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Life beyond addiction
Pilot, February 24, 2014

Brockton reviews space needs after surge in K-8 pupils
Boston Globe, February 16, 2014

Area Catholic Charities hires new assistant director
Eagle Tribune, February 8, 2014

With help, former troublemaker now on to college
Boston Globe, February 2, 2014


North and Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities announces new Assistant Director

Mentoring the furture
Pilot, January 17, 2014
Jan. 8, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson"s declaration of an "unconditional war on poverty in America." The anniversary has created much discussion in the public square not only about the causes of poverty, but also about the effectiveness of the varied strategies employed over the past 50 years to combat poverty.Jan. 8, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson"s declaration of an "unconditional war on poverty in America." The anniversary has created much discussion in the public square not only about the causes of poverty, but also about the effectiveness of the varied strategies employed over the past 50 years to combat poverty.

Gelzinis: One Boston vision must see poverty
Boston Herald, January 12, 2014
As a Savin Hill guy who’s known Marty Walsh for the better part of his adult life, Joe Burnieika would have welcomed the chance to be among the throng who attended the new mayor’s inauguration last Monday.>>


Mayor Menino nostalgic during final Christmas visit to Bowdoin Geneva section of Dorchester

Catholic Charities receives grant from Columbia Management and Ameriprise Financial

CEO Corner:The business of charity


Cuts in food stamps leave many wanting
Boston Globe, November 25, 2013

Some Expect Record Turnout For Thanksgiving Food Baskets
CBS/AP, November 23, 2013

Cardinal leads Way to share turkey meals
Boston Herald, Novemebr 24, 2013

Exceptional Volunteers
Boston Pilot, November 15, 2013 ---
At this time of year, as we reflect upon our many blessings, I know that I count among my own blessings the many people that are Catholic Charities -- those we serve and those who serve. Our staff of 600 full and part-time professionals is ably supported in their work by nearly 3,000 volunteers, donating well over 200,000 hours of service over the past year.....

Cardinal O'Malley stresses work for the poor
Boston Globe, November 12, 2013 ---
BALTIMORE — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said American bishops should do more to highlight the church’s work on poverty in response to Pope Francis’s call to Catholics to be “a church for the poor.”...

Around the Archdiocese
Boston Pilot, November 8, 2013


Food Pantries seek to stock up
Dorchester Reporter, October 24, 2013 ---
As Thanksgiving nears, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston (CCAB) is hoping it can help everyone to enjoy a bountiful meal. ...

O’Malley, St. Louis archbishop put faith in their teams
Boston Globe, October 23, 2013

Mayors won't bet but cardinals will, October 23, 2013
If the Red Sox win, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will donate $100 to Boston Catholic Charities. Should the Cardinals win, O'Malley will donate $100 to ...

Catholic Charities South holds Fall Fashion Show
Norwood Trnascript, October 21, 2013 ---
NORWOOD — A dozen models strode across the runway in a variety of fall fashions, from off-shoulder sweaters to see-through ponchos, at the 15th annual Catholic Charities South Fall Fashion Show. ...


Caring for the future
Boston Pilot, September 20, 2013 ---
According to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, next spring more than 3 million students will graduate high school in the U.S. Unfortunately we know that some of this fall's incoming seniors will collect their diploma unprepared for what comes next--whether it is college, a career, or merely the challenges of everyday life.

Fish Family Gym Dedication
Dorchester Reporter, September 19, 2013

Fish Family Gymnasium dedicated at Charities' Dorchester Teen Center
Boston Pilot, September 13, 2013 ---
DORCHESTER -- For local business leader John Fish the dedication of a gymnasium at the Teen Center at St. Peter's in Dorchester, Sept. 6, became an opportunity to see first-hand the results of a renovation project he led in 2008.>>>


The Rodman Ride for Kids
Boston Pilot, August 16, 2013 ---
Don Rodman, local businessman and philanthropist, has supported social service organizations that serve at-risk children in Massachusetts for decades. A longtime friend of Catholic Charities and currently a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees, Don began the Rodman Ride for Kids in 1991 as a way to engage the community in a collaborative effort to raise much needed funds for non-profit organizations across the region. What began as a small effort has now grown to be the #1 single-day athletic fundraiser benefitting kids in the country.>>>


Labouré Recognizes Mayor Menino
South Boston Online, July 18, 2013 --
Led by Labouré Director Sr. Maryadele Robinson and Deborah Rambo, the President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, a reception and award ceremony was held at the Labouré Center last Thursday morning, July 18. The turnout of South Boston’s mover and shakers was quite impressive. Sixty people who have been associated with Labouré in many, many capacities showed up to take part in the festivities.>>>

Safe havens for youths
Boston Globe, July 15, 2013 --
By Deborah Kincade Rambo
When Manuel Gomes first arrived in Boston eight years ago, his future looked grim. He emigrated with his mother and two brothers, leaving other brothers and sisters home with family in the small island of Cape Verde off the western coast of Africa. Gomes spent his first few years in a small Dorchester apartment. Like many kids, he sought camaraderie. “I did not speak English and, with my new group of friends, I found myself getting into trouble a lot,” explained Gomes.>>>

