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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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Make Meals For Those In Need In Mount Pleasant To Honor MLK Day - The Daily Voice (Mount Pleasant)

01/12/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The UJA-Federation of New York Westchester Community and Volunteer Services and Engage Jewish Service Corps are holding a MLK Day of Service in Mount Pleasant on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday Jan. 18.

The event will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sally & Anthony Mann Center in Mount Pleasant.

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New Pressures, and Commitments, After Fire Takes Family’s Home - The New York Times

01/11/2016  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Tajiauna Spence and three of her daughters ate dinner at a McDonald’s in Chelsea late last month. Her grandson, Styles, was the center of the group’s affections as he played with his gloves and made random demands.

“I want my toy,” he said.

“You got to eat your food first,” Ms. Spence said. “Then you get the toy.”

A holiday...

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Taking Control After a Tumultuous Childhood - The New York Times

01/10/2016  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Before she even knew what the word “advocate” meant, Jasmin Gonzalez was doing it for herself and her three sisters. All four were taken away from their drug-addicted parents and placed into foster care when Ms. Gonzalez was 3 years old. Memories of abuse by her first foster parents remain vivid.

“I remember I was eating soup,” she said...

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Catholic Charities Announces 2016 Caritas Award Honorees - Hudson Valley News Network

01/08/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

Goshen – Dr. Dean Scher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County (CCCSOC), and Board Chair Susan Murray-Tetz are pleased to announce the names of Catholic Charities’ 2016 Caritas Award honorees.

 The 2016 Caritas Award honorees are:

  • Most Rev. Dominick J. Lagonegro, Vicar of the Northern...

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From Peekskill to Paris - America The National Catholic Review

01/06/2016  |  News Articles  |  Share

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference ends tomorrow, and I am fixed on Paris and all it holds, both in peril and in promise.

In anticipation of the climate conference, or COP 21, I, along with my fellow Dominican Sisters of Hope, participated in a countywide climate rally, “Peekskill to Paris,” which our community co-...

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A Lively Little Girl Needs a Kidney Donor - The New York Times

12/30/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

The day that Edgar Campos brought his wife and newborn girl home from the hospital was bittersweet.

Mr. Campos was overjoyed to have his family under the same roof for the first time, especially his wife, Amalia, 24, who spent almost a week in the hospital with pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure...

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomes 2 refugee families at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve - Daily News

12/25/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

The spirit of the Christmas season was upon the city as Timothy Cardinal Dolan welcomed two refugee families to New York at Midnight Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Dolan asked worshipers at the church to open their hearts to two brothers, ages 17 and 19, from El Salvador. The siblings immigrated in 2014 to the U.S. to avoid gang...

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A Child, Born Prematurely, Who ‘Fights Because He Wants to Be Here’ - New York Times

12/22/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

Avery Salas was born after 24 weeks of gestation and weighed 1 pound 13 ounces. Given a 15 percent chance of survival by doctors, he has become his mother’s miracle child.

“He’s such a fighter,” his mother, Samantha Delgado, 24, said. “My mom called him Samson, from the Bible, because he has this strength. He’s just so strong. He...

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Yonkers Raceway donates toys, coats to Catholic Charities - LoHud

12/21/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Yonkers Raceway donated almost 1,000 toys and coats to Catholic Charities.

The toys and coats were collected during the casino’s ninth annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive....

Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino, presented the annual donation to Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of...

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Harassed in Guinea, Homeless in New York and Happy to Be Together - New York Times

12/21/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

When a friend of Mariama Koulibaley’s told her about a man who had just graduated from a university in their native Guinea though legally blind and deaf, she was intrigued.

She met Mamadou Drame in 2010, and was smitten by his charm and the strength she saw in his self-sufficiency. She was impressed by how passionately he spoke about the...

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A Spirit Unbent Through Loss of Health and Home -The New York Times

12/20/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

When Margaret Macaluso speaks of her illness and losses, her voice is unwavering. She is resolved in the face of what cannot be changed.

“I don’t get depressed,” Ms. Macaluso said. “I don’t think about what’s going to be, or what’s going to happen. I just do my best every day.”

Her family’s home on Long Island was ravaged by...

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Pope Francis inspires New Yorkers to give back - Fox 5 News

12/18/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - Pope Francis' visit to New York in September increased his favorability among all Americans, according to a Marist poll that shows his rating jumped from 58 percent to 74 percent. In addition, 58 percent of Americans and 82 percent of practicing Catholics said they are more likely to be charitable as a result of...

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