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Apr 29, 2022

Congratulations 2022 Award Winners

The Mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to those in need, to advocate for justice, to encourage all Catholics and all people to live justly and care for the poor in our local communities. Annually, Catholic Charities encourage parishes and schools to nominate worthy candidates who embody the mission of Catholic Charities for recognition.

Apr 29, 2022

Make a Difference: Support our Mission as a Sponsor

As we gather for an evening of fellowship and fun to recognize our award winners, you can make an impact by becoming an Annual Dinner sponsor. All proceeds benefit neighbors in need in the communities in our diocese.

Apr 29, 2022

You’re Invited to the Annual Dinner

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers are thrilled to announce that the Annual Dinner is returning this year and you are invited. Come to celebrate the honorees for the Outstanding Parish Volunteer award and the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award and to support the important impact you make in our local communities as a loyal supporter.

Feb 21, 2022

Save the Date: Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Mark your calendar for the return of the Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony. We are so eager to be blessed with the opportunity to finally gather in person with our community of faithful supporters from across the diocese.

Feb 21, 2022

Fulfilling Basic Needs is Life-Changing

Financial hardship doesn’t take a break during the holiday season. If anything, it can be compounded by colder and messier weather, sick days and other circumstances that, to some of us are only minor inconveniences.

Feb 21, 2022

Angel Tree Program Spreads Love at Christmas

“Strong donor support through the end of 2021 definitely made an impact,” according to Lisa Fellabaum, Outreach Liaison at Catholic Charities’ Altoona office. “The generosity of our donors around Thanksgiving and Christmas allows our staff to fulfill emergency requests and to make sure families can experience more joy and less stress throughout the holidays.”

Jan 26, 2022

Ten Ways to Feel More Fulfilled in 2022

Is your New Year off to a good start? Whether you’re sticking to your resolutions or struggling to stay on track, these 10 ideas can help you find fulfillment every day.

Jan 26, 2022

Thank You to November Second Collection Donors

Once again, the Catholic faithful in our diocese generously supported Catholic Charities during the November collection in 2021. Thank you for contributing an extra envelope to show you love your neighbors as yourself.

Jan 26, 2022

Grateful for Home Heating Assistance as Temperatures Fall

Thanks to generous contributions, Catholic Charities makes a big impact every winter by providing emergency funds for home heating. This year, these funds could be even more critical. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says households across the country will spend more on energy this winter than they did the last year.

Jan 26, 2022

Navigating the Path Toward a Helping Hand

Facing a financial crisis can be scary, stressful and overwhelming. Catholic Charities case managers are trained to provide compassion, care and direction in these circumstances, which often involves helping individuals or families find the best possible solution.

Dec 13, 2021

Grateful for Your Generosity

A generous community of supporters helps to advance the Catholic Charities mission and makes a difference all year long for neighbors in need. Volunteers, staff, and, of course, clients who seek help, are grateful for this commitment. For a Printable Prayer of Thanks, please click "Read More".

Dec 13, 2021

A Christmas Gift that Changes Lives

As a generous contributor, you know that Christmas giving is critical to making sure our staff can provide emergency assistance during the next few months. For more information about how to help, click "Read More".

Sep 26, 2021

The Meaning of Charity is Love

Did you know that the word ‘charity’ originally meant ‘Christian love of your fellow human beings? In the late 18th century, charity began to be used for organizations that help others. Which makes a lot of sense! After all, is there a greater expression of love than helping another person?

Sep 23, 2021

Recent Study on Poverty in U.S. Cites Local Cities

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 24/7 Wall St. identified the city in every state hit hardest by extreme poverty. The study ranked metro areas in each state by the share of the population living below the poverty line in neighborhoods with poverty rates of 40% or higher.

Sep 23, 2021

Why Seniors Are Relying on You

Did you know that across Pennsylvania, 33% of seniors earn above the poverty level, but not enough to make ends meet, showing that programs like social security do not assure financial stability. These seniors—many who worked all their lives—are struggling to budget for basic necessities alone.

Aug 2, 2021

Back to School Season Brings New Expenses for Families

As much as parents may look forward to getting back into the routine or the schoolyear—especially after the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic—back to school means new expenses for clothing, shoes, supplies and technology.

Aug 2, 2021

With Federal Evictions Ban Lifted, Local Neighbors May Need Extra Help

The federal ban on evictions officially ended July 31, leaving about 400,000 Pennsylvania households at-risk, according to the State Department of Human Services. While help is available for households that meet the income requirements, some local families may not meet this threshold but still face financial struggles.

Jul 27, 2021

How Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact ALICE Households?

The results of a March 2021 survey by the United Way of PA shows the negative impact of the pandemic on already struggling ALICE households.

Jul 27, 2021

More About ALICE

Households fluctuate above and below the ALICE threshold over time. For instance, an ALICE household may capitalize on their education and move above the threshold, an ALICE household may experience a health emergency, lose a job, or suffer a disaster and unexpectedly slip into poverty.

Jul 27, 2021

ALICE Households in Our Eight-County Area

Among the eight counties in our Diocesan area, Huntingdon County has the highest percentage of ALICE households at 35%, with some areas within as high as 45%. Bedford (32%) and Somerset (31%) are close behind.

Jul 27, 2021

Get to Know ALICE: How Your Gifts are Making a Difference for Working Neighbors in Need

Who is ALICE? Identified by the United Way (an important partner agency of Catholic Charities) ALICE is the face of your neighbors who are working but still struggling to survive.

May 25, 2021

“Peace of Mind is Precious Cargo”: COVID Vaccines for Housing-Compromised Individuals

May 25, 2021

The Martha & Mary House Emergency Homeless Shelter: Uniquely Designed for Johnstown’s Urban-Rural Dynamic

Nov 16, 2020

How You Can Support Local Families for Thanksgiving and Christmas