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Mom, Son Strive To Build a Life in New York - Wall Street Journal

12/18/2017  |  News Articles  |  Share

By Melanie Grayce West Dec. 17, 2017 3:39 p.m. ET

A few days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September, Jessica Torres, drove her car to the one passable highway, climbed a mountain to get mobile reception, borrowed a stranger’s phone and called her parents in Yonkers.

Between tears, she let them know that she and her 5-...

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In Harlem, a Shelter That Gives Young Men the Tools to Succeed - New York Times

12/14/2017  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Nestled on a residential block in Harlem, Create Young Adult Residences looks like any other apartment building. A fire escape snakes up its rust-colored facade.

Throughout the day, young men who live in the building, on West 128th Street, come and go, heading to and from school, jobs and neighborhood restaurants like Red Rooster Harlem ...

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Goshen Christmas House Tour Raised More than $25,000 for Catholic Charities Community Services

12/12/2017  |  Media Alerts  |  Share

500 Guests Toured 9 Festive Goshen Homes and 2 Historic Locations

Goshen – It was a busy day for the seven Goshen homeowners who warmly welcomed 500 guests into their homes for a close-up look at their Christmas finery for Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan’s third annual Goshen Christmas House Tour.  Catholic...

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Cardinal Dolan, Hundreds Of Volunteers Get Christmas Gifts For Families In Need - CBS Local

12/09/2017  |  News Articles  |  Share

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Cardinal Timothy Dolan spread a little Christmas cheer Saturday, joining hundreds of volunteers to shop for less fortunate families.

With a list in hand, the Archbishop of New York set off to play Santa for the day.

He walked the aisles of Kmart in Astor Place, hand-picking warm clothes for a mother...

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On Her Own, Raising Twin ‘Princesses’ With Special Needs - New York Times

11/28/2017  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Ingrid Batista scooped up her 4-year-old daughter Alexia. “Hola, mi reina,” she said, covering her with kisses.

The “reina” — Spanish for “queen” — slid from her mother’s arms and divided her attention between a Disney show and a blue basket on the floor, which she used to crown herself. Her identical twin sister, Elexia, watched her...

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Caridades Católicas reparte pavos en Harlem para cena del Día de Acción de Gracias - NY1

11/20/2017  |  Media Alerts  |  Share

En el evento en Harlem se donarán casi 800 pavos, lo mismo que arroz, papa, cebolla, zanahoria y otros ingredientes.

"Tenemos 'stuffing' que es una comida muy americana y también tenemos otros vegetales enlatados", explicó Beatriz Díaz Taveras, directora ejecutiva de Caridades Católicas.

Los pavos y demás comida les fueron donados...

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Message from Cardinal Dolan: World Day of the Poor

11/16/2017  |  Centennial News  |  Share

My Dear People of the Archdiocese:

Pope Francis is inaugurating World Day of the Poor this upcoming Sunday, November 19, 2017 to re-enforce that concern for the poor is an essential part of our Catholic faith. I know that so many of our Catholic faithful understand this well and live it out generously and sacrificially. Perhaps each of...

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From Serving the Famous at the Waldorf to Starting Over - New York Times Neediest Cases

11/02/2017  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

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...

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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


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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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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Puerto Rican/Hispanic Community & Business Leaders and Catholic Charities Launch ESTOY CON PUERTO RICO Hurricane Relief Effort

09/27/2017  |  Media Alerts  |  Share

Donations to go directly to non-profit organizations in Puerto Rico



Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Teresa A. Santiago, Chairwoman, Comité Noviembre … Puerto Rican Heritage Month

Frank Garcia, President, National...

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Catholic Charities can bridge US factions, says NYC forum - National Catholic Reporter

09/27/2017  |  News Articles  |  Share

NEW YORK — In a nation divided by extremists left and right, Catholic Charities works in the center, where Catholics can be examples of justice while serving a pluralistic society.

Catholic Charities as a bridge to disparate factions was a unifying metaphor at a Sept. 26 discussion at the Sheen Center here, part of the 100th anniversary...

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