Your Act of Kindness can Change a Life!

December 2019 – During this holiday season, the spirit of Christmas is all around us! The community becomes more giving, more caring, and increasingly more kind. Watch for random acts of kindness all around, in parking lots, at the mall, or in line at the grocery store. The warmth, compassion, and kindness is evident at every turn.

Take a moment to reflect on the story of the three kings who followed the rising star to baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The Bible tells us that when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy! When they went into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Much like the kindness of the three wise men, when we give in the presence of Christ, we too are filled with joy – we discover that He is the greatest blessing ever given to us, and we rejoice in giving and in paying homage to Him.

Catholic Charities serves the most vulnerable in our communities who rely on the kindness of others. With the help of your charitable gifts, we are able to make changes in the lives of thousands.

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Catholic Charities to honor Michael J. Hare at 2020 Annual Tribute Dinner

November 13, 2019 – Wilmington, DE – Delaware native Michael J. Hare will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at the Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will present the award at the dinner to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

The award, created in 1989 in memory of Msgr. Thomas J. Reese, community activist and longtime director of Catholic Social Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities, recognizes exemplary individuals who have demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting and restoring the well-being of people – Catholic Charities’ mission.

“Michael J. Hare has demonstrated his dedication to community service throughout the years and continues to selflessly serve the most vulnerable in our communities. He is the epitome of a humanitarian and reflects the qualities of Monsignor Reese and his commitment to easing human suffering,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director.

Mike serves on Bishop Malooly’s Pastoral Council and on the Vocations Admissions Board for the Diocese of Wilmington. Mike also served as President of Saint Elizabeth Parish Council and is a Founder and Chair of the Annual Feast of Saint Elizabeth Celebration. He is Co-Chair of the Saint Patrick’s Day Society, which has raised more than $2 million for the Saint Patrick’s Center, an organization that provides vital services for the underserved on Wilmington’s east side. Additionally, Mike sits on the Boards of St. Edmond’s Academy, the Latin American Community Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, Salvation Army Delaware, and Delaware Technical Community College. Mike is also a former member of the Archmere Academy Board of Trustees.

Mike is dedicated to the revitalization of Wilmington. He is currently the Executive Vice President for Development at the Buccini/Pollin Group. Prior to joining Buccini/Pollin, Mike served as Deputy Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware (RDC), where he helped lead the $1 billion transformation of the Wilmington Riverfront.

Mike’s longtime service to Delaware also includes working for the Delaware Economic Development Office and serving on the Wilmington City Council as an At-Large Member where he worked on the Finance, Housing, and Licenses and Inspection Committees.

A native of Wilmington, Mike is a graduate of Saint Edmond’s Academy and Archmere Academy. He received a B.S. in Public Administration from St. Joseph’s University. He also attended Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner or to support the Tribute Dinner through sponsorships or ticket purchases, visit the Catholic Charities website at www.cdow.org/charities.

Catholic Charities, serving those in need for 190 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Catholic Charities asks donors to Warm Up Winter for the most vulnerable

November 8, 2019 – Wilmington, DE – As temperatures start to decline, Catholic Charities is preparing to Warm Up Winter for its most vulnerable neighbors by collecting new and “gently used” coats, hats, gloves, blankets, and other bedding at each of its service locations throughout the months of November, December and January.

Richelle Vible, Executive Director, asks people to be generous. “Please share with those who struggle to provide their family with life’s basic necessities, like warm clothing and bedding. With your help, Catholic Charities will continue supporting our neighbors who would otherwise do without.”

Catholic Charities will freely distribute Warm Up Winter donations through various programs, such as its food assistance programs at the Thrift Center in Wilmington, Casa San Francisco in Milton, Seton Center in Princess Anne, and the Dover Office; its diocese-wide Basic Needs program; and its food program for children in licensed day cares. All donated blankets and bedding, coats, and other clothing items should be clean, in good condition, and ready to use. Keep in mind that Catholic Charities staff cannot clean, mend, or repair items, and merchandise not fit for distribution must be discarded at Catholic Charities expense.

Donors can bring their coats and blankets to any of the following Catholic Charities locations and receive a tax deduction receipt. Staff at all locations will accept donations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Thrift store hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  •  Main Office, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington 19805, 302-655-9624
  • Bayard House, 300 Bayard Avenue, Wilmington 19805, 302-654-1184
  • Thrift Store, 1320 E. 23rd Street, Wilmington 19802, 302-764-2717
  • Marydale Retirement Village, 135 Jeandell Drive, Newark 19713, 302-368-2784
  • Kent County Office, 2099 S DuPont Highway, Dover 19901, 302-674-1600
  • Sussex County Office, 406 S. Bedford Avenue, Suite 9, Georgetown 19947, 302-856-9578
  • Casa San Francisco, 127 Broad Street, Milford 19968, 302-684-8694
  • Seton Center, 30632 Hampden Avenue, Princess Anne 21853, 410-651-9608

Civic groups, churches, and community-minded neighbors are all encouraged to conduct their own Warm Up Winter Drive. Catholic Charities will assist any group that would like to help the most vulnerable during the cold weather with a donation pick-up. Contact the nearest Catholic Charities office to make arrangements.

