We’re here to bring new life to New Yorkers in need that conquers pain, sadness and suffering.
Provide help. Create hope.
By Alice Kenny
We have tons of volunteer opportunities you can do from home.
Want to flex your artistic muscles?
We’re looking for volunteers to create paint-by-numbers style images. We’ll transfer your images to large canvases and get fellow volunteers to fill in the colors. When we pull the painted canvases together – voila! – we have beautiful murals that brighten our sites serving folks in need.
How about your hospitality muscles?
We need volunteers to pull together hospitality kits for folks newly arrived in the U.S.. Like hotel welcome kits on steroids, they may include in toothbrushes, soaps and other toiletries, cleaning supplies, subway maps, granola bars and other ingredients you want to pop in to welcome and help folks get their bearing.
Similarly, we’re looking for housewarming gift bags to welcome some of the 440 individuals with mental illness we serve who are moving, many for the first time in their lives, into their own supported housing home.
And here’s an opportunity to bring out your inner Martha Stewart.
Help create We-Care cards to express love, support, and encouragement for those who are struggling. Add your own personal messages of hope and cheer such as “Welcome to New York!” “Good Luck on Your Interview!” or “Happy Easter!”
Join us at Catholic Charities and vol-un-teer; [vol-uhn-teer] VERB: 1. TO PROVIDE HELP 2. TO CREATE HOPE
Check out Open Mic Night to hear original work by inspired teens participating in Catholic Charities Community Services Alianza Division.
When: Thursday, April 3/2014
Where: Alianza Cultural Center, 530 W. 166 St., 2nd floor, NYC 10040
Time: 5:30- 8:00 p.m.
Why: It’s National Poetry Month — And there’s no better way to celebrate!
Alianza Cultural Center is a multicultural project celebrating Dominican, Latino, and Latin American cultures with a special focus on Afro-Dominican artistic traditions.
The Center’s physical space comprises a second floor gala/exhibition space, two performing arts studios and a large multipurpose space in the lower level, the lobby exhibition space, and a spectacular rooftop terrace.
Good Day Street Talk this week interviewed Grace Institute Executive Director Sherry Krull –who discusses how this Catholic Charities affiliate has been empowering women in the workplace through training and job placement – and Grace Graduate Phara Bernadin who shares her inspiring story.
“Women who are coming to us are incredibly hungry,” Ms. Krull tells Fox News. “They want to make a change in their lives.
“So it’s such a pleasure for us who are working in the organization to get 150 women all in one room from all different backgrounds, all different boroughs, all different experiences and nurture them, teach them the hard skills they need in terms of Microsoft Office, business communication and also the essential skills, the soft skills- conflict resolution, professional management.
“And also nurture their souls a little bit because they’re coming to us from having struggled.
“So it’s a combination of those skills for six months that …makes them incredibly marketable.”
Phara Bernadin, a recent Grace graduate, agreed.
“It did a great deal for me,” she tells Fox News.
“It’s like a family because you go back and the door’s always open.
“And the way my daughter looks at me and things that she says – ‘Mommy I’m so proud of you…and to me no amount of money or anything can compare to that.”
Grace Institute, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, has been providing tuition-free job-training skills for women in New York City for more than 100 years. The program includes intensive computer, business writing and career development classes. It prepares students for interviews and draws on its extensive lists of employer contacts to arrange meetings and help the students find work.
Are you an unemployed woman looking to brush up your skills and find a job?
Click here to learn more about Grace Institute and its tuition-free job-training programs for New York City women.
To watch the Fox News interview, visit the video site and click on Part 4.
The last thing Angel Rojas said to his mother was “hello,” reports the New York Daily News today, March 24, 2014.
Angel Rojas, the 39-year-old father who was shot dead by a gangbanger on the B15 bus in Brooklyn Thursday, was calling his mom on his way home from work that night as he always did.
… Then the phone went dead.
Kahton Anderson, 14, who aimed his .357-Magnum pistol at a rival gang member but missed, instead accidentally shooting Rojas, was charged with second-degree murder.
Left behind are Mr. Rojas’ widow, Maria Lopez, and their children, April, 8, and Saury, 12.
