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Community Celebrates Two Year Anniversary of Martha & Mary House

More than 60 people attended an open house at the Martha & Mary House on March 7 in celebration of the homeless shelter’s second anniversary in Cambria County. The event was showcased on local media, including this segment that aired on WJAC-TV.

Since opening in March 2015, the Martha & Mary House has helped 181 families and 210 individuals who were facing homelessness. The impact goes far deeper than these statistics, according to Director Danielle Bowers.

"Give alms...Pray to your Father...Fast without a gloomy face." (Matthew 6:18)

You can honor the three pillars of Lent (prayer, fasting, and almsgiving) through your support of Catholic Charities.

  1. Pray. Pray for the needy in our community: children and the old, the sick and the suffering, families and individuals, next-door neighbors and people you've never met.
  2. Fast. Pope Francis said, "Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him."
  3. Give alms. Your gift to Catholic Charities will go directly to an individual or family in your county who desperately needs help.

Martha and Mary House Celebrates Second Anniversary

Two hundred and ten lives have been changed since The Martha and Mary House opened its doors in Johnstown in March 2015.

That’s because The Martha and Mary House is more than a homeless shelter. It’s a program that teaches the necessary skills needed to reach self-sufficiency and safe, sustainable housing.

"We offer hope when hope has been lost," said Director and Lead Case Manager Danielle Bowers.

As we strive to change the community's perception of what our shelter is, we will periodically share anonymous stories of Martha and Mary House residents whose lives have been transformed thanks to this resource in Cambria County.

This story is about a mother and her two teenage children who moved into the house in fall 2016. The mother's health had been deteriorating over the years. She pushed through the pain and sickness to ensure her children had a roof over their heads and that they went to school each day.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33).”

This is the philosophy of Altoona Catholic Charities Case Manager Michelle Johnston. She is a firm believer that God provides for all of His children, even during their toughest situations.  Her faith has fueled the passion for her work.

“I strive to always remember my blessings and hope that I can offer professional support to the people of Blair County,” said Johnston.

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