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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.

Salesforce will reopen its San Francisco headquarters in mid-May, starting with employees who have been vaccinated, the company said Monday.

The tech company, which is the city’s largest private employer, is taking a different approach than other businesses by requiring proof of vaccination for its first volunteers returning to offices. It appears to be the first major Bay Area company to implement that requirement to start. Other companies such as Facebook and Google haven’t required vaccinations as they reopen offices this month.

Two San Mateo County parishes and Catholic Charities of San Francisco partnered together during the fall to pay rent for nearly 50 clients who had fallen behind on payments during the pandemic...

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Catholic Charities has received more than 10,000 rental assistance applications from residents in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. Phone-lines and emails are flooded with requests for help. This dire need locally is reflected nationwide...

More than four of every five households receiving assistance from the city to cover housing costs have been Latino or African American, the groups hit hardest by COVID-19 infections, public records show.

Philanthropic donors have poured $31.4 million into the Give2SF Fund, $6.3 million of which is targeted at helping people cover housing costs, according to the fund’s most recent progress report. To date, 1,443 households have been allocated...

Ellen Hammerle, Catholic Charities Vice President of Client Services, is quoted in this KQED online exploration of California's Project Roomkey and where individuals and families experiencing homelessness will go once the shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels close.

Rob Strahan, Catholic Charities Program Director at of our homelessness and housing programs, joins Michael Krasny and other panelists on KQED's Forum for a discussion about California's Project Roomkey and where individuals and families experiencing homelessness will go once the shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels close.

Catholic Charities OMI Senior Center offers a menu of virtual classes throughout the week including new cooking classes.

Last Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax visited the OMI Community COVID testing site at Catholic Charities Adult Day Services in San Francisco.

Today, Catholic Charities Maureen & Craig Sullivan Youth Services (MCSYS) opens an innovative Community Learning Hub in partnership with the City of San Francisco to address the wide range of learning needs for students who lack home internet access amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since July 2020, Catholic Charities has been operating two shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels in Marin County as a respite for families and aging adults experiencing the perils of homelessness during the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.

In a sign of the growing impacts of COVID-19, 6,800 San Franciscans requested more than $28M to help cover their rents through the City's Give2SF COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund - four times the $7M allocated by the City, indicating massive, concerning need.

Our staff, including Jose Cartahena, of our Homelessness & Supportive Housing Services, have been helping applicants and working with the City to distribute the Give2SF funds. They experience firsthand the challenges our neighbors face, with the Latinx community being hit especially hard.

Catholic Charities supports efforts to prevent the eviction of renters unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 emergency period in order to keep vulnerable families and renters housed. In particular, we favor current legislation AB-1436 to protect renters from evictions while still allowing landlords to collect rent owed.

7,800 qualifying undocumented immigrants in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties received $500 in COVID-19 from the State of California with the assistance of Catholic Charities. It was a massive, moving effort.

Catholic Charities is committed to addressing food insecurity in our community. Learn about the steps we are taking on the frontline to help feed families, individuals, children, and seniors who are experiencing hunger.

Most Holy Rosary Chapel at Catholic Charities St. Vincent's School for Boys resumed outdoor Mass for the community with careful COVID-19 protocols in place. “It’s hard to describe my joy to be at an in-person Mass and to see as much as one can tell with masks on, my friends,” Heide Van Nellen said. “I felt parched, I was parched and this Mass was manna from heaven.”

San Francisco Chronical reporter, Kevin Fagan, spent time with our employees and one of the families residing at the Catholic Charities shelter-in-place hotels for families experiencing homelessness. Read the Velasquez' family's story.

"The stories got very poignant," said Marirose Piciucco, Chief Counsel for Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services. "You were looking into lives that often just leave footprints. It got to a point where you would just have to catch your breath." FOX2 KTVU explores the plight of undocumented immigrants in CA, the impacts of COVID-19 on this invisible community, and Governor Newsom's Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI).

