"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

That may sound like an oxymoron. But when you think about it, it makes sense.

The working poor live paycheck to paycheck. They often have little to nothing in savings. Their checking account runs critically low each month. If someone overdraws that account by $10, the bank charges an overdraft fee--one that the individual will likely struggle to pay, in addition to needing to replenish the $10.

Friday, May 19 is the RSVP deadline for our Annual Recognition Dinner, which will be held Wednesday, May 31 to honor outstanding individuals in our community with the 2017 Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award and the 2017 Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award.

The event, held at The Altoona Grand Hotel Ballroom, will feature a chef-inspired menu, basket raffle, and gift card extravaganza. Click here for full details and to get your tickets.

The spring issue of Catholic Charities Chronicle was distributed in yesterday’s Catholic Register. Did you receive your copy?

Headlines include:

  • You Can Help a Neighbor Avoid Losing It All
  • Success Stories from the Martha & Mary House
  • What If You Or a Loved One Faced Financial Ruin?

Click here to download the electronic version.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Msgr. William M. Griffin Humanitarian Award and the Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award. Winners will be honored during Catholic Charities’ Annual Recognition Dinner on May 31.

The Msgr. 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. This year's winners include: Donald Belsey (Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altoona), Mary Lou Waugerman (St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Bedford), and Millie Bodenschatz (Holy Name Parish, Ebensburg).

The Matthew 25 Youth Humanitarian Award is given to elementary and high school students for demonstrating exceptional service to their communities, specifically to the poor and needy. This year's winners include: Marissa Smilnak (11th grade, Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School), Danielle Miller (12th grade, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School), Ryan Allen Statler (12th grade, Windber Area High School), Emmalee Mizera (3rd grade, Jackson Elementary School), Kathleen Price (12th grade, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School), and Samuel Penna (6th grade, Divine Mercy Catholic Academy--East Campus).

People who seek help from Catholic Charities are the people you meet every day. Childcare workers. Restaurant servers. Check-out clerks.

They are the working poor.

Moms and dads working days and nights to support their families. Widowers adjusting to life on a single income, getting back into the workforce or even working for their first time. Parishioners you see every Saturday or Sunday at church heading right to their shift after Mass.

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