Posts Tagged ‘poor’

Donning Plastic Aprons and Delivering Pasta; Catholic Charities Teams with POTS with Their Recipe for Success.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Donning plastic aprons and matching gloves, 12 volunteers, all staff from Catholic Charities, served 530 lunches last week to homeless, poor and working-poor Bronx residents in POTS community dining room.

“You get the feeling you’re helping people and find a new appreciation for what you have,” said one of the volunteers, Catholic Charities Accounts Clerk Santa Rivera.

POTS, short for Part of the Solution, provides hot, healthy meals to its “guests” seven days a week in a bright, airy space furnished with small tables that give it the feel of a neighborhood café.   The nonprofit organization serves as a “one-stop shop” that provides a wide array of assistance programs under one roof.  Its  goal and success comes from moving its guests from crises to stability and, ultimately, to self sufficiency.  In addition to the community dining room, POTS offers a food pantry, clothing program, hair cuts, health care, mail service, family club, case management services and a legal clinic.

Serving guests at the table as if it were a restaurant, Catholic Charities volunteers participated in POTS’ model of upholding client dignity.  When guests arrived, the volunteers delivered beverages and brought plates brimming with pasta and vegetables. Behind the scenes, volunteers sorted bread, prepped food and washed dishes with POTS staff. And after guests left, they cleared  tables, swept, mopped and took out the garbage.

Meanwhile, fellow Catholic Charities volunteers stocked the POTS Food Pantry, a grocery-store style pantry that invites those in need to walk its aisles and “shop”  for the produce, dairy, canned and packaged items they need to prepare balanced meals in their own homes.

Catholic Charities staff said their volunteer experience made lasting memories.

“We were able to see how great an impact our small amount of volunteering has on people’s lives,” said Catholic Charities Accounts Payable Coordinator Monica Parra. “And we saw how people were so grateful that we were there to help.”

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Pope Francis: A Home Run for Catholic Charities.

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Presidência da Republica/Roberto Stuckert Filho

By Alice Kenny

On the eve of Pope Francis’ inauguration, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan went live in a special radio broadcast of JustLove taking in listener calls from across the nation as he reflected on what the election of Pope Francis means for Catholics around the world.

“The election of Pope Francis has focused on the vitality of the Church when we focus on the basics of our faith.” Msgr. Sullivan said. “There is no better time than Holy Week when we celebrate the center of the Catholic faith: death and resurrection of Jesus. We begin these holy days with the example of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. ”

From New York to Alabama and spots in between, callers, young and old, phoned to register their excitement about Pope Francis and, in particular, his emphasis on serving those in need.

“I’m thrilled that Pope Francis is focused on service to the poor and to outreach to all people,” said Steve, a caller from New Jersey.

Catholic Charities Director of Peace and Justice Tom Dobbins, who co-hosted the show, agreed.

“When he came out saying he wants us to be a church of the poor for the poor,” Tom said, “wow – as someone who works for Catholic Charities – that was a home run.”

Listen to their conversation on JustLove  on The Catholic Channel 129, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.