"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Join Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in celebrating 75 years of service to our neighbors and our Lord.

November 22 is the annual second collection for Catholic Charities in local parishes. Please make a gift to Catholic Charities as part of this second collection by putting your contribution in the envelope provided by your parish or in the second collection basket.

Your donation makes a life-changing difference for neighbors in need. 

Jeremy Woodhead, new director of Martha & Mary House, knows a thing or two about human services. He's spent the past 14 years helping people of all different walks of life, specifically in the drug and alcohol field through inpatient and outpatient programs, the prison, with DUI offenders, and in methadone maintenance. Now, the Johnstown native has returned home to help those in need right here in our community.

"I hope that my compassion for helping people will impact Martha & Mary House the most," he said. "I believe that everyone deserves a chance and has a right to get help, despite their situation."

On March 2, 2015, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown officially opened its homeless shelter at 899 Bedford St. in Johnstown. The Martha & Mary House will provide support, safety, and hope to individuals and families in Cambria County in the form of shelter, planning, and caring case managers. The shelter can accommodate up to 15 people, and residents can stay for up to 30 days--enough time to secure financial stability and a more permanent residence.

Catholic Charities received generous donor and grant support to fund appliances, furniture, home goods, supplies, and operational expenses to open the doors. Catholic Charities will continue to work to raise funds for ongoing expenses. The Redevelopment Authority obtained government grants to complete $600,000 in major renovations to the facility. We are extremely grateful for all their work and support. Contributions to Catholic Charities for the shelter project were used exclusively to furnish, outfit and equip the facility for its opening, and new contributions will cover operating expenses for this much-needed community resource.

The ambitious and much-needed Martha & Mary House would not be possible without the many individuals, organizations, businesses, and churches of various denominations that provided generous financial support needed to open the doors. Ongoing community support will be necessary to maintain the shelter and the needs of those staying there.

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