"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

For many neighbors in Central Pennsylvania—more than we often realize—the winter months, especially after the holiday season ends, bring uncertainty, stress, and even depression. These families are facing this winter wondering how they’ll afford basic necessities like housing, food, electricity, heat, and medical care. With the price of heating oil expected to rise, this year’s stress is deeper.

Try to imagine going through a bitter cold winter in Pennsylvania with no heat in your home.

Would you be able to?

The greatest Christmas gift of all is the love we give each other. We want to thank all of you, our faithful Catholic Charities supporters, for the love you have given throughout 2016—both to us and to your neighbors.

The Martha & Mary House Homeless Shelter in Johnstown needs your help!

In addition to monetary donations, the homeless shelter always accepts the following items:

  1. Cleaning Supplies: including Clorox wipes, toilet bowl cleaner, air fresheners, and cleaning rags

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.

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