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Migrant Children: A Four Part Series

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

By Alice Kenny

Fifteen years old, hungry and alone, Elvis Garcia hitched rides, scrambled atop freight trains and dragged himself through 1,200 miles of deserts to reach his promised land, the United States.

Now this former unaccompanied minor works for Catholic Charities, helping fellow young immigrants survive  and thrive.

Human Trafficking: Don’t Look the Other Way

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Join us this Sunday, February 8, as we raise awareness to this horror during the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. 

“We Don’t Give Up”

Posted on January 30, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

(L-R) Jeanne Marshall, Evelyn Wilburn, and Valeriya Osipova  
(L-R) Jeanne Marshall, Evelyn Wilburn, and Valeriya Osipova

New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), the not-for-profit operator of the Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable that provides private disaster-support funding source of last resort, named Catholic Charities NY its Partner of the Year. 

Safety Tips for Today’s Blizzard

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

As Winter Storm Juno cripples commerce and paralyzes traffic, Catholic Charities urges you to:

Blizzard May Trap Elderly

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


CAUTION:  Snow’s already falling sideways before Winter Storm Juno -- scheduled to slam New York City by 1 pm and predicted the worst blizzard in the city’s history -- has even started: Catholic Charities is here to help.

Are you a homebound senior trapped inside by mountains of snow? Catholic Charities, partnering again with the NYC Snow Removal Initiative, can pair you with volunteers to clear your driveway.

Pope Francis May Visit NYC Soup Kitchens

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Breaking news.  Pope Francis, during his trip to New York City confirmed this week and scheduled for September 2015, may spend time in soup kitchens, food pantries and centers that help immigrants.

Rebuilding Lives After Husband and Provider’s Death

Posted on January 13, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


Leukemia took Jean Carlos Ocasio in November, but the apartment he shared with his wife, Yaresly Cosme-Alicea, and their daughters, ages 4 and 7, still vibrates with his presence.


Polar Vortex Strikes; Cold Children Get Coats

Posted on January 7, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Catholic Charities coat distribution 
Catholic Charities coat distribution

 Brrr -- It's cold out! Fortunately, just as the Polar Vortex slams through New York, Catholic Charities is distributing 3,000 coats to children and families in need who would otherwise be shivering without them. We’re able to keep them warm thanks to our corporate, media and agency partnerships.

ABC Good Morning America Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Drive with Burlington Coat Factory in partnership with K-I-D-S and Fashion Delivers donated the coats. And Catholic Charities, in turn, is sharing them with 50 of our affiliated agencies across our New York archdiocese. By working together we’re spreading the warmth from Staten Island, throughout New York City, on both sides of the freezing Hudson River and all the way to up to Sullivan County.

Our coat distribution is, as they say, just the tip of the iceberg. We’re also working with our affiliated agencies to distribute hundreds of donated books along with bookshelves to homeless shelters, 38,000 toys to disabled and needy children and so much more. So now, during this winter season, stay in and stay safe. And thank you for your help sharing the warmth.

Mother Gives Autistic Son Special Party

Posted on January 5, 2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


Every available surface of what, an hour earlier, had been an empty housing project community room had been decorated in the colors and likeness of Jamel Hunter’s favorite superhero, Spider-Man.