"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

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.

You can, by joining the Guild of Guardians. 

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.

You're invited to our Annual Recognition Dinner as we honor outstanding individuals with the 2017 Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award and the 2017 Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
5 to 8 p.m.
The Altoona Grand Hotel Ballroom

Click here for much more information.

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