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The San Francisco Chronicle highlights formerly homeless parents who are now reunited with their children for Christmas after five years, thanks to their determination and a little help from Catholic Charities donors and staff.

Andrea Orea, Operations Manager for the Center of Immigration Legal & Support Services San Mateo at Catholic Charities San Francisco, sat down with Len Ramirez of KPIX News 5 to recount her story of crossing the U.S. border as a five-year-old without her parents and the lens through which she sees our broken immigration system.

Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of San Francisco is
pleased to announce that Tom Bowen has joined the agency as Chief Philanthropy Officer.

As we celebrate being together with those we love this year, we are deeply grateful for your partnership and continued commitment to support our vulnerable neighbors who are struggling with hardships of uncertainty, economic instability, and health concerns.

Our Catholic Charities clients and staff brought the fun and funky to Halloween last month. Serving our clients means providing essential services and support, which indeed includes getting spooky when the time of year calls!

When Jose Landaverde opened the door of Catholic Charities St. Joseph’s Family Center to welcome a new family, he was surprised to address bright-eyed, 11-year-old Isabella. As she confidently introduced herself and her family...

The individuals and families we serve are the heart of Catholic Charities. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to keeping it thriving...

On a bright and sunny day this August, beaming five-year-old Lesley graduated from Catholic Charities Treasure Island Child Development Center (TICDC)!

For the first time in more than two years, seniors at Catholic Charities OMI Senior Center are enjoying in-person festivities! Recently, 60 seniors came together and celebrated the joy of connecting while having fun with activities such as traditional Chinese dancing, Majong, karaoke, raffles, cooking demonstrations, and more.

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Dr. Ellen Hammerle, JD, Ph.D., and LMFT to Chief Executive Officer starting August 1, 2022. Appointed by the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, Dr. Hammerle moves from her role as Vice President of Client Services to assume day-to-day leadership of one of the Bay Area’s largest and oldest human services agencies. She also joins the Catholic Charities Board of Directors.

Catholic Charities has steadfastly served the HIV/AIDS community for more than 40 years, rising above the misunderstanding and stigma associated with the disease.

On an early spring afternoon, five cheery residents play bingo in the sunlit common area at Catholic Charities Peter Claver Community (PCC).

Congratulations to Catholic Charities CYO Camp for their recognition last week by our partners at The Guardsmen and the Giants Community Fund during their 34th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Sports Auction!

Congratulations to our terrific Catholic Charities Rita da Cascia and Hazel Betsey Community case management team!

Giggly two-year-old Zechariah squeals with delight as a colorful, worm-shaped sprinkler splashes him from head to sandy toes at Catholic Charities Treasure Island Child Development Center (TICDC). Kneeling next to him is soft-spoken Ricardo, a Teacher's Aide at TICDC, whose playful nature makes the toddlers feel relaxed and confident.

At Catholic Charities St. Vincent's School for Boys, every child brings a unique story. Each one challenging. And every day, the staff at our residential therapeutic care program give them a chance to heal.

Loving thy neighbor. They are our healthcare workers, our educators, our delivery drivers, grocery store clerks, childcare workers, neighbors, and fellow taxpayers.

Despite the uncertainty and worry many of us are experiencing with the continuing pandemic, the war in Ukraine, economic distress, and our work against injustice and inequity, we bear witness to the resilience of hope and the beauty of renewal.

Standing in her new apartment, single mother of three and domestic abuse survivor Carla proudly shares her journey.

Strong community partnerships fuel our work every day. For the past year, Stanford University Spanish-language students with a passion for civic engagement have been partnering with Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services (CILSS) to facilitate legal, social, and emotional guidance to immigrants in the Bay Area.

Catholic Charities stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with others around the globe in demanding an end to the unlawful invasion of a peaceful, sovereign nation.

Catholic Charities is proud to celebrate Black History Month, a time in which we intentionally reflect on, promote, and celebrate Black heritage and achievement and commit to doing our part to achieve equity and justice every day.

The kids at Catholic Charities Maureen & Craig Sullivan Youth Center (M&CSYC) are having a blast learning with Legos.

Catholic Charities joins our community and approximately 2 billion people across the globe in celebrating Lunar New Year.

The SF Home team partners with homeless families to transition them to housing through careful case management, aiding them toward permanent independent living.

After settling in and breathing in the new air of safe harbor, Rosa reached out to Catholic Charities for immigration support. Salomé Ragot, Legal Assistant at Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services (CILSS), began working with Rosa to secure her right to asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the United States.

Congratulations, Lakeview/OMI Wellness Community Hub, for your well-deserved award from the Niners! Catholic Charities is honored to be part of essential community engagement. Together, we accomplish the remarkable.

From distributing food to donating warm jackets to fundraising, children and adults alike have come together to strengthen our community this holiday season.

Together, we have helped more than 60,000 of our vulnerable neighbors heal, grow, and thrive during the toughest of times. Your commitment and compassion reverberate throughout San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin.