Catholic Charities also accepts household items, working appliances, and mattresses. Furniture, large appliances, and large donations can be scheduled for pick-up by calling 302-764-2717. Cars and other vehicle donations can be made by calling 1-844-940-GIVE (1-844-940-4483) or by visiting http://ccwilm.careasy.org.

About Catholic Charities, Inc.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities delivers critical direct-care human services annually to more than 80,000 individuals and families residing in Delaware and the nine counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or ability to pay. Catholic Charities services provide help for people that result in positive changes in their daily lives and create strong and productive individuals and families.

Catholic Charities receives grant to help prevent homelessness in Kent County

October 25, 2019 – Dover, DE – Catholic Charities recently received a $28,000 grant from the Potter Trust to help relieve homelessness for clients in Kent County, Delaware. The CenDel Foundation and the Delaware Community Foundation, which administer funds from the Potter Trust — a gift left by Col. Potter — announced Thursday they have distributed more than $230,000 in grants to nonprofits this year focused on emergency housing, homelessness, hunger and health care.

Even though Col. Benjamin Potter died almost 200 years ago, he continues to touch numerous lives in Delaware every day. Col. Potter (1769-1843), the former owner of the Parson Thorne Mansion and farm in Milford, was not only a generous person, he also had a keen foresight that continues to help the economically underprivileged in Kent County today.

The grant amounts ranged from $4,000 to $28,000.
Charlie Sterner, a former CenDel board member and current chair of the Potter Trust Grant Committee, said he is always taken aback by the legacy that was left by Col. Potter.

“Benjamin Potter, when he passed away, his will provided for a trust to be set up with the income from that trust to benefit underprivileged folks in Kent County,” Mr. Sterner said. “That’s where the funding comes from. The trust has several million dollars in it and the income from that trust that’s earned each year is distributed via these grants into the community to benefit underprivileged folks in our county. It’s been a huge benefit to those people that need it.”

Michael DiPaolo, vice president for the Delaware Community Foundation in southern Delaware, is new to the Potter Trust but he is still amazed by what it accomplishes.

“Once I found out about the Potter Trust and the great work that it does in Kent County I was really excited that this gets to be a part of my job — helping people in Kent County to better their lives and help them through tough times,” Mr. DiPaolo said. “To think that we’re a part of something that’s been going on for 176 years, and will be going on 176 years from now, is pretty remarkable.”

Catholic Charities awarded grant from Citizens Bank

October 24, 2019 – Wilmington, DE – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington received a $10,000 grant from Citizens Bank. The grant will help to prevent homelessness in low-income families who are vulnerable to unforeseen economic disruptions that threaten permanent housing. The Citizens Bank grant will assist clients and help to alleviate the threat of future crises by providing financial coaching and case management support.

Citizens Bank is focused on fighting hunger, teaching money management, and strengthening communities. Citizens Helping Citizens aims to provide the tools and support to drive the economic vitality of the streets, neighborhoods, and towns.

Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities Executive Director said, “This funding will aid us in providing residents throughout the Diocese with funding that will help alleviate some of the burdens they face with their basic needs expenses. It will also allow us to provide counseling and case management services to our clients to prevent future economic crises. We sincerely thank Citizens Bank for its continued generosity and collaboration.”

The Catholic Charities Basic Needs program empowers low-income households to become more self-sufficient. Clients are provided supportive case management services including budget guidance to enhance financial stability, information about and referrals to additional community services, and assistance with obtaining and securing income. Clients of Catholic Charities routinely receive referrals to our internal programs, including our food pantries, diaper bank, thrift services, energy assistance, behavioral health services, and shelters. We positively impact an average of 30,000 individuals each year through Catholic Charities Basic Needs program.

Those in need of assistance should call the closest Catholic Charities office in their county to make an appointment. In New Castle County, call 302-655-9624; in Kent County, call 302-674-1600; and in Sussex County, call 302-856-9578; and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, call 410-651-9608.

About Catholic Charities, Inc.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities delivers critical direct-care human services annually to more than 80,000 individuals and families residing in Delaware and the nine counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or ability to pay. Services provide help for people that result in positive changes in their daily lives and create strong and productive individuals and families. Learn more at www.ccwilm.org.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $162.7 billion in assets as of June 30, 2019. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations, and institutions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management, and small business offerings. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com.

