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2010 Bridesmaids’ BINGO Woman of the Year Award
Woman of the Year: Dr. Mary Jo Johnson
A Commitment to Our Community and Our Future
Shelley Fowler was the first of PNC’s Greater Maryland employees to earn a $1,000 grant for the center where she volunteered 40 hours - Catholic Charities Head Start of Carroll County in Westminster.
A Passion to Serve Spawns Polo Fundraiser
A more than 25 year veteran volunteer at Our Daily Bread, Mary Agnes Lewis wished their was more that she could do for the program she was so passionate about. From that passion the Ten Oaks Polo Cup Match benefiting Our Daily Bread was born, raising more than $250,000 for the program since its inception.
A Piece of Cake
An article describing what baking a cake and gift planning have in common.
A Very Brave Step Forward
Through the help and support of Our Daily Bread Employment Center Yvette took some of her first steps toward rebuilding her life.
A Year of Service Creates Sense of Community
Catholic Charities Project SERVE volunteer reflect on why they are devoting a year of service to Baltimore.
Abell Foundation Funds Technology Upgrade
Our Daily Bread Employment Center and My Sister’s Place Women’s Center recently received a generous $500,000 grant from the Abell Foundation. A portion of the funds were used to upgrade ODBEC’s public computer lab, offering clients newer and faster technology to assist in their employment search.
Air Force Volunteers in Full Force at Sarah’s House Bull Roast
Jason Vottero, who began volunteering for Sarah’s House fours years ago through the First-6 Association, keeps coming back to volunteer at events like the Bull Roast, summer picnics, and gift wrapping at Christmas because, “The staff and guests are so nice and the events are always fun and family oriented, which allows me to bring my daughter along. For me, the draw is supporting Sarah’s House and their focus is on strengthening families and providing services that support women and children.”
American Dream One Step Closer
Originally from Ecuador, Marco Ordonez-Sanchez has dreamed of becoming a United States citizen since moving to this country with his wife Maritsa and their two children more than 5 years ago. With the help of Citizenship Classes offered at the Esperanza Center Marco's dream has recently become a reality.
An Angel Among Us: Gina Adams
Gina Adams, a volunteer at MSPWC, enters a triathalon to raise money.
An inspired CP graduate will become a social worker
This is the story of how Alvin went from a life of drugs and crime to become a graduate of Christopher Place Employment Academy and then on to become a social worker to help others like himself.
Anna’s House Creates Partnerships with People of Different Abilities
Partnering with People of Different Abilities
The Benevolent Basket program at My Sister's Place Women's Center allows women to rebuild their self-esteem and develop skills to become more self-sufficient.
Beth and Madison: A HOPE Program Success Story
Beth and Madison are fraternal twin sisters who were referred individually to the HOPE program while still in the hospital following their birth.
Catholic Charities Esperanza Center Participates in City Uprising Event
On June 29, in the "City Uprising Event" more than a thousand Baltimore City residents participated in HIV testing and counceling. About 175 of these came to the Catholic Charities Esperanza Center in Fells Point, where in addition to being tested, everyone was offered a free meal. Anyone who tested positive or who had dropped out of treatment was also offered counseling.
Catholic Charities' Clients Share Why They are Thankful
Clients of Catholic Charities share some of the things they are particularly thankful for during this season of thanks.
Charles McFadden Transforms a Life as a Villa Maria Mentor
When the counselor mentioned that there were so many African-American boys living at Villa Maria, but very few African-American male mentors, Charles McFadden began to think, “I have the time, along with the desire and willingness to share myself with another person, this is my opportunity to help.”
Christopher Place Men Paying it Forward
It is part of the Christopher Place philosophy to consistently give back to the community.Year round the CP men are involved in various community service activities to others who are in similar situations as themselves or to mutually support those who have supported them with in-kind donations.
Collective Effort Yields Huge Results
“When everyone comes together to do a little, it so easily turns into a lot.” This is Colin McGonigal’s approach to leading the casserole collection for Our Daily Bread at his parish, Sacred Heart, Glyndon. The parish prepares 300 casseroles a month for Our Daily Bread.
Commitment to Change Yields Brighter Futures
Ronald, Clifton, and Paul entered Christopher Place Employment Academy like most men before them - homeless, lost, and without a plan to get their lives back on track. Today, after much hard work and dedication as well as the opportunities afforded them through Christopher Place Employment Academy, these three men have found a path towards a brighter future with new careers at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Connecting Through Sports
Anna's Guy Sean mentors children through soccer.
