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We’re here to bring new life to New Yorkers in need that conquers pain, sadness and suffering.
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Catholic Charities is rounding out National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, with a special interview on our Catholic Charities JustLove radio program with Takouhi Mosoian.
“At Catholic Charities, you can see the older volunteers foreshadow what the younger volunteers will be doing later,” says Ms. Mosoian who volunteered for Catholic Charities and now works in our Community & Social Development Department.
“It’s a dedicated group of people and they love what they do.”
Listen to this recent episode as the show’s host, Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, interviews Ms. Mosoian about what motivated her to volunteer for Catholic Charities.
“When I graduated high school, we had a motto that went ‘leave your community better than you found it.’ That’s something that has always stuck with me.”
Please join us during National Volunteer Week and every week to help leave our community better than we found it.
Looking for a volunteer opportunity tailored just for you?
Tune in to JustLove on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.
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By Alice Kenny
WARNING: Scammers will advertise that they are able to get immigration documents, but may not have the knowledge, training and authorization to provide immigration legal services.
Immigrants defrauded by scammers can lose money and even be put at risk of deportation.
It is very important to get advice from lawyers with immigration experience, or from non-profit agencies that are authorized to provide immigration services under federal law.
Call the New York State (NYS) New Americans Hotline: 1-212-419-3737 or 1-800-566-7636 (toll-free in NYS) for more information and referrals to agencies authorized to provide assistance with immigration matters.
Click here to learn more about the New Americans Hotline.
Find out how Catholic Charities can help.
Check out the New Americans website for more information.
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By Alice Kenny
It’s National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, our opportunity to celebrate our volunteers’ dedication in helping others and encourage others to join the movement.
And while this is Volunteer Week, here at Catholic Charities, where the breadth of the services we offer depends on giving volunteers, every day is Volunteer Day.
We already have celebrations scheduled for our Refugee Resettlement and International Center volunteers on April 22 at 80 Maiden Lane. And our Alianza division that provides artistic outlets for teens will hold their volunteer celebration on April 24 at La Plaza Beacon.
Join us in celebrating our wonderful volunteers.
Join us in helping change lives.
Getting started as a volunteer is as easy as 1-2-3.
Browse our site
Sign up for an orientation.
Roll up your sleeves and join us.
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Mateo Tabares and two dozen other students chanted “Education not deportation” and similar slogans Saturday morning as they rallied at the Somos el Futuro conference on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany,” reports Steve Barnes for TimesUnion.com.
They were shouting their support for the DREAM Act, a measure that would allow access to state financial aid for New York college students who are undocumented:
The bill likely would mean the difference between Tabares, an 18-year-old from Queens, being able to go to college full time or having to work 40 hours a week to pay tuition for only part-time classes, thus delaying his education, he said. Tabares was among a group of young people who traveled upstate to advocate for the DREAM Act during this weekend’s Somos El Futuro conference, a gathering of Latino lawmakers. The DREAM Act would benefit an estimated 8,000 students, proponents say.
Defeated in the state Senate on March 17 by a 30-29 vote — two short of the 32 needed for a majority — the bill is the subject of continuing negotiations. Supporters are pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include it in the state budget, which is due April 1.
Msgr. Sullivan joined students, members of the state Senate and Assembly, labor leaders and others to discuss the DREAM Act and other key policy issues at the annual spring conference of Somos el Futuro, the New York State Assembly’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task force dedicated to creating opportunities for Hispanics through participation in public policy.
Read the full story in the Times Union.com.
Check out the New York State Catholic Conference’s New York State DREAM Act Memoradum of Support:
MEMORANDUM OF SUPPORT
Re: A.2597 Moya / S.2378 Peralta In Relation to New York State DREAM Act
The above-referenced legislation would create the New York DREAM Fund Commission and would provide opportunities for immigrant students who meet certain criteria to be eligible for financial aid to assist them attend institutions of higher education.
The New York State Catholic Conference supports the New York State DREAM Act, and strongly urges enactment of this legislation.
