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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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NYC Mayor Outlines New Outreach to Homeless on Streets - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

12/18/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new task force Thursday to reach people living on the streets and usher them into long-term housing, The Wall Street Journal reports. Using police and City Hall resources and working block by block, the new Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement Street Action Team will be able to respond quickly...

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In Addition to Nearly 1,000 Toys & Coats, Catholic Charities Receives Surprise Gift from Empire City Casino President at Ninth Annual Coat and Toy Drive

12/18/2015  |  Press Releases  |  Share

Donation Will Assist Hundreds of Families & Children in Need this Holiday Season 


Contact: Taryn Duffy, Empire City Casino 914-457-2431,;
John Cirillo, Cirillo World 914-260-7436,;
Paul Costiglio, Catholic Charities 646-794-...

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New York City to Expand Homeless Outreach - The Wall Street Journal

12/17/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Mayor Bill De Blasio announces aggressive new strategy at meeting with business leaders

A new task force will address street homelessness block by block and have the capability to send teams on scene within an hour of a resident reporting a homeless person, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.

The mayor described...

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Clothing drive held in White Plains - News 12 Westchester

12/15/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

A charity group held a clothing drive in White Plains Saturday. Catholic Charities worked with the Kmart in downtown White Plains to gather items for those in need during the holiday season. Shoppers from Catholic Charities helped out by shopping for coats, hats, socks and gloves to give to the nearly 400 people involved with the program. "It's...

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Volunteers shop for families in need in White Plains - Fios 1

12/15/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

The 5th Annual St. Nicholas of Westchester Shopping Day provided gifts for over 400 families in need

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New York to Aid Immigrants Amid Stalled National Reforms - New York Times

12/14/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Immigration may be under attack across the country, but New York’s top officials used a national conference in Brooklyn on Monday to defend immigrants, though their soaring rhetoric overshadowed their fairly modest proposals.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who has pushed immigration reform as part of his liberal platform, said the city...

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Battered and Blind, and Finding a Home in the Bronx- New York Times

12/11/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

For Seana Cromitie, the surest sign of a new problem in a life full of them came in the place that had always been her sanctuary: the kitchen. There, in the Applebee’s restaurant in East Harlem where she worked, she would slice vegetables and miss, scarring her hands with small wound after small wound.

Ms. Cromitie, an animated woman...

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Skoufis Secures Grant for Catholic Charities - Hudson Valley News Network

12/08/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that he has secured a $25,000 grant for Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County to help buy beds and other basic household items through the organization’s Case Management and Resources Exchange Program; this vital initiative serves over 2,100 local individuals and families every...

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Illness Shakes Mother Who Rebuilt Her Life - The New York Times

12/07/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

For more than a month, Angélica Diaz refused to acknowledge the contents of a letter from her doctor. She kept it from her employer.

“I knew once I decided to give that letter, I’d have to stop working,” Ms. Diaz, 48, said. “I wouldn’t know how to feed my kids, and how to pay my rent or do anything else.”

Her health had become...

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A Silent Daughter, Reunited With Her Father, Learns to Speak 3 Languages - New York Times

12/06/2015  |  New York Times Neediest Cases  |  Share

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When Daysi Perdomo came to the United States at 7, she could barely speak, her delayed speech owing to a hearing impairment. More than two years later, she can communicate in three languages.

Daysi’s arrival reunited her with her father, Getulio Perdomo, who left her in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 2006 in the...

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Astor home helped children in need - Poughkeepsie Journal

12/01/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

Astor Services for Children and Families, on Mill Street (Route 9) in the Village of Rhinebeck, provides children’s residential treatment programs in order to reduce their need for psychiatric hospitalization. While it began operating at the site in 1914 as the Astor Home for Children its history dates to 10 years earlier in the Hamlet of...

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Holiday Helping Hand grant helps Astor keep people warm - Poughkeepsie Journal

11/30/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

RHINEBECK - Astor Services for Children and Families will keep hundreds of kids and families in Dutchess County warm this winter thanks to a grant to buy hats, gloves, blankets and scarves.

It’s part of a joint project by the Poughkeepsie Journal and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region called Holiday Helping Hand. In its 33rd...

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Naturalization Application Assistance is Available - Hudson Valley Press

11/25/2015  |  News Articles  |  Share

NEWBURGH - Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County and the New York State Office for New Americans will be providing free assistance with naturalization applications at their office at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center on Friday, December 11. The assistance is free of charge, but appointments are required and can be made by...

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