'Twas the season!
November and December were filled with many wonderful celebrations here at Catholic Charities. We are delighted to provide our clients with such joyful experiences. This month’s newsletter is a tribute to our generous donors, caring staff and wonderful clients who made the season so magical in so many ways. Thank you all for your support and cheers to a wonderful New Year!
Employee Spotlight: Catherine Migel
What do you like best about your role? I really enjoy working with our consumers, which is never dull. Why Catholic Charities? CCAN is an organization with strong roots that cares deeply for the consumers we serve and I wanted to play a part in that.
Favorite Book/Movie? The Sound of Music. Favorite Hobby? Writing and Gardening. Thanks for being an awesome part of the team, Catherine!
Strong Futures Celebration
Strong Futures is a supportive, transitional living program for males ages 18-21 who are aging out of the child welfare system and/or are homeless. Strong Futures provides the support and training that each youth needs to develop self-sufficiency skills to make a successful transition to adulthood and permanent housing. Since 2008, we have helped 75 young adults; and we continue to grow and serve.
This Giving Tuesday, we focused our efforts on funding special experiences for these young men. When one of the teens joined us a few years ago, his case manager asked if he had a passport. He responded: “A passport? That’s not for kids like me.” Since then, he has taken several international trips. We are teaching our kids that their lives do not have limits or restrictions. They can be anything – they can experience everything and dream bigger. These kids have grown up in the foster care system- they have heard the word ‘no’ many times and much of their lives has felt out of their control. Our hope is that with the gift of travel and experience, that old story will be erased. They will learn they are just as entitled to a full life as anyone else.
Salt and Light Ministry
What an Impact MARCUM LLP Employees made at CCAN Adoption Services! On November 22nd, MARCUM LLP employees volunteered for a MARCUM Day of Service at non-profits throughout the country. CCAN was very fortunate to have 15 MARCUM employees assist Adoption Services with a fresh coat of paint in 5 rooms. The group of accountants and support staff came energized and prepared to do the job. They worked hard in teams and transformed the client meeting rooms to look clean, fresh and inviting. We are very grateful for their support and generous donation of time. Many thanks to Patricia Chiarello, CCAN Adoption Services Program Manager and Mary Garcia, Administrative Assistant for their hospitality. They welcomed the group with an overview of their program’s services and refreshments with an invitation to return next year.
Seton Hall Prep Volunteers!
Thank you to the students from Seton Hall Prep who visited our 47 Miller Street location to learn about the services we offer and commit to a day of service. The group fixed up and organized a storage room that was in desperate need of some love. If you have a group that would like to get out and volunteer in the community, reach out to us!
Thankful for community this season. Pictured: the Partial Care clients at Miller Street enjoying a moment of gratitude before their shared Thanksgiving Meal.
Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling...
A team of volunteers participated in the annual Christmas Walmart run for our Homeless Shelter Shopping Initiative. They shopped for 335 clients of every age who live in our housing facilities located in Jersey City and Newark. Their Christmas’ were happier because of these loving people! To those who donated and/or came out to shop this year – thank you for your amazing support! You bless our Homeless.
For those who may have discretionary funds available for giving, please consider our Homeless Shelter Shopping Initiative, which provided the underwriting for this outing, and will support future ones. 100% of all donations support our efforts if you can pay the nominal 3.63% credit card processing fee. All administration and operating costs are donated by our volunteers and Catholic Charities. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE!
Huge thanks to Caldwell University Campus Ministry for coordinating the delivery of toys from faculty, staff and students for Catholic Charities families. Also thanks to the Athletics Department for donating numerous bags with essential items for our clients. Thank you all for spreading the holiday cheer!
Thank you to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Union County for their annual Christmas Gift donations for the clients of Cranford Partial Care. The crew celebrated by having a Christmas sing-along. What a wonderful community of support!
Thank you to the team at Goya Foods for their annual toy drive donation. The Employees at Goya generously bought and wrapped toys and donations for our residents at St. Lucy’s, Hope House and Pathways to Housing Program. Pictured is Claudia Marks, CCAN Director of Housing with Tony Rico, Goya Director of HR and a CCAN Board of Trustee. Our sincere thanks to Goya employees for their incredible support and generosity!
Holiday Express provided two donations of Christmas Cheer for the clients of Catholic Charities. They hosted a party for our shelter clients which included an evening of food, music, face painting and fun! The entire event was facilitated by dozens of Holiday Express volunteers. Holiday Express is a non-profit organization founded by Tim McLoone (musician and restaurateur) that delivers music, food, gifts, financial support, and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season.
Our Saturday Recreation Program enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of Christmas Cheer as participants did crafts, shared a meal together, opened gifts and enjoyed a holiday movie. The Saturday Recreation and Respite program is designed specifically for developmentally disabled individuals living in the community who are interested in weekend socialization and recreational activities with their peers. Respite time for caregivers of the participating individuals is a benefit of the program. It was a great day!
Thank you to our board member, Henry Amoroso, for his generous donation of food and gifts for the clients at St. Bridget’s shelter. The community had a wonderful time sharing a lovely meal and receiving thoughtful gifts. Thank you, Henry, for your continued support and generosity!
What a celebration at our Hilltop Senior Housing Christmas party – Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss even came out to join the fun! Clients and staff enjoyed a lovely afternoon together. They had a beautiful meal, enjoyed the decor and participated in Christmas fun. Thank you to all!