Archive for the ‘What We Do at Catholic Charities’ Category

We Help Teens Dream Big

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Help us continue to provide our children with opportunities to thrive — outside, as well as inside the classroom.

Tonight, a teenage boy is dreaming of becoming a civil engineer and building skyscrapers. A young girl has a new goal of becoming an accountant in international business. Yesterday, neither knew anyone with those careers. Thanks to a variety of career days sponsored by Catholic Charities of New York, teens have opportunities to meet with professionals who broaden their horizons — and get them excited about their education and job prospects.

Consider a monthly donation of $25This could supplement a full year of services for a child. We also offer after-school programs, sports and mentoring. New York is full of opportunities — if you know where to look.

Our mission is to open the eyes of these youngsters and help them dream big.

 

 

 

 

Help for Custodians of Immigrant Children

Monday, October 27th, 2014

GOSHEN - Catholic Charities Community Services hosted a special information session to discuss the legal orientation, concerns, and obligations for individuals who are serving as custodians of unaccompanied alien children,” reports the Hudson Valley Press.

The free program was held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and open to anyone looking to learn more about the legal remedies and options available to undocumented immigrant minors and their custodians…

“Through this program, Catholic Charities and our program partners hope to clear up some of the confusion and make the transition easier for both the youth and the custodians who are responsible for them,” said Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County.

Topics covered included navigating the immigration court process, legal remedies, and options for undocumented immigrant minors and their custodians. Attendees were also provided with information about the broad spectrum of human service programs available through Catholic Charities in Orange County and the greater Hudson Valley region, including substance abuse treatment and prevention, case management, parish food pantries, resource exchange, and the housing resource center.

Read the full story in the Hudson Valley Press.

Do you need immigration help?

  • Call The New York State New Americans Hotline administered by Catholic Charities at 1-800-566-7636.
  • The national LOPC (Legal Orientation for Parents and Custodians) Children’s Call Center at 1-888-996-3848 (9 am – 8 pm weekdays). This line is staffed by Spanish-speaking counselors.

Information and assistance is also available at all Catholic Charities’ offices including our Office for New Americans located within the Newburgh Armory Unity Center at 321 S William Street, Newburgh.

Why I’m Running with Team Catholic Charities in the New York City Marathon

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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!

Cheer on Kristi and Team Catholic Charities

Food: There’s No Greater Gift

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

fooddayCatholic 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

Free Film Festival for Children and Families

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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.

Immigrants Defrauding Fellow Immigrants

Monday, October 20th, 2014

tiempo

Tune in to Tiempo on ABC7 for its round-table discussion with Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and New York Immigration Coalition Associate Oriana Sanchez about New York State’s comprehensive effort to fight growing fraud perpetrated against immigrants.

The fraud takes place most often, they say, between established immigrants against the recently arrived. Frequently “notarios,” Spanish-speaking immigrants certified to serve as notary publics, pretend to be attorneys, charge recent immigrants thousands of dollars to help them obtain legal status and then disappear with the money.

Catholic Charities New Americans Hotline helps fight against fraud along with answering more than 20,000 other immigration calls for help each year in more than 20 languages.

“Since July we’ve gotten 31 calls (from defrauded immigrants) that we’ve turned over to authority,” Msgr. Sullivan says.

“All the things we’ve talked about in terms of fraud just point out how much we have to reform the immigration laws in our country comprehensively so that immigrants get a good deal; so that we can have a place which is welcoming but which is law abiding and in which people can make a contribution to making this a better place.”

Watch the full Tiempo show aired Sunday, October 19, 2014, on ABC7.

Need help? Call the New York State Immigration Hotline administered by Catholic Charities at 800-566-7636.

Fighting Substance Abuse by Running the NYC Marathon with Team Catholic Charities

Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Tony Osborn

As a parent of a child that struggles with substance abuse, I understand the difficulties associated with it.

A substance abuser’s behaviors affect many things such as their home life, their careers and themselves.

The availability of self-help programs, such as the programs that are offered by Catholic Charities, that are designed to assist an individual in taking advantage of the gift of life are very important to myself and my family.  My family has benefited in many ways from these support programs meant to assist in coping with and breaking the cycle of drug addiction.  For this reason I would like to represent Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Catholic Charities in the New York City marathon.

“There is no such thing as an inconsequential life.”

Click here to support Tony.

A Child’s Potential with Your Help There are No Limits

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

achildspotentialHelp us continue to provide our children with opportunities  to thrive — outside, as well as inside the classroom.

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.

Watch Hiring America, the first TV Series Dedicated to Helping Veterans Find Jobs

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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.”

Watch parts two and three.

A Day on a New York City “Rocket Docket”

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

“The minors and their guardians sit in the fluorescent-lit room and stare at the sketch on the whiteboard,” reports the Latin America News Dispatch.

The image represents a map of Mexico and the U.S. separated by a line: the border. Elvis Garcia Callejas, a case manager with Catholic Charities, presides over the information session.

“So, you all crossed that line and that’s why you’re sitting here, right?” Callejas asks the group. A few sheepishly smile while others are busy texting on their phones.

A native of Honduras, Callejas was an undocumented minor himself before gaining citizenship. He understands the trauma many of the people in front of him experienced as well as the legal options available. In his rapid-fire Spanish presentation peppered with plenty of jokes, Callejas aims to provide the minors with necessary information while also putting them at ease before their impending deportation hearings.

At one point Callejas likens immigration officers to iguanas because of their green uniforms. At another, he explains how the inside of a courtroom looks like a church and is “just as boring.” By the end of the session minors and their guardians are chuckling along. Not only does Callejas speak the vernacular, but he is well rehearsed: he holds an identical session weekly at 26 Federal Plaza — the building that houses New York City’s immigration court — just one hour before minors are to appear before a judge.

 

Catholic Charities is just one of the organizations in New York City that has taken advantage of so-called “rocket docket” days, in which judges hold initial hearings for many minors simultaneously, on multiple days each week. The expedited court process is just one of President Barack Obama’s strategies to handle the surge of unaccompanied minors in the country and the subsequent backlog of immigration cases.

Read the full story in Latin America News Dispatch.

Do you need immigration help?  Call our New Americans Hotline at 800-566-7636.