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Three Surprise Lessons Learned

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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Fordham University Social Work Graduate Student, Elsie Hernandez

Join us below as Fordham University Social Work Graduate Student Elsie Hernandez reflects on lessons learned during the 8-month internship she is completing with Catholic Charities Community Services.

By Elsie Hernandez

I have my colleagues, supervisors, and our clients to thank for their role in my education—I have learned the most by working with them. If I could summarize a year’s worth of learning in three lessons it would be this:

1. Never be afraid of asking questions. Asking the right question can open up a world of possibilities.

For example, a client whose work hours had recently decreased and was on a limited income had her electricity cut off. She did not understand why Con Edison required full payment of $2900 to reconnect services. I watched as a Catholic Charities case manager contacted Con Edison to request a breakdown of the client’s bill. At that point the Con Edison representative noticed that $2400 was added to the account in one day from back charges that had never been included in her account in the last 6 years. Understanding that this was an unrealistic payment for the client to make, the representative asked her supervisor to make an exception. The client was provided a payment plan with a low deposit and services were reconnected the next day.

2. Trust in your client’s resiliency.

We cannot solve every problem. Clients have surprised me with the enormous amount of strength and resourcefulness that they possess. They have expressed hope, faith and optimism in the face of adversity. A college student asked for assistance with paying for the class she needed to graduate. Together we brainstormed for resources she could activate.  This empowered her to creatively come up with solutions to solve her own problem. She will be graduating this May.

3. You never know which of your actions will have the most meaning to your clients.

A client was seeking assistance with paying her utility arrears. I was able to refer the client to the Human Resources Administration (HRA) for help.  Catholic Charities was also able to provide her with emergency food and a winter coat. I thought I did not do enough to help her but the client was moved to tears.

Meet the Homeless. Hear Their Stories

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 6:15PM

You are invited to join us for a memorable evening of sharing and reflection.

Fordham University, Lincoln Center
Second Floor Chapel – Room 221
113 West 60th Street (corner of 9th Avenue)
New York City

Hear the stories of people who have experienced homelessness. Their Experiences.  Their hopes.

This presentation will feature homeless men and women who will share the stories of their experiences and their efforts to rebuild their lives. They are participants in the Education Outreach Program (EOP), a program of Catholic Charities Department of Social and Community Development.

For more information, please call Alison H. Kelsick, MSW at 212-371-1011 ext. 2450 or George B. Horton, ext. 2480.

Homeless Share Their Stories at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Hear riveting first-hand stories from people who experienced homelessness  at Speakers’ Night at Fordham University, Lincoln Center tonight, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.

Find out about their experiences and their hopes.

Join us for a memorable evening as homeless men and women share efforts to rebuild their lives.   The evening is part of Catholic Charities Education Outreach Program that empowers these speakers to move from hopelessness to homes and hope.

Where:  Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Chapel 2nd floor, Room 221, 113 W. 60 St. (Corner of 9th Avenue) NYC.

No need to RSVP.

Check Out How Movies’ Moral Messages Increased Their Oscar Odds for the 85th Academy Awards

Monday, February 25th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

Can movies’ moral messages increase their Oscar odds?  They did last night during the 85th Academy Awards.

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and. Fr. Michael Tueth, S.J., associate professor of communication and media at Fordham University, focused on movies’ moral messages to place their bets on which films would win the Academy Awards when they spoke on JustLove, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, aired Saturday, February 23, the night before the awards were announced.

Last night, many of their bets paid off.

Msgr. Sullivan correctly chose Jennifer Lawrence, the emotionally unstable widow featured in Silver Linings Playbook, as Best Actress in a Leading Role.

“It’s just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication,” Jennifer Lawrence said when she accepted the trophy. “But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it’s such a stigma behind it.”

“That was a movie that had a lot of morality in it,” Msgr. Sullivan said, “ a sense of both personal responsibility and mutual solidarity.”

Meanwhile, Fr. Tueth predicted that Lincoln would win as Best Picture.  Although his backup bet – Argo – came in first, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor in a Leading Role in Lincoln.

“He’s thoughtful; he’s intelligent and he’s compassionate,” Fr. Tueth said.

Listen to their conversation on JustLove,  the Catholic Channel.

JustLove airs weekly on Saturday at 10 am EST on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio on The Catholic Channel 129.

Free College Basketball Game Admission For CYO Players

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities CYO participants are celebrating CYO Day — Parts I, II and III – with free admission to local college basketball games.

CYO players celebrated Part I on December 29 when the Fordham Women’s Team faced off against Lafayette – and lost 54 -50.

Next, players attended CYO Day last Sunday, January 13, at Fordham University as the men’s team faced off against U. Mass- and lost again by just four points, 77-73.  CYO players and their families  received free admission to the game plus a pizza party.

