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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
Martha and Mary House Celebrates Second Anniversary
Two hundred and ten lives have been changed since The Martha and Mary House opened its doors in Johnstown in March 2015.
That’s because The Martha and Mary House is more than a homeless shelter. It’s a program that teaches the necessary skills needed to reach self-sufficiency and safe, sustainable housing.
"We offer hope when hope has been lost," said Director and Lead Case Manager Danielle Bowers.
As we strive to change the community's perception of what our shelter is, we will periodically share anonymous stories of Martha and Mary House residents whose lives have been transformed thanks to this resource in Cambria County.
This story is about a mother and her two teenage children who moved into the house in fall 2016. The mother's health had been deteriorating over the years. She pushed through the pain and sickness to ensure her children had a roof over their heads and that they went to school each day.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33).”
This is the philosophy of Altoona Catholic Charities Case Manager Michelle Johnston. She is a firm believer that God provides for all of His children, even during their toughest situations. Her faith has fueled the passion for her work.
“I strive to always remember my blessings and hope that I can offer professional support to the people of Blair County,” said Johnston.
The recent holidays saw another successful season of the Catholic Charities Adopt-a-Family program. One of the most popular giving opportunities of the year, it provides families in need with anonymously donated clothing, household items, toys, and even, in some cases, a full Christmas dinner.
Your contributions can:
- Help 3 or more families with a one-time 100-gallon emergency heating fuel delivery to survive just one month of our cold PA winter.
- Help 4 disabled people living on Social Security disability payments (averaging only $755.10 per month) and living in subsidized housing with an eviction notice for $250.00 each.
- Help provide 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and new shoes for 17 homeless neighbors living in The Martha & Mary House to start a job for approximately $58 dollars each.