Giving Thanks Through Service

“Encountering Mercy” is a series exploring the corporal works of mercy during the Jubilee Year through the lens of the people whose lives exemplify them. In March, the Diocese of Camden focuses on “Feed the Hungry.” This month’s profiles highlight examples of those who experience this corporal work of mercy...

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Counting the Homeless in Cumberland County

Snow is still thick on the ground as teams of volunteers strike out from Catholic Charities’ office in Vineland on a frigid January morning. Their mission: find as many homeless as possible on the streets of Cumberland County and give them a survey. One of the teams pulls up to...

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Cooking Lessons: Salem County Healthy Eating Program Hosts Food Pantry Demo Day

Visitors to the food pantry at Asbury United Methodist Church in Woodstown, New Jersey on December 15 were treated to an extra bit of information and some delicious food. Catholic Charities’ Healthy Eating and Wellness Program of Salem County hosted a Demonstration Day at the pantry, featuring both a nutrition...

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Setting a Plate for Jesus in North Cape May

If you’re living on public assistance, or welfare, in Cape May County and using temporary housing vouchers from the Board of Social Services to help cover housing expenses, there’s a chance you may be living out of a motel. Although the county is trying to cut back on the trend,...

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The Struggle for Housing in Cape May County

Frances Ames, her significant other, and her four-year-old daughter have been living in a motel room since December. The 32-year-old lost her identification last fall when her purse was stolen. She and her daughter have been homeless since then. Without documentation, she’s ineligible for state-funded benefits. Her daughter’s corner of...

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Our Impact: Housing

In 2014, New Jersey was ranked as the fifth most expensive state in terms of affordable housing in the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s 2014 report: “In New Jersey, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,296. In order to afford this level of rent and utilities –...

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