Catholic Charities was one of 12 nonprofit organizations chosen by Governor Newsom to distributed vital aid to thousands of undocumented immigrants struggling to survive the financial hardships of COVID-19.

Jilma L. Meneses, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, recalls Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s entreaties for non-violence as we stand for healing, hope, mercy, and justice in the aftermath of the horrific death of George Floyd.

Recognizing the needs of unhoused residents and as a longtime advocate for viable long-term housing solutions, Catholic Charities is now hosting the largest hotel in San Francisco for families experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 in partnership with the City of San Francisco.

The U.S. Supreme Court may issue a decision as early as April 20, 2020 that could affect the ability of DACA recipients to extend their DACA status. We advise all DACA applicants or recipients to renew their DACA status as soon as possible.

Nos estamos comunicando con usted porque es posible que la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos emita una decisión el próximo 20 de abril de 2020, que podría afectar su habilidad de extender su estatus de DACA. Le recomendamos que lo renueve lo antes posible.

Our work as a lead partner with Silicon Valley Community Foundation is mentioned in this San Francisco Chronicle COVID-19  information guide.

Catholic Charities is highlighted in this Wall Street Journal article as an example of one established, vital nonprofit working hard to remain open and sustainable during the challenges of coronavirus. Our CEO, Jilma Meneses, was interviewed for and is quoted in this article.

Catholic Charities is one of the nonprofits appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle's list of organizations open and continuing to help vulnerable residents of the Bay Area during COVID-19.

We are one of several Catholic Charities included in this article from the National Catholic Register about the continuation of vital services during COVID-19 to the most vulnerable.

Interfaith Refugee Welcome, a Bay Area interfaith group providing financial support for immigrants in transition, will host two concerts in February 2020 to benefit the Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services.

Catholic Charities Peter Claver Community is a residential care facility for formerly homeless individuals living with disabling HIV/AIDS. Art, understanding, care, and a stellar staff help residents heal and grow.

A Christmas Message from our CEO, Jilma Meneses.

Thanksgiving Blessings from Jilma Meneses, Catholic Charities Chief Execute Officer

Free immigration legal services are available now through December 31, 2019. Click here for more information. Call us at 415-972-1238.

In light of today's hearings, Catholic Charities CEO Jilma Meneses has released a statement reinforcing the organization's support of the DACA program.

Jilma Meneses, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, honored with Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Americans by Choice Award.

Proposition A, will allow San Francisco to issue $600 million in bonds for affordable housing. It will create or preserve an estimated 2,800 desperately needed homes in our community. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.

We invite you to enjoy the bounty of fall at the Godmothers of St. Vincent's School for Boys annual Pumpkin Patch at the glorious St. Vincent's campus Wednesdays to Sundays, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, through October 27, 2019.

Catholic Charities is pleased to welcome Cheryl Ewers as the agency’s new Chief Financial Officer.

Catholic Charities unveiled the Eagleson Equestrian Center at St. Vincent’s School for Boys in honor of Kent Eagleson for establishing the Equestrian Center and for 53 years of guiding boys and adolescents toward self-understanding and emotional growth.

Today, we remember Cardinal William Joseph Levada who died peacefully in his sleep last night. He was 83 years of age. Cardinal Levada formerly served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities San Francisco. At the request of Pope Benedict XVI, he was named Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and was the highest-ranking American in the Roman Curia.

Catholic Charities Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi, an afterschool literacy and academic enrichment program in East Palo Alto, gets a makeover and new tech lab. Learn more about the renovated classroom and new technology lab donated by our generous supporters, the American Council of Teachers, the San Jose Sharks, and Western Digital.

Catholic Charities' Star Community Home moms and children who were formerly homeless to move into permanent supportive housing at a new Mercy Housing facility in San Francisco.

In the 10 years since the last census, San Francisco’s homeless population has grown significantly. The city has partnered with over 30 groups, such as Catholic Charities, to help prepare for the 2020 census.

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