Celebrating World Refugee Day

By: Musleh Amjaad (AJ), Bethlehem University Student Intern On June 21, 2014 Catholic Charities of Diocese of Camden celebrated its annual salute to the courage of refugees at the 4th Annual World Refugee Day Celebration. World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honor the courage, strength and...

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Theatrical Debut for a Refugee Client

Theatrical Debut for a Refugee Client For over two decades, The Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, New Jersey, has been putting on live quality performances for many to enjoy.  One refugee youth, Miss Oh Na Sa, was lucky enough to hone her skills at the Ritz Theatre’s “Summer Theatre Arts Camp”...

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Tall Pines Summer Camp

From Refugee Clients to Tall Pines Campers This summer, Burmese, Pakistani and Iraqi refugee youth were provided the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of childhood in New Jersey at Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown. This camp was a dream for the youth, as for many families have...

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A Focus on Housing to Reduce Poverty

Mariluz Rivera, a case manager who works with Catholic Charities’ Social Services for the Homeless (SSH) grant for Camden County, says the case in front of her is a typical one. A woman, who we will refer to as Tina Smith, comes to Rivera facing eviction from her apartment and...

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Catholic Charities Attends Annual Gathering

“My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I send you my warmest greetings of peace and abundant joy as you gather together in Charlotte, North Carolina, to celebrate the work and ministry of Catholic Charities in the United States of America. I really like your theme: “Setting the Pace: Changing...

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Guide to Salem County Food Pantries

In 2013, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden was awarded a grant from the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation to fund a new program, the “Salem Nutrition Initiative,” in Salem County, New Jersey.  This program, focused on improving access to and education about fresh fruits and vegetables among lower income, food...

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Refugee Gardeners Harvest Familiar Produce

Ten Burmese refugees listened intently as master gardeners Rebecca Szkotak and Chris Waldron offered nuggets of gardening wisdom. The Burmese’ community gardens will benefit next spring from the gardeners’ advice on composting, rain water collection, and, especially, keeping away those pesky turkeys. The garden training took place on Oct. 2...

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Justice For All Dinner Raises $60,000

The eleventh annual Justice For All awards dinner, held on Sept. 25 to benefit Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Camden, began and ended with prayer. “The Pope exhorted us to pray courageously,” began Kevin Hickey, executive director of Catholic Charities Camden, referring to Pope Francis’ 2013 homily in which...

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Catholic Charities Unveils Casino Crisis Hotline

Latest News Catholic Charities Home Latest News Home About Us Contact Us Yomary Blanco has a big smile, a big laugh, and a beaming positivity. It’s hard to believe both she and her husband both recently became unemployed when the casinos where they had worked for nearly two decades closed earlier this month....

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Catholic Charities USA Serves Record Numbers

Mary Rocco’s life had suddenly gotten even more complicated. Suffering from severe arthritis, the 76-year old is wheelchair bound. Her husband died last year and her son, who had been her primary caretaker, was suddenly admitted to the hospital for mental health concerns. Without anyone to care for her, she...

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