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Desiree Downs of Casa San Francisco receives 2018 Delmarva Jefferson Award

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MILTON – Desiree Downs thought more than the normal number of people were waiting when she pulled a food cooperative truck onto the parking lot of Catholic Charities’ office in the Dover area last month.

Then she found out they were not all participants in the coop from the Dover area. Her family was there, along with state Sen. Brian Pettyjohn of Georgetown, a WBOC television crew, and some coop participants from the 10 sites Downs visits in Sussex County. Read more »

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Annual Catholic Appeal ensures Casa San Francisco reaches those in need

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MILTON – Casa San Francisco’s Basic Needs staff doesn’t want its clients to come back.

But don’t think the workers at the Catholic Charities agency are cold-hearted. What they want is a holistic approach that leaves each client better equipped to cope with life, so they do not have to return.

“We address what it is that causes you to be in this situation,” said Alan Southard, Sussex Services manager for Catholic Charities. “We’re trying to fix not only a [momentary] problem but the person.” Read more »

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Buccinis recognized by Catholic Charities for heritage rooted in faith

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Faith and family are at the center of life for the Buccinis.
Chris Buccini said he and his brother, Rob, do not need to look beyond his parents, D. Robert and Bernadette, for evidence of where these principles originated.
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Food drive helps Catholic Charities ‘Stock the Pantry’

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Catholic Charities Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington again asks all its communities to “Stock the Pantry” by contributing nonperishable food goods in order for the agency to meet the continued high demand for emergency food distributions. The food drive will continue throughout the month of February. Donors can drop off food and grocery store gift cards
at Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours.

“The holiday season of giving has just passed, but hunger for many of the families in our communities is a daily occurrence,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities executive director. “One in five residents in our Diocese don’t have a secure source of food. Families should not have to choose between making a rent, mortgage or utility payment and buying food. The donations of food that we receive from our neighbors help us meet the demand we see every day.”

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Weather challenges charitable agencies to keep people warm

January 4th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — The brutally cold weather covering the eastern two-thirds of the country at the start of 2018 kept Catholic agencies scurrying to find ways to make sure no one was left without warm shelter and hot meals.

From Montana to Florida and Texas to Maine, homeless shelters opened additional hours and home checks were commonplace as gusty winds carried teeth-chattering Arctic air southward.

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Buccini family to be honored by Catholic Charities at 2018 tribute dinner

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The Buccini Family — D. Robert, Bernadette, Rob, and Chris — will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will present the award at the dinner to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

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Go the extra three miles for Catholic Charities

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Bishop’s 5K is Nov. 18 at Bellevue State Park

Get ready and set to support Catholic Charities with Bishop Malooly at the second annual Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 18, 9 a.m. at the Figure 8 Barn, Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Road in Wilmington.

“One out of every 10 residents” of the Diocese of Wilmington receives at least one service from Catholic Charities each year, said Richelle Vible, executive director of Catholic Charities. “The Bishop’s 5K is a great way to get involved in the mission of Catholic Charities — providing caring service to the most vulnerable in our community. Bishop Malooly will be at the start and finish line — will you?”

In the 5K (about three miles) runners and walkers will compete for the best time, and will be awarded medals, along with race T-shirts. A complimentary picnic with light food and music will follow the race.

Individuals who can’t participate by running or walking can register to be “Virtual Walkers.”

Registration for the event is $20 prior to race day, and $25 on race day, plus a $2.50 event fee. Register at Bishops5k.com.

Please register for the picnic if you are not running or walking. Visit the Catholic Charities website, www.cdow.org/charities and click “Events” for information.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities’ services have grown from the care of orphans to include care for those facing chronic poverty, homelessness, hunger, mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy. The agency serves over 100,000 individuals each year throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

For more information contact Paula Savini at (302) 655- 9624 or at psavini@ccwilm.org

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Logistical problems slow help, damage assessment in Florida Keys

September 15th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags: , ,

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MIAMI — Hurricane Irma’s destructive winds blew wreckage and disruption throughout Florida.

But Miami’s Catholic Charities chief was particularly anxious to access the devastation in Monroe County and the Florida Keys.

A destroyed marina is pictured Sept. 13 in an aerial photo in Florida’s Marathon Key. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

Speaking with the Florida Catholic newspaper Sept. 13, Deacon Richard Turcotte, the agency’s CEO, said the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys was not yet fully open, making it impossible for to get a firsthand look at the devastation to Middle and Lower Keys.

The area reportedly sustained severe damage from Irma. Those high priority places include Marathon Key, Cudjoe Key, Big Pine Key and Key West, among others.

“It looks like (news reports show) there is absolutely nothing left in Marathon,” Deacon Turcotte said, noting that poor cellphone communication and transportation logistics were slowing the flow of information several days after the hurricane.

