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The shaded portion of the bar above represents the progress made so far towards our Come Home To Catholic Charities Fund goal.  Our goal is to raise $275,000 by June 30, 2021!  Please help us fill in the bar!!

Gala 2020 was a huge success raising a record-breaking $275,000 to help fund Catholic Charities’ critical programs.

Due to pandemic restrictions and our concern for the health and safety of our friends, clients, and supporters, we have made the difficult decision not to hold our annual Gala in 2021.

While our signature fundraising event will not take place, the need still exists and, in fact, has increased due to the strain on families who were already struggling.

We need to raise $275,000 by June 30, 2021 to replace these funds.  We cannot reach this goal without you!

Over the next three months, we’ll share key messaging, more client stories, and progress toward achieving our sustaining goal.

Check back here often to see how we are progressing!!

Cooks with Collars

From the very beginning, providing an opportunity for sponsors to support Catholic Charities was a key goal for Cooks with Collars. “With the coronavirus forcing cancellation of our annual Catholic Charities Gala,” said Rob Nicolella, Executive Director for Catholic Charities, “Bishop Schlert saw an opportunity for this new event to help in replacing those funds which make direct services possible in our community.”

Over a dozen corporate and individual sponsors, led by St. Luke’s University Health Network and Bennett Automotive Group, quickly agreed to become inaugural Cooks with Collars partners.
“In fact,” said Paul Acampora, Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Allentown, “we underestimated how popular the program would become. In the end, sponsorships not only provided funds that will be used for serving children and families, but “Our sponsors also made it clear to tens of thousands of people who visited the Cooks with Collars website that the success of Catholic Charities happens because of the partnerships the Diocese can build between people, parishes and community leaders.”

Cooks with Collars sponsors provided more than $62,000 for Catholic Charities this year.
“Catholic Charities is on track to replace the nearly $250,000 that would have come from our Gala,” said Rob Nicolella. “In fact, we have set a stretch goal to bring in $275,000 this year.
“Our mission is to provide compassionate human services with respect for the sanctity of all human life. That means feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, serving veterans, and supporting families and individuals who need help to get back on their feet. We can’t back down.”

                                                                 Thank you to our sponsors:




                           Ray & Teri Bishop     

               Anthony & Evelyn Carfango                    Von & Jane George 



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Open Your Heart

Thank you for opening your hearts!!  You helped provide a warm meal and fellowship to the homeless and near-homeless in our community.

Catholic Charities welcomes the homeless and near-homeless at its two soup kitchens – in Allentown and Pottsville.

A front-page story in the Morning Call’s February 1st paper describes how Allentown’s new Commission on Homelessness is seeking funding for “a village of micro-shelters for the homeless; landlord engagement initiatives to help those facing eviction; and greater assistance to individuals and families grasping for a safety net.”

Rob Nicolella, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, is the co-chairperson of this homelessness commission.   He has worked for the agency for nearly 20 years and has seen how difficult it is to keep up with the need.

Thank you for helping to continue these services.  Your support helps us continue programs and services to not only help the homeless, but to prevent homelessness in the first place.

We can ONLY do this together.  May God bless you for your compassion.

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Veterans Day

Serving those who served for us, Catholic Charities assisted 135 Veterans in 2020.

Please consider a gift in honor or memory of a Veteran.

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Client's Story

67-year-old “Ann” was referred to Catholic Charities for assessment and counseling by her pastor.  Because the referral was made in the early stages of the pandemic, there were no face-to-face meeting, but weekly online counseling for three months.  Ann shared her fears and anxieties tht resulted from the pandemic.  Through active listening, empathic response, and other therapeutic intervention, Ann reported an increased ability to cope with these and other stressors.

Once she felt confident in the coping skills she learned through the sessions, Ann informed her counselor that she no longer felt the need for ongoing counseling.

“It was such a relief to have someone to talk to and who understood me.  I didn’t realize that I could have counseling over the phone and thought I would have to deal with all my problems and issues alone because of the pandemic.  I can’t express how grateful I am that there was someone there to listen to me and to offer support and encouragement.”

Northampton County, PA

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Giving Tuesday

Global Day of Giving on December 1, 2020

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and support their communities through acts of kindness, gifts of voice, time, talent or treasure.

Our goal was to raise $25,000 to provide thousands of meals, blankets, coats, hats, and gloves at our soup kitchens in Allentown and Pottsville to those who would otherwise go hungry this winter.

Thank you for helping  us surpass that goal!!  And to our very generous supporters Pat and Sandy Corpora, who matched with a $10,000 gift. 

We couldn’t do this without YOU!    Thank you for your generosity to help those in need.

"The counseling services that I received changed my life. They made me a better person."

Catholic Charities' mission is to provide compassionate human services with respect for the sanctity of all human life.

Your gift will feed the hungry, find shelter for the homeless, counsel those suffering with mental health issues and show respect for all, regardless of faith, race, age, or ability to pay.