"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

Catholic Charities recently received a request for aid from a mom who supports herself and her teenage son on $350 per month. In the past, she was able to maintain her apartment and care for her son on this very limited income. This year, she received an electric termination notice because she had to use some of her limited income to buy her son new school clothes, as he had completely outgrown everything. Unfortunately, there are currently no local programs that provide free back-to-school clothing and shoes for teenagers.

September is National Hunger Action month, an annual initiative to support food banks and individuals and families across the country facing food insecurity. Staff at Catholic Charities three office locations know that this issue affects many of our neighbors. Many working individuals and families who struggle to make ends meet don’t qualify for social service safety net programs. Often they must choose between adequate, nutritious meals and other necessities. Vulnerable individuals in our community are often most affected by food insecurity: children, seniors and people with disabilities.

Many people might be surprised to know that counseling services through Catholic Charities are available to anyone in the community, regardless of their faith, and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Counseling through Catholic Charities gives individuals a listening ear when they may feel they have nowhere to turn, or when they require professional support from our experienced, trained staff.

Join Catholic Charities on Wednesday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m. at the Blairmont Club in Altoona for their Wines of Italy sampling event, an extraordinary evening of wine, food and fun, all while supporting families in your community. A sommelier will share six specially selected and spectacular Italian wines, carefully paired with delicious appetizers. The event will feature three red wines and three white wines, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds will go towards funding services for those in need in your community. Space is limited for this unique event, so register now

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On a single night in January, 14,000 were homeless—nearly 1,000 of whom were veterans. School districts across our state estimate that 13,000 students are homeless. If Jesus walked among us today, what would he think about these startling statistics?

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