Oberammergau Passion Play – September 7th-17th, 2020

Mark your calendars now for a once-in-a-decade opportunity to join Bishop Ronald Gainer for a trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020. The dates for the tour are September 7th-17th, 2020. The Oberammergau Passion Play only takes place every 10 years. In 2020, Bishop Gainer will lead a pilgrimage from the Diocese of Harrisburg… Read More

Extraordinary Give – November 16, 2018

The Lancaster County Extraordinary Give will take place on Friday, November 16th. The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster County and Central Pennsylvania’s largest day of giving. In year’s past, this event has raised more than $31 million which was distributed to more than 500 organizations – including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg. This year,… Read More

November is National Adoption Month

As the holiday season approaches, we are reminded that the gift of family is at the top of our personal list of blessings for many of us. 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… Read More

Catholic Charities of Harrisburg Marks 80 Years of Service

On June 8, 1938, Catholic Charities of Harrisburg was officially established by Bishop George Leech.  Over the past 80 years, it has been our privilege to provide help and create hope throughout the 15 counties of the Diocese of Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania.  Our mission is to foster the ideals of Christ by providing help, compassion, and… Read More

Save the Date – Shelter Shuffle 9/22/2018

The annual Shelter Shuffle 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00 a.m. at the former Harrisburg State Hospital Campus (across from the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg). Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. Pet friendly. Stroller friendly. Shirts for all pre-registered participants.  Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless… Read More

Save The Date – Come & See Dinner 10/22/2018

Our annual Come & See Dinner will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Diocesan Center.  We are pleased to welcome Mr. Kevin Reilly as our guest speaker.  The evening includes a reception before dinner, various chance auctions, a silent auction for sports memorabilia, a buffet dinner, and remarks from Mr. Reilly. Follow… Read More

Pilgrimage To Ireland 8/28/2018 – 9/8/2018

Join Bishop Ronald Gainer as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Harrisburg and visit the grave of St. Patrick, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Harrisburg, on a 12-day pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle.  The trip will take place August 28 – September 8, 2018.  Departure will be from Dulles Airport in… Read More

Make A Difference In 2018

By Christopher Meehan, Catholic Charities Director of Development Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. If you’re like me, I’m sure you spent some time with family, ate way too much food, and maybe enjoyed a couple days off from work. Perhaps you even took a moment to… Read More

Catholic Charities Featured on WHP 580 AM

Catholic Charities of Harrisburg was recently featured on the Michael Parks Show on WHP 580 AM.  Christopher Meehan, Catholic Charities Director of Development, talked with Michael about the wonderful work of Catholic Charities and the many ways we provide help and create hope for individuals in our communities.  To hear a replay of the interview, click… Read More

Show Your Support By Making A Donation

Every day, there are many wonderful organizations doing many wonderful things to help those less fortunate.  This outstanding work would not be possible without the generosity of those who financially support these important efforts.  During this season of giving, please consider making your contribution to Catholic Charities.  Your gift will support our mission to provide… 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

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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