For a Grieving Teenager, Much-Needed Companionship (on 2 and 4 Legs) - New York Times

10/31/2017  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Providencia Vanderpool was reminiscing with her youngest son about his father when suddenly the boy’s words alarmed her.

Her son, Noel, asked if she was starting to forget her husband, who died in 2014.

“I asked, ‘Why would you say that?’” Mrs. Vanderpool, 50, recalled recently. “He said, ‘Because you don’t talk about him every...

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A Father Figure Dies, and the Bills Pile Up - New York Times

10/17/2017  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

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.

Jashua’s mother, Herodidta Valentín Martínez, remembers that April...

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Catholic Charities, Others Launch ‘Estoy Con Puerto Rico’- Catholic New York

10/12/2017  |  News Articles  |  Share

On Sept. 27, Teresa Santiago, a Hispanic media and community consultant for archdiocesan Catholic Charities, gratefully learned that her 99-year-old grandmother was OK in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The next day, Ms. Santiago, a New York-born daughter of Puerto Rican parents, played a leading role during a relief-...

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KaBoom!, Disney community building playground in the Bronx - ABC7

10/11/2017  |  News Articles  |  Share

EASTCHESTER, Bronx (WABC) --

Hundreds of volunteers teamed up with our parent company Disney to build a new playground for preschoolers in the Bronx.

On Thursday, more than 200 volunteers from Astor Services for Children and Families and Disney joined organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Bronx community.

The KaBOOM...

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CARDINAL DOLAN TO OFFER SPANISH-LANGUAGE MASS AT ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS IN PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO

10/04/2017  |  Media Alerts  |  Share

Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan will offer a Spanish-language Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 4 p.m. in prayerful solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico, who suffered devastating loss of life and a complete dismantling of infrastructure in the regions directly affected by recent natural...

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