"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."
We have received reports from several local parishioners stating that they received a telephone call soliciting for contributions to Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities does not solicit for individual contributions by telemarketing. Currently, Catholic Charities solicits support by mail, email, our website, www.catholiccharitiesaj.org, and our annual second collection in November.
If you receive a call seeking contributions for Catholic Charities, please feel free to contact our office at 944-9388.
Committed to serving the people of central Pennsylvania without regard for race, ethnic origin, religious belief, or financial means, through the generosity of donors from the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese, from the communities we serve, and from the United Ways in Cambria-Somerset Counties, Clinton, Centre County and Blair County.
The mission of Catholic Charities is carried out under the direction of the Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johstown
Catholic Charities opened the Martha & Mary House last year to provide a safe haven for homeless individuals and families while they work to regain financial stability and find a more permanent residence. Having a place to sleep and access to meals at the shelter gives these families and individuals peace of mind while they search for longer-term solutions, like securing employment and finding a home.
This November 12th through 20th is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of this national issue that affects many right here in our community.
Since its opening, the Martha & Mary House has helped more than 200 residents of Cambria County who’ve experienced homelessness and housing instability. At the reins of this operation is Danielle Bowers, who joined Catholic Charities as the Director of the Martha & Mary House in June.
“I get to work with wonderful people each day,” said Bowers. “I enjoy watching our houseguests grow and succeed. The self-confidence that they gain in themselves is a great joy!”
The “giving” in Thanksgiving means to give in more ways than one. It is a time to give thanks to God for the bounty of blessings He has given us: for our food, shelter, family, and everything in between. But just as importantly, it is also a time to give to others; to demonstrate our faith by loving our neighbors as ourselves and giving what we can to those in need.
In our communities, some individuals and families are thriving. This can make it easy to overlook the fact that many others are in need. Friends and neighbors—maybe some that you know from church, school, or work—are working hard every day to support their families and to make ends meet. But despite their best efforts, they’re still struggling.