Pope Francis May Visit NYC Soup Kitchens

Posted on 01/22/2015 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.

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

Tags: Pope Francis

Rebuilding Lives After Husband and Provider’s Death

Posted on 01/13/2015 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.


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Filed under: Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises

Tags: grace institute, Jean Carlos Ocasio, Leukemia, Yaresly Cosme-Alicea, New York Times Neediest Cases

Food Banks Receive Huge Boost

Posted on 01/12/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Food banks in New York City received a huge boost in donations Sunday, January 11, 2014 to help hungry families across the five boroughs, reports CBS News.

As TV 10/55’s Ilana Gold reported in this news summary, more than 5,000 pounds of donated food sitting in boxes and bags outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral will go to three major interfaith organizations in the city.

 The organizations will then deliver the donations to dozens of food pantries, soup kitchens and meal programs...

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Tags: Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, feeding our neighbors, St. Patrick's Cathedral, UJA Federation of New York

Impoverished Children Act Out Cinderella Tale

Posted on 01/9/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


Impoverished children, many with a good idea of what Cinderella’s life was like, recently acted out a version of this well-known tale in “A Native American Cinderella.” 

The actors, ages 5-12, participate in Catholic Charities Highbridge Gardens Cornerstone Alianza Division after-school...

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

Tags: Actress Mariel Ryes, Alianza Division

Polar Vortex Strikes; Cold Children Get Coats

Posted on 01/7/2015 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...

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

Tags: ABC Good Morning America, Burlington Coat Factory

Pope Francis’ Christmas Message Focuses on Children in Peril

Posted on 01/6/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Pope Francis used a traditional Christmas address to emphasize the plight of children in areas of conflict, pointing out their “impotent silence” that “cries out under the spade of many Herods,”

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

Tags: Elisabetha Poveledo, New Testament, Pope Francis