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Learning English opens doors for motivated mom

  Rawnak Hazim’s ambitions did not stop at learning the English language when she came to the United States as a refugee two years ago. But that’s where her journey toward living the American Dream began. Hazim has spent the past two years as a dedicated student in the ESL...

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A home and hope for a family in need

Beena O’Neil was one day away from becoming homeless. She moved to New Jersey from Louisiana to care for her sister, who has health problems and needed the care of family. Once in New Jersey, Beena and her two sons, Sharoon and Simon, moved in with her niece, but that...

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Diocese honors Saint Teresa with a day of service

In honor of Mother Theresa’s recent canonization, the Diocese of Camden remembered her with a Day of Service on September 10, 2016. Saint Teresa’s canonization was a highlight of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which was proclaimed by Pope Francis as a way of encouraging Catholics to rediscover the saving...

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Camden Diocese pays it forward in Louisiana

“It dumped the equivalent of 7.1 trillion gallons of water on the Baton Rouge area,” explained Mark Taylor, director of Veterans Services for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden, as he described the recent flooding that has devastated Southern Louisiana. “For comparison, Hurricane Katrina dumped about 2.3 trillion.” Taylor, along with...

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Salem County Food Coalition Seeks Solidarity

On August 22, 2016, the Salem County Food Coalition met for their monthly meeting to discuss current affairs and future plans for the coalition, which consists of 19 food pantries run by volunteers who provide emergency food to those in need. A main concern expressed at the meeting was that...

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A Prayerful Salute to Military Veterans

    Patriotism and pageantry filled Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Atlantic City on Aug. 16, as veterans and active-duty military personnel from all branches of service gathered for an interfaith prayer service to honor those who have served and their families. Despite having different faiths, all were united...

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Summer Happenings in Healthy Eating

During the summer months our Salem County Healthy Eating program has remained busy hosting events geared toward educating residents in health and wellness and making fresh foods more readily accessible. Throughout the year, the program hosts events like fresh food drives and their signature, “Roadshow,” presentations hosted by local emergency...

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Gleaning with Farmers Against Hunger

The word “gleaning” probably conjures biblical images. But the practice is actually alive and well in New Jersey in the modern day. In particular, an organization called Farmers Against Hunger, a program of the New Jersey Agricultural Society, is making it easy for volunteers to participate in this ancient practice...

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Financial coach empowers individual growth

When Arlene McGuinness was referred to Catholic Charities’ financial coach, she expected to meet with someone who would help her make a budget. But her weekly meetings with Elishia Townsend ended up providing her with much more. “She helped me move forward,” McGuinness said. “It opened up the vision I...

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