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Strangers Extend a Helping Hand to Struggling New Yorkers - New York Times

02/28/2016  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

For Margaret Macaluso, driving her sons to and from their college classes and part-time jobs requires patience and compromise. The family has only one vehicle. Fortunately, she does not mind being a chauffeur. Ever since Ms. Macaluso learned in August that she had Stage 3 ovarian cancer, she has viewed every car ride as extra time with her sons...

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Child Migrants Face Challenges, But Are Kids Again on the Soccer Field - Latin American News Dispatch

02/23/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the second in a two-part series.

NEW YORK — On artificial turf at the foot of Yankee Stadium, some 40 teenage boys kick soccer balls on a Saturday afternoon, laughing and yelling to each other in Spanish. On the sidelines, later arrivals banter while lacing...

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Child Migrants Fight in Immigration Courts to Stay in U.S. - Latin American News Dispatch

02/18/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

This article was originally published in Civic Ideas on February 17, 2016, and is the first in a two-part series.

NEW YORK — Congregating on benches in a downtown Manhattan courtroom, children and their guardians listen to a young woman who stands in front of them talking in Spanish. The speaker, Marielos Ramos, is not a judge.


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In Mass Feet from Mexico's Border with US, Pope Francis Calls for Political Leaders to Open Their Hearts to Migrants - NY1

02/17/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

Pope Francis stepped right into the heated debate over immigration, celebrating mass just feet from Mexico's border with the U.S. NY1's Michael Scotto filed the following report. 

Pope Francis set the tone for his homily without even saying a word. Just moments before celebrating Mass before a crowd of 200,000, the Pope walked up to a...

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Vincenza DeFazio Award to Charities’ Horton - Catholic New York

02/17/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

At its annual convening in Albany Feb. 8-9, the New York State Council of Catholic Charities Directors honored George Horton, director of social and community development for archdiocesan Catholic Charities.

He received the Vincenza DeFazio Award during an evening reception at the Renaissance Hotel Feb. 8. The award is named after the...

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Is New York City Ready for Syrian Refugees? - City Limits

02/16/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

In September 2015 when President Obama made the controversial decision to call for 10,000 Syrian refugees to be resettled in the United States in 2016, Mayor de Blasio was quick to jump into the fray. Shortly after the announcement, de Blasio was one of 18 mayors to sign a petition encouraging Obama to accept even more refugees.

When ...

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After 85 Years in East Harlem, a Routine That Keeps Her Going - The New York Times

02/09/2016  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Most Tuesday mornings, Marta Benitez walks from her apartment on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 111th Street to the food pantry at St. Cecilia’s Church on East 105th Street. With other volunteers, she assembles bags of nonperishable items to be handed out to members of the community.

“I can walk 20 blocks and I don’t get tired,” Ms....

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A Right to Dream | Derecho a soñar - Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Magazine

02/02/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

In a visit to Harlem, Pope Francis gives hope to an immigrant youth soccer team.

By Gabriela Romeri

When Pope Francis paid a visit to the immigrants and students gathered at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Harlem this past September, an unplanned and little noticed thing occurred. Amid the cameras and throngs, Edenilson...

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Interfaith Teen Event Helps Fight Hunger - UJA-Federation of New York

02/01/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

“You realize how much you take food for granted.”
 –Teen Volunteer

Nearly 50 teens of all backgrounds came together at our conference center on January 31st as part of Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response. They were drawn together to help ensure that New Yorkers don’t go hungry this winter.

Now in its fourth year,...

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Break Dancer Finds Footing While Trying to Heal a Rift - The New York Times

01/21/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

“I fell right into it,” he said. “I started learning moves every other day.”

Mr. Diaz immersed himself in dancing to avoid what he said was a troubled home life. He was raised by a single mother who had a drug addiction and whose parenting style swung between neglect and antagonism.

“It was up and down, sad, angry, screaming,” Mr...

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Food pantry collection drive launches in Yonkers - LoHud

01/15/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

In 2015, Feeding Our Neighbors raised the equivalent of 1.3 million meals, supported by $93,000 in cash donations and more than 17,000 pounds of food collected at ShopRite's Hudson Valley locations and 26 ShopRite supermarkets launched this year’s archdiocesan-wide Feeding Our Neighbors campaign Thursday.

The stores will participate...

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Feeding Our Neighbors campaign launched - Mid Hudson News

01/13/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

NEW WINDSOR – Catholic Charities and ShopRite announced the beginning of this year’s “Feeding Our Neighbors” campaign. “Feeding Our Neighbors” is an annual food drive to support local food pantries and banks in the After-Holiday season when many of them have been depleted.

Representatives from Catholic Charities, ShopRite and Orange...

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A Family Emerges Even Closer From Times of Darkness - New York Times

01/13/2016  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Over the course of 10 months in the Negron household, starting in spring 2014, darkness became routine.

With the family’s electricity shut off because of nonpayment, the youngest child, Nelson, 13, used a battery-powered lantern on his short walk from the kitchen to the cluttered bedroom he shares with his two older brothers. An...

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De Blasio holds out ‘hope’ for state partnership on homelessness - Politico New York

01/12/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced the formation of a task force made up of a “brain trust” of nonprofit homeless services providers to help the city with its plans to create 15,000 units of supportive housing for the city’s homeless and mentally ill over the next 15 years.

The task force is made up representatives of more than a...

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After Disaster and Breakup, a Mother Strives for an Education - The New York Times

01/12/2016  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Marlin Hernandez sat at the front of her classes to better understand her teachers because English was not her native language. If she still struggled with words or concepts, she sought tutoring. No matter how exhausted she was, Ms. Hernandez remained dedicated to her studies.

“I used to wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning, go to my...

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