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Mar 6th, 2020
by Mike Melara, Executive Director

Dear Dominick,

I hope this letter finds you well. Sophomore year in college can be a challenging time and I know you are working hard at school and learning a great deal in the process.

It may surprise you to know that as your dad, I am still learning.

I’m still learning...


Feb 24th, 2020
by Paul Welch, Guest Writer

Fr. George Coyne, S.J., who died on Feb.11 this year, had a brilliant mind, the courage to follow the truth and a persona that made people of all backgrounds comfortable. His career as an astrophysicist spanned decades with discoveries and awards galore. 

Pope John Paul I appointed him...


Feb 24th, 2020
by Gracie Barney, Community Relations Specialist

Our wide array of programs provides many different opportunities for volunteers. We are so grateful for all of our volunteers who support our programs and efforts at Catholic Charities. This month, we would like to focus on one of our Vincent House volunteers: Laura Hand & Moose.



Feb 6th, 2020
by Gracie Barney, Community Relations Specialist

“My clients know I don’t leave. Once they know you care, they stick with you and I stick with them,” says Atsede Negussey. “My clients know I am an advocate; I am here to help.”

Atsede Negussey is a Care Manager with our Adult Health Home care management program. Atsede began her work...


Jan 14th, 2020
by Denise Headd, Chief Development Officer

Happy New Year!  During these last two weeks I have been making a conscious effort to clean up the clutter of the holidays. Taking down Christmas decorations reminds me that another season with family and friends has passed. I have the opportunity to sit back, take a breath and quietly reflect...


Dec 20th, 2019
by Gracie Barney, Community Relations Specialist

Northside CYO was filled with dancing, joy, laughter and the true spirit of Christmas this past Wednesday for their annual holiday party. Nearly 40 children ages five to sixteen joined in a celebration of Christmas with some special guests; The Baldwin Family. 



Dec 2nd, 2019
by Tino Laterza, Events & Development Specialist

On Monday, November 25, our Vincent House pre-k students had a bit of a surprise. Laura Hand, a recently retired reporter from CNYCentral, and her emotional support therapy dog, Moose, paid a visit to one of our pre-k class. Laura comes into our Vincent House classes every other week to teach...


Nov 19th, 2019
by Tino Laterza, Events & Development Specialist

With that time of year quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to tell you a little bit about our Christmas Program. With your generous support, we at Catholic Charities of Onondaga County are creating hope and providing direct assistance to over 400 Syracuse families every holiday season...


Nov 15th, 2019
by Tino Laterza, Events & Development Specialist

We will celebrate our 35th annual House of Providence Dinner on May 20, 2020. We're excited to honor the following individuals for their incredible contributions to our CNY community. Details about tickets and sponsorships are available on our webpage here. 

Bishop's Award