Last year was a challenge for everyone across the globe. Here in Philadelphia, our community struggled – many were left unemployed, without food, and without hope. The Catholic Charities Appeal beneficiaries, like Catholic Social Services and Nutritional Development Services, were on the front lines of the pandemic serving the community. Through your support of the Catholic Charites Appeal, individuals and families were given hope. Below is just a glimpse of how your donation to the 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal made a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.
“Providing individuals, families, and children with food and food related resources has been at the core of Nutritional Development Service’s (NDS) mission for nearly five decades. Often, we encounter those who do not have sufficient access to nutritious sustenance. However, COVID-19 has greatly impacted those that may not typically face hunger. NDS is grateful to have the means to assist all individuals and their families who are confronted with a food emergency brought on by COVID-19.” – Lizanne F. Hagedorn, Executive Director, NDS
“I love my job; it truly gives me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Last year, a family of 6 turned to Casa del Carmen for help. The mother was pregnant and due to have her baby any day. I immediately set up a Zoom meeting to see what their needs were and quickly realized they were in desperate need of resources. I was able to get them a free crib for the baby, food, diapers, and sanitizing products. I pray to God to help us receive the necessary resources so we can help people in need. I know so much of what we offer is made possible through the generosity of the Catholic Charities Appeal. Thank you for making the impossible, possible. Thank you for providing hope during this difficult time.” –Triana, Social Worker/Parent Educator, Casa del Carmen
“On any given day this past year, about fifty ill and elderly priest-residents at Villa Saint Joseph directly experienced God’s grace in the very tangible form of donors’ support through the Catholic Charities Appeal. I personally count myself so blessed and many times over, too. This past year I have enjoyed immediate daily support from a true community of highly professional staff and volunteers. The priest residents have peace of mind from 24-hour nursing supervision and support, a well-cared-for and safe, comfortable, cheerful living space. We have had an enriching community life as a “family” of brother priests. We share daily Mass, a rich prayer and devotional life, great conversations about daily events, varied and nutritious meals, and social events. With Catholic Charities support, we maintain a strong sense of “family” spirituality and security even when times get tough. Thank God for the Catholic Charities Appeal. God bless you, our donors, and caregivers at Villa Saint Joseph, our family home.” – Reverend Gerald C. Ronan, Villa St. Joseph Resident
“I received a call from a former client who was distraught after being laid off due to COVID-19. Her main concern was feeding her children. I informed her about our “grab and go” meals for children in our food pantry. She came to the pantry the very next day and continues to visit us weekly. She is so appreciative of our services, especially the food pantry. She no longer has to worry about her kids and where their next meal will come from. She knows she can rely on our Southwest Family Service Center.” – Employee, Catholic Social Services, Southwest Family Service Center
"Our Lady of Confidence welcomed six new families to our community this school year. Financial assistance from the Catholic Charities Appeal has allowed parents to send their children to an in-person Special Education School during these challenging times the pandemic has brought.” – Katie Bier, Principal, Our Lady of Confidence Day School
“Mayfair Out-of-School Time (OST) program has been such a productive part of my child’s education, both in-person and through virtual learning. During the difficult times of COVID-19, Mayfair OST exceeded my expectations by continuing to fulfill my child’s academic and social needs. They achieved this through daily Zoom meetings and a variety of activities. As a full-time teacher and parent, Mayfair OST has been a great asset to my daughter and her needs, and I am so very grateful.” – Frances, Parent, Mayfair OST