Catholic Charities receives grant for Casa San Francisco

August 8, 2019 – Wilmington, DE – The Casa San Francisco program of Catholic Charities recently received a $5,000 grant from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation and its Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support (FACES) program. Funding will purchase transportation services from local vendors so that clients can attend appointments, apply for jobs, and attend job interviews.

Casa San Francisco, in Milton Delaware, is a 12-bed emergency shelter, giving single adults a 30-day stay in which to find the necessary supports to end their homelessness. During their residence, clients work with a case manager to identify their individual needs and develop an action plan to meet those needs. The Casa case manager empowers clients by referring them to appropriate community services, supporting and encouraging any attempt at employment, and helping them to plan for more permanent housing once their shelter stay ends. The case manager also coordinates integrated health services with state service centers and appropriate drug, alcohol, mental health agencies, and medical facilities.

“We are grateful to the Freeman Foundation and the FACES program for this funding,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “We know that lack of transportation is a leading service gap for the homeless. Sussex County also has limited evening and weekend public transportation services, and transit service between urban and rural areas. These shortages prevent Casa clients from accessing jobs in the suburbs and rural areas in Sussex County. The funding we have received from the FACES program will empower our clients in their journey towards self-sufficiency and breaking thecycle of homelessness.”

The Carl M. Freeman Foundation commits its time, talent and treasure to facilitate, support and promote innovative community-based leadership and giving. Founded in 2000 in Delaware, the FACES program is designed to find and fund the smaller, overlooked projects in our neighborhoods – and their grants are limited to nonprofit programs with operating budgets of $500,000 or less in Sussex County.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities delivers critical direct care human services to over 80,000 individuals and families residing in Delaware and the nine counties of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or ability to pay. Services provide help for people that result in positive changes in their daily lives and create strong and productive individuals and families.

Catholic Charities welcomes two case managers at Seton Center

March 19, 2019 – PRINCESS ANNE, MD – Catholic Charities is pleased to announce that Tomasha Blount and Shontia Edwards have joined the staff at its Seton Center location as case managers.

The two bring with them a variety of community service experiences that will support the clients that come to the agency for support. Blount most recently was a case manager at the Lower Shore Shelter, assisting residents find the resources needed to transition to permanent housing. Edwards was a coordinator of community services for the State of Maryland, supporting and assisting clients in accessing services and resources.

“We are delighted to have Tomasha and Shontia join the staff at Seton Center,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “Catholic Charities was challenged to fill the void created by the departure last year of Sr. Cecilia McManus and retirement of Sr. Eileen Eager, who left behind a wonderful legacy of caring service. Our new hires possess a great deal of expertise to meet the needs of our neighbors. Seton Center continues to be a vibrant member of the Eastern Shore community, and it is Catholic Charities’ intent to continue the legacy of service established by its founders.”

In their new positions at Seton Center, both Blount and Edwards will work with individuals and families struggling to maintain, or in some cases, regain, permanent housing. Their work includes helping the households to resolve the financial disruption in their lives, set up and maintain workable budgets, find income, and provide information and referrals to other beneficial services. They will remain in contact until the household regains its financial self-sufficiency.

The new case managers are enthusiastic to take on the challenges. “I’ve worked with individuals who struggled to overcome life challenges throughout my career,” said Edwards. “I enjoy being able to empower someone to achieve their goals. Many times, a key to their success is to have someone in their corner. I want to be that support for them.” Blount added, “Homelessness creates so many difficulties for clients and the community. Keeping households from experiencing that trauma, or ending it as quickly as possible, is so important to me.”

Seton Center, a community center in Princess Anne, offers Catholic Charities services including the Homeless Prevention, Rapid Rehousing, Case Management, and Food Assistance services in our Basic Needs program, and Behavioral Health Services like routine outpatient therapy and psychiatric assistance. Services are available by appointment. Please call Seton Center at 410-651-9608 to make an appointment.

Community support is vital in maintaining the mission of hospitality, service, and advocacy that served as the foundation of Seton Center. Donations can be made by mail to Seton Center, PO Box 401, Princess Anne, MD 21853. Donors can also make a contribution by credit card at Catholic Charities secure website, https://www.ccwilm.org/donate/donation-form/ and designate your gift to Seton Center. In addition to cash donations, Seton Center accepts donations of nonperishable food, diapers, clothing, furniture, and household items.

Catholic Charities, serving those in need for over 180 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Catholic Charities receives donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

January 2, 2019 – WILMINGTON, DE – Catholic Charities, Inc., has received $2,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. Catholic Charities will use the gift to support its Food Assistance program throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

“Catholic Charities is grateful for the support provided by the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation gift,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “Each year, Catholic Charities provides over 8,000 bags of food staples to clients who struggle to put nutritious food on their tables. The funding from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation will ensure our client households will not have to make a choice between purchasing food and having a warm place to live this winter.”

