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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.

Urgent Action Request: Please contact California State Senate leadership to encourage support of AB 1548: The California Nonprofit Security Grant Program. This important program will provide much-needed funds for improvements to the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.

We stand in solidarity with immigrants during these alarming and challenging times and will continue to pray for their safety, advocate for their rights, and treat them with compassion, respect, and dignity. Please share these resources with all who may need them.

Over 100 community supporters played on teams with over 50 unaccompanied minors for our fourth annual Futbol con Corazón soccer tournament benefiting programs supporting unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children in our community.

The state has allocated funding collected from the “cap and trade” emissions reduction program to Catholic Charities in order to develop much needed affordable housing for middle- and low-income families on Treasure Island.

CEO Jilma Meneses spoke with KPIX CBS SF Bay Area about the planned ICE raids in San Francisco and the importance of knowing your rights and being prepared.

CEO Jilma Meneses spoke with ABC7 News about the planned ICE raids this weekend in San Francisco and the importance of knowing your rights and being prepared.

You have rights regardless of your immigration status. You may be at risk of being deported if you are undocumented, if you are a non-citizen with a criminal history, if you are on parole, or have a prior deportation order. To protect yourself, your family and your community you must know your rights. Act now. Do not wait. Be prepared. Guides developed by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc

It has been 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village. We oppose violence and oppression against all people.

Catholic Charities’ Star Community Home, a women's shelter for moms and their children, was featured on ABC7 News' Building a Better Bay Area. The segment highlighted Star's recent transformation by design startup, Modsy.

The City of San Francisco has released the preliminary numbers from January's Point in Time homelessness count. Unfortunately, the number of people who are homeless in San Francisco has risen 17% since 2017. The rate of family homelessness has not changed.

Lloyd H. Dean, CEO of CommonSpirit Health, was the night’s honoree at Catholic Charities’ 22nd Annual Loaves and Fishes Awards on May 2.

Catholic Charities hosted the 22nd Annual Loaves & Fishes Gala with more than 450 guests honoring the remarkable contributions of Lloyd H. Dean, CEO, CommonSpirit Health. A record-breaking $1 million was raised for the most vulnerable in our community.

In an effort to provide public awareness of the homelessness prevention efforts in San Francisco, ABC7 News highlighted a former Catholic Charities client and our work at access points that help thousands avoid homelessness. Click the link to view the video.

A special Easter Message from Catholic Charities CEO Jilma Meneses

In 2018, 2,225 volunteers served as coaches for 13,1383 youth and adult athletes through our program. That's a whopping 237,294 player hours! Three cheers to the people who make Catholic Charities CYO Athletics a beloved place of learning, teamwork, and leadership for our community. Thank you Catholic San Francisco for highlighting these champions!

Congratulations to Barney Barron, Jim Keenan and Joanne McDonnell who were inducted into the Catholic Charities CYO Athletics Hall of Fame on March 23. Our Hall of Fame honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by championing the core values of leadership, team play, and good sportsmanship central to the mission of Catholic Charities CYO Athletics.

Catholic San Francisco accompanied a Catholic Charities Bayview Access Point team to the former shipyard area on March 13 to highlight our work ending family homelessness.

Our CEO Jilma Meneses joined Rev. Dr. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Dr. Amos Brown and other community leaders at Third Baptist Church today to speak out against hate and violence and stand with love with our Muslim community.

San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper's coverage of our Bayview Access Point's one year anniversary celebration in coordination with Black History Month. Thank you for capturing the spirit of our uplifting celebration and highlighting the hard work our staff do daily to change lives and prevent individual and family homelessness.

Story on our Bayview Access Point One Year Anniversary and Black History Month Celebration held on February 26th. The Bayview Access Point provides multiple services targeting the needs of San Francisco’s homeless families. "And with the right political investments, compassion from residents, and the support of an organization like Catholic Charities, society can prevent family homelessness and ensure individuals receive the assistance and care they need."

Pope Francis met with leaders from the American Jewish Committee and denounced anti-semitism, "excessive and depraved hate," and intolerance. Catholic Charities stands with our Jewish friends against intolerance, hate, and injustice as we advocate for social equity and serve those who are marginalized in our communities. Together with our partners at the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), we uphold the values of peace, inclusivity, tolerance, understanding, freedom, and justice.

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