Come and See Dinner – 10/30/17

Mark your calendars now for our annual Come and See Dinner that will take place on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Cardinal Keeler Center (4800 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg). We are pleased to welcome Cardinal F. Edwin O’Brien, Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, as our guest speaker. The Come and… Read More

Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk – 9/23/17

The 13th annual Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, September 23rd on the campus of the former Harrisburg State Hospital (across from the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg).  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  The shuffle starts at 9:00 a.m.  The registration fee is $20 per person if received on or before September 1st… Read More

Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic – 5/15/17

The 15th Annual Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic will take place on Monday, May 15th at Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg.  Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. with golf beginning at 12:30 p.m.  The day includes a registration gift, a boxed lunch, practice area and putting green, 18 holes of golf (scramble format) with cart, and… Read More

Saint Samuel Center “Hope for All” Campaign

Gifts to the Hope for All Campaign can be made at any time.  Pledges can be fulfilled in monthly installments for a period of one year.  The following payment methods are accepted: Make you gift online (Visa or MasterCard) via our secured server by clicking the link below. Hope for All Campaign online donation form… Read More

“Taste of the World” Luncheon – 10/22/16

All are invited to join us for our “Taste of the World” Luncheon on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. in the Little Flower Church Hall at St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Parish (1300 Bridge Street in New Cumberland, PA).  The afternoon will feature a variety of dishes from around the world prepared by local… Read More

Our Catholic Faith and the Death Penalty Seminar – 10/25/16

Our Catholic Faith and the Death Penalty is a free seminar that will be held on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. at the Cardinal Keeler Center, Harrisburg. This seminar will provide an overview of the many considerations related to this important and timely issue.  Join discussion on how our faith and Catholic social teaching… Read More

Come and See Dinner – 9/21/16

Last photojournalist to be given permission by Mother Teresa herself to photograph the work of the Missionaries of Charity, and her journey 21 years later as a witness of Mother Teresa’s legacy. Mark your calendars now for our annual Come and See Dinner that will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Cardinal… Read More

World Refugee Day Celebration – 6/25/2016

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs invite you to celebrate World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Lingle Park in Harrisburg from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m..  Activities include an international cook-off, games and prizes for all ages, a community resource fair, free… Read More

Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk – 9/24/16

The 12th annual Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, September 24th on the grounds of the former Harrisburg State Hospital (across from the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg).  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  Racetime is 9:00 a.m.  The registration fee is $20 per person if received on or before September 1st ($25 per person… Read More

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – 5/21/16

The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is an annual fundraising walk (sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield) that benefits local health and human services agencies in our community.  Catholic Charities is one of nearly 50 organizations that will be participating in the walk in Harrisburg on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  All proceeds that are generated… Read More


Imagine your dream student - someone who is bright, inquisitive, kind to others, and comes to class eager to learn. Well, that is Koffi. He first came to my ESL class in May of 2014. He had only been in the United States for about 6 months at that time.

For many people, those first 6 months can be overwhelming and hectic, but Koffi’s spirit is indomitable. He came to class every night ready to learn and in a short time he found a job. Even after a long day of working hard, Koffi would come into class with a smile on his face. He greeted his fellow students with a smile and was ready to learn.

After being in the country for a little over a year, Koffi decided he would like to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). He took the initiative and researched his options before deciding on the program at HACC.
Koffi continued with his English studies right up to the time his CNA class started at HACC. I was sorry to see him leave, but so happy for him.

In June of this year Koffi graduated from the CNA Program at HACC. We are all so proud of Koffi. He has been such a positive influence on all of us, staff and students alike. It is impossible to look at Koffi’s smiling face and not want to smile right back, he is that full of kindness and hope. I am so glad he was my student and I feel certain that he will do even more amazing things in the future.

- ESL Instructor

Tiffany starts her story by openly stating that the first 39 years of her life were a waste. She spent all of her time drinking, which was her way of coping with the many let downs in her life.

Fearing for her life, a friend convinced Tiffany to check herself into a 30-day detox program. Upon completion she entered the Evergreen House program. While this was not her first choice, Tiffany ended up residing at Evergreen House for seven and one-half months.

Tiffany credits Evergreen’s staff and their patience with her eventual success in the program. Evergreen’s staff understood what she was going through and eventually became like her family. The Evergreen House program provided the structure and support she needed to maintain her sobriety.

Tiffany credits Evergreen House for a second chance at life and she is determined to have a positive impact on others.

- anonymous

A 19 year old woman left an abusive relationship with the infant’s birth father and was interested in making an adoption plan for her 9 week old baby. She was unemployed, close to being homeless, did not have a car or driver’s license and she felt that her daughter deserved two parents who were ready and equipped financially and emotionally for parenthood. Emma’s birth mother was placing Emma’s needs before her own feelings. But she had bonded with Emma and knew it would be extremely difficult.

Emma’s birth father was informed of the adoption plan and initially opposed it. But he realized that adoption was the best plan for their infant. Catholic Charities worked with the birth parents to choose the adoptive family.

Catholic Charities was able to provide grief counseling to Emma’s birth mother upon finalization of the adoption. As part of the openness agreement, the birth parents receive pictures and letters four times a year.

- Anonymous

A single father and his two pre-teen daughters resided at the Interfaith Shelter after separating from his wife and gaining custody of his daughters. Unfortunately, he lost his job and could not afford his housing expenses.
The family relocated to the Steelton-Highspire to be closer to extended relatives, in the hopes of obtaining employment. Due to a lease violation, they were only allowed to stay for a limited time frame.
With no other options they sought shelter at Interfaith. This father worked diligently to seek employment and accepted a position at a local gas station making minimum wage so that they could save for housing. The family was accepted in the Brethren Housing Association’s Fast Track Program, which provides temporary rental assistance and housing to homeless families who demonstrate self-sufficiency and stable income.
After leaving the shelter, he found permanent employment at a casino in the Pocono’s.

- Anonymous
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