Cooking Up a Hearty Start to the Day
As a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, Michele Sheldon Rubio knows how important a proper diet is to a healthy lifestyle, especially if you do not always know when your next meal may be available. Meet Michele and learn how for the past four years she has been serving up a hearty breakfast menu to the guests of Our Daily Bread.
Creating a Path Toward Stable Employment
Every Friday the sounds of accomplishment and congratulations can be heard humming from the classroom at ODBEC which hosts the weekly Work 4 Success Employability Workshop.
Dana's Letter of Appreciation to Christopher Place Employment Academy
Dana, a Christopher Place Employment Academy participant shares what the program had helped him to accomplish and the new life he has been able to build.
When Darnell was released from prison, he had no where to turn, but then he stopped in for a meal at the Our Daily Bread Employment Center. "Without Our Daily Bread Employment Center, I could be back to prison,” he says. Read about how he rebuilt his life.
Delivering Fresh Fruit and Hugs
Lynn Wintriss, or the “Fruit Lady,” as she is endearingly referred to by many of the Christopher Place men has been a monthly staple at Christopher Place for nearly four years.
Do You Know What I Have Done For You?
Michael Buckley and Jeanette Suflita write about how their life experience motivated them to volunteer at the Our Daily Bread Employment Center.
Doing More with Less -- State and City Government Officials Volunteer at ODB
State and City Government Officials Volunteer at ODB
Holden Hall helps Dre’, a 38-year-old man with multiple physical handicaps and an addiction history, turn his life around.
E-Structors offers skills in green jobs for clients of ODBEC
In a downsized marketplace, E-Structors recycling center has emerged as a viable employment resource for Our Daily Bread Employment Center. Since November 2010, the company that recycles electronics and destroys paper documents has hired 38 people who were referred by the ODBEC's Employment Services.
Ed Sommerfeldt Completes the Christopher Place Equation
Ed Sommerfeldt volunteers four days a week teaching the men of Christopher Place math and computer skills, serving as a mentor, and helping with resume writing and job searches at Our Daily Bread Employment Center.
Guest speaker Claudette Campbell led a special session for the Families that Work program on developing strong work ethics.
Entering the Green Industry
This fall Our Daily Bread Employment Center entered into the green industry by implementing a Weatherization Learnership Training Program.
Everybody’s Birthday Bash
Mothers and daughters volunteer with the women's organization People Who Need People to put together a wonderful birthday celebration for the women and children at My Sister's Place.
Executive Director Bill McCarthy Takes the Food Stamp Challenge
2011 MD Food Stamp Challenge
Executive Director Bill McCarthy's Commentary on the Maryland Dream Act on WYPR Radio
Bill McCarthy's commentary on the Dream Act, ran on WYPR
Faces, not Numbers: We Change Lives, One Person at a Time
Catholic Charities is experiencing a significant increase in the demand for services and assistance. But through this rise, we continue to uphold the core mission to love, serve, and teach Marylander's in need. This goes beyond just our numbers and reaches out to the individuals that we work with daily to serve with dignity and respect.
Farm Fresh Offerings at Our Daily Bread
Arthur Morgan of Hamilton Crop Circle organizes a collection of surplus fresh produce from the Baltimore Farmers' Market each week to be donated Our Daily Bread where it is quickly prepared to be served as healthy side dish.
Feeding the Body and Soul
My Sister’s Place Women’s Center has partnered with The Cancer Project to provide the Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Class series for guests and volunteers.
Finding the Right Path
From a young age, Ashleigh had struggled with her mental health wellbeing and finding the right path in life. Until she found help through My Sister's Place Lodge. See how the assistance and support of the Lodge has help Ashleigh to learn how to be self-sufficient and cherish the divine within herself.
Food for Life
The Christopher Place program prepares its graduates to return to stable, productive, independent lives. This includes being able to cook for themselves and look after their health, so the curriculum includes the Food for Life program.
May 14, 2013: FRAUDULENT EMAIL ALERT: It has come to CCUSA’s attention that fraudulent Spanish-language emails are circulating online that misappropriate the name of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) by promising recipients an interest-free loan. CCUSA is in no way associated with this phishing scheme and we recommend that you do not engage with this email and do not click on any links within the email itself.
From Client to Cook: Anita's Journey to Stability with the Help of My Sister's Place Women's Center
Anita came to My Sister's Place Women's Center seeking support to make changes in her life. What she found has made a profound impact. Today, Anita is the evening cook for My Sister's Place Women's Center feeding hungry women and children in the same dinning room where she once sat.
