A Witness to Transformation

By Brian Wagner, Catholic Charities Cumberland County Family and Community Services Center When the shuttle pulls into the respite center, the first thing we notice are the looks of despair and fear on the faces of the women and children who get off. The families have been traveling anywhere from...

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Putting a Face on Aid

A Glimpse into the World of a Catholic Charities Case Worker Diane Jannone sits beaming behind her desk at Catholic Charities’ Family and Community Services Center in Atlantic City. She has good reason to smile. Just last week she finished spending the last of $250,000 state housing grant – a...

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Worshiping Before the Broken Christ

Like the many other prisons we’ve visited, entering Bayside State in Cumberland County entails a lengthy security process. After passing through the metal detectors and scanners, we’re led by an officer towards a floor-to-ceiling gate of metal bars. It slowly slides open to admit us into a square enclosure with...

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Sandy Recovery Two Years After the Storm

In the days following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy, Miriam Tanguay, a Catholic Charities employee, remembers working seven days a week at distribution sites in Wildwood and Northfield giving out donated food and supplies to storm victims. She would return at the end of the long days in the...

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Collaboration to Assist the New Face of Sandy

Frances Hallman’s home was still riddled with mold two years after Super Storm Sandy. Even though she had sustained considerable damages connected to the storm, as a mobile home resident she didn’t qualify for FEMA aid. The heavy rains of Sandy had caused her roof to buckle from water weight...

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On a Mission to Count the Homeless

We had spent at least half an hour in a parking lot by the railroad tracks in Millville, across from a liquor store when we decided to move on to the park. Few homeless had come by this once-reliable place today. The police recently removed park benches and a wall...

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The Importance of the Family Meal

By: Colleen McCay, LCSW This article originally appeared as part of a series of newsletters for families during the Diocese’s celebration of the Year of the Family. For the complete newsletter and more information visit the Year of the Family website. One thing I’ve learned while working with children and families...

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Understanding Lent, With a Little Help From George

By Nancy Hickman, site coordinator, Atlantic County Family and Community Services Center When I became a case manager with Catholic Charities’ regional office in Atlantic City 14 years ago, one of the first people to touch my life was George. He’s at our office every few weeks. Usually he needs help...

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Preparing Taxes and Helping Others

Most high school students don’t look to the IRS to help them fulfill their service hour requirements . But if you’re a junior or senior at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School and it’s tax season, you can spend those hours preparing people’s tax returns. For the third consecutive year, through a...

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