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Laid Off by Waldorf, Age 62 and Starting Over

Posted on 11/7/2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

New York Times Neediest Cases Hits Home

While everyone I meet as Catholic Charities' liaison with The New York Times Neediest Cases campaign shares powerful, poignant, and often painful stories, some, like...

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Filed under: Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, Regina Gatewood Waldorf, grace institute

Grieving Dad’s Loss; Fearing Mom will Die as Well; Teen Reaches Out to “Big Brother”

Posted on 10/31/2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Check Out Catholic Charities’ Latest Profile in The New York Times

"Providencia Vanderpool was reminiscing with her youngest son about his father when suddenly the boy’s words alarmed her, " writes New York Times reporter John Otis about a teen...

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

Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers

Introducing the Latest NY Times Neediest Cases Campaign

Posted on 10/18/2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Catholic Charities First Profile: A Father Figure Dies, & the Bills Pile Up

Jashua Valentín woke up to his mother’s anguished cries. She usually helped him navigate his one-hour trip to elementary school...

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Filed under: Preserving Housing, Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises

Tags: Jashua Valentín homeless, New York Times Neediest Cases, eviction prevention

Best Way to Celebrate Good Friday

Posted on 04/14/2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


Jada Young

For Jada, hope ended when a tumor encased her mom’s brain, then a stroke disabled her dad.

It began again when Catholic Charities connected this lonely girl to a Big Sister mentor who reintroduced Jada to happiness....

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Tags: New York Times Neediest Cases, Good Friday, Holy Week

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: Catholic Charities 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