Gale Capitol Fitzell Gets Back More than She Gives
Gale Capital Fitzell says that what motivates her to volunteer is the fact that the Gallagher Services clients always appreciate whatever you do for them, "you get back more than you give!"
Gallagher is a Blessing
Jeff Webber shares his esperience as a volunteer Music Minister with Gallagher Services.
Gallagher Services Finds a Friend in Maryvale
For many years the young women at Maryvale Preparatory School have been building relationships that go beyond the classroom and their peers to include the residents of Gallagher Services. The students are discovering more about service, volunteering, and the joy that can be found in making new friends through their special relationship with Gallagher Services.
Harkins Builders Bring Fright and Delight to Villa Maria
Harkins Builders employees delivered their fifth annual Halloween Party to the children at Villa Maria, much to their delight. This spookey celebration is enjoyed by the kids and adults a like who both look forward to the annual tradition.
Hearts and Hammers
A cooperative ministry of skilled volunteers providing home maintenance.
Helping Families Stay Together
Mr. and Mrs. Bloom struggled to keep the older home where their four children had grown up. Unable to pay for the major repairs needed it was deemed uninhabitable and they were forced to leave. The family was required to split up and live in separate homeless shelters until they were referred to Sarah's House. See how Catholic Charities reunited the Bloom Family and helped them get the support they need.
Hilda Peacock Lifts Spirits at My Sister’s Place
Hilda Peacock has a degree in Theater Arts Communication in Acting, and facilitates workshops to help build the self-esteem of the clients at My Sister's Place.
Immigration Legal Services Expands Staff
Esperanza Center’s Immigration Legal Services (ILS) is excited to welcome two new staff members. New attorney staff members Sophia Samuels-Ellis and Laura Nally are helping the program expand services to clients seeking to obtain US citizenship, or extend and retain lawful immigration status in the United States.
In My Own Words, by Elsie Hartlove
I’m quite content at St. Elizabeth’s. I’ve made many friends here. I’m cared for by a wonderful group of staff people, friends and family.
In Their Own Words: Why We Volunteer at Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread meal service volunteers speak about why they volunteer and share their experiences.
When Jeff entered the Our Daily Bread Employment Center looking for a change he was unshaven, in soiled clothing, and was living in dire survival mode. Years of alcohol abuse had left him homeless, friendless, and without support of his family. Read about how Jeff has turned his life around.
Jermin Laviera's story on WYPR
“The Lines Between Us” is a thought-provoking series that airs each Friday on WYPR. On October 17, we heard the story of Jermin Laviera, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to Baltimore in 1987. Jermin learned English in classes at Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center (then known as the Hispanic Apostolate), and 25 years later she is still an employee there.
Kathleen Shares Her Journey at the 2011 Leadership Breakfast
2011 Leadership Breakfast Speaker- Kathleen Kirkpatric
“I feel like I let the community down a little bit when I was using drugs. Now that I'm here I want to give something back to all the people that come here - the groups that tour, the volunteers, the new guys in the program, everyone,” says Keith. Read Keith's story about how the Christopher Place Employment Academy has helped him build a new life.
Kevin Found Support and Stability at Holden Hall
Kevin has found the stability and strength he needed at Holden Hall to maintain his sobriety and build a better future.
Two of Lashaun’s children completed the St. Jerome’s Head Start program and now attend Baltimore City schools.
Leadership Council Campaign Breakfast
My Sister’s Place first annual Leadership Council Campaign Breakfast summary of the event and guest speakers.
Linda Lewis Serves up Smiles at Sarah’s House
Long-time volunteer Linda Lewis from Ark and Dove Presbyterian is known to the children at Sarah's House as the chicken nugget lady.
Loyola College Spring Break Outreach
Loyola College's Spring Break Outreach program is a unique alternative spring break program that immerses students into human service volunteer opportunities throughout Baltimore.
Making the Connection
“We are all connected in this universe by God’s love and the human spirit to reach out to others,” says NyAnn Smith, a volunteer at Anna’s House. NyAnn and Anna's House resident Lora have been making a special connection as NyAnn helps Lora prepare for the GED exam.
Manna Gives Thanks to Sarah's House
Manna shares with us the gratitude she feels towards Sarah's House for the support she and her child have recieved.
Margaret overcomes addiction and earns her GED
Ready to make a chage in his life and looking for the right program to support him in this journey, Mark came to Christopher Place Employment Academy. Today, he is learning the keys to success, rebuilding relationships with his family and planning for his future.
Markita Became a Certified Nursing Assistant
Markita Floyd found herself homeless and unemployeed. With help from My Sister's Place, she rebuilt her life.