An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Mr. Rojas was working two jobs to support his family.
With Mr. Rojas gone, his widow said she can no longer afford their modest, second-floor Brownsville apartment on the meager pay she earns as a part-time home attendant.
Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan attended Mr. Rojas’ wake at Ponce Funeral Home in Brooklyn yesterday.
As the Daily News reports, you can help the family by sending a check to Catholic Charities, 1011 First Ave., New York, NY 10022.
Online donations can be made at CatholicCharitiesny.org.
So far, the fund has raised more than $6,600, including two donations by phone for $1,000 each. A total of 52 people have donated so far.
The numbers are shocking, writes Catholic New York in this recent editorial:
In just five years, the number of New York City residents who depend on food pantries and soup kitchens has shot up to 1.4 million. That’s 200,000 more than in 2008 and it accounts for one-fifth of the city’s residents
And contrary to popular perception, the vast majority of those battling hunger are not the homeless.
They’re older women, they’re working families, they’re children and they’re veterans.
The appalling statistics: 1 in 5 city children live in food scarce homes; 1 in 6 city adults live in food scarce homes; 11.5 percent of people over 60 don’t have enough food, an increase of 33 percent since 2008; 64 percent of people relying on the city’s food pantries and soup kitchens are women; 95,000 food recipients are veterans.
The hunger crisis, and it is indeed a crisis, was spotlighted in lengthy and detailed coverage this week in the New York Daily News, which also pointed out the strains placed on the charitable agencies, many of them Catholic groups, who run the city’s network of some 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens.
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Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of the Archdiocesan Catholic Charities, told the paper that people are turning to us for emergency help because it’s so hard for them to find jobs, or decent-paying jobs. Many, he added, don’t have enough to pay rent and to eat.
To lend an immediate hand and get personal insight he can share with legislators, Msgr. Sullivan is making the rounds, rolling up his sleeves and helping out at local food pantries affiliated with Catholic Charities. Last week he volunteered at St. Jerome’s pantry in the Bronx.
“It’s an astounding surge in need,” he said.
“While we’re a thriving metropolis that is proud of its rich culinary depth, New York has too many residents who are unable to even eat,” writes New York Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, in this editorial posted yesterday in the New York Daily News.
“More than a third of New Yorkers struggle to afford food. That means children are hungry at school, parents working multiple jobs cannot provide for their loved ones, and families must sometimes choose between putting food on the table and paying bills.
That should not be our New York. But since the Great Recession in 2008, food insecurity has been a growing reality. ..
A major tool in the fight against hunger is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. More than 1.8 million New Yorkers receive food stamps, contributing $3.5 billion to the city’s economy. But there are hundreds of thousands of others who are eligible for this aid but don’t receive it. Providing more language translation, removing application barriers and coordinating outreach are measures we will focus on.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that every $1 in food stamps generates $1.79 in local economic activity. Not only are families suffering needlessly without access to these benefits, but low-income communities lose out on more than $1 billion each year in economic stimulus…
Reversing the tide against hunger will take a coordinated effort from lawmakers, community groups and everyday New Yorkers. Together, we can create an environment that reminds everyone why we are the greatest city on the planet: We look out for one another.”
At Catholic Charities, “looking out for one another” is what we are all about. For more than 100 years we have been fighting hunger and helping solve the problems of New Yorkers in need, non-Catholics and Catholics alike. We help with emergency food programs throughout the City; including St. Jerome’s in the Bronx where Msgr. Sullivan pitched in to serve the hungry yesterday.
Recently, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and fellow Catholic Charities representatives met with Deputy Mayor Barrios-Paoli. We are working collaboratively with organizations across the City to intensively promote Food Stamp enrollment. And we are assigning case management staff to enroll qualified New Yorkers receiving food at our pantries into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps.)
Are you, your children or your family hungry? Call us at 888-744-7900
Or call the NYC 24- Hour Hunger Hotline at 1-866-NYC-FOOD (1-866-692-3663)
Read Deputy Mayor Barrios-Paoli’s full Op Ed in the New York Daily News.