During the holidays, our team works extra hard to bring essential services to our vulnerable neighbors, delivering hope and love along the way.

This Thanksgiving is a special one. While our faith and future were challenged by the pandemic, we have overcome. Together, we are the embodiment of hope, courage, and determination to make this a better world.

Seventy-two-year-old Meilin sits at her kitchen table with her laptop, describing to a captive screen audience the special story of how she met her spouse. Meilin is attending “Chat with Tiffany!” – an online, weekly informational and support group at Catholic Charities OMI Senior Center.

Water splashes, levers swing, and giggles erupt as 13 thrilled preschoolers explore a brand-new water maze in their playground at Catholic Charities Treasure Island Child Development Center (TICDC). With the help of his fellow Scouts, seventeen-year-old aspiring Eagle Scout, Mario, spent one weekend building this maze in fulfillment of his Eagle Scout Service Project requirement.

At Catholic Charities, we stand as a pillar of hope for living a life of dignity, happiness, and well-being. Through the power of compassion and commitment, we help our most vulnerable neighbors to learn to exercise their agency.

As part of last weekend's Night Watch immersive art exhibition by artist Shimon Attie, Catholic Charities CEO, Jilma Meneses, participated in a panel discussion among other prominent members of social justice and artist communities.

The Redwoods brimmed with the excitement of 300 alumni, golfers, volunteers, and supporters of Catholic Charities CYO Camp as the program celebrated its 75th-anniversary last weekend.

Just before the pandemic hit, Darren completed his Master’s Degree and started a job as a consultant. COVID swiftly wiped away the work opportunity he so looked forward to and he was left unable to pay his rent.

Jilma L. Meneses, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities, has informed the Board of Directors she will be leaving Catholic Charities to accept a position on Washington State Governor Jay Inlsee’s cabinet.

It may be hard to believe, but summer camp is once again a reality for kids at Catholic Charities CYO Camp and the benefits abound: swimming, canoeing, archery, and fort building, to name a few.

Catholic Charities has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS compassionate care since the 1980s when the AIDS crisis devastated San Francisco and our community.

Maria is one of the many clients being helped at Catholic Charities Homelessness & Housing Services.

One client of Catholic Charities shares how moving into the Casa Buena homes changed their life.

Check out this awesome video from our PLayworks partner about how, together, we promote learning for underserved youth.

And it’s a goal for Catholic Charities, our new partners Bay Cities Futbol Club, and Bay Area youth! Bay Cities Futbol Club (Bay Cities FC) is a unique, community-centered, professional women’s and men’s soccer club that shares Catholic Charities’ vision to engage youth from the Bay Area in profound ways. To kick off our collaboration, Bay Cities FC will hold a game on Sunday, June 27th at Sequoia High School against Project 510 in conjunction with Catholic Charities Center for Immigration & Legal Support Services.

Amazed seventh graders watch water “walk” from one cup to another and become a rainbow on their desks as they make observations and predictions about this engaging osmosis experiment. These enthusiastic and awed youth are part of a Catholic Charities five-week Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) summer camp for 90-100 Half Moon Bay public school rising fifth through seventh graders in partnership with the Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD). A new partnership born out of the pandemic, the camp is a positive outlet for these students after months of sheltering in place...

The site is one of 94 projects funded through Homekey, a statewide program that's created nearly 6,000 new units of housing. While the majority are hotel and motel conversions, they also include tiny homes and former vacation rentals, a college dormitory and single-family houses.

As our world begins to unfurl again, many of us can rejoice in resuming the activities we have kept away from for so long. For the seniors and adults with disabilities who attend Catholic Charities’ Adult Day Programs, the recent re-opening of in-person services was abundant cause for celebration.

The pitcher is at the ready, the batter checks her stance. All eyes are on the ball as it whooshes through the air. Crack! That sweet sound of a home run! We have all been waiting for it since the first inning – no – since the first inning two seasons ago. That was the last time that the Catholic Charities CYO Athletics program was able to hold a baseball season before COVID curtailed games last year...

It is a crisp, spring morning, and 18-year-old Leo sits at his home desk, signing in to his first online class of the day. At the beginning of the school year, this would not have been possible – the communal living residence where he and his father share a room did not have reliable internet service. Thankfully, the Catholic Charities team leading the Catholic Accompaniment Reflective Experience (CARE) funded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stepped in, connecting Leo to a hotspot which enabled him to attend school regularly.

With a $250K dollar-for-dollar challenge match from the Thoresen Foundation, Catholic Charities raised big bucks April 8 in support of the most vulnerable citizens in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.

This event was founded in 1997 by Janet and Clint Reilly, a former Catholic Charities trustee, the first layperson to serve as Loaves & Fishes board president (2002–2006), and founder of Clint Reilly Communications. Funds raised bolster the social service pro­grams (shelter, juvenile justice, economic equity and immigrant assistance) of the Arch­diocese of San Francisco.

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PRx Digital


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