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.

St. Gabriel’s sees record 142 graduates receive diploma, tech certification

With 142 young men graduating with a diploma and career technical education certificate, St. Gabriel’s System is marking the most graduates since 1985. Officials attribute the rise to the tracking of court-adjudicated young men and boys who have completed the residential program at St. Gabriel’s Hall in Audubon and to the investments made in a night school, which gives students more options to further their education.

Philadelphia selects Catholic Social Services as partner for serving at-risk youth

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CSS) has been selected as a Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) under its new model Improving Outcomes for Children. CSS is one of three community-based organizations most recently selected by DHS to manage the cases of the city’s most at-risk youth.

Two social service offices to close in Archdiocese; CSS to partner with parishes

Archdiocesan Catholic Social Services (CSS) announced Jan. 4 a restructuring of its Community-Based Services division that will result in fewer sites operated directly by CSS and place a greater emphasis on parish-based services. The new model features a strong emphasis on developing partnerships with successful parish outreach programs throughout the region, a viable alternative approach that leverages CSS support of grass-roots local efforts.

Montgomery County’s Catholic, civic agencies volunteer to make Christmas bright for families

Families in Montgomery County got a big lift just before Christmas, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and staff of Catholic Social Services’ Family Service Center in Norristown, the county seat. The St. Nicholas Store at the center gave out donated gifts to 140 families and 331 children, with another 49 families receiving food from the center’s food cupboard, for two hours last Thursday evening, Dec. 20.