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The Catholic Charities Appeal gives hope to thousands across the Philadelphia region. But without your support, this isn’t possible. We still have a long way to go to reach our $12.5 million goal before the end of the year. Now, we must remember that reaching our goal is much more than just a number – reaching our goal impacts the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.

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St. Edmond’s home for children provides care for 40 boys and girls, ages 3-21, who suffer from physical disabilities and developmental deficiencies. St. Edmond’s offers both residential and community services to their children that include 24- hour nursing and direct care in a safe, loving environment.

St. Edmond’s Home for Children

Our daughter Grace is our angel. Grace has been at St. Edmond’s Home for Children since she was 3 years old, and it’s really been a blessing to our family. They have a very caring and spiritual world where they take care of God’s most fragile children. The children at St. Edmond’s are severely mentally and physically handicapped. Our Grace is also blind, so there are a multitude of different disabilities that these children have. Grace receives around-the-clock care which has not only saved her life many times, but also helped her grow up to be the person she is today.

Grace wasn’t expected to live very long and here she is almost 24 years old. She’s able to talk and walk and do much more than was ever expected. That’s really because of the love and care that they provide at St. Edmond’s.

St. Edmond’s has been the ultimate place to take care of Grace and has enabled our family to grow spiritually, accept the trials and tribulations of life, and to do our best as a unit.

St. Edmond’s is a wonderful example of the many programs and facilities that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has through the Catholic Social Services programs that help the less fortunate in our society. St Edmond’s is carrying out the mission of what Jesus taught us: to care for those in need. These programs would not be possible without the support of the Catholic Charities Appeal.

Gerald, parent
St. Edmond’s Home for Children

St. Edmond’s home for children provides care for 40 boys and girls, ages 3-21, who suffer from physical disabilities and developmental deficiencies. St. Edmond’s offers both residential and community services to their children that include 24- hour nursing and direct care in a safe, loving environment.

There are seven family service centers throughout the archdiocese of philadelphia that provide core services, including food and baby items, pregnancy and parenting classes, family strengthening programs, referral/enrollment for public benefits and emergency rent and utility assistance.

Northeast Family Service Center

I started coming to the Northeast Family Service Center when I was pregnant with my first child. For a mother, if you are not working, it’s very hard to provide for your family. When I visit the Center, I am able to receive food for my kids, clothes and diapers. I also enjoy going to the parenting classes. The classes are very important to me; they taught me how to speak to my children and how to be a better mom and wife.

As a mother and wife, you can’t give up. I needed to succeed and press forward for my family. My husband had to pay the rent, but we needed to buy diapers and milk for our babies. When you come here, you tell them what you need, and they help you – they help provide for my children.

I tell other moms I meet who are struggling how important this place is and what a blessing they are to families in need. I am so thankful for all they have done to support my family. When you support the Catholic Charities Appeal, you are truly helping people in need. If you think your life is shut off, they will help you and give you hope.

Tete, client
Northeast Family Service Center

There are seven family service centers throughout the archdiocese of philadelphia that provide core services, including food and baby items, pregnancy and parenting classes, family strengthening programs, referral/enrollment for public benefits and emergency rent and utility assistance.

Women of hope is part of catholic social services housing and homeless services. They respond to the growing problem of homeless women with mental illness. today, 46 women reside at two facilities located in Philadelphia.

Women of Hope

I was kicked out of my home for getting into trouble; I had nowhere to go so I was living in the woods. A friend told me about Women of Hope, and it truly changed my life. At Women of Hope, they provide for us – they give us anything we need and it’s wonderful! I’ve never been in a safe haven before and it’s an amazing feeling to have a roof over my head and to not worry about being on the streets. I receive three meals a day, clothing, job training, and so much more.

For the last two months I have been working as a home health aide. It feels really nice to have a steady job, and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the staff here.

In three months, I will be successfully discharged and move into my own place. Without Women of Hope, I’d still be homeless, sleeping in a tent in the woods. I am so thankful for all they have done; they treated me like family and took care of me when I needed it the most.

Anije, resident
Women of Hope

Women of hope is part of catholic social services housing and homeless services. They respond to the growing problem of homeless women with mental illness. today, 46 women reside at two facilities located in Philadelphia.

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