Gold Medalist Chris Mullin Credits CYO for Kicking Off His Career

June 9th, 2015

150604-0881By Alice Kenny

Chris Mullin, one of the greatest NBA players of all time, received the John V. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award on June 4th at the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Club of Champions Tribute. A two-time gold medalist, Mr. Mullin ranks seventh all-time on the USA Basketball scoring list.

He kicked off this long list of achievements, he said during his acceptance speech, by playing CYO basketball at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Brooklyn.

Honorary Co-Chairs Cardinal Dolan and John K. Mara, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Football Giants, presented the award at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in

Duke Castiglione, sports anchor for FOX 5 New York, served as Master of Ceremonies. Raymond Quartararo, Managing Director of Global Real Estate, JP Morgan Chase & Co., was the Gold Medal Award Honoree.  And Jeanne Mullgrav, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company, received the Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award.

The John V. Mara award is given to an individual who has exhibited exceptional sportsmanship throughout his or her career.

This sportsmanship, Mr. Mullin said, is thanks to his experience playing Catholic Charities CYO, an experience that instilled core values that influenced his life.

Learn more about this All-Star event. 

Check out these photos on Facebook. 

De Blasio Forms Hotline Between Clergy & City Hall

June 8th, 2015

By Alice Kenny

Mayor de Blasio just announced creation of the Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Council to serve as a hotline between religious  leaders and City Hall.

“The Clergy Advisory Council will put us in direct communication with these religious leaders,” said Mayor de Blasio when he made his June 7 announcement at First Corinthian Baptist Church.

The council, still in the process of being formed, already consists of more than 45 clergy that to represent various religions throughout the five boroughs. It will offer religious leaders a way to discuss concerns with key city government officials.

“Respecting and engaging New York’s rich diversity of religious institutions and beliefs is critical to building a better New York in which the basics of nutritious food, affordable housing, decent jobs and safe neighborhoods are accessible to all,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director and Council Member Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.

Find out more.

Win the Jackpot – Become a U.S. Citizen!

June 8th, 2015

Immigrants become American citizens in Newark, N.J. on Jan. 28, 2013. A free legal clinic will advise immigrants seeking citizenship on immigration law and naturalization applications. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

By Alice Kenny

If you already have your green card – AKA legal status in the U.S. – join us to take the next big step.

Catholic Charities, in partnership with New York State’s Office for New Americans, is hosting free legal and naturalization clinics.  Attorneys who are experts in immigration law will be available for free legal consultations.


Naturalized citizens:

  1. Earn between 50 and 70-percent more than non-citizens
  2. Are half as likely to live below the poverty line.
  3. Have higher employment rates
  4. Gain access to jobs and licensed professions requiring citizenship
  5. Acquire rights such as the ability to protect children’s rights to remain in the U.S.

When, where and what to bring?

When:  Wednesday, June 10

Where:  Newburgh Armory Unity Center, 321 South William Street, Newburgh, NY.

What to bring: 

Register by contacting Jennifer Ramirez  today, June 9, at  845-562 -4736;

  • When:  Saturday, June 13

Where Catholic Charities Community Services, 218 Church St. Poughkeepsie, NY

What to bring? Click here.

Register by calling 845 452 1400 x 4259.

Questions:  Call our New York State New Americans Hotline at 1-800-566-7636

Read more in The Epoch Times

Stay Cool This Summer with These Hot Volunteer Opportunities

June 5th, 2015


By Alice Kenny

So how hot are they?  Check these out:

Getting started as a Catholic Charities volunteer is as easy as one-two-three.

One: Browse our site at any time to search for opportunities.

Two: Attend an orientation.

Three: Sign up for a project you love.

*You got that right; Food Pantry Superman Lifter – along with tons of other fun volunteer opportunities.

Best Way to Escape the City Heat

June 4th, 2015

Art, food and just an hour from NYC!

Join us in historic Goshen for the first Friday Art Walk.

Catholic Charities is excited to be hosting famed photographer, Rayanne Rysinger, at our office at 224 Main Street.

Walk is from 6 – 9 pm.

Plenty of time to stop for dinner while you’re in town! We look forward to seeing you!

Cardinal Dolan: “Catholic Charities Is Where Christ Lives”

June 3rd, 2015

CC Federation awards

By John Franko
Pittsburgh Catholic

When thousands were fleeing the 9/11 attacks in New York, Cardinal Dolan told a crowd at the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Charities held in Pittsburgh on May 15, there were many who were running the “wrong way” to help those in need.  Catholic Charities, he said, runs to help those left behind.

“I’m saying to you,” reports John Franko as he quotes Cardinal in this Pittsburgh Catholic news feature, “that Catholic Charities is where Christ lives.”

