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Nov 2nd, 2018
Mike Melara, Executive Director

There are somewhere in the area of 4,000 men, women and children traveling in a caravan across Central America making their way to the US/Mexican border. Traveling 8-10 hours a day, in insufferable heat, they hope to make the 1200 mile trek over the next several months. At its height, the...


Oct 31st, 2018

On Halloween, one of our pre-k classes got into the full spirit of the holiday with a costume parade through their building! They practiced their "Trick or Treat!" and "Thank you!" with their teachers before trick-or-treating at every door. It was a great morning full of fun. Many students...


Oct 24th, 2018

Thank you to everyone who supported our Salt City Shaker on October 18th! A wonderful group gathered at the CNY Philanthropy Center Ballroom to learn about Catholic Charities' services and to celebrate Maria Maldonado-Lewis, our Mover & Shaker of 2018. We were thrilled to honor Maria, who...


Oct 4th, 2018

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You can help make this year's Salt City Shaker the most successful one yet!


An anonymous donor has agreed to give $1,500 in support of this event if we are able to reach our goal of 150 reservations! That means that when you purchase a ticket for the Salt City...


Sep 28th, 2018
Bikash Regmi, Nurse Practitioner

Bikash Regmi (pictured below with his wife, Kumari) is a local nurse practitioner. He arrived in Syracuse as a refugee in 2009.

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is hosting a health fair and breast cancer awareness program for the Syracuse refugee community on Friday, October 5th,...


Sep 21st, 2018

Our counterparts in the Carolinas and Virginia are working hard to provide relief to communities impacted by Trocial Storm Florence. If you would like to support these efforts, you can donate via any of the below methods. Thank you for your kindness to those impacted by the storm. 



Sep 20th, 2018
Felicia Castricone

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County is disheartened to learn that President Trump intends to reduce the number of refugees accepted into the United States from 45,000 to 30,000 in FY 2019. The 45,000 ceiling set in FY 2018, is the lowest in the history of the modern refugee program, which...


Aug 29th, 2018
Michael Melara, Executive Director

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” — Matthew 19:13-14

This verse...


Aug 17th, 2018

This week, we capped off summer programs at the CYO with a multicultural celebration, fashion show and dance party! The program provides recreation and educational activities for children of recent refugee families. Highlights include field trips like afternoons at local beaches, parks, museums...