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Feb 15th, 2018

Yesterday our Vincent House after school program had a Valentine's Day party! The kids filled handmade mailboxes with handmade valentines and candy and then took a swing at a unicorn pinata, who was quickly defeated. Take a look at the photos below to join in on the fun!

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Feb 9th, 2018

An Account from Emergency Services

Carol* had been living in a Senior Apartment for seven years when she unexpectedly had a change in her household composition.  When her daughter’s involvement in illegal activity resulted in a prison sentence, Carol suddenly found herself with custody of...


Feb 5th, 2018

By Michael Melara, Executive Director

I’m exhausted.  Not by the work we do every day at Catholic Charities.  Not by the increasing demands placed on our agency and the people that we serve.  Not by the challenges we face as a community in terms of reducing poverty and other social...


Jan 29th, 2018

A Story from Staff at Dorothy Day House

Shauna* had faced a lot of adversity in life but, at age 23, was looking forward to starting college so that she could build a more stable life for herself and her two-year-old daughter. Just as she was about to get back to school, however, conflict...


Jan 12th, 2018

By Michael Melara, Executive Director

This is my friend, Raphael. I met him and his two daughters, Belvic and Octavie, in 2016. I greeted them at the Syracuse Airport with a team of coworkers from Catholic Charities whose work it was to resettle Rafael’s family. They were refugees from...


Jan 9th, 2018
Danielle Cummings, Chancellor/Director of Communications, Diocese of Syracuse

Most Rev. Robert J, Cunningham, Bishop of the Diocese of Syracuse, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael F. Melara as the CEO of Diocese of Syracuse Catholic Charities, Inc. effective January 5, 2018.  Mr. Melara has served as the Interim CEO for the past year while maintaining his...


Dec 27th, 2017

In 2017, our supporters helped create hope for 20,000 people in Syracuse. Our supporters helped reduce poverty in the region by enabling us to provide relief in crises, stabilization for those living in stress and capacity building for those striving for a better future for themselves and their...


Dec 22nd, 2017

At the start of CYO’s holiday party for kids and youth K-12, Eh Dar Bu Soe, a staff member, led in two wide-eyed brothers. The boys had recently arrived from Nepal, and the party was their first time at the after school program for recent refugee kids. The boys didn’t speak English, so Eh Dar...


Nov 21st, 2017

Yesterday at our Southside Bishop Foery Neighborhood Center, staff served up a meal for about 40 kids and teens. All of the food was prepared by staff member Brandon Gunn who, at 5:00, was juggling several bowls and pots on the stove top and in a small microwave to get everything heated up for...