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Abortion alternative program honors Catholic agencies’ work

Catholic Social Services received two top awards from Real Alternatives, the state government-funded program that provides services to women facing unplanned crisis pregnancies.

In foster families, time may be short but love is abundant

The sad truth is there are many children who are not born into a stable and loving family. The latest in our Faithful Families series looks at Catholic foster parents and the loving homes they provide for at-risk children, often for a limited period.

Day centers make seniors’ later years golden

Senior community centers run by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services in South Philadelphia, North Philadelphia and Port Richmond have been recognized for the outstanding health, wellness and social services they offer elderly neighborhood residents.

Teens in Catholic program awarded for project on peer pressure

A group of students from Catholic Social Services’ high school summer program at Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Kensington were honored at the 2014 Work Ready Program Expo, which highlighted the project efforts of 100 student groups from across Philadelphia.

Kids enjoy picnic hosted by Catholic Social Services

More than 950 children from elementary to middle school age, who take part in CSS' 10 Out of School Time programs in Philadelphia neighborhoods, had fun in the sun last month at a park in Neshaminy.

Casa del Carmen helps employers find workers in North Philadelphia

More than 300 job seekers came to an outdoor career fair hosted by Casa del Carmen, a Catholic Social Services agency, located in a highly diverse, multicultural neighborhood of North Philadelphia.

Formerly homeless women get spiritual boost in Malvern

Malvern Retreat House hosted 53 women served by Catholic Social Services, along with some staff, for a free overnight retreat that helped them discover God's healing love in their lives.

Casa del Carmen toasts Green Light Pantry

The pantry run by the Catholic Social Services agency is one of two food pantries in the city that provide only nutritious foods to clients as well as free nutrition workshops, health screenings and other services.

Van brings pregnant women a real alternative to abortion

Bishop John McIntyre blessed a new van Feb. 18 that Catholic Social Services will use to provide mobile care for women in crisis pregnancies. It is part of a program of the Real Alternatives agency and a state/federal partnership.

Donations boost efforts to feed the hungry throughout Philadelphia region

The Catholic Church in the Philadelphia region provides a wide range of social services to all people. One of the most basic of human needs is food, and two recent events showed the support of the community for the church’s efforts to feed and serve the needy.