Soup, Salad, and Sermon Lenten Lunch – March 12, 2018

The Catholic Charities “Soup, Salad, and Sermon” Lenten Lunch will take place on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Cardinal Keeler Center (4800 Union Deposit Road in Harrisburg). This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the ministry provided by Catholic Charities.  The event includes remarks from Bishop Ronald Gainer as… Read More

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

Testimonials

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

Catholic Charities Adoption Program not only provides domestic infant adoption and Special Needs adoption services, but it also helps adoptees and their birth families to connect with one other through Search services. Nearly 50 years ago, Tina was an accomplished athlete who found herself pregnant while pursuing an advanced degree. With housing and supportive services from Catholic Charities, Tina made the difficult decision to place her daughter for adoption. Following the adoption, Tina pursued her career as an athlete, coach, and business administrator. While she was confident that she had made the right decision, Tina constantly thought about the daughter she had placed for adoption and wondered about her well-being. She eventually made attempts to find her daughter through various sources and by updating her online information in the event that her only child might someday want to meet her. After several years, Tina had come to the conclusion that meeting her daughter was just not meant to be.
This past year, Tina’s daughter, Beth, contacted Catholic Charities with a request for information about her birth parents. After talking with Beth and encouraging her to pursue the search, Catholic Charities was able to connect Beth with her birth mother. The two later traveled to meet each other, and Tina was given the opportunity to meet Beth’s husband and daughters. Tina was thrilled to learn that she was a grandmother, but she was most happy to hear that her daughter had loving adoptive parents who had given her a good life. Tina later wrote to Catholic Charities that “I think someone did a lot of praying and the prayers were answered.”

- Anonymous

A native of Puerto Rico, Maria* moved to Harrisburg with the dream of building a bright future for herself and her baby. While working to gain her bearing, Maria was kicked out of the house in which she had been staying, rendering Maria and her son homeless. Maria had very few options, as she had not yet secured a job, childcare, or private housing. In March 2017, Maria and her two year old son were welcomed into the Interfaith Shelter.
Upon entering the Interfaith Shelter, Maria immediately began building the skills needed to obtain self-sufficiency. The first challenge to overcome was Maria’s limited English proficiency. Determined to improve her English, Maria enrolled in ESL classes at the Tri-County Adult Learning Center, and she began practicing her growing language skills with residents and staff at the shelter. Maria also enrolled in a workforce development program offered through the PA Department of Human Services, working to develop marketable skills and gain permanent employment. Although many of the area’s transitional housing programs were completely full and had long wait lists, Maria eagerly applied to the YWCA Transitional Housing program. She knew that, with determination and hard work, she could build a better life for her family.
As she was nearing the end of her stay with the Interfaith Shelter, Maria was accepted into the YWCA Transitional Housing program and was assured that a room would soon be available. In order to keep Maria on the path towards success, the Interfaith Shelter granted Maria an extension until she was able to move into the YWCA. During her stay at Interfaith, Maria successfully obtained childcare, enrolled in a cash assistance program, improved her English proficiency, and began developing employment skills leading to a new job. Maria has served as an inspiration to others at the shelter that any barrier can be overcome.

- Anonymous
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