Biking with the Camels. Seriously.

November 6th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Dr. Dean Scher

Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, NY joined forces this month with the Orange County Bicycle Club for the Ride With the Camels, a 10-to-61-mile ride through forested ridges and rolling farmland that celebrates open space in Orange County, NY.

The event was named after a large pasture that bikers pedal past filled with a herd of grazing camels whose humps remind them of the steep hills they tackle.  The camels were rescued after movie, advertising, and circus careers by the Sanctuary for Animals and live on the farm with hundreds of other rescued animals of different species.

The annual fundraiser netted more than $14,000 this year to benefit Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Sanctuary for Animals.

‘The annual Country Roads Bike Tour is a great collaborative event,’ Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County, said in a recent story about the event published in The Times Herald Record  ‘We are thankful for the support from the members of the Bike Club, the hundreds of riders who turn out each year, the volunteers who spend the day with us, and the sponsors who make generous in-kind and financial donations. It is thanks to this extraordinary coordinated effort that these three agencies will have a little extra cash in their coffers this year.’

Read more in The Times Herald Record

Homeless College Student Struggles to Breathe

November 5th, 2014

rennySlung over Renny Vilorio’s shoulder is a fabric bag that rarely leaves his side; the nebulizer, inhalers and pills inside keep him breathing. A second accessory complements his ensemble: a backpack, loaded with textbooks.

The bags contain the conflicting forces molding his life.

Mr. Vilorio, 24, is pursuing a college degree, an aim continually impeded by homelessness and chronic asthma so severe that his chest feels set aflame several times each day.

Renny’s profile is the inaugural Catholic Charities NY Neediest Cases story published by The New York Times during the current 2014-2015 campaign. Catholic Charities celebrates its more than a century-long partnership with The New York Times sharing the faces and feelings of the downtrodden — and the courageous advances they make with support from Catholic Charities, The New York Times and readers like you.

Read more about Renny in The New York Times.

Help us help Renny and fellow courageous New Yorkers.

 

 

 

New Ladies of Charity

November 4th, 2014

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of archdiocesan Catholic Charities, installs a new member of the Ladies of Charity of New York during the annual Mass and Affiliation Ceremony in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Oct. 18.

“From the way the newly installed president of the Ladies of Charity explained the mission of the organization, there are thousands of potential Ladies of Charity in the world,” writes Juliann Dos Santos in this recent issue of Catholic New York. “They just may not know it yet.”

But 19 new affiliates now know it well as Catholic Charities Executive Msgr. Kevin Sullivan added their names to the rolls of this laywoman’s Catholic Charities affiliated organization committed to serve the poor at an installation Mass held in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on October 18.

The president, Nancy C. Waters, who was also installed at the Mass and ceremony, was speaking of the type of work with which the Ladies of Charity are involved.

‘Whenever a woman offers tea or speaks to a lonely neighbor, stops to assist a homeless person or even holds a door open for a mother struggling with a stroller, she is acting as a Lady of Charity,’ Ms. Waters explained.

‘Life is filled with Lady of Charity moments,’ she said.

The organization itself was co-founded in 1617 by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. It also carries on the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Service is done in a Vincentian way of helping the poor and the marginalized materially and spiritually.

Read the full story in Catholic New York.

Interested in becoming a Lady of Charity? Call (212) 371-1011, ext. 2542.

Way to Go, Team Catholic Charities in the NYC Marathon!

November 3rd, 2014
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Team Catholic Charities NY member Rusty McGranahan

A big shout out to our one dozen Team Catholic Charities members for running the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday to raise funds to help feed the hungry.

As Lorena Ramirez wrote in amNew York,

Among the 50,000 runners Sunday at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon are competitors hitting the pavement for a good cause…

Barbara Harrison, 69, from New Paltz, will be running for Team Catholic Charities, a team that represents Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project, which is raising money to buy coats, pajamas and blankets for 4,000 needy New Yorkers.

This will be the second-time marathoner’s first time running for the team. She has been a case manager for Catholic Charities for thirteen years.

‘I love to run, and it has been a desire of mine to be able to run the New York Marathon and I think of the St. Nicholas program, what we raised the funds for, is a wonderful program that assists many of our clients with needs throughout the year,’ Harrison said.

She continued, ‘It’s very important because my job uses these funds to help clients — most particularly clients who are in very severe needs. Their housing is being jeopardized; they might not be treated justly or fairly.’ Joining Harrison on the team is Meghan O’Neill, who lives in Astoria.

Experienced in only half-marathons, the 32-year-old attorney said that Sunday will be her first marathon.

O’Neill was inspired to run because the money will help 4,000 New Yorkers get the clothes they need stay warm, which is “especially important after the brutal winter we had last year

Cheering her on during the run will be her parents and other family members, as well as friends.

Even though running 26.2 miles seems like such a tremendous task for me, I get so much inspiration by the tremendous good works that Catholic Charities does.

Barbara and Meghan joined teammate Rusty McGranahan, our team leader who sprinted through the finish line in first place for our team with a time of three hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds in the 26.2 mile run.  Congratulations, also, to fellow team stars James Bowe, Ana Cafengiu,  Linda Cartwright,  Nadia Gonzalez, Kristi Hughes, Lauren Liberatore,   Jennifer Osborn, Tony Osborn and Amanda Weber for rounding out our team of athletic altruists.

Way to go, Team Catholic Charities!

Read the full story in amNew York

Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2014


Wishing you and your family a happy Halloween,
a safe All Hallows’ Eve and a blessed All Saints Day.

Join Us at the New York City Marathon

October 30th, 2014

744256-1209-0041sSo you want to be part of the New York City marathon but 26.2 miles of running? No way!

Well, we have a way. Join our Cheer Team.

Ro0t for Team Catholic Charities; our dedicated dozen who have been training for months to run this multi-borough course in the world’s most diverse city.

Wave signs we’ll provide and tap on your smart phone to update folks at home.

Our cheer team meets at 126 Street and Fifth Avenue, at the National Black Theatre Way.

When? Marathon Day; this Sunday, November 2, from 1 – 4 p.m.

Sign up now.

Hurricane Sandy Memorial

October 29th, 2014

sandyOn this second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we honor those who were hurt and the heroes who pitched in to help.

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.

We Help Teens Dream Big

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

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

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