Dorchester teen center celebrates 10 years of service
Boston Globe, July 11, 2013 --
The first year after Manuel Gomes emigrated from Cape Verde as a 12-year-old, he never made it out of his Dorchester neighborhood, not even to downtown Boston. He stuck close to home because he did not know English, confined to Bowdoin-Geneva streets he knew were dangerous. “It was so easy to jump into the wrong crowd of friends,” the now 20-year-old Bridgewater State University student said. “All of a sudden, I wasn’t behaving, not getting good grades, not doing anything positive.”>>>


CC honors Barbara and Marshall Sloane of Century Bank
Somerville News, May 30, 2013 --
On May 15, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston held its annual Spring Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. The event raised more than $1.3 million to fund the agency’s programs and services that support 200,000 people in need throughout Eastern Massachusetts.>>>

Sloanes honored at Catholic Charities Spring Celebration
Pilot, May 24, 2013 --
DORCHESTER -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, May 15, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for their annual Spring Celebration. The benefit raised more than $1.3 million to fund the agency's programs and services that support 200,000 people in need throughout Eastern Massachusetts.>>>


BC Alums Announced to the Board of Catholic Charities
The Heights, April 11, 2013 --
Kevin MacKenzie, BC ’78, and Jennifer Merrigan-Fay, BC ’89, were recently named to the 25-person Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. The organization is one of largest social service providers in Massachusetts, with 15 locations in the greater Boston area serving over 200,000 inhabitants per year.>>>


Some preschools’ seats empty after freeze on state aid
Boston Globe, March 4, 2013 --
...We have empty seats,” said Deborah Kincade Rambo, president of Catholic Charities of Boston, which serves about 1,100 children. “We know there are people out there who would like to be able to get their children into child care, but they can’t because they can’t access the state subsidies.”

And if parents don’t have access to child care, parents can’t work. “So,” she said, “it’s a never-ending cycle.” >>>


Recovering Connections: Communities and Mental Health
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, February 27, 2013 --
Columbine. Aurora. Sandy Hook. Such places have been tragically redefined, no longer associated with scenic views or quiet neighborhoods. Reframed as events rather than communities, each has marked history with some of the worst gun violence in the United States carried out in settings once considered safe havens. >>>

Nonprofits learning to do more with less
Boston Business Journal, February 15, 2013 --
With the still largely unresolved fiscal cliff, pending deficit reduction efforts and the reality of ongoing diminishing support from state and federal governments, it’s a challenging time for nonprofits and social services agencies. In this environment where nonprofits are stretched thin, it is crucial for organizations to work as efficiently as possible to fulfill our mission while still investing in programs and infrastructure.>>>


Now is the time to pass just and compassionate immigration reform
U.S. Catholic Bishops and Justice for Immigrants urge senators and representatives to support immigration reform

Boston’s lagging pre-kindergarten classes targeted
Mayor Thomas M. Menino will announce on Wednesday an initiative to help several community-based organizations bolster the quality of education they deliver in their pre-kindergarten classrooms. The program’s goal is for children to graduate from these pre-kindergarten classrooms better prepared to succeed in Boston’s public schools.


Rambo: The fiscal cliff's threat to Massachusetts families
Metrowest Daily New, Dec 28, 2012
In recent weeks, news media have been saturated with reports on the imminent “fiscal cliff” that will significantly affect the U.S. economy. We have heard about the potential impact this combination of spending cuts and expiring tax cuts will have on employment figures, healthcare, scientific research and the military, but we must not overlook the implications these funding cuts would have on social services agencies.

For several years now, social services agencies and other nonprofit organizations have seen the demand for services increase tremendously as a result of the prolonged economic downturn and associated financial challenges facing families. This overall increase in demand for social services has coincided with diminishing support from the state and federal government and limited funding from corporate and individual donors. As the cold winter months approach and the recent holidays, all of us in the nonprofit and social services sector are feeling the strains. Read more

In Bowdoin-Geneva, community groups build hope, Dec 28, 2012
The recent Boston Globe series entitled 68 Blocks gave readers an opportunity to see into the window of the Bowdoin-Geneva and to feel the pain, suffering, hope, and joy

Retired Canton doctor takes highest school honor
Canton Journal, Dec 28, 2012
Boston College High School presented its St. Ignatius Medal to Dr. William H. Sullivan, MD, of Canton at an assembly of more than 1,600 students, faculty and staff Dec. 7.

Respect for Menino and the status quo
Boston Globe, Dec 27, 2012
After an extended hospital stay, Mayor Tom Menino’s ability to pick up where he left off is a testament to the good will he has banked with Boston voters.

Brockton groups team up to ensure kids have gifts under the tree
Brockton Enterprise, Dec 20, 2012
Catholic Charities, the Office of Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti, The Shaw’s Center and several other organizations teamed up Wednesday for the third annual City of Champions Toy Drive at The Shaw’s Center in Brockton.