The bill is an attempt to allow young people who have demonstrated a commitment to education and who are of good moral character to access financial aid opportunities without regard to immigration status, and would create a mechanism to raise money for college scholarships for the children of immigrants. Other states have passed similar legislation and New York State, with its history of welcoming immigrants, should be at the forefront of these efforts to support immigrant populations who have contributed so much to the vitality of our state. The chance to earn a higher education degree will allow these immigrant students to realize their potential and make a greater contribution to our economy.
Currently immigrants receive elementary and secondary education without regard to their immigration status. Many of these children have lived in this country from a very early age and know no other country as home. However, once they have their high school diplomas in hand, they are often blocked from continuing their education for financial reasons. The Commission established by this bill would raise funds to provide scholarships to deserving students who would be required to have taken steps to regularize their immigration status. These students would also be eligible for other awards and scholarships that would advance their educational opportunities. Parents and family members of students would also be eligible to participate in the NYS College Savings Program with an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN).
The Catholic Conference has long advocated for a comprehensive immigration reform package at the federal level that includes an earned legalization program, secure borders that reduce risk to individuals and change in the immigration system that promotes family unity. In the interim there are steps that can be taken at the state level to improve the current situation. This legislation is one such effort.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the New York State Catholic Conference have voiced support for the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Likewise, we support this legislation that we believe will afford deserving young immigrants an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education.
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At Catholic Charities we are fortunate to have great leaders dedicated to the providing hope to New Yorker’s in need.
Today, in this final week of Social Work Month, we invite you to meet another of our case workers, learn what she does and find out why she finds her career rewarding.
Deb Presti, LCSW – Director of Catholic Charities Case Management
Q: How long have you worked in social work?
A: 35 years
Q: What does Social Work mean to you?
A: Social Work means an ability to look at individuals in need (whatever that need might be) through a non-judgmental lens. It is about being able to create an ambience of warmth and acceptance so that individuals feel safe to tell you their story, not just the story they believe they ought to tell, but the one they believe they need to conceal. This concealment is usually from others first, but often from themselves.
It is helping people cope with extraordinarily difficult circumstances that life delivers and being able to make the necessary adjustments (if possible) in order to successfully cope. Social Work assumes that we all function within a complex bio-psychosocial sphere, meaning our own psychology, social and familial circumstances, biology, and our spot in the world.
This is why I love it. No one gets pigeon holed. Everyone is understood through that complex lens and so the helping should take place in consideration of all of those factors.
There are many who are not social workers who have this natural inclination, but there is no other field that makes it its priority, teaches it, and helps refine skills around it.
It is also extremely compatible with Catholic Social Teachings despite that it can be viewed as secular Social Justice.
Social work is my life as much as my family is my life.
Q: What do you like most about your career?
A: Well, it suits me –who I was as a little girl, and who I have always been. I am grateful that I was never pushed to be something other than what I was deep inside from early on.
I had an epiphany when I was about 55 years old, that the seeds were planted in me by the sisters in my school as well as my parents. My father was the first social worker I ever met (although he was actually an electrician, he was what one might call a “do-gooder.”)
So what I am trying to say is that I am very grateful that my path to be myself in my career was an easy one. I am doing what I was set to do…and few people can make that claim.
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March is Social Work Month, a time to recognize and honor social workers who provide help, create hope and help rebuild lives.
At Catholic Charities we are fortunate to have great social workers, case managers and other leaders dedicated to solving the problems of New Yorker’s in need.
On what we are calling “Social Work Wednesday” we invite you to meet this week another of our case workers, learn about what she does and see why she finds her career rewarding.
Nancy Cabrera – MSW
Q: How long have you worked in the field of social work?
A: I’ve worked in this field for 20 years.
Q: What does “social work” mean to you?
A: Social Work means to me to advocate, empower, empathize and fight indifferences.
Q: What do you like most about your career?
A: What I like most about my career is the satisfaction of making a difference in people’s life.
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Msgr. Kevin Sullivan joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, members of the New York State legislature and fellow members of the New York Immigration Coalition in Albany yesterday, March 18, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Office for New Americans. A groundbreaking event, the anniversary marks the first time a statewide office has focused solely on assisting our state’s immigrants in their efforts to contribute to the economy and become a part of the family of New York.
