From the time Hurricane Sandy hit, Catholic Charities has been providing disaster relief. From disaster response professionals visiting homes and parishes to provide resources and information to individuals facing horrendous loss, to volunteers collecting and distributing food and supplies, to neighbors checking in on neighbors, the entire Catholic Charities community has responded to meet the human needs of the victims, providing help, creating hope and rebuilding lives.
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By Kristi Hughes
Being raised as Roman Catholic, Catholic Charities has always been a part of my life.
As a child I have great memories of my mom bringing clothes and food to our local Catholic Charities in Camden, New Jersey. My mother always emphasized the importance of giving to people less fortunate.
Helping those in need and keeping religion in my life is very important to me.
Catholic Charities is the model for this and because of this I would love to represent Catholic Charities in the New York City marathon and in Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s home city!
Catholic Charities supports a vast network of soup kitchens and food pantries, emergency shelters, temporary and transitional housing, and permanent affordable housing to help homeless families and individuals.
In any given year…
5.8 M nutritious meals served in parish and community food programs
6,498 families prevented from becoming homeless
1,267 individuals housed in temporary and transitional apartments
8,234 individuals provided with emergency overnight shelter
7,100 families living in affordable housing
Are you hungry and need help? Call our Helpline at: 888-744-7900
KidCinemaFest Film Festival returns to New York October 22 – October 31 with more than 50 of the most exciting, smart and reflective movies of this decade for children and adults produced in Europe, Latin American, North America, Asia and Africa.
The film festival takes place at Catholic Charities Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th Street and Amsterdam), Casita Maria, an affiliate of Catholic Charities in the South Bronx (928 Simpson St at 163rd Street), The United Palace (4140 Broadway at 175th Street), and public schools throughout Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the Bronx.
Films include kid-friendly highlights such as Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film Ernest and Celestine, Dominican film Los Super (The Superheroes), Argentinian comedy Caido del mapa and Japanese animation Welcome to trhe Space Show.
Back for its sixth installment, KidCinemaFest aims to enrich children’s appreciation for filmmaking and cultural diversity through its excellent line up of programs.
Cine Art Entertainment Productions is a collaboration between Catholic Charities, its Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center division and Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez.
The event is free and open to anyone and everyone who wishes to attend!
For a complete list of films and show times visit www.kidcinemafest.com.
Not every child in New York wakes up to the same advantages. Some will go to school hungry. Some weren’t able to do their homework because last night their home was so chaotic. With your support, we can help teens stay focused to succeed in school.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has programs to give teens a helping hand. We help make sure they’re showing up for class. We offer academic support. We lend a concerned ear with counseling. Throughout the year we help teens make graduation a priority.
Catholic Charities offers a variety of programs — from academic support to sports to cultural opportunities.
Your monthly contribution of $25 could help keep one child in programs like this for a full academic year. With all the distractions our children face, your donation can help them keep their eye on the ball — graduation.
With your support, there are no limits to what a child can accomplish.
See historic South Bronx cinemas and concert halls come alive.
- Larger-than-life projections of vintage footage from Latin music greats and Hip-Hop pioneers!
- Live performances by emerging Bronx teen artists!
The celebration is co-sponsored by Casita Maria, an affiliate of Catholic Charities and the first charitable organization to serve the Hispanic community in New York City.
CINEMUSICA CITY! celebrates magical sites — part movie house, part concert halls — like the Hunts Point Palace and Teatro Puerto Rico in Mott Haven where brilliant artists like Machito, Tito Puente, and Grandmaster Caz as well as popular films and local vaudevillesque performers revolutionized the way we dance, sing, see and hear.
CINEMUSICA CITY! features also features live performance by P.R.O.D.I.G.Y. New York, SBK St. Mary’s Youth Salsa Dancers, the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats and more.
All South Bronx Cultural events are free and open to the public.
Visit www.casitamaria.org for more information.
Hiring America, the first TV series dedicated to helping veterans find jobs, recently interviewed Executive Director Shari Krull of Grace Institute, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, and Tanya Thomas, the first graduate of Grace Institute’s training program for female veterans and their families
“The most meaningful part,” Ms. Thomas tells TV host, “is that anyone can start over.”
“After taking care of my disabled husband for eight years- meaning we were childhood sweethearts right out of high school…going from caring for a disabled American veteran — and we have 2 children — and then him passing away eight years later after brain surgery, becoming a single mom and having to put my life back together…
“Grace Institute was a beacon of light to find your way…someone who will help you with a hand up not a hand out.”
Grace Institute’s goal is to graduate women as a complete package, women who are ready to take on a ladder job that will lead to financial stability for herself, her family and her community. It provides six months of tuition-free job training for underserved women, placing 80% of its graduates into full-time job within one year.
Ms. Thomas was placed as a caseworker at Catholic Charities.
“I’ve walked in some of the shoes of people who are having difficulties,” she said. “It’s so empowering.”
By Ana M. Cafengiu, DPM
I would be honored to represent Catholic Charities in running this year’s NYC marathon.
Running for me has been a great source of joy, a way to stay fit, and a way to form long-lasting relationships with others. Running has helped me throughout difficult times of my life, as well as through my medical training to become a sports-medicine podiatrist. It has opened doors with others where there would be no other common bond. Running is an integral part of my life. A race such as the marathon brings together people from all walks of life, and different faiths for one common goal to run to the best of their ability towards the finish line.
I believe that Catholic Charities, through their tremendous efforts, strive to provide for others in their time of need, regardless of their faith or their place in life. They have a unified goal, to “provide help and create hope.” To provide for others in their time of need is one of the greatest acts of love. As refreshing as a cool cup of water, held out by a stranger, to a parched runner at mile 22 of a marathon is how refreshing it is to be comforted and provided for by others in the time you need it most. This is what catholic charities does on a daily basis. This is why I desire to be a part of their team.
As it is written, “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” (Romans 10:15). I desire to use my feet to represent and bring the good news of help and hope that Catholic Charities has to offer to the people of New York City. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself.
Support Ana and Team Catholic Charities!