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.
Diaper drive keeps babies (and families) covered
To mark Respect Life Month, archdiocesan Catholic Social Services has launched an online campaign to provide area infants with a basic necessity that's breaking the budget of many low-income families.
Community garden sprouts in Bensalem, celebrates first harvest
The Fatima Community Garden marked its opening season with a new gazebo and a bumper crop of support from members and benefactors, who have sown both seeds and prayer into rich soil.