Catholic Charities operates two food assistance programs: a food cooperative for income qualified clients that provides a monthly distribution of food staples as well as nutritional information and education on shopping and cooking on a budget, and emergency pantries that provide 3 days of food for those in crisis. The food cooperatives are located in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties, Delaware and Somerset County, Maryland. The emergency pantries are located in Sussex County, at Casa San Francisco in Milton, Delaware and in Somerset County, at Seton Center, in Princess Anne, Maryland.

The Food Assistance programs are a part of the agency’s Basic Needs Program, providing Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Rehousing, and Energy Assistance Services, together with Thrift Services. The agency also offers Behavioral Health and Immigration Services.

Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants.

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities, serving those in need for 190 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. No one is excluded from service because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or ability to pay.

About The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation

The Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C. Established in 2001, the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to eliminating hunger. The charitable foundation has provided more than $12 million in grant funding helping to nourish communities with fresh food for backpack programs, Kids Café’s, and other hunger-relief programs as well as funding for long-term programs to help shorten the lines at food banks. The charitable foundation partners with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief agency, in addition to local food agencies serving the 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states in which Food Lion operates. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com/in-our-community.

About Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.

Seton Center founders move on to new projects

December 19, 2018 – PRINCESS ANNE MD – Two beloved staff members of Seton Center, Sr. Cecilia McManus and Sr. Eileen Eager, will be leaving the program they founded in 1983 at the end of the year.

“Catholic Charities thanks the Sisters for their 38 years of dedicated service to the most vulnerable on the Eastern Shore,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “Sr. Cecilia and Sr. Eileen have created, through their steadfast commitment to our neighbors on the Eastern Shore, a legacy of caring service. Their shoes will be difficult to fill. In their honor, Catholic Charities will continue their legacy for generations to come, keeping as our guide star the themes of hospitality, service, and advocacy that served as the foundation of Seton Center.”

The Sisters of Charity, from Convent Station, NJ, opened Seton Center in Princess Anne, Maryland. Sr. Cecelia and Sr. Eileen were joined by Sr. Regina Hudson and Sr. Diane Moore and created a multi-purpose neighborhood community center to identify and respond to the needs of local residents, the Hispanic community, and the area’s migrant farm workers. The program became a part of Catholic Charities services in 1989.

Seton Center provides Basic Needs Services, Behavioral Health Counseling, Food Assistance Programs, Thrift Services, and Immigration Services. Recently, a mobile office has been commissioned to serve clients who cannot get to the Seton Center location.

Sr. Cecilia has accepted a leadership position with the Sisters of Charity. Sr. Eileen will be retiring from active service. Sr. Regina retired from service several years ago, and Sr. Diane is serving her religious community in Haiti.

Catholic Charities, the charitable arm of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has served those in need for over 188 years, offering a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Catholic Charities to honor Major General Francis Vavala at 2019 Annual Tribute Dinner

October 29, 2018 – WILMINGTON DE– Major General (Ret) Francis Vavala, Delaware’s Former Adjutant General, will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner on Wednesday, April 03, 2019.

 

The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will present the award at the dinner to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

 

The Award, created in 1989 in memory of Msgr. Thomas J. Reese, community activist and longtime director of Catholic Social Services, the forerunner of Catholic Charities, recognizes exemplary individuals who have demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting and restoring the well-being of people – Catholic Charities’ mission.

 

“Major General Vavala has demonstrated his commitment to community service throughout his military service career. His example is one that reflects the qualities of Monsignor Reese and his commitment to the most vulnerable,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director.

Vavala began his service to military service in 1967, served in a multitude of diverse assignments and leadership positions with increasing responsibilities at the platoon, company, battalion, and brigade levels ultimately reaching General Officer.

 

He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1995 and Major General in 2000. He served as a General Officer for 22 years and was the State Adjutant General, the Commanding General, and highest ranking member of the Delaware National Guard for 18 years between 1999 and 2017. Prior to his retirement in 2017, he was promoted to Lieutenant General (State) by Governor Jack Markell and later in 2017 he was promoted to General (State) by Governor John Carney making him the first Delaware National Guardsman to achieve four-star rank.

 

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Order of the First State and many other Federal, State and community awards.

 

Vavala’s professional memberships and affiliations include: The National Guard Association of the United States, The National Guard Association of Delaware, The Association of the United States Army, the Association of the United States Air Force, The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, and The Delaware National Guard Retired Officer Association.

 

He is a member of The American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, Delaware Veteran’s Association, the Beau Biden Foundation, and other boards and commissions.

 

Vavala is a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He lives in New Castle County with his wife of 51 years, Jane. They have three children and three grandchildren.

 

To learn more about Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner or to support the Tribute Dinner through sponsorships or ticket purchases, visit the Catholic Charities website at

www.cdow.org/charities.

 

Catholic Charities, serving those in need for over 180 years, offers a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.