2018 Annual Report

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal. Your generosity fed the hungry, gave shelter to the homeless and comforted the afflicted. Your kindness was truly a celebration of 60 Years of Giving Hope to All.

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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.

St. Helena’s Food Pantry

I think it is hard for some families to make ends meet. Because of sickness or lack of education, some people can’t get out and work. By the end of the month there are emergencies, so the food bank here at St. Helena’s is supposed to fill that gap to help make things stretch.

Our population is pretty diverse. There are a lot of seniors who utilize the food bank because they are caregivers for their grandchildren.

I’m a nurse, so the food bank involves a sense of nutrition. Food can mean health, so we usually encourage the attendees when they are selecting food to be careful of their health needs. As a nurse, it’s important for me to incorporate nutrition information and to not only give food to these people, but to feed their minds and encourage them to do better for themselves.

I know Catholic Charities does a multitude of things. But feeding people is one of the most important and basic things. It gives parents and grandparents a sense of dignity to be able to provide for their family. There’s nothing worse than having someone in your family that wants something to eat and you’re not able to provide for them. So I think the CCA feeding people is important, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually. Because when people gather around and share a prepared meal, something amazing happens.

We’re a beacon of hope for these people.

Sister Anna Marie, Manager
St. Helena’s Food Pantry

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.

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