Marlene Holloway, a mentor who understands the importance of being an encourager and how to have fun!
Mary Gets Her Own Apartment
Ms. Mary Gets Her Own Apartment and works on her job search
Mary Moves from Underemployment to Financial Stability
Mary is a Sarah’s House client whom we are continuing to help on her life’s journey to self-sufficiency and financial stability
When Michelle came into the Our Daily Bread Employment Center she was nine months pregnant, distressed, angry, and with feet so swollen her shoes could barely be removed. Read her story of hope and new life.
More Blessed To Give Than Receive
Monte is just one of a handful of volunteers who regularly volunteer to serve meals that they themselves rely on as their main source of food each day.
Moving Forward and Up
Antonio Hammond complete his Capstone event to become "job ready" and enters a six-month program that prepares individuals to work as laboratory associates in various fields.
Ms. Diane Asta Finds Hope and Gives Back
A recent widow found her self living on the streets. Through the help of My Sister's Place Women's Center, she has been able to regain stability in her life. Now she gives back by volunteering in the dinning room each day.
My Constant Safe Haven
Cathy, a former client of My Sister's Place tells the story of her transition from being homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol to being independent and self sufficient through the help she received from My Sister's Place.
My Cousin Ricky
The story of Ricky Breitenbach, Gallagher Services client, as told by his cousin
My First Year
Cindy Ryan, from Gallagher Services, talks about her first year as a volunteer.
My Journal on a Journey to Israel
For several years, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has brought Marylanders to visit the ancient land of Israel. In 2011, Bill McCarthy was privileged to be chosen. These are his personal reflections on his journey in Israel.
My Sister's Place Welcomes New Staff
In the fall of 2009, My Sister's Place Women's Center welcomed two new staff members.
My Sister's Place Women's Center Job Fair
My Sister's Place Women's Center had a very successful first Job Fair with over 55 ladies from various Catholic Charities programs attending and seven different companies participating.
Navy Officers and Sarah's House Celebrate the Final Days of Summer
Naval Chief Petty Officer Selectees hosted an afternoon barbeque for the staff and residents of Sarah’s House.
Oak Crest Village Employees Create Connection at Christopher Place
Employees of Oak Crest Village Retirement Communities visit Christopher Place Employment Academy to interact over dinner with a group of men reclaiming their lives.
Our Daily Bread Family Volunteers
When Sue Walker noticed a poster on her church bulletin board announcing that Our Daily Bread was in need of volunteers she was instantly interested in learning more. Almost 17 years later, volunteering at Our Daily Bread has become a family affair for Sue and her two siblings, Sheila Woolfolk and Sam Kearns.
Our Daily Bread's Soggiest Heroes
Volunteers like Pam, Bill, and Kathy bring light to the Our Daily Bread dish room and see an opportunity to serve where others only see a sticky and damp mess.
Our Daily Bread: A Thirty Year Story
For thirty years, Our Daily Bread has exemplified compassion and service to men, women, and children who literally hunger for more and our story will continue as long as there is a need.
Ray spent most of his life in and out of prison. Today, Ray has graduated from the Maryland Re-Entry Partnership, is a member of the Christopher Place Employment Academy, and can be seen riding his new scooter to Carrabba’s Italian Grill where he has been employed since May 2008, and will begin classes this fall at Baltimore City Community College where he will major in computer technology.
Reggie and Gloria Find Love at Basilica Place
Reggie and Gloria did not expect to find love in Catholic Charities senior housing, but when their friendship took this unecpected turn, the two were soon wed.
Robert Gets a Second Chance at Life
Through the help of Christopher Place Employment Academy, Robert has found the support he neeeds to overcome his addiction and is now persuing a Masters degree in Social Work.
Ronnie Feels Blessed to Have Found MSPWC
"Ronnie", a 60 year-old woman who had spend her life working and building for the future, found herself alone, homeless, and with no where to turn.
Rose Receives Kindness and Care at the Esperanza Center
Rose came to the Unites States after fleeing persecution in Africa. Looking for help with her asylum application, Rose came to Esperanza Center. Here she found the legal resouces she needed as well as health services and kindness like none she had ever known beofre.
Samuel Burris Got His Head Start at St. Jerome's
Sam credits his leadership skills and commitment to his education to his from his experience at St. Jerome’s Head Start.
Sarah's House Helps Amber and Earl Get Back on Track
This season, Amber her husband Earl and their son Johnny have so much to be thankful for and with the help of Sarah’s House they are looking forward to a brighter New Year.
