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Every day, hundreds of households receive food, rent and utility assistance, clothing, diapers and parenting support. Without the Catholic Charities Appeal donations, this would not be possible.

Casa del Carmen

“I started coming to Casa del Carmen during my college internship. From the moment I walked in the door I felt like I was with family. Casa has been by my side through all of the good times and bad. I attended the parenting/pregnancy classes when I was pregnant with my son, Elijah. My older son, Noah, attends preschool here and I couldn’t be happier with all he is learning. Without Casa, I know Noah would definitely be behind in his motor skills and I would be lost. WHEN YOU DONATE TO THE CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL YOU ARE HELPING FAMILIES WHO HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. THEY COME HERE AND START FROM THE BOTTOM UP TO GET HELP AND RESOURCES. Without Catholic Charities, this wouldn’t be possible.”

- Valerie Ortega, Casa del Carmen 

CASA DEL CARMEN HAS BEEN SERVING THE LATINO IMMIGRANT POPULATION OF NORTH PHILADELPHIA SINCE 1954.

Every day, hundreds of households receive food, rent and utility assistance, clothing, diapers and parenting support. Without the Catholic Charities Appeal donations, this would not be possible.

Don Guanella Homes support 65 male residents in 11 community-based group homes in Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia Counties. Three to ten people live in each home with comprehensive medical care, physical, speech, behavioral, and life skills therapy, as well as spiritual enrichment.

Don Guanella Homes

“Don Guanella is a family for me and my brother. We are well cared for, are treated with dignity and respect and have the opportunity to do many fun things. Don Guanella staff always listens to me and recognizes how important it is to have me live with my brother. I KNOW THEY WILL SUPPORT BOTH OF US TO ACHIEVE OUR DREAMS.

- Tyreke Vaughn-White, resident of Don Guanella

"I think it’s very important for people to support Catholic Charities because I feel like sometimes people forget the people who have special needs. They forget that the little things we do every day shouldn’t be taken for granted.”

– Jasmine Jackson, Behavior Specialist

Don Guanella Homes support 65 male residents in 11 community-based group homes in Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia Counties. Three to ten people live in each home with comprehensive medical care, physical, speech, behavioral, and life skills therapy, as well as spiritual enrichment.

Mercy Hospice offers residential support for single women and mothers with young children who are in recovery, and day services for women currently living on the street. Each year, over 2,700 meals are served to both residents and day clients, and over 500 women receive toiletry items.

Mercy Hospice

“I’m 15 months clean and sober thanks to Mercy Hospice. Being at Mercy I felt relieved, I knew I was not going through this alone. I was lucky to have my granddaughter with me; it meant a lot because I was able to really concentrate on the things I had to do to better myself. Living at Mercy felt like home, it still feels like home when I visit. Being at Mercy I didn’t feel homeless, I felt hopeful. Each day brought something new to help me further myself; they gave me the tools to make my life better. I left Mercy four months ago with my granddaughter – we now have our own house. I pay the bills on time, I go to meetings to stay clean and sober. I go to my granddaughters school events and I am going back to school for my high school diploma. IF I DIDN’T HAVE MERCY HOSPICE, I’D PROBABLY BE HOMELESS IN THE STREET WITH MY GRANDCHILDREN. This place is a big part of my life - to know that it’s here gives me confidence.”

– Janet Adams, former resident of Mercy Hospice

THERE ARE 7 FAMILY SERVICE CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA THAT PROVIDE CORE SERVICES THAT INCLUDE: FOOD AND BABY ITEMS, PREGNANCY AND PARENTING CLASSES, FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAMS, NEEDS AND REFERRAL/ENROLLMENT FOR PUBLIC BENEFITS AND EMERGENCY RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE.

Mercy Hospice offers residential support for single women and mothers with young children who are in recovery, and day services for women currently living on the street. Each year, over 2,700 meals are served to both residents and day clients, and over 500 women receive toiletry items.

St. Francis-St. Vincent’s has been in operation since 1855. On any given day the agency serves up to 120 teenager and young adults through their residential, social service, clinical and educational programs. In 2017, they supported 31 teenage girls and their babies.

St. Francis-St. Vincent’s

“I was going down the wrong road; my foster mom didn’t want me anymore because I was pregnant. I went to truancy court and the judge placed me in St. Francis-St. Vincent’s when I was 4 weeks pregnant. It’s been so beneficial to me and my baby. They are teaching me to be independent and get ready for the outside world. I live here with ten other girls and their babies. WITH THE SUPPORT I RECEIVE HERE I AM EXCITED THAT THIS YEAR I WILL BE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL, AND I AM A STRAIGHT A STUDENT. IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE STAFF HERE, I WOULDN’T BE AS STRONG AS I AM TODAY. My next step is independently living - I’ll be getting my own apartment and I’m looking for a job. There were times I wanted to give up, but I thought about my son, Blair, and that made me stronger. St. Francis-St. Vincent has made me a stronger person and a better mother to Blair. I’m looking forward to being on my own with my baby.”

– Naudia, 18 years old

DOZENS OF PREGNANT WOMEN IN CRISIS BENEFIT FROM COUNSELING, PRENATAL CARE AND MATERIAL ASSISTANCE TO DELIVER HEALTHY BABIES ON A DAILY BASIS.

St. Francis-St. Vincent’s has been in operation since 1855. On any given day the agency serves up to 120 teenager and young adults through their residential, social service, clinical and educational programs. In 2017, they supported 31 teenage girls and their babies.

Divine Providence Village, located in Springfield, is a residential facility for 96 developmentally disabled men and women. Each individual has a person-centered-plan that includes 24-hour nursing, social work, and behavioral support.

Divine Providence

"I've lived at Divine Providence for the last 45 years. The staff here are very nice to me, they treat me like family. My favorite things to do at Divine Providence are dance, attend different workshops, play cards and watch movies.”

– Louise, Divine Providence resident

THE CATHOLIC CHARITIES APPEAL OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1958 TO HELP FUND SOCIAL SERVICES. 

Divine Providence Village, located in Springfield, is a residential facility for 96 developmentally disabled men and women. Each individual has a person-centered-plan that includes 24-hour nursing, social work, and behavioral support.