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Coronavirus crisis underscores importance of 2020 Census participation, director says

March 12, 2020

The following is a statement from our Executive Director Marlene Laó-Collins.
The 2020 Census is now open for reporting! Unfortunately, this once-a-decade count has gotten overshadowed by headlines about the spread of the  COVID19 virus.
But the coronavirus crisis shows why census reporting is more important than …

State gives Catholic Charities funding to prevent homelessness in Ocean County

January 28, 2020

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton recently received two grants, totaling almost $460,000, to prevent homelessness in Ocean County.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs gave Catholic Charities’ Community Services the grants to provide temporary rent and utility assistance to individuals and families who are either …

El Centro partners with Trenton high school to help immigrant students succeed

January 24, 2020

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton is partnering with Trenton Public Schools to help immigrant students at Daylight/Twilight High School succeed in the classroom.
El Centro, a Catholic Charities program that serves the Spanish-speaking community in Greater Mercer County, recently took over an office at the school …

Grants will improve census accuracy, outreach to “hard-to-count” populations

December 20, 2019

The State of New Jersey has awarded Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton a $40,000 grant to improve census reporting among people considered hard to count, including immigrants, youth, senior citizens, and people who are mentally ill, live in low-income households, or struggle with homelessness.
Community Services, …

Helping our heroes: New stakeholders group aims to improve community care for veterans

December 4, 2019

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton and the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) are partnering to strengthen health care and community services for military veterans in Mercer County by creating a new committee of key stakeholders who will share information and advocate for the county’s 12,000 veterans.
The …

Immigration crisis goes beyond the border; collaboration is key to help immigrants in need

November 21, 2019

As Humphrey Bogart said in Casablanca, “this is the start of a beautiful friendship.” Leaders from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton met yesterday with Jennifer Thompson, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) of New Jersey, to brainstorm ways the two social …

“We must be fierce as lions!”: Sister Norma Pimentel, advocate for immigrants, challenges us to do more

November 15, 2019

Sister Norma Pimentel, the Catholic Charities leader from Texas who has become a tireless champion for immigrants at the southern border, challenged people of good conscience to do more to welcome immigrants into our communities during a luncheon today in Hamilton.
“When we reach out to …

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