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A space to think about and discuss issues that impact the members of our community who are most vulnerable and in greatest need.

 

May 10th, 2019

Food is very much on Shewa Shwani’s mind. Not just because she recently pursued Food Studies as an undergrad, or because she works in our Homeless Services (where food scarcity is an issue for many clients), but also because she is part of a small team organizing a dinner for 700 people next...

 

Apr 16th, 2019

Proper school preparation is vital for a child’s success later in life. Entering kindergarten with an understanding of the basics, like how to interact with a picture book, helps kids get the most out of their education. A sad reality of poverty is that many children born into low income...

 

Mar 11th, 2019

On the Westside of Syracuse, where our House of Providence headquarters is located, many people live in poverty. This is a fact that many of our staff are familiar with; a lot of our clients live here. After staff member Taylor Haesaert researched the full breadth of that poverty as part of her...

 

Feb 26th, 2019

Two years ago, Andrew Sunderhaft joined Emmaus Ministry to serve dinner to people struggling with homelessness. The visit was part of his Confirmation classes. Andrew, now a high school freshman in Baldwinsville, said the visit left a lasting impression. He was especially struck by one question...

 

Feb 25th, 2019

For weeks leading up to Valentine's Day, Sacred Heart Parish has a special drive for our Men's Shelter. They put out notes about what items the shelter is in need of (laundry detergent, blankets, etc.) and parishoners take the notes and return the items. This drive is curently in its tenth year...

 

Feb 18th, 2019

by Mike Melara, Executive Director

During a recent trip to Washington, DC for a conference, I found myself enjoying the 60-degree weather as I walked from the conference center to the Lincoln Memorial. It is a ritual for me. Every time I’m in DC, I make a point of visiting the Memorial....

 

Feb 14th, 2019

Valentine's Day at one of our Pre-K classes on the Near Westside include craft time, special treats, playtime with the class pet (a hermit crab) and a visit from Ms. Becky. Ms. Becky is a librarian at Mundy Branch Library, and the kids were excited to share Valentine's with her. 

Our Pre-...

 

Jan 31st, 2019

Last night, January 30th, about a dozen Catholic Charities staff members bundled up to volunteer for the Point in Time (PIT) Count. The PIT Count is an annual effort by the Housing and Homelessness Coalition to count the homeless population in CNY. Volunteers from CCOC, Rescue Mission,...

 

Jan 10th, 2019

What would you do with a year’s supply of coffee? We imagine the answer for most people is – drink it! When we raffled off a year’s supply of coffee last week, however, we got a very different and wonderful answer.

The year’s supply of coffee was donated by Paul deLima Coffee, and was...