Judge sees no religious bias against Catholic agency on same-sex foster care
A federal judge swept away claims of religious discrimination by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services and ruled it must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to become foster parents in Philadelphia.
Nutritional Development Services kicks off nutritious, blessed summer
The "blessing of summer" event June 28 marked the start of the archdiocesan agency's summer meals program, which partners with federal and state resources to feed kids in the Philadelphia area.
Volunteers honored for giving thousands of hours to serve others
The archdiocese honored the more than 4,100 individuals who annually donate their time to Catholic Social Services' agencies in the five-county area. The volunteers remind clients, "You really are never alone.”
Philadelphia halts foster care referrals to Catholic Social Services
Calling city partnerships with organizations that do not place foster children with gay people discriminatory, the city has ceased referring new child placements with Catholic and Christian agencies. CSS hopes the partnership will resume.
Volunteers, parishioners feed hungry thousands in Bucks County
Mary's Cupboard, in partnership with Catholic Social Services in Levittown, relies on help from 10 local parishes and business-savvy volunteers to fight food insecurity. The need for food is rising in multi-family households.
New Catholic home offers seniors dignity, leverages public partners
Archdiocesan Catholic Housing and Community Services, working with state, local and federal agencies and banks, has completed the $15 million St. John Neumann Place II, a new senior residence in South Philadelphia.
CSS, Narberth parish rally to welcome refugee families
Catholic Social Services offered welcome baskets for 12 refugee families on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Volunteers filled baskets with food and clothing at St. Margaret Parish in Narberth and met with refugee families.
In after-school programs, the kids are in good hands
At the 15 Out of School Time programs in Philadelphia run by Catholic Social Services, children have a safe and fun place for homework and play after the school bell rings. Parents have peace of mind while they work.
500 kids enjoy ‘the best day ever’ with Archbishop Chaput at Christmas party
The Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children, in its 61st year, treated some of the 16,000 children across the region served annually by Catholic Social Services to a grand party with treats, gifts, songs and a pageant, plus Santa Claus.
Kids in after-school programs celebrate picnic in the park
Children enrolled in one of many Out of School Time programs at Catholic and public schools in Philadelphia spent a fun day in the sun, in the pool and with friends July 22 at Neshaminy State Park.