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Catholic Charities Centennial Seen Through the Eyes of the Blind

Posted on 01/26/2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

One Family’s Story

When Catholic Charities talks about celebrating our Centennial this year what we are really talking about is the pride we have in the millions we are honored to serve.   

Among those helped live to their fullest...

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Filed under: Centennial, Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases

Two Decades Later Couple, Torn Apart by Oppression, Reunites

Posted on 01/17/2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

And Baby Makes Three


Sebentu and her husband Melake

For more than a century The New York Times has spotlighted New York’s “Neediest Cases” and for more than a decade I’ve had the honor to meet some of these brave folks and the...

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Filed under: Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, Eritrea

An Insiders Peek into The New York Times Neediest Cases

Posted on 01/6/2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Meet Andre and Jamal

For more than a century The New York Times has spotlighted New York’s “Neediest Cases” and for more than a decade I’ve had the honor to meet some of these brave folks and the dedicated case managers that help them. So let’s pull back the curtain today and learn the story behind the story of two of my...

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases

A Christmas New York Times Neediest Cases Story

Posted on 12/23/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Special Baby’s Life Transformed Thanks to Kennedy Child Study Center

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Tags: Kennedy Child Study Center, Kenerly Alvarez, New York Times Neediest Cases

Blinded as an Adult, Man Regains Independence

Posted on 12/13/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

The Story Behind this New York Times Neediest Cases Story


Leroy Bracey at St. Anthony's Shelter for Renewal

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Filed under: Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, Catholic Guild for the Blind, St. Anthony’s Shelter for Renewal

New York Times Neediest Cases: Stories Behind the Stories

Posted on 11/18/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

David Nublett & the Car Crash That Changed His Life


David Nublett

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Filed under: Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises, Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, David Nublett

Once Homeless & Suffocating, Young Man Lands Job, Home & College Degree

Posted on 06/6/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

The True-Life Story of Renny Vilorio


Renny Vilorio at Create Inc.

Homeless, barely able to breathe and rushed to Bronx Lebanon Hospital every month, sometimes twice a month, for extended stays because of the severe...

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Filed under: Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless, Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged

Tags: Create Inc, Homeless Prevention, Renny Vilorio, New York Times Neediest Cases

Run Over When Crossing on Green

Posted on 03/28/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

It Could Happen to Anyone – And It Happened to Arlene

Crossing a street with a green light when a car, turning left also, has a green light, cause a quarter of all pedestrian crashes in the U.S., reports a...

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Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases

Conquering Catastrophes: Check Out These Happy Endings

Posted on 02/29/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


L-R: Margaret Macaluso (middle) with sons and Maria Campos  

Hurricanes.  Kidney failure.  Homelessness.  Hunger.  These are some of the tragedies confronted by those we serve, people whose lives are so tough that the The New York...

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless, Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, Maria Campos, Margaret Macaluso

Best Way to Celebrate President’s Day

Posted on 02/15/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

President’s Day – for many of us it marks an annual holiday when we celebrate our nation’s promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But for some, this is a first, a stroke of luck that separates them this President’s Day...

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Filed under: Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases

Conquering Horrific Childhood & Homelessness

Posted on 02/2/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Jada Williams with her son, Jayden, at the Elinor Martin Residence for Mother and Child in Yonkers. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Mother-Child Residences

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases

Pitfalls Faced By Homeless Break Dancer

Posted on 01/28/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

We see them often, maybe too often, on city subways and in the streets.  Children break dancing with a money jar in front of them. 

Sure, they’re talented. 

But are they fed; are they homeless; are they exploited?  We drop a dollar, walk...

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases

Abused, Abandoned but Destined for Better

Posted on 01/12/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Jasmin Gonzalez was just three years old when Child Protective Services took her and her sisters from their parents who suffered from drug abuse and placed the children in the first of five foster homes.  Sometimes they were placed together;...

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Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, Good Shepherd Services, grace institute, New York Foundling

How You Can Help This Dying Girl

Posted on 01/6/2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Little Maria Campos, 4, has big brown eyes and the puffy cheeks grandmas love to squeeze.

She is also dying. And she doesn’t have to.

The same day her mother brought her newborn sister home from the hospital her father brought...

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases