Help a Woman - Volunteer

Posted on 02/20/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Another Volunteer Opportunity that needs Volunteers! 

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Tags: grace institute

Catholic Charities Joins Protest Against Judge's Last-Minute Kibosh on Immigration Reform

Posted on 02/19/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Immigrants and their supporters are rallying across New York to protest a judge’s Monday night order that stymies President Obama’s executive action to reform immigration policies. 

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Filed under: Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees

Tags: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Msgr. Sullivan

40 Days to Change Your World

Posted on 02/18/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Lent. Forty days before Easter when, through prayer, sacrifice and helping others, we transform our Christian love into action. 

Sounds good but how exactly do we do this? Now -- and throughout the Lenten season -- we give you our Lenten Messages of Inspiration.

"There are few...

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Tags: ash wednesday, Lent

David Carr: Inspired by Catholic Charities; Mourned by the World

Posted on 02/17/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

 At Catholic Charities, we mourn David Carr, the brilliant, irascible New York Times columnist who dropped dead at his desk at The New York Times last week from lung cancer. 

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Tags: David Carr, lung cancer, New York Times columnist, Twin Cities Reader

Pick Up a Basketball, Not a Gun

Posted on 02/16/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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Put the guns down. Pick up the ball. And let’s recreate.

 That’s the plea for the third year straight of Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., an empowered group begun by five broken-hearted Harlem mothers who lost their sons to gun violence. Their goal is to provide positive alternatives, specifically...

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

Tags: basketball tournament, gun violence, Harlem, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., juvenile facilities, Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Center

Catholic Charities Lobbies Albany in the Front Rooms, Face to Face

Posted on 02/13/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


Battling nearly a foot of snow, Catholic Charities New York representatives organized a show of force in Albany on February 9 – 10 to persuade state leaders to expand Governor Cuomo’s proposed plan to combat poverty.

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless, Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises, Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged

Tags: Catholic Charities Diocese of Buffalo Director

New York City’s Municipal ID Is a Good for New Yorkers and Good for the City

Posted on 02/12/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


The premier Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario, turns to Catholic Charities Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services C. Mario Russell for regular updates on immigration reform. 

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees

Tags: C. Mario Russell, El Diario, municipal IDs, undocumented

Four Bold Ideas to Mend Police-Community Relations

Posted on 02/11/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


Braving frigid temperatures, over 150 youth, community leaders, members of the public and NYPD law enforcement officers, banded together last week to discuss the dicey subject of community-police relations.

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Tags: Alianza Division

What’s So Great About a Random Act of Kindness?

Posted on 02/10/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week.

So, we wonder, what’s in it for me? Watch this powerful video and find out. Inspired? Join us this special week, February 9 – 15, 2015, and help spread the kindness.

Looking for ways to pitch in? How about:

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Tags: Big Sisters Big Brothers, grace institute, Random Act of Kindness, Thai Life Insurance, Volunteering

Migrant Children: A Four Part Series

Posted on 02/9/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

By Alice Kenny

Fifteen years old, hungry and alone, Elvis Garcia hitched rides, scrambled atop freight trains and dragged himself through 1,200 miles of deserts to reach his promised land, the United States.

Now this former unaccompanied minor works for Catholic Charities, helping fellow young immigrants survive  and thrive.

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises, Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees

Tags: Elvis Garcia, immigrants, Migrant Children, News 12, unaccompanied minor

A Special Thank You from Msgr. Kevin Sullivan

Posted on 02/9/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share


I am amazed and humbled by what we can do when we come together to help our neighbors. Because of you, so far this year's Feeding Our Neighbors campaign has already collected over 400,000 meals for families in need.

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Filed under: Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless

Tags: Feeding Our Neighbors Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, parishes

Human Trafficking: Don’t Look the Other Way

Posted on 02/6/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Join us this Sunday, February 8, as we raise awareness to this horror during the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. 

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth, Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises

Tags: Anti-Trafficking Program, New Americans Hotline, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

From Sleeping on Subways to Hollywood Success

Posted on 02/5/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Covenant House Alumnus Moves To Next Round of American Idol! from CovenantHouse on Vimeo.

A big guy with a big name but short on luck most of his life, formerly homeless Hollywood Anderson just won a ticket to his namesake, Hollywood, CA. 

It’s all thanks, he says, to Catholic Charities affiliate/homeless shelter Covenant House and his powerful performance on American Idol...

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

Tags: American Idol, Covenant House, Hollywood Anderson, Jennifer Lopez, Norm Lotz

Whiz Kid Immigrant Works with FB’s Mark Zuckerberg but Still Can’t Get Permanent Legal Status

Posted on 02/4/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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Similar to many New Yorkers, Carlos Vargas attended kindergarten through college in New York City. Similar to very few, he worked on a mobile app with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Filed under: Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth

Tags: DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Mark Zuckerberg

Immigration Reform Answers in Every Language

Posted on 02/3/2015 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

So many questions about immigration reform! ¡Tantas preguntas! 

At Catholic Charities we have answers in nearly every language.


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Filed under: Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees

Tags: El Centro Inmigrante, Immigration Reform, President Barack Obama, Mayor’s Office of Immigration Reform

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