Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Charities affiliate’

Ignoring Limitations and Aiming to Inspire

Monday, January 7th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Otis Hampton, who has cerebral palsy and was abandoned at birth, once walked 40 miles in Manhattan and swelled with pride when he reached his destination.

Not only does Mr. Hampton, 22, refuse to accept limitations, but he also strives to inspire others.

“I feel like when I take walks, or when I’m walking in general, there may be a kid I know with cerebral palsy who’s been wanting to take a step without falling that finally gets up out of his or her wheelchair and takes those steps for the first time,” he said.

Mr. Hampton lives at Create, a shelter for homeless young men affiliated with Catholic Charities.

Read his story published in The New York Times.

Cardinal Visits RSHM Life Center; Brightens Christmas for Children in Need.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan brightened the Christmas season for children, senior citizens,  women religious, board members and staff during his visit on December 19 to the RSHM Life Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY on December 19.

He stopped by the afterschool classrooms of students grades kindergarten through fifth grade, distributing gifts to nearly 100 children.

The RSHM Life Center, a Catholic Charities affiliate, was established in 1995 to respond to the needs of the immigrant population of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown in Westchester County.  The Center offers educational programs and social services to enable and empower low-income immigrants to acquire the skills and access the resources they need to improve their life situations.

Learn more about the RSHM Life Center.

Share the Christmas spirit with your neighbors in need.

Seven for Sandy; Compassion Is Not Just a Word

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan receives hurricane-recovery donation from Sr. Margaret Anderson, O.P.

By Alice Kenny

Educators are inspiring students, children are inspiring parents and together through the “Seven for Sandy” hurricane recovery campaign begun at Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School they are working to help those hardest hit by the super storm.

“The mission of our school is compassion,” said Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP, Executive Board President of Newburgh Ministry, an affiliate of Catholic Charities, and Director of Guidance at the high school in White Plains. “This is not just a word for our students. We provide ways for them to live it, to reach out to people and have it become a way of life.”

Sr. Margaret gave Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan a $500 check at the Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon held last week at the Waldorf=Astoria, a third installment of funds collected by the students.

The Catholic high school draws 387 students from Westchester, the Bronx and Putnam counties. A large percentage of them lived without heat, electricity and water for days or weeks after the hurricane whipped through New York on October 29. Yet none of them lost their homes.

They play sports, however, with many who did. The girls varsity soccer and volleyball teams had been scheduled for playoffs with Notre Dame Academy and St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School in Staten Island the week the storm touched down.

Their Seven-for Sandy campaign asks each student to contribute at least $7 to help Staten Island students in need. At the rescheduled playoff games, students gave the Staten Island high schools their first two installments of nearly $500 each plus donations of much needed toiletries and cleaning supplies. Good Counsel students also raised Staten Island students’ spirits – not intentionally, Sr. Margaret said – by losing both games.

Inspired by the students, the school’s parent association developed a Sandy recovery fundraiser as well.

“You think $7 isn’t going to do anything but if everyone puts $7 together it can do something,” said Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Principal Sr. Laura Donovan, RDC. “We want to be part of the action and inspire others to help.”

Would you like to help others recover?

Text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.

Congratulations to WCBS Radio Women’s Achievement Award Winner from Catholic Charities Affiliate Grace Institute

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Congratulations to Jolene Varley Handy, WCBS Radio Women’s Achievement Award Winner for her work at Grace Institute, a Catholic Charities affiliate that helps women become self-sufficient through job training, skills and career assistance.

Handpicked  from hundreds of nominees, Ms. Handy was chosen based on the leadership, influence and dedication she demonstrates and shares with Tri-State area businesses and communities.  WCBS said they were particularly impressed by Ms. Handy and Grace Institute’s commitment to serving women in need, as well as partnering with the Clinton Global Initiative to serve female veterans.

Looking for help kick starting your career?

Grace Institute offers

  • Tuition-free, practical job training programs for women
  • Valuable, up-to-date office, computer, and business skills
  • Career advice and job placement assistance to help you land a good job with benefits

Click here to learn more.

Listen to her interview on WCBS.

Pregnant and Homeless, Teenage Mom Finds Help. Read her story in The New York Times.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

The New York Times Neediest Cases Campaign kicked off its 101st year of profiling the people Catholic Charities serves.

Lataja James, 18, for example, planned to attend an all-expense-paid volunteer program in Nicaragua the summer before her senior year of high school.  But when she went to her doctor for the required vaccinations, a simple blood test revealed that she was pregnant.

The following day, Lataja’s mother bought her a suitcase.  But it was not for the trip Lataja had planned.

“‘I don’t know where you’re going,'” Lataja recalls her mother saying, “‘but you’re going to get out of my house.'”

Click here to read about the home and help Lataja found at Catholic Charities affiliate Elinor Martin Residence for Mother and Child in New Rochelle, NY and the future she and her baby son, Dillyn, have begun to build.

Looking for Work? Cardinal Dolan Adds His Endorsement to Grace Institute’s Free Job Training Classes

Monday, August 27th, 2012

His Excellency, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, visited Grace Institute in Manhattan on August 14 to lend his support to this Catholic Charities affiliate that, for more than a century, has provided tuition-free business skills job training for more than 100,000 women in need.

Classes that Grace Institute provides in keyboarding skills, the hands-on experience it offers with Microsoft Office Suite programs Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook, and its job placement success rate make the Institute’s offerings particularly valuable now during this tightened employment market.

  • Click here to see if you or someone you know may qualify for Grace Institute’s tuition-free classes.
  • Click here to read the profile of Ivonne Diaz and learn how Grace Institute helped her.

Dominican Sisters Family Health Services Host South Bronx Children at Upstate Picnic

Friday, August 10th, 2012

More than 300 children and adults from the South Bronx participated in Dominican Sisters Family Health Services’ (DSFHS) annual Summer Outing in Ossining, NY on July 13. For the hundreds of low-income clients served by this Catholic Charities affiliate, the trip was a welcome relief from oppressive city heat. As the poorest urban Congressional District in the United States, the South Bronx is plagued by many social challenges, including high levels of poverty and violence and low levels of literacy and education. For many of the children participating in the DSFHS Summer Outing, the trip was the first and only time they were able to leave their South Bronx neighborhood this summer.

Rented school buses transported clients and staff to the grounds of Mariandale Retreat Center, along the banks of the Hudson River. They were welcomed by DSFHS staff and local volunteers and encouraged to take in the scenery, walk barefoot, swim, and spend some relaxing time outdoors with family in friends.

For more than thirty years, DSFHS has invited the South Bronx children and families who they serve to participate in a day of games, recreation, swimming, and food at the organization’s Headquarters.

Dominican Sisters Family Health Service is a non-profit home health agency that provides compassionate, comprehensive and family-focused care to persons of all ages, means and faiths. DSFHS programs and services, as well as its licensed affiliate agency, Family Home Health Care, Inc., promote health, independence and quality of life for its patients and clients. DSFHS is a long-time partner of Catholic Charities and has been a leader in providing and coordinating social services specifically in the South Bronx for more than 90 years.