"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

To our loyal donors and those who have joined us in recent years for new projects like the Martha & Mary House and to honor our 75th Anniversary, we are grateful for your generosity and your support for our staff and the individuals and families we serve.

In addition to Emergency Financial Assistance, Catholic Charities offers...


  • A place to turn for a family dealing with the loss of a loved one
  • Counseling for people who have undergone trauma

Hannah Hartswick, MS, NCC, joins the Catholic Charities counseling team and brings with her a specialized type of counseling skill aimed at treating individuals, especially adolescents and children, dealing with the aftermath of trauma in their lives.

What is she most looking forward to in her new role?

“Relatively few therapists specialize in child counseling, and even fewer include play therapy as the main technique of treatment,” said Hannah. “I am incredibly excited to be able to offer services to a population that typically struggles to obtain therapeutic services.”

In her previous role as a Reunification Counselor with Family Intervention Crisis Services, Hannah worked on several cases with Sharon Felson, MSW, from the Catholic Charities Bellefonte office. Through that work, she developed an appreciation for Catholic Charities and the services we provide to populations who might otherwise struggle to identify support and resources.


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A jubilee year that does not open people’s wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said.

“This pope isn’t inventing that,” he insisted. “It’s in the Bible.”

At his weekly general audience Feb. 10 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis spoke about the description of a jubilee year in the Book of Leviticus. The religious feast also had serious social implications, he said, because it proclaimed a forgiveness of debts, the freedom of indentured servants and special generosity toward the poor and the stranger.

“It was a kind of ‘general amnesty,’ which permitted everyone to return to their original situation with the cancellation of every debt, the restitution of land and the possibility of enjoying once again the freedom proper to members of the people of God,” he said.

For many of our loyal donors, supporting Catholic Charities extends well beyond a single annual donation. Many stretch their giving throughout the year, to maximize their impact on the neighbors they serve.

That is especially true for Kevin Slonka of Westmont and Doug Stoehr of Duncansville, who helped launch Catholic Charities' Guild of Guardians, an annual giving program that enables supporters to pledge $1,000 annually to help the organization budget to help more people with more needs throughout the year. While $1,000 may seem like a hefty amount, it breaks down to just $2.74 a day--less than a fancy cup of coffee.

"Many people who choose to make charitable donations usually do so around the holidays. That is wonderful, but many people need assistance throughout the year," said Slonka. "Contributing at the level required for membership in the Guild of Guardians ensures that Catholic Charities can provide assistance to our neighbors throughout the year. Any charitable organization needs a solid base of donors who truly believes in its mission."

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