“I am trying to establish some communications: I plan to talk with some of the pastors there and do some distributions of water and food from parishes, and once we get the highway opened up, we can talk about those distributions to the Keys.”

In terms of Hurricane Irma’s impact on Miami-Dade and Broward counties, it appears that “there wasn’t the devastation that we saw in the Keys, so the greatest challenge will be getting services up and running there,” he said.

State officials confirmed a 13th death attributable to Hurricane Irma in Florida, with many of those fatalities in Monroe County. Irma will be remembered as one of the Atlantic’s strongest hurricanes on record, with peak winds of 185 mph, and Category 4 strength when it landed in the Florida Keys. Some sources are predicting that insured losses from Hurricane Irma could total $18 billion in the U.S.

In addition to Catholic parishes and schools throughout the Florida Keys, the region is home to a Catholic Charities-affiliated residential program, New Life Workforce Housing in Key West and other homelessness prevention programming for Monroe County.

Workforce Housing had 32-bed capacity and Catholic Charities was in the process of trying to build 37 new units in Key West, but Hurricane Irma’s impact will likely set the plans behind schedule, Deacon Turcotte noted.

He said his agency’s team has been working in three broad teams following the hurricane, with a goal of pulling together damage assessment to facilities, Charities programming status and prioritizing future response efforts, which are expected to be long term in focus.

“I have been taking all that information and then determining where the greatest damage is, and we can say it is Marathon Key so far,” Deacon Turcotte said.

“We are having daily conference calls with other state Charities agencies and Catholic Charities USA about available resources and stages of recovery,” he said, adding that the seven Catholic Charities agencies of Florida spoke by phone Sept. 13 with the president of Charities USA, Dominican Sister Donna Markham, who may later make a personal assessment tour of the area.

Deacon Turcotte said he examined a satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that indicates some good news that will have to be confirmed on the ground later: “From what we can tell of the satellite image of Key West, it looks like our structures are still standing but we don’t know about water damage, and it might be a few weeks to do damage assessments and even longer before we can bring the clients back in.”

As soon as authorities restore access to Key West, Catholic Charities staff planned to head down to the area for a quick look. “We don’t want to strain the infrastructure down there: a very quick in and out and then go back later with needed supplies.”

Right now, the Keys infrastructure, he said, cannot tolerate lots of volunteers and people of goodwill coming down to an area with minimal services, and with power outages, shortages of gasoline, foodstuffs and crippled infrastructure.

In general, before Hurricane Irma arrived, Catholic Charities programs across the archdiocese had evacuated residential clients in anticipation of the storm, including the relocation of some 52 unaccompanied minors living in Miami to a temporary situation in Houston.

Other residential clients at St. Luke’s Center for alcohol abuse and substance addiction and New Life Family Center in Miami also were temporarily relocated and many of those residents are returning as power is restored in the region.

Many Catholic Charities staff members have been working from home throughout the hurricane crisis until South Florida gets back to normal.

“In the future we may need to do outreach for long-term recovery, but right now it is too early to evaluate how to respond in Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas,” Deacon Turcotte said, noting that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, will eventually publish data that will give some indications of who needs help and particularly was unable to get federal assistance.

And with each hurricane come lessons for emergency services providers including Catholic Charities. The area’s nonprofit sector has organized itself into regions and geographic sectors to share emergency resources.

Hurricane Irma proved unique, Deacon Turcotte noted, for having directly impacted almost every diocese in the state, including the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, which had the distinction of receiving many of the evacuees from other regions.

Hurricane Irma also was responsible for causing significant harm to populations in the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands.

     

Editor’s Note: For more information or to make a to Hurricane Irma related donation, visit http://www.ccadm.org.

 

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Everything old is being made new again at Marydale

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$8 million renovations of 108 housing units for elderly to be completed this year

 

In 1981, it cost $3.1 million to build Marydale Retirement Village, the 108-apartment retirement community off Salem Church Road in Newark.

Thirty-six years later, a complete renovation of the 18-acre complex, managed by the Diocese of Wilmington’s Catholic Charities through Catholic Ministry to the Elderly Inc., costs more than $8 million.

The renovation project, a complex operation that’s been underway for the past 12 months, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Read more »

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Catholic Charities conducts May diaper drive to honor mothers

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington, is hosting a diocese-wide diaper drive to benefit Catholic Charities Bayard House Diaper Bank. The diaper drive will continue throughout the month of May 2017. Donors can drop off diapers of all sizes, baby hygiene items, and gift cards at all Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours. They can also visit Catholic Charities website at www.cdow.org/charities to make a donation using a credit card. Please note Diaper Drive in the comments section. Read more »

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