Holiday Helping Hand grant helps Astor keep people warm - Poughkeepsie Journal

11/30/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

RHINEBECK - Astor Services for Children and Families will keep hundreds of kids and families in Dutchess County warm this winter thanks to a grant to buy hats, gloves, blankets and scarves.

It’s part of a joint project by the Poughkeepsie Journal and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region called Holiday Helping Hand. In its 33rd...

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Naturalization Application Assistance is Available - Hudson Valley Press

11/25/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

NEWBURGH - Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County and the New York State Office for New Americans will be providing free assistance with naturalization applications at their office at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on Friday, December 11. The assistance is free of charge, but appointments are required and can be made by...

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Cardinal Dolan Gives Out Turkeys at Annual Catholic Charities Event - Catholic New York

11/25/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Cardinal Dolan hands a turkey to a woman at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center in Harlem on Nov. 24. The annual event is sponsored by Catholic Charities of New York under the leadership of Msgr. Kevin Sullivan. Some 700 meals with the fixings, were distributed to those in need. Deacon Rodney Beckford is the director of the Kennedy...

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Muslim Refugee and His Family Find a Haven in Harlem- New York Times

11/25/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

The second time men went to Drissa Cisse’s home to look for him, he knew it was time to run.

It was late 2009 in Ivory Coast. For nearly a decade, opposition to the president, Laurent Gbagbo, had been repressed by death squads, men who traveled the country kidnapping and killing civilians. They targeted perceived political dissidents,...

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Cardinal Dolan Helps Distribute Thanksgiving Meals in Harlem - Zimbio

11/25/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Volunteers with Catholic Charities help hand out food to prepare Thanksgiving meals to those in need at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center on November 24, 2015 in the Harlem neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York City. Approximately 700 meals were distributed. (Nov. 23, 2015 - Source: Andrew Burton/Getty Images North America...

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Sickened in Rubble After 9/11, a ‘Lost Soul’ Longs for Her Old Life - New York Times

11/23/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Construction sites, ubiquitous in New York City, set off pangs of loss within Susan Bentley.

“I can’t walk out of the house without seeing a rig somewhere,” she said. “Sometimes I find myself lingering around job sites. Like a lost soul.”

Ms. Bentley was an ironworker for nine years. It was her knowledge ofsteel construction that...

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Fighting Evictions, a Single Mother Draws Strength From Her Children - New York Times

11/23/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Gardenia Valerio’s two-bedroom apartment in the Soundview section of the Bronx, steps from the Bruckner Expressway, was welcoming and calm.

As soon as Ms. Valerio’s three children returned from finishing their homework after school at a nearby licensed day care center, a wave of energy washed over the apartment.

Ms. Valerio, who...

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Early Thanksgiving for Yonkers Families in need by Fidelis Care and Catholic Charities - PIX 11

11/23/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

"It’s a great time to be together with the family," Rigoberto Gutierrez said.

The Gutierrez family couldn't be more grateful.

"Yeah they [my kids] are having fun," he smiled.

On this night, along with about one hundred others, they are sitting down to a hot dinner.

“It tastes very good!” Gutierrez's son smiled.

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Somos: Dr. William Ursillo On Helping At-Risk Families - City & State

11/18/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Dr. William Ursillo, chief operating officer at Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, discusses the organization’s efforts to help at-risk children and families during an interview at an event hosted by City & State and sponsored by Catholic Charities at the Somos Fall conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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USCCB/MRS Response Toolkit: On Syrian Refugees and the Attacks in Paris

11/17/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

 

In light of the recent acts of terror committed in Paris and subsequent rejection of Syrian refugee resettlement by the governors of several states, the Office of Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/MRS) has prepared the  Response Toolkit below for your information and use. Please...

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan says he gives homeless panhandlers $5 gift cards to Starbucks and McDonald’s - New York Daily News

11/16/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

The leader of the Archdiocese of New York generally doesn’t shun homeless panhandlers — he gives them $5 gift cards from McDonald’s or Starbucks.

And sometimes Timothy Cardinal Dolan buys them sandwiches.

Dolan spoke of his generosity Tuesday on his SiriusXM/Catholic Channel radio program while interviewing Msgr. Kevin Sullivan of...

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Charities’ Donation Provides 20,000 Meals for Puerto Rican Families - Catholic New York

11/12/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

In an effort to assist economically beleaguered Puerto Rico, archdiocesan Catholic Charities has donated $5,000 in a food drive that will feed more than 100 families 20,000 meals through a partnership with Cáritas de Puerto Rico.

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, delivered the gift in person last week to...

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Hope and a Laptop for College - New York Times

11/12/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Someday, Jada Williams hopes to become a veterinarian. “I’ve always loved animals,” she said. “They always seem to make me happy.” But the path toward attaining that goal has not been an easy one.

When she was in 10th grade, Ms. Williams, now 18, moved with her mother to Catskill, N.Y., a town about 80 miles north from where she grew up...

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Home Health Aide Becomes a Guardian and, He Hopes, a Father - New York Times

11/11/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

As Marco Muñoz speaks, recalling the past few years of his life, Jose Hernandez slips one of his shoes onto Mr. Muñoz’s hand. It is an odd yet effective gesture that signals to Mr. Muñoz that Jose wants to go for a walk.

Jose, 17, was born with severe autism and developmental disabilities. He is nonverbal and unable to feed, clothe or...

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A Family Fights Deportation - Stateless Voices

11/10/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

The Jourbinas went underground when they realized there was no way for them to gain legal status. One day immigration officers arrived to try to deport the family. All four have been fighting for recognition from the U.S. government ever since.

Natalia Jourbina thought the Facebook update from her little sister at her nearby Bronx...

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