“It’s not about me,” Cardinal Dolan continued.  “It’s about the church.  It’s about Jesus.  It’s about Catholic Charities.”

The pontiff is a reminder, he noted, of the priority of charity. If you look in the Gospels, Cardinal Dolan said, you will find that Jesus speaks more about charity than about faith. But while the Holy Father would be the first to say that charity flows from faith, faith becomes hollow and empty without charity.

Read more remarks by Cardinal Dolan during his acceptance of the Flame of Hope Award.

New Video Highlights Impact of Our Work and Personal Story of One Family

June 2nd, 2015

By Alice Kenny

Before cancer struck, Yarsely, 27, and her husband, Jean Carlos, 28, each held jobs to support themselves and their two little girls.

“We wanted to grow old together, a 50-year-anniversary couple,” Yaresely says in this just-released video. “But life gave us something else.”

When Jean Carlos was diagnosed with leukemia, Yaresely realized she had to become the sole breadwinner — with better skills to land a better job. So she turned to Catholic Charities affiliate Grace Institute for its award winning, free job training.

She graduated last October, the same day Jean Carlos slipped into his final coma.

NY Notables Help Gala Raise $2 Million for People in Need

June 1st, 2015

cardinaldolan-bryansheaBy Alice Kenny

Great news.  Catholic Charities Annual Gala brought headliners – and headlines – to raise more than $2 million to help our neighbors in need.

The event, highlighted by Bill Cunningham in his New York Times  “Evening Hours” column, brought together 700 New York notables.

“Now in its sixth year, our annual Gala continues to demonstrate the generosity and vibrancy of New York’s business community,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.

And that community turned out in force.  Leaders from the worlds of culture, fashion, law, media, politics, business, philanthropy and religion converged at the event held May 27 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan.

Cardinal Dolan honored Brian T. Shea, Vice Chairman and CEO of Investment Services, BNY Melon with the evening’s Deus Caritas Est Award.  Pat Battle, anchor for NBC4 New York, served as Mistress of Ceremonies.  And Tony-Award-winning actress Laura Benanti performed live.

Mr. Shea shared memories and jokes as he accepted the award.  Most of all, he emphasized his gratitude to Catholic Charities for its work helping the downtrodden.

“Serving the poor with dignity and respect and providing hope and opportunity for people in need is not only fundamental to being a good Catholic,” he said, “but also fundamental to being a good person.”

Check out our Facebook page for photos of the event.

Read more in The New York Times.


A Thank You Note That Made Our Day

May 29th, 2015

EntranceInternationalCntr-15smBy Alice Kenny

There is already a lot of buzz about how our Refugee Resettlement department helps people who fled torture and oppression in their native lands.

These refugees often once held high positions.

And they often arrive here with nearly nothing; no English, no job.  Just an undefined hope for a better future.

But what does our help really mean to them?

Take a look at this thank you note.  It’s from one of our clients who received help from our casework and job development team.

It speaks for itself – and it made our day.

I am very much pleased to inform you that I have got my Green Card in the last of March.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for everything.

When I was hungry, you gave me food; when I was jobless you gave me job; when nobody was beside me in real, you gave me hope and encouragement.

I never saw angels, but it seems to me that the spirit of angels exist in you.

I can never forget what you have done for me.

May God bless you.

We thank you for your support!

Volunteers Awarded Nation’s Highest Honor

May 28th, 2015

Dorothy Milliot, left, a volunteer with Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County, and recipient of a President’s Volunteer Service Award for more than 100 hours of volunteer service in a 12-month span, is presented with a certificate of appreciation from Catholic Charities’ Executive Director Mary Marshall, right at the agency’s volunteer recognition program. (Photo: Courtesy photo )

Six Catholic Charities Community Services of Dutchess County volunteers just received President’s Volunteer Service Awards, the nation’s premier volunteer award, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal. Mary Marshall, the agency’s director, presented the awards to Rae Byrne, Joan Doherty, Dorothy Milliot, John Milliot, Pegeen Wall and Paula Williams for more than 100 hours of volunteer service completed in the past year.

“We are very proud of our volunteers – it is a significant accomplishment to log 100 or more service hours a year,” said Marshall. “As a not-for-profit human service agency committed to providing assistance to individuals and families in need, the support from our volunteers is invaluable to the success of our programs. We are extremely grateful that these volunteers share their time and talent with us and congratulate each of them on this well-deserved recognition,” added Marshall.

Catholic Charities is a resource for needy families and individuals, offering a variety of free and professionally- administered direct services to Dutchess County residents, both Catholic and non-Catholic.

Last year, CCCSDC assisted more than 1,100 individuals. Offices are located at 218 Church Street, Poughkeepsie; more information is available by calling 845-452-1400.

Read the full story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.