Parishes welcome newcomers through Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services welcomed over 230 refugees last year alone, and we could not continue to do this work without the help and support of the community. One community in Danvers, as part of a Parish Organized to Welcome Refugees (or POWR) site, came together as two different church groups to provide for newcomers welcomed by Catholic Charities.

Crafting Memories

Catholic Charities South works to serve clients through every important phase of their lives. Children make memories at Sunset Point Camp in Hull; parents work on perfecting their English in the English Transcultural Center; families rely on the food pantry, the largest in Brockton. Rita, a dedicated volunteer and friend of Catholic Charities South, saw a need to further engage one group we serve: Brockton’s active and involved elders.

A Bigger Picture

In 2013, Catholic Charities of Greater Boston recognized a need in Middlesex County. There was no food pantry option that offered clients a choice; that offered them the dignity that accompanies being responsible for the food your family receives. Starting out in what is now the food pantry’s waiting room, the Somerville Basic Needs Office was born.

Team Catholic Charities

“We all run the same course; some have various gifts, talents or unique capabilities while others are burdened by obstacles and challenges.” Steve Scala, one member of Team Catholic Charities 2017, made this observation back in January. Now it is April, training is in taper mode, and the Boston Marathon is on the horizon. Our runners have shown incredible dedication throughout the training season, not only physically but through their fundraising. With a team goal of $50,000, each teammate has done their part to support the at-risk youth served by Catholic Charities.

5 Benefits to Home-Based Family Child Care

Catholic Charities Child Care curriculum is based on the development of the whole child. We understand how special and unique each child is, so we offer different options to meet your family’s needs.  Why is Home-Based Family Child Care different?

  1. Bonding. Since there are very few children enrolled at each site, children form a close bond with their caregiver and others in child care with them. Care is more customized and flexible when the child-provider ratio is lower.

I Just Learned Something New from "Sesame Street"

by Beth Chambers

The PBS children’s television show, Sesame Street is one that we all know, either from growing up with it or having children who learned their ABC’s and 123’s from the daily letter and number on the show.  Personally, every time I hear the state name, Oklahoma, I am reminded of the Broadway musical directed by Kermit the Frog and starring Forgetful Jones who forgot the starting vowel in the song, ‘Oklahoma’, substituting instead A, E, and I as the first letter before finally getting it right and then it was time to break for lunch!

The Season of Gratitude

By Debbie Rambo | Boston Pilot, Friday, November 21, 2014

This is the time of year when my dreams are invaded by turkeys -- not the figurative turkeys that can sometimes appear in our dreams -- but the frozen Butterball variety. I imagine that this happens because it is at this time of year at Catholic Charities that so much of our attention is focused on making certain that families in need have the food necessary for a healthy and plentiful Thanksgiving dinner.

The cycle of domestic violence

By Debbie Rambo | Boston Pilot, Friday, September 19, 2014

Whether we like it or not, athletes hold a great deal of influence in our pop culture -- so much so that every year Americans are asked by research firms, like Nielsen and E-Poll, which pro athletes they believe carry the most influence with the public. These rankings then drive decisions about which athletes get the biggest endorsement contracts from corporate sponsors (think LeBron James with Nike, and Peyton Manning with Papa John's).

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