CYO Day Part III finishes off this Sunday, January 20 for a Women’s Basketball game at Iona College against Lafayette.

Are you a CYO player and would like to attend?  Just wear your CYO jerseys and get into the game for free.

Thousands in Need Will Celebrate a Warm Holiday Thanks to St. Nicholas Shopping Day

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Catholic Charities Junior Board Co-Chair Stephanie Bagley shops with Cardinal Timothy Dolan

By Alice Kenny

More than 600 families in need, many of whom don’t have hats, gloves, coats and even blankets to call their own, will be able to celebrate a warm holiday thanks to the Catholic Charities St. Nicholas Project Kmart Shopping Day event at Kmart at Astor Place.

Armed with hand-tailored lists catered to the needs of individual families, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan joined Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, staff and volunteers on Saturday, December 15, 2012 to fill their shopping carts with winter necessities.

During the holiday, the St. Nicholas Project, supported by donations and volunteers from Catholic Charities, provides individuals and families in need with gifts of necessity including warm clothes and household supplies. Caseworkers aid the same individuals throughout the year, providing help and creating hope for New Yorkers from Ulster County to Staten Island through job training, English as a Second Language classes, computer literacy classes, food from Catholic Charities’ many food pantries, and school supplies.

Shopping Day taps into the holiday spirit by providing an opportunity for those from various walks of life to come together to provide gifts for those in need. Approximately 400 volunteers partnered with Catholic Charities. They included individuals and members from corporate and college groups such as Deloitte & Touche LLP, TIAA-CREF, the Junior League, Fordham University, Manhattan College, the Catholic University of America, University of Notre Dame and College of Holy Cross.

Kmart employees, including Store Manager Robert Rothermel and District Manager Stephen Offutt, provided coffee, hot chocolate and donuts for volunteers when they arrived.Volunteers lunched on pizza and soda thanks to the generosity of Famous Famiglia and the Kolaj Family. Paul Kolaj is a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees. And Georgetown Cupcakes donated their special dessert.

The Cardinal and Colbert: Humor, Joy and Spiritual Life

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By Richard Bertin

After completing back-to-back tours of Catholic middle and high school, laughter and faith weren’t subjects I ever put together.  But now, as Associate Producer of JustLove, our Catholic Charities weekly radio program on Sirius XM Channel 129.  I had the pleasure on September 14 of hearing Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Comedian Stephen Colbert and host Fr. Jim Martin, Author of “Between Heaven and Mirth” and frequent Just Love radio program guest, dig into the lighter sides of faith at Fordham University’s special event “Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life.”

The purpose of the event was to have an open discussion about the relationship between humor and faith, something many of us do not think about when we talk about Catholicism. And who better to discuss this topic than arguably three of the most comedic Catholics in the media?

At first thought, a Cardinal and a Comedy Central satirist might seem like polar opposites. After all, the nature of satire is to poke fun at serious things like politics and religion. Although Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert come from different walks of life they actually have a lot in common. Both are Catholic public figures with massive followings, and both use jokes and laughter in a way that is endearing to their audience. As the evening rolled along it became clear that Stephen Colbert takes his Catholic faith seriously and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the importance of laughter.

“Are there flaws in the Church?” Colbert asked. “Absolutely, but is there great beauty in the Church? Absolutely,” Colbert said to rousing applause. “I like to make jokes about things I love, and I love my church!”

Cardinal Dolan echoed this in his own open remarks by stressing the importance of being joyful with your faith.

“Why is a crabby believer a contradiction?” the Cardinal asked the crowd. He then explained that although we understand Jesus was crucified, he rose three days later for our sake. “‘He, who laughs last, laughs best,” he continued, “so Good Friday did not have the last word…Easter did! That’s why I can laugh.”

For me, as a young Catholic, it felt great to see so many young faces in the crowd enjoying the panel and taking part by submitting their own questions, both serious and humorous. When one student asked the panel for advice on whether it was a good idea to date while considering entering the priesthood, Cardinal Dolan replied that it was good to date as part of deciding whether the celibate life of a priest is something he could live with.  He also joked that “by the way, let me give you some of the numbers of my nieces.”

Colbert weighed in on the question by telling the student to “Go for it! It actually could be a great pickup line: ‘I’m thinking of becoming a priest, but you could change that!’” Cardinal Dolan and the crowd roared with laughter.

After seeing Cardinal Dolan, Fr. Martin and Colbert share their joy of being Catholics, I left Fordham with a renewed feeling of pride and joy about my own spirituality and was eager to talk about it with a friend over drinks.  After all, as I learned from the panel, it’s healthy to have fun when reflecting on religion. And besides, I thought, “We’re Catholics, not Puritans!”

You can click here for more laughs and inspiration from the event.

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