Tag: catholic charities

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 »

Family Resource Center lives up to its name

Naples | It was 1968 when Judy Sullivan founded Catholic Charities in Collier County, beginning a legacy that has carried on and expanded through its 50 years, providing vital services to the needs of impoverished families, seniors and food insecure children. That legacy can be found in the newly renovated and reopened Judy Sullivan Family… Read more »

CCCF offers hope to refugee family of 8

ORLANDO | When Burundian refugee Burakoze and his family arrived at Orlando International Airport in April, he was greeted by longtime friends from the refugee camp in Tanzania where he and his family lived for two decades. Carolina Toro, Catholic Charities of Central Florida program manager, and Alice Ngamije, case manager, who worked behind the… Read more »