The Office’s cornerstone includes a network of 27 neighborhood-based Opportunity Centers hosted within existing community-based organizations throughout the State. The Centers help New Americans learn English, prepare them for the U.S. citizenship exam and help them start and grow businesses so they can fully participate in New York State’s civic and economic life.
Nearly a quarter of these centers are affiliated with Catholic Charities, demonstrating the emphasis and value we place on assisting new New Yorkers to integrate and participate in our state’s civic and economic life.
Msgr. Sullivan joined with fellow community leaders and elected officials to outline the Opportunity Centers’ major accomplishments as well as possibilities for expansion to support economic growth.
“Fostering economic development and allowing immigrants to become fully integrated are important outcomes that the New American Centers allow our new neighbors to achieve,” he said.
Statistics demonstrate their success. New York’s 4.3 million immigrants make up more than a quarter of New York’s total work force, reported Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, and account for $229 billion in economic output. It is estimated that each eligible foreign-born New Yorker increases their individual income by up to $3,800 when they naturalize. Furthermore, if all eligible foreign-born New Yorkers naturalized, their collective earnings in New York would increase by $1.5 to $2.2 billion.
“Immigrants are an incredible gift to any country and their industriousness teaches the rest of us that even we can strive for greater heights,” Msgr. Sullivan added. “New York is so blessed to be the home and the gateway for those who have made our state a much richer place.”
The Office for New Americans also supports the New York State New Americans Hotline, the toll-free, multi-lingual information center run by Catholic Charities.
Are you a New American looking for help…
Call our New Americans Hotline at 800-566-7636
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Catholic Charities joined 250 immigrants, community leaders, elected officials, and advocates in Albany earlier this month for the New York Immigration Coalition’s 17th Annual Albany Immigrants’ Day of Action. Delegation members including families, farm workers and “DREAMers” shared with nearly three dozen state legislators their experiences on issues faced by the four million immigrant New Yorkers.
The event offered an opportunity for one-on-one conversations about the value of the New York State DREAM Act – which was defeated in the New York State Senate by two votes on Monday, thus likely put on hold, at least for this year – and the need for increased funding for legal and social services for immigrants. Together the group presented NYIC’s Immigrant Equality Agenda.
Assembly members Marcos Crespo, Ron Kim, Francisco P. Moya, Félix Ortiz, Luis Sepulveda and Senator José Peralta supported the group and joined a series of panel discussions on the priorities laid out by local communities.
Do you need immigration or resettlement assistance, hope to go to college, or have been defrauded by an immigration practitioner?
Call our New York State New Americans Hotline at 800-566-7636.
Tags: 17th Annual Albany Immigrants’ Day of Action, community leaders, DREAMers, elected officials, Félix Ortiz, former director, Francisco P. Moya, Health Care Advocate, immigrants, Immigration Coalition, Immigration Leaders, local communities, Luis Sepulveda, Marcos Crespo, MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York State New Americans Hotline, NYIC’s Immigrant Equality Agenda, president of Minkwon Center for Community Action; and Mario Russell, president of the Internationals Network For Public Schools; Judy Wessler, resettlement assistance, Ron Kim, Senator José Peralta, senior attorney for Catholic Charities, SJ Jung, social services, state legislators
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We’re wearing the green today. Yet every day Catholic Charities provides specialized services to address the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable Irish emigrants — along with emigrants from all nations.
Thanks to significant support from the Consulate General of Ireland, Catholic Charities through Project Irish Outreach has offered the Irish community settled in New York City and Westchester County frontline advice, counseling and support services for more than 26 years.
Services include information and referral, immigration legal assistance and/or representation, social services casework, pastoral services, maternity services, ministry to Irish prisoners, healthcare information and referral and general support services for individuals, families and the elderly.
Catholic Charities staff are located in Aisling Irish Community Center in Westchester County and at the Catholic Center in Manhattan.
Are you an Irish emigrant looking for help?
Please call us at 914-237-5098 or email us at Sr.Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin go bragh!
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