Seizing the Opportunity
After six months in Christopher Place Employment Academy, Stephen has gained the skills and confidence to begin his job search and continue on the path towards self-sufficiency.
Serve As He Has Served Us
St. John Westminster, Youth Minister, Ken DeMoll writes about what it means to teach teens about the meaning of service.
Sister Marg Honored with Distinguished Service Award
Congratulations to Sister Margaret Giblin, SSND, who was honored at the Catholic Charities' Annual Dinner with a Distinguished Service Award. Sister Marg learned of the work at the Esperanza Center in January 2009 and has been a full-time volunteer ever since, logging more than 1,300 hours over the past 16 months.
Spiritual Retreat Guides Christopher Place Men on Their Journey
The men of Christopher Place Employment Academy renew their spirits by participating in a three day reflective retreat at Seneca Rocks in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forrest this summer.
Spring Flowers Grow at Jenkins Senior Living Community
"One of our favorite projects is maintaining Noah’s Place Garden at St. Elizabeth’s. It gives the residents and the staff a brighter and more colorful place to enjoy the outdoors,” says Robert Gerth, M&T Bank, Group Vice President-Central Operations.
St. Joseph, Cockeysville Volunteers
St. Joseph, Cockeysville Volunteer group has been volunteering every 3rd Tuesday for the lunch meal since the Women’s Center opened.
Starting Them Off Right
St. Jerome’s Head Start helps build a vital foundation that supports and nurtures a child’s ongoing development. It gives them greater chances for educational success and also the opportunity to learn and grow in ways they might not have the ability to otherwise.
Students Make an Impact in Summer 2009
Several stories of student volunteers.
T. Rowe Price Employees Volunteer for Christopher Place Dinner Service
Every first Monday of the month, Patrick Miles, a Senior Manager at T. Rowe Price, brings his male co-workers to Christopher Place Employment Academy to help to prep and serve the evening meal and enjoy dinner with the men.
At Sarah's House, Tasha developed a case plan to ensure a stable future for herself and her daughter.
Thank You to Our Dragon Boat Partner Programs!
Thank you to our Dragon Boat Partner Programs, Constellation and the Office of the Mayor for your dedication in helping to provide vital services to homeless women and their children!
My Sister's Place clients share the things they are thankful for this holiday season.
The Center for Family Services' Nicole Carey
Nicole Carey, Resource Unit Director for the Center for Family Services, has spent most of her career at Catholic Charities.
The ODB Senior Breakfast Program Offers More than Meals
“There is a real camaraderie between the staff, volunteers and those of us eating breakfast [at Our Daily Bread]," says Warren Bell.
The Volunteers of St. Peter's
Four ladies from St. Peter's Adult Learning Center all love the opportunity to help others by spending time volunteering at My Sister’s Place and how the staff and clients make them “feel appreciated and that their volunteering matters.”
The Women of Gallagher Services' White Marsh
Living together for over twenty years at Gallagher Services' White Marsh, these women may not be related, but that doesn't make them any less than sisters.
Tia Is Well on her Way to Building a Better Life
Tia came to MSPWC in 2008 facing many challenges. Read about her journey to self-sufficiency.
Tiffany Gets Back on Her Feet and Finds a New Career at MSP Lodge
Tiffany found herself a victim of the 2009 economic downturn and after losing her job found herself homeless. She was referred to My Sister's Place Lodge from the Code Blue shelter and there she found peace of mind, support, and the guidance she needed to start a new career and return to the stable life she once had.
A story from Joan Peddicord, advocate for Gallagher client Tony Peddicord, about his life at Gallagher Services.
Tuesdays with Mr. Fecher
From their first meeting, Mary Ellen Cote and Caritas House resident, Mr. Fecher, seemed to hit it off. They exchanged phone numbers and set a date for their next meeting.
United Way of Central Maryland Brings Families Together to Serve at My Sister’s Place
United Way of Central Maryland and over 100 volunteers came together at My Sister's Place to learn the values of the old folk tale of the Stone Soup, and to work together to make casseroles for the women and children at the Center.
Villa Maria offers Exceptional Services for Exceptional Students
Published by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Volunteers Find Love at Our Daily Bread
Kelly and Lou first met while volunteering at Our Daily Bread. As the couple approachs their 10-year anniversary they find the same joy in volunteering as the day that they met.
Volunteers to the Food Rescue
Many grocery stores are delighted to donate their surplus of unsold perishables from their bakeries, butcher departments, and produce aisles, but without the help of volunteers playfully referred to as "Food Rescuers" this priceless food will not make it to the plate.
Families That Work client finds employment