Thursday, December 31, 2015

Catholic Charities Top 10 Moments of 2015!

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This year was an exciting, inspiring, and rewarding year for us. From new partnerships with community businesses to incredible volunteer work to countless success stories in our programs, we have a lot to celebrate this year: Check out our Top 10 Moments of 2015!

#10: Inaugural JOBS Program Job Fair! 

Our JOBS program partnered with 20 local businesses and corporations to host their first ever job fair:150 individuals attended and all left with a great foot in the door to start or continue their career!

#9: Washington Wizards and Mystics Cup of Joe

As part of the NBA Hoops for Troops week, the Washington Wizards invited active-duty military, veterans, and families who lost a loved one in combat to watch them practice. After practice, the Wizards and their guests came together courtside to volunteer to help the homeless through our Cup of Joe program. More than 70 volunteers in packing 1,000 breakfast bags to be delivered to our shelters!

#8Mt. Carmel House Gets A Fabulous Makeover

My Girlfriend's House, Inc, a nonprofit that mentors and empowers at-risk girls, initiated a service project at Mt. Carmel House – a Makeover Party to spruce up the living spaces the residents call home. Our Mt. Carmel House is home to more than 20 women recovering from homelessness.

#7:  Angel Tree Delivers Presents to 1,175 Kids!

Thanks to the generosity of the community 1,175 kids in our Catholic Charities programs woke up with with presents under the tree this Christmas! 

#6: Homeless Jesus Statue arrives

On Ash Wednesday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl blessed the homeless Jesus statue that was newly installed outside our headquarters in downtown DC. Every day the sculpture reminds us of the most marginalized in our society and the importance of viewing each other as brothers and sisters. 

#5: Our Silver Spring Medical Clinic Earns Top Ratings!

This past spring, the McCarrick Medical Clinic located in Silver Spring earned a near perfect review in its annual review by the Primary Care Coalition. Major kudos to the team on seeing all of their hard work pay off! The annual quality control check is a balance of clinical and administrative review.

#4: Inaugural Washington Redskins Back to School Fair 

In August, we teamed up with the Redskins Charitable Foundation and community partners to host a huge Back to School Fair at FedEx Field. Volunteers and community partners helped more than 400 students receive the supplies and services they needed to start a successful school year.

#3: Walk with Francis Hits 100,000 pledges! 

As our gift to Pope Francis when he visited Washington, DC we set a goal of 100,000 individuals pledging to pray, serve or act to make their community a better place. A few days before the Holy Father's arrival, we hit that goal and eventually soared past 109,000 (see for yourself!).

#2: Campaign for Catholic Charities raises unprecedented $75 Million Dollars Raised! 

Catholic Charities strives to say “yes” to everyone who seeks our help. We challenged the community to say "yes" with us to help the most vulnerable in our midst through our Campaign for Catholic Charities. And the results were astounding! $75 million dollars raised! 

#1 Moment of 2015: Pope Francis Visits Catholic Charities!!! 

It is a day our agency, and more importantly our clients, will remember forever. On September 24, Pope Francis visited more than 500 of the people we serve during a stop at Catholic Charities main building downtown DC and St. Patrick's Parish next door. For every hand Pope Francis shook, every blessing he gave, every selfie he smiled for and every hug he embraced, it gave our clients hope. 

We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for us! See you in the New Year!