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Laid Off by Waldorf, Age 62 and Starting Over

Posted on November 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 Regina Gatewood, whose profile appeared on Sunday’s newsstands, hit particularly close to home.

At the Waldorf Astoria, she caught glimpses of Donald J. Trump, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

That’s to name just a few of the politicians Regina Gatewood spotted in her 16 years as a banquet waitress at the Waldorf, on Park Avenue in Manhattan.

One time, Phillip C. McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, asked her for directions to the restroom. “I feel like I know you,” she recalled telling him. “And he said, ‘You do know me.’”

All Saints Day Prayers Following Halloween Attack

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Today, during All Saints Day, Catholic Charities NY prays for those maimed and killed, for their families and friends, and for all of us after yet another senseless terrorist attack, this time yesterday in Lower Manhattan.

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

Posted on October 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 served by Catholic Charities NY affiliate Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers in this New York Times Neediest Case profile published today, October 31, 2017.

Hurricane Survivors Pack New York City Service Center for Help

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Refugees from recent hurricanes, particularly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, are fleeing in records numbers to family in New York City, home to one of the largest Puerto Rican populations in the nation.  These displaced persons are turning for help to a new city service center, a one-stop shop for critical services set up for them by New York City and supported by Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross and more.  Find out what it is like on the front lines in this first-person report by Catholic Charities Case Management Superv

On-the-Ground Look at Relief & Recovery in Puerto Rico

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Assemblyman Marcos Crespo Describes First Relief Flight to the Island

With telecommunication lines down it has been frustratingly hard to find out what’s happening on the ground in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.  Thankfully, we scored and are sharing this just-released JustLove radio episode with its inside scoop from Assemblyman Marcos Crespo on his firsthand experience of the storm's devastation.


NYN Media will honor 50 of New York’s most prominent and accomplished leaders in human services, health care, education and other nonprofits over the age of 50 who continue to make a positive impact on New York through their achievements, leadership abilities, philanthropic efforts, and dedication to the betterment of the State!

Introducing the Latest NY Times Neediest Cases Campaign

Posted on October 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 in the Bronx, but on this day she sent Jashua, then 9, alone. The man who had been like a father to him was lying next to her, not moving.

Latest in Puerto Rico Recovery: No Water, No Power & Trailers Stuck at the Port

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

First-Hand from New York Foundling in Puerto Rico

Check out this just-updated Puerto Rico hurricane recovery report from New York Foundling, a Catholic Charities affiliate that typically cares for nearly 1,500 children at more than 42 Head Start programs throughout island.