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Grand Finale: Served by Catholic Charities & Profiled by The New York Times

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

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Jordon with his case manager, Stephanie Ali

“It’s amazing what can happen in a year,” write lead New York Times Neediest Cases reporters John Otis and Remy Tumin in their final Sunday, 4/14/19 wrap-up of the recent Neediest Cases season.  “Just ask Jordon Levy.”

He went from homeless, jobless and battling depression to a new apartment and managing a team of 20 people. Life, Mr. Levy said, “is good now.”

In this Neediest Cases finale, The New York Times features six upbeat outcomes to profiles of trauma and pain shared by eight agencies participating in the Neediest Cases campaign. Two of these six upbeat outcomes belong to clients served by Catholic Charities NY.  Together, they illustrate how, when we team with media, individual donors and, most important, individual fortitude, we succeed at turning around the lives of New York’s neediest.

Two generous donors, for example, are transforming the luck of the Fernandez family, another family served by Catholic Charities NY and featured in the Sunday Times.  The family, educated and once the source of comfort for others in need, lost all they owned when terrorism against Catholics forced them to flee in their native India.  After reading their original story featured in The New York Times, the donors, both with Indian roots and, like the Fernandez family, inspired by Mother Teresa, gave $4,000 and pledged even more to help the family move from homelessness to an apartment of their own.


Fernandez Family

“Our hand was really empty, and they gave us a handful,” Mr. Fernandez said. “For us, four thousand is like one million.”

Looking for inspiration?

  • Read this upbeat outcome roundup featuring Jordon Levy, the Fernandez family and four more New Yorkers in need in The New York Times.

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