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Sep 19th, 2019

Originally posted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on 9/9/2019:

USCCB President and Migration Chair Urge Against Further Reduction in Refugee Resettlement as Contrary to American Values

September 13, 2019



Sep 3rd, 2019

“This city is vibrating with potential, and at the same time, there’s so much need,” says Juhanna Rogers. “Planting seeds of hope is something I owe to the people around me, because of my own mentors who’ve helped me become who I am.”

Juhanna Rogers, PhD, is being recognized as the Mover...


Aug 29th, 2019

Earlier this week, an English class from our CYO attended the New York State Fair! This trip was made possible by tickets provided through the Fair and community partners. 

Cathy Garvey, an English teacher at the CYO, led the outing. The students are refugees from around the world who...


Aug 19th, 2019

Back-to-school time is a busy time for many families, and for families living in poverty, the added expense of new school supplies can dangerously stretch the budget. To support our clients, our youth and children's programs are putting out a call for school supplies! Can you help? We're in need...


Aug 16th, 2019

This week, we celebrated the end of the first cycle of our ParentChild+ program! Participant kids and families received diplomas from their Early Learning Specialist and then enjoyed lunch, cotton candy, a bouncy house and carnival games. Take a look at the fun below!

ParentChild+ is a...


Aug 16th, 2019
by Mike Melara, Executive Director

“For us Christians, hospitality offered to the weary traveler is offered to Jesus Christ himself, through the newcomer.”  Pope Francis

We are called by Jesus to accompany the vulnerable and welcome the sojourner. At no other time has our moral responsibility to uphold these principles...


Jul 25th, 2019

Vote Now!

You can help one of our programs thrive with a couple clicks! Visit the WellCare Champions site to vote for Sharon Connor to be the WellCare Champion of 2019.

Sharon Connor is the sort of volunteer nonprofits dream about. She’s energetic, dependable and dedicated. She’s also...


Jun 28th, 2019
by Mike Melara, Executive Director

I will admit it. I’m a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to my day planner. I was introduced to the Franklin Planner system in January 1997 and I have been using it ever since. I carry it with me like a country preacher carrying a bible from town to town. Preaching the good word of organization...


Jun 24th, 2019

Pre-k classes represent an important experience for kids. Many of our students come from neighborhoods with high rates of poverty. They face challenges to success that their more affluent peers do not. Some come from refugee families for whom pre-k is an introduction to American school customs...