Posts Tagged ‘religious’

Giving Ex-Offenders a Second Chance

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

By Alice KennyATI & Families Shared Meal Time

The Catholic Charities federation of 90 agencies provides a wide range of human services throughout the Archdiocese of New York. Some are sponsored by religious communities, while others have grown from parish communities. Still others were founded by charismatic clergy, religious, or lay leaders. Together they form the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York: a federation of administered, sponsored and affiliated agencies touching almost every human need.

This summer offers a great time to spotlight their impressive histories and the unique, unparalleled services they offer.  Today, let’s learn about Abraham House.

This Catholic Charities sponsored agency traces its origins to two Roman Catholic clergy, Sr. Simone Ponnet, a Belgian nun of the Little Sisters of the Gospel order and Fr. Peter Raphael, a French priest who volunteered as a chaplain and celebrated mass with inmates at Rikers Island maximum-security prison.

Alarmed by the continuing cycle of repeat offenders, they founded Abraham House in 1993. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx, Abraham House offers the incarcerated, ex-offenders and their relatives, regardless of their religion, a place of hope and community where lives can be rebuilt, families mended, lessons learned, and men, women and children deeply marked by crime can receive the spiritual, social and practical tools to become productive citizens.

Their innovative programs include an alternative-to-incarceration program for first-time offenders, especially those convicted of nonviolent crimes. Sponsored by the Catholic Charities Alliance, Abraham House offers extensive services to hundreds of adults and children affected by incarceration or other social factors like poverty, violence and truancy.

Find out more.

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.