|Today a mother ignores her own hunger to feed her child. She waits on line for donated clothes and alters them so her child can shine. She foregoes sleep to work a second job that barely pays the bills.
These are just some of the sacrifices mothers make for their children. All over New York, mothers are working tirelessly so that their children can have opportunities they themselves may have only dreamt of.With Mother’s Day drawing near, we invite you to honor a wonderful woman — your own mother — by supporting mothers and children in need.
Their future and the future of their children can be brighter thanks to your support.
Stand up against stigma today, May 7, 2015, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
There are few things sadder than a child struggling with mental health. Yet far too many face this struggle.
Did you know that:
- One in five children has a seriously debilitating mental disorder? (National Institute of Mental Health)
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Please remember that if you or someone you know is fighting mental disorders, you are not alone. It is nothing to be ashamed of and we are here to help.
Our Catholic Charities affiliate, Astor Services for Children and Families, is renowned for the mental health services it provides. In fact, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray met with Astor staff on April 29th to discuss the value of its services and the experiences of her daughter who suffered from depression.
If you have any questions or need immediate information, contact Astor by e-mail or by calling (845) 871-1117.
Join us as we proclaim that there is no health without mental health.
By Alice Kenny
After growing up in foster care, Patricia Yates, now 29, says she gained not only sadness but also strength from the challenges she faced. She draws on this to work as a case manager helping others in need.
“It was difficult growing up without my biological family but I made it with a lot of loving people that saw my potential,” she says in this just-released video by Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, a Catholic Charities affiliate that helped her and fellow children and families in need.
“What it offered,” adds Nerine Hastins, another former foster-care child helped by Cardinal McCloskey, “was it gave me the chance to be the person I am.”
The agency’s success is so great that Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino recently proclaimed “Cardinal McCloskey Community Services Recognition Day.”
Watch Patricia, Nerine and four of their friends served by Cardinal McCloskey Community Services.
Find out why Westchester County named a day after this Catholic Charities affiliate.
By Alice Kenny
This health insurance company, also known as the New York State Catholic Health Plan, presented a $383,500 check to Catholic Charities on April 27, 2015.
Their donation will go a long way towards advancing both agencies’ missions of serving poor and medically underserved New Yorkers.
“We share your commitment to providing access to quality healthcare and other services for vulnerable individuals and are pleased to contribute resources to support your community programs,” Cardinal Dolan, a member of Fidelis Care New York and Rev. Patrick Frawley, Fidelis Care New York President and CEO wrote in a letter included with the donation.
A key part of the Catholic healthcare ministry, Fidelis Care enrolls over 1.2 million low-income New Yorkers needing health insurance coverage in various health insurance and exchange programs.
“Hundreds of representatives of the human services sector convened on the steps of City Hall on Monday, April 27, 2015, to call for cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) in their city contracts,” reports New York Nonprofit Daily. Representatives from Catholic Charities stood among them.
The City relies on nonprofit human services providers to deliver billions of dollars in essential services to communities across the City. Despite a recovering economy and a skyrocketing cost of living, however, these nonprofit organizations have not received a City COLA since 2008.
The Human Services Council of New York (HSC) organized this rally to draw attention to the needs of the sector and the communities that it serves. HSC supports Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to fighting inequality, and wage increases for our sector will advance this cause.
The human services sector plays an important part in improving community health and safety, combating poverty, and fostering equity.
Nonprofit organizations provide job training and placement, early childhood education and after-school enrichment, violence intervention, legal assistance, homeless shelters, community health services, assistance to immigrants, senior services, and much more.
These services empower struggling New Yorkers to overcome a vast array of challenges impeding their ability to succeed. In addition to improving the lives of the disadvantaged, this industry is a major economic engine. In New York City alone, nonprofit organizations deliver nearly $5.5 billion in human services each year through City-funded contracts. The vast majority of human services workers are women and people of color.
Read more in New York Nonprofit Daily.
Shaquille Vazquez, 19, and now a freshman at Onondaga Community College, credits Catholic Charities for getting him there. Our Alianza division’s Innovation Diploma Plus High School Learning to Work program (IDP /LTW for those who like initials) provides the support challenged teens like Shaquille need to thrive.
He asked us to share his thank you letter:
I was solely centered on friendship, girls and playing football but thanks to all of the people involved at the Catholic Charities Learning To Work program I realized that with that kind of mindset I was going nowhere.
As I remember all it took was attending a college trip with the LTW program. At first my advocate begged me to go, I thought that it was really I waste of time but the magic just happen, I felt in love with the college life. I saw myself in every student I had a chance to meet, and then I learned that I was qualified to apply to the school but there was a lot of work to be done.
The first thing I did was becoming a youth leader at the LTW College Access Youth Leadership Program, where I was able to learn and navigated college programming. All the trainings I attended about college explorations, applications and financial aid process made it easier for my own, plus the support of the all the staff.
My experience at IDP/LTW has helped me grow as a student and more importantly to grow as a young individual.
I thank IDP and Catholic Charities Alianza LTW Program for welcoming me with open arms.
“Catholic Charities’ Feeding Our Neighbors campaign topped its lofty goal of providing 1 million meals to New Yorkers in need,” writes Catholic New York in their recent editorial. “And thanks to the efforts of Catholics across the archdiocese as well as a host of other partners, the annual initiative collected enough food to make 300,000 additional meals available to those coming to food pantries and soup kitchens, many in local parishes, for assistance.”
Catholic Charities, under Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, the executive director, deserves a lot of credit for laying out a successful vision that encourages participation and support from such a wide net of donors and facilitators…
In commending Catholic Charities, and by extension the thousands who helped it collect 1.3 million meals, we know the heart of Feeding Our Neighbors’ success is its ability to deliver a Gospel-driven response to real needs. It’s a simple formula, really, and the benefits extend to donors as well as recipients.
Read the full editorial in Catholic New York.
And thank you for your help feeding our neighbors!
Do you have a personal story about how you helped?