“Souper Bowl Sunday” Soup Sale – 2/12-13/2022

The St. Elizabeth Guild in Support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg is hosting the 11th Annual “Souper Bowl Sunday” Soup Sale on the weekend of February 12-13, 2022. Homemade soups will be sold after Masses at the following churches: Holy Name of Jesus, Harrisburg Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Mechanicsburg Saint Joan of… Read More

Year-End Giving 2021

This time of year, many individuals choose to make a charitable donation to support their favorite cause.  Here at Catholic Charities of Harrisburg, we rely heavily on the generosity of those who support our work with their financial gifts.  Your contribution, regardless of the amount, will allow us to continue our mission to provide help… Read More

Oberammergau Passion Play – 9/9-20/2022 ALMOST FULL

Our reservations are almost full, but there are still a very limited number of spaces remaining for a once-in-a-decade opportunity to join Bishop Ronald Gainer for a trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2022. Originally scheduled for 2020, our trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play has been rescheduled for September 9-20, 2022. Don’t miss… Read More

Come and See Appeal 2021

Dear Friends, Normally at this time of year, we at Catholic Charities are making plans to invite you and other supporters to join us at the Diocesan Center for our annual Come and See Dinner. But as you well know, these are not normal times.  In fact, these times are unlike any I have ever… Read More

Extraordinary Give – 11/19/2021

The 2021 Lancaster County Extraordinary Give will take place on Friday, November 19th.  The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County and Central Pennsylvania’s largest day of giving.  Last year, this event raised more than $13 million which was distributed to more than 500 organizations – including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg. The Extraordinary Give… Read More

November is National Adoption Month

Dear Friends, As the holiday season approaches, we are reminded that the gift of family is at the top of my personal list of blessings.  Here at Catholic Charities, our Adoption and Specialized Foster Care Programs are designed to match loving families with children in need of a loving home. To accomplish this important goal,… Read More

Shelter Shuffle – 10/16/2021

Registration is available for the 2021 Shelter Shuffle 5K Run Walk that will take place on October 16th.  Click the link below for more information. Shelter Shuffle 2021 Event Page

Oberammergau Passion Play – 9/9-20/2022 Update

Reservations are filling up, but there are still some spaces remaining for a once-in-a-decade opportunity to join Bishop Ronald Gainer for a trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2022. Originally scheduled for 2020, our trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play has been rescheduled for September 9-20, 2022. Don’t miss out on this great trip!… Read More

Golf Tournament Thank You!

Thank you to all who supported our rescheduled Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic that took place on September 20th at Colonial Country Club.  Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped make the event successful.  All proceeds from the event benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families. We are hopeful that… Read More

Immigration and Refugee Services – How Can You Help?

Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services is dedicated to helping refugees and other vulnerable immigrants who have fled their countries to escape violence and persecution. This complex, comprehensive work often involves fragile survivors. Case managers, trainers, and job developers help them learn English, find work, and make a new home. Our goal is to make… 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 Services and Specialized Foster Care not only provides foster care and 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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