"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Join the Fight Against Poverty in Our Region

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!”

Last week, we celebrated Veterans Day to honor and thank all those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our country and keeping its people safe from harm. We thank God for their sacrifice on Veterans Day and always.

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.

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