you can help.
Martin Colavito, director of prevention services for Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, was recently recognized by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as an OASAS O-STAR. This recognition goes to exceptional individuals who work or volunteer in the field of addictions, consistently perform at an outstanding level and make a difference in the lives of their fellow New Yorkers.
Colavito, who has been part of the Catholic Charities’ team for eight years, has worked in the substance abuse field for nearly 35 years. He focuses predominantly on community organization, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment and prevention – especially in inner-city neighborhoods. For the past five years Martin has concentrated his efforts on the City of Newburgh.
“We are so grateful to OASAS for recognizing the dedication and commitment of our friend and colleague,” said Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County.
Martin works at Catholic Charities’ Gateway Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Services on the grounds of Newburgh Free Academy. He also serves a key leadership role in the community outreach initiative TEAM Newburgh, a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach that addresses the issues of drug abuse and gang violence a project for which Catholic Charities serves as the lead funding agency. Using his experience as a community organizer, Colavito and his team have developed a highly effective partnership of more than 70 human service agencies, businesses, school personnel, community members, and elected officials to combat substance abuse.
Martin, along with TEAM Newburgh, has been successful in getting legislation on the table to remove drug paraphernalia from visible exposure in neighborhood stores and bodegas. He has been approached by human service agencies from around the nation that are interested in establishing programs similar to TEAM Newburgh.
“Martin has been a guiding light for the City of Newburgh and its residents,” Dr. Scher added.
New York All-Stars including former New York Mets player Rusty Staub, former New York Jets player Joe Klecko, former New York Yankees Manager Joe Torre and retired professional Heavyweight Boxer Gerry Cooney teamed up with a field of 58 golf foursomes to help raise $650,000 for families in need at the Annual Cardinal’s Open on May 12, 2014.
After a shotgun start, golfers began their rounds on the South and West courses at Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, competing in longest drive and closest-to-the-pin competitions, and for a brand new Lexus in the hole-in-one competition.
The day ended with a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction where participants met with Rusty Staub who served as auctioneer along with Joe Klecko who joined in for some special items. Auction items included trips to Pebble Beach and Kiawah Island, along with foursomes to top-rated courses.
This is signature event of the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity, (CCC), a membership of caring leaders in the New York business community who support Catholic Charities at the request His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. The generosity of these members enables tens of thousands of individuals and families live with greater dignity through the compassionate help of Catholic Charities.
Join us this Saturday, May 10, 2014, at noon for our “Produce the Produce” annual kickoff and 5th annual Blessing of the Soil!
Produce the Produce is our proactive effort at Catholic Community Services of Rockland (CCSR), an affiliate of Catholic Charities, to get more freshly grown fruits and vegetables on the tables of people in need.
In 2013, we harvested 6,000 pounds of fresh produce and received more than 7,000 pounds of produce from local farmers and individual growers that we distributed to participants enrolled in our Food Pantry. Special thanks to Stokes Farm, the nearly 150-year-old farm located in Old Tappen, N.J. that donated thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Rockland County Executive Director Ed Day will lead us tomorrow in celebrating the planting of vegetables in our “Garden of Love” that now includes just-completed raised growing beds built by a local Eagle Scout and his Boy Scout Troop 97. The raised beds will accommodate more produce and make it easier for more people of all abilities to help.
To ensure we have a plentiful bounty, Catholic Charities Executive Director will lead our special annual Blessing of the Soil.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 25 percent of adults, and even fewer children, eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day. For those most in-need in Rockland County that number is estimated at less than 10 percent.
“Produce the Produce” serves as catalyst to engage other community and parish gardens, local farmers markets and citizen to grow and donate fresh food for those in need.
Join us tomorrow at Produce the Produce.
Meet us at Catholic Community Services of Rockland (CCSR) “Garden of Love,” 78 Hudson Avenue, Haverstraw, NY 10927
For more information call 845-942-5791.
Trading in their Washington Heights neighborhood for a tour of Washington, D.C., more than three dozen low-income teens checked out monuments and colleges in our nation’s capital during their recent winter break, thanks to Catholic Charities Community Services-Alianza Division.
The tour, funded through a grant from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation and collaboration with the High School for Media & Communications and Catholic Charities Community Services-Alianza Division, offered the students a glimpse of a future outside their neighborhood, a reason to study, and a step-by-step outline of how to apply for and get accepted by top-tier universities.
The visit included stops at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington and Lincoln memorials, a tour of Georgetown, George Washington and Howard universities and photos and selfies in front of the White House.
The trip was one of – and many say the most fun – of numerous offerings Catholic Charities Alianza Division offers young people in the Washington Heights school community.
All the offerings share the same goal: to inspire students to dream big and give them the resources to make it happen.
By Alice Kenny
Wow. This was a close one. While more than a foot of snow was predicted to pummel New York today, the reality, thankfully, turned into just a dusting.
But as we learned this winter when more than five feet of snow pounded our homes, streets and sidewalks and temperatures dropped – and dropped again — into the single digits, severe weather can be just around the corner.
That’s why Catholic Charities is proud to support National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014.
Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a nationwide effort designed to increase awareness of the severe weather that affects everyone and to encourage individuals, families’ businesses and communities to know their risk, take action, and be an example.
As we know firsthand from Hurricane Sandy, being prepared to act quickly can be a matter of survival. Even though severe weather was anticipated in advance, many in the impacted areas said they did not have a plan and were caught unprepared.
Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
- Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
- Take Action: Before storms strike, develop a family communication plan and pull together an emergency supplies kit.
- Be an Example: Share your preparedness story with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. Letting others know that you’re prepared will prompt them to prepare as well. Social media provides the perfect platform to model preparedness actions for others.
Being weather ready is a collective effort. It takes the whole community to effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against damages caused by hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and other severe weather.