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Once sleeping in cars, she’s now heading for college

Bernadette spent almost 40 years living on the streets of North Philadelphia due to addiction. Thanks to an archdiocesan ministry that assists women in recovery, she's taking classes -- and control of her destiny.

Want to help others? Go to a Sixers game

A portion of the proceeds for a Feb. 20 game against the Brooklyn Nets will benefit the Catholic Charities Appeal, which supports social services and other programs that assist tens of thousands of area individuals.

No easy answers to homelessness, church workers say

After Philadelphia cleared tent encampments Jan. 6, staff of Catholic Social Services spoke of the "complicated" challenge of homelessness. They see an uptick in youth aging out of foster care now on the streets.

Bikers rev up Christmas for teens at archdiocesan home

The Delaware Valley Iron Indian Riders braved the cold on Dec. 21 to deliver toys to kids living at the St. Francis-St. Joseph and St. Vincent Homes for Children.

Solar robots, slime top afterschool program’s Christmas list

Archdiocesan Out of School Time sites have launched an Amazon Smile Campaign asking donors for much-needed materials that will provide science education for hundreds of at-risk youth.

Busy exec rallies area businesses to help homeless, hungry

Linda McDonough, president of the Catholic Charities Appeal's board of directors, says corporate giving sustains local Catholic ministries serving the most vulnerable amid challenging times for the church.

Santa makes lunch stop in NE Philly

The Claus couple delighted some 30 clients of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services with a Dec. 6 appearance at a Christmas party for busy parents and their kids.

Vulnerable women, kids benefit from #GivingTuesday

Mercy Hospice, which supports women in recovery and their children, will benefit from this year's annual donation campaign, with funds providing basic necessities and transformative life skills.

Coat drive warms hearts and homes

At the sixth annual Operation Bundle Up on Nov. 30, archdiocesan Catholic Social Services wrapped more than 500 kids and adults in winter gear, while connecting families with needed resources.

Beloved saint lives in his ‘good children’ and those who care for them

St. Luigi Guanella, a 19th-century advocate for those with intellectual disabilities, was honored at an Oct. 24 Mass attended by some 400 members of the archdiocesan Don Guanella-Divine Providence Communities, which provide a continuum of care for adults with special needs.