Blessing Homes and Lives Impacted by Sandy

  It’s been nearly two and a half years since Hurricane Sandy made its devastating landfall on the coast of New Jersey in October, 2012. But for many families in southern New Jersey, the impact of the storm is still remembered daily. For three families in Ocean City last week...

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Penns Grove Fresh Food Drive Collects 150 Pounds of Food

View press release as pdf. Incollingo’s Supermarket Deborah Oglesby, nutrition education and food stamp enrollment coordinator for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, says she is disturbed by the correlation between poverty and obesity. “My goal is to help people understand that even though they think they might not have the...

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March Year of the Family Newsletter

Our Year of the Family newsletter for the month of March is here! This month’s theme is Teens, and the letter features an article on parenting during those difficult years from a parent on our Catholic Charities staff. We also have a listing of service ideas for teens from Greg Coogan,...

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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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