"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

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.

Our Annual Catholic Charities Recognition Dinner is quickly approaching. Each year, we award select individuals with the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award and the Monsignor William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award.

The Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award is given to up to two elementary and up to two high school students for demonstrating exceptional service to their communities, specifically the poor and needy.

The Monsignor William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award is given to individuals demonstrating a significant, long-term commitment (professional or volunteer) to serving the poor, marginalized, and most vulnerable within our diocesan community.

Click on the links above to learn more about each award and to download the nomination forms. Nominations are due by March 22, 2016.

Award winners will be recognized at the Catholic Charities Annual Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Blair County Convention Center.

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics around the world will fast as a symbolic start to the holy season. But fasting is about much more than reflection, repentance, and forgoing food. It is a reminder that there are people around the world--and right here in our community--who are forced to fast today and every day due to poverty, injustice, and homelessness.

Face of HomelessnessOn the surface, Annie* seemed to have it all: two young sons and a long-time husband. But underneath, Annie was an abused woman. When she finally got the courage to separate from her emotionally-abusive husband, she found herself alone with her two young special-needs boys and no place to turn.

Due to the behavioral needs of the children, placement in another shelter setting was not successful. Thanks to community support of our homeless program, Catholic Charities was able to assist Annie and her sons with shelter, links with agencies to get back into safe housing, and continued support during the first few months.