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Bragging About the Bronx Power 50

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Why?  Two Hail from Catholic Charities!

Huge congratulations to Dianne Johnson and David Shuffler – named two of the Bronx Powerful 50! And their success on behalf of Catholic Charities with improving lives of New Yorkers in need.

City & State, the New York City-based political journalism magazine, hailed Dianne and David among the most powerful community leaders in the Bronx at a special ceremony at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Tuesday, December 20.

And while we are proud of them at Catholic Charities, in all modesty we have to admit their selection as key Bronx leaders comes as little surprise.  Dianne directs our Community Outreach Services where she oversees everything from our successful Preserving Housing program to Emergency Food and to services that empower the disabled. She currently is knee deep pulling together our Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, a united interfaith effort to fight hunger by providing 2 million meals within the upcoming month.

David, meanwhile, serves as executive director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice.  Founded in 1994 when gangs, crack houses and pollution held sway over South Bronx streets, this Catholic Charities affiliated agency serves as a faith-based center for urban ministry dedicated to fostering peace and justice through youth and commmunity organizing and development.  David grew up in this neighborhood and joined Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice as a teenager.  Dedicated and determined, he serves as a role model fostering new youth and adult leaders who together are revitalizing a once-blighted neighborhood.

Although the Bronx Bough Power 50 event marked City & State’s final stop this year in its inaugural series to honor the most powerful community leaders in each of New York’s five boroughs, Catholic Charities has gratefully already become accustomed to its limelight.   Our Catholic Charities Community Services of Staten Island CEO Vincent Ignizio was honored among the top 50 most influential Staten Island people during a roast the magazine held in Staten Island this past September.