Charities' Labouré Center House Tour enlightens, spreads Christmas cheer
The Pilot, Dec. 7, 2012
SOUTH BOSTON -- With decorative themes ranging in inspiration from Dr. Seuss to Charles Dickens each of the six houses opened for an annual South Boston Christmas tour told visitors a story. Catholic Charities Labouré Center's 22nd Annual Christmas House Tour brought 900 guests


Catholic Charities South donates hundreds of turkeys to Brockton area famililes
Enterprise News-Nov 20, 2012
Hundreds waited in line outside Catholic Charities South on Tuesday morning to receive a donated Thanksgiving dinner. Bundled in scarves ...

Charities to give out 3000 Thanksgiving meals 17, 2012
BOSTON (AP) – Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston and United Way will join forces to distribute more than 3,000 Thanksgiving ...

Catholic Charities, United Way distribute Thanksgiving meals
The Pilot –Nov 21, 2012
Michael Durkin, president and CEO of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, and Catholic ...

Thousands Of Boston Families Receive Thanksgiving Meals
WBUR-Nov 17, 2012
BOSTON – More than 7,000 Thanksgiving meals were distributed in Boston ... by the United Way and Catholic Charities of Greater Boston.


Grant supports new school playground
(Malden Observer, Oct. 31, 2012)

Catholic Charities Honored With Balanced Scorecard Award from Palladium Group
(October 19, 2012)

Ford Hall Forum: Reaping is a Virtue
(Suffolk Voice, Oct. 31, 2012)

Catholic Charities Kicks Off 5th Annual Friends Feeding Families Campaign
October 1, 2012

The Ticker
(Boston Herald, October 1, 2012)


Behind the statistics lie real lives
(The Pilot, September 28, 2012)

New director named for Catholic Charities South in Brockton
(The Enterprise, September 14, 2012)

Around the Archdiocese
(The Pilot, September 14, 2012)


The Rodman Ride for Kids
(The Pilot, August 17, 2012)


Eritrean players hang on to a dream
(The Boston Globe, July 29, 2012)

A safe place for women
(The Pilot, July 20, 2012)

Brockton Rox celebrate Christmas in July
(Brockton Enterprise, July 26, 2012)

VIDEO - Fashion Show for Catholic Charities North

Young immigrants crushed to miss deadline for reprieve
(Boston Globe, July 1, 2012)


Catholic Charities To Provide Assistance for Immigrants Eligible for DREAM Act
Refugee and Immigration Services Program Sets up Hotline
Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services Hotline for DREAMers is (617) 464-8004

DHS to Offer Deferred Action to Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. Those who demonstrate that they meet the criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization. Read more

The importance of fathers
(The Pilot, June 15, 2012)

Educational program gets youth on the right track
(The Connector, Spring 2012)


Cummings Foundation donates $700,000 on North Shore
(The Salem News, May 30, 2012)

Catholic Charities honors Rev. Gloria White-Hammond
(The Pilot, May 25, 2012)

Justice Award
(Jamaica Plain Gazette, May 25, 2012)

Education, fashion to mix at Nahant event
(The Lynn Item, May 21, 2012)

Immigrant from Brazil returning help he once received
(The Boston Globe, May 20, 2012)

St. Ambrose to open new space for homeless teens
(The Dorchester Reporter, May 17 2012)

Catholic Charities honors a Danvers pastor and his parish
(Danvers Herald, May 9, 2012)

One World Boston, Cummings Foundation award $100,000 grants to seven North Shore nonprofits
(, May 9 2012)

New cooks in the kitchen
(News@Northeastern, May 7, 2012)

Carol & Bob Witt of Canton to receive Catholic Charities award
(Canton Journal, May 3, 2012)


Marathoners with a mission
(The Pilot, April 20, 2012)

Fishing Community Helps Catholic Charities North assist Fishing Families
LYNN – April 9, 2012 – Making a living as a fisherman in New England is challenging. It is even more challenging in the winter. Hospitalized and unable to fish, one ship Captain found himself struggling to pay rent and utility bills this winter. Unsure how he would keep a roof over his family's head, he turned to the Catholic Charities North office in Gloucester, for support. READ MORE


Temporary Protected Status Designated for the Syrian Arab Republic
Due to the violent upheaval and deteriorating situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that eligible Syrian nationals (and persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) in the United States may apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services will process TPS cases through the Refugee Legal Services.
(U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, March 29, 2012)

Catholic Charities south hosts grand opening
(Patriot Ledger, March 3, 2012)

Catholic Charities opens new Brockton facility
(Brockton Enterprise, March 1, 2012)


St. Theresa School Helps Support Food Pantry All School Year
(West Roxbury Patch, February 21, 2012)


Gallagher named Catholic Charities chairman
(The Pilot, January 20, 2012)


Gelzinis: One Boston vision must see poverty
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