Tag: catholic charities

Catholic agencies seek stimulus funding to meet expected surge in clients

CLEVELAND | Several Catholic charitable agencies are among more than 200 nonprofits urging Congress to include $60 billion in aid to help them meet an expected surge in requests for services from unemployed people. The coming wave of clients seeking food assistance, housing, health care and clothing is expected as a result of massive layoffs… Read more »

Evenings dedicated to Charity

Now is the time of year that people are planning their busy seasonal social schedule with lots of interesting activities to choose for evenings of elegance or just casual fun. While choosing from the many opportunities Southwest Florida has to offer, consider these events for a chance to give back to the community. Proceeds go… Read more »

Be the face of Christ and ‘move the needle of poverty’

LUTZ  | Lately, there are thoughts that keep Sister Donna Markham up at night. As the president of Catholic Charities USA, it might not be hard to imagine what might keep the Adrian Dominican sister up at night. The need is great in so many different communities and certain legislative actions could block possible grant… Read more »

Construction begins on First Step Shelter

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DAYTONA BEACH  |  Community leaders in Daytona Beach and Volusia County have struggled for well over a decade to determine how best to serve the many homeless individuals so visible and needing assistance. After nearly three years of intense advocacy by Fighting Against Injustice Toward Harmony (F.A.I.T.H.) and other community organizations concerned about this issue… Read more »

Christmas Appeal seeks needed funds

Venice | Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice Inc. is best known as a highly rated social service agency that assists thousands of people in the community each year. But Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice is so much more. Behind the many statistics are the real people who are helped each year. “The voices of our… Read more »

Catholic officials say Hurricane Michael sets new bar for disaster relief

MIAMI | Yirca Salazar, a quality assurance specialist for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, was just a toddler when 1992’s Category-5 Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction south of Miami. Salazar doesn’t remember much about that historic storm, whose wind strength is being compared to this year’s Hurricane Michael and its cataclysmic… Read more »

Local faithful step up to help Michael victims

Fort Myers | In astounding acts of generosity, the faithful of the Diocese of Venice responded with fervor to an emergency appeal for supplies for the victims of Hurricane Michael as items piled high at four drop-off points. Thankfully, these donations are already helping people in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee thanks to the assistance of… Read more »

Faithful reach out to migrant workers

Clewiston | José Garcia (whose name was changed to protect his family) has simple goals in life: to care for his family and to be sure they are safe and stay together. These aspirations are the same for which all families hope. But for a migrant farmworker toiling 60 hours a week in the fields… Read more »

Initiative to help families in troubled Orlando neighborhoods

ORLANDO | Canvassing a neighborhood known for violent crime in sweltering 90-degree heat is not something most people would sign up for. But then again the staff of Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) is not like most people. CCCF employees Anita Capetillo and Robin Layton were just two of many selfless volunteers who showed… Read more »

Programs broaden horizons for refugees

Last names have been omitted to protect minors. ORLANDO | It’s 4 a.m. and 18-year-old Asende Alex is waking up to get to her job at Starbucks in the Florida Hotel in Orlando, but she’s not complaining. Until two years ago, Alex had spent her entire life living in a refugee camp in Tanzania after… Read more »