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Catholic Charities Of Newark Serving Hilltop Seniors: Empowering The Community

An unforgettable Valentine’s Day for Hilltop Seniors in Newark, thanks to CCAN and Mayor Tony Vauss.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) has once again demonstrated its commitment to serving the community, as an unforgettable Valentine’s Day event unfolded for the Hilltop Seniors in Newark. 

The generous sponsorship of Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss made this heartwarming occasion possible, showcasing the incredible impact that collaborative community efforts can achieve.

A Day of Cherished Memories and Community Spirit

The seniors at Hilltop Seniors in Newark experienced a day filled with joy and meaningful connections, creating cherished memories that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. 

An exciting auction led to seniors winning a limousine ride and a group dinner with the mayor and winning police officers. The seniors had an absolute blast and, as a proud partner of CCAN, we’d like to extend sincere thank you to everyone involved in making this heartwarming event possible!

More about CCAN: Feeding Our Elders: A Key Focus During National Senior Independence Month

Embrace the Spirit of Giving

You too can join in the incredible work of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark by supporting their impactful initiatives. 

By donating to the Holiday Fund, individuals have the opportunity to directly contribute to the continuation of CCAN’s invaluable work and ensure the sustained support of senior services and other impactful programs.
Consider making a meaningful contribution to the Holiday Fund today, and help uphold the spirit of compassion and service within our community.

Embracing Volunteerism: American Express Employees Support Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Newark received incredible support from 19 American Express employees, reflecting compassion and service values.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) recently received a heartwarming gesture of support from 19 volunteers representing American Express Global Commercial Services—Eastern Region. The impact of their contribution resonates deeply within the community, reflecting the core values of compassion and service upheld by CCAN.

Uniting for a Meaningful Cause

The volunteers’ dedication went beyond geographical boundaries, as they traveled by train, plane, and automobile to converge at CCAN’s 47 Miller Street location in Newark. Welcomed by the Office of Volunteer Services Director, the group was introduced to the agency’s comprehensive services before being divided into three teams, each tasked with unique initiatives.

Making a Difference, One Act of Kindness at a Time

One team channeled their efforts into organizing the storage room at Pathways to Housing, enhancing the functionality of the shelter. Meanwhile, another team assisted the staff at St. Bridget’s Residence in inventorying a room filled with essential supplies. The third team embarked on creating a festive holiday vibe for clients at the Behavioral Health Outpatient/Partial Care Program, decorating the space with a beautiful Christmas tree and handmade stockings.

A Sincere Expression of Gratitude

The collaborative energy shared by the AMEX volunteers left a positive and lasting mark on the initiatives they supported. A special acknowledgment is extended to Mary Keefe, AMEX Field Development Manager, whose coordinated efforts with the CCAN Office of Volunteer Services made this impactful experience possible.

More about CCAN: Celebrating Unity & Music: Catholic Charities Annual Benefit Concert 

Supporting the Work of Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities, alongside the Holiday Fund’s other ten partnering agencies, spearhead initiatives that uplift individuals and families in need within the Newark community. Their commitment to providing vital services and fostering a sense of belonging has a profound impact on the communities they serve. This dedication not only ensures essential support but also creates a strong sense of community and unity.

How You Can Join the Cause

You can contribute to the meaningful work of Catholic Charities by supporting the Holiday Fund. For over 80 years, we have provided services of care, hope, and kindness to northern New Jersey.  We want to help even the most impoverished and marginalized in our community find hope all year long. 

Every donation is funneled to eleven social service agencies in northern New Jersey who are best-in-class and pre-screened. Your generosity makes their incredible work possible. 

Your generous contribution will go a long way in changing lives and building stronger communities. Together, we can make a significant impact. Donate today at

Feeding Our Elders: A Key Focus During National Senior Independence Month

National Senior Independence Month in February focuses on supporting and feeding our elders.

Every month brings a new opportunity to focus on important causes and groups within our community. This February, as we observe National Senior Independence Month, it’s time to turn our attention to the challenges and triumphs of our senior citizens, including the importance of nourishing our seniors. 

Numerous agencies that are supported by the Holiday Fund are making commendable strides in this domain. One organization deserving special mention is the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. Their unwavering dedication to eradicating hunger and bolstering the vulnerable within the Newark area is a beacon of inspiration for us all.

Spotlight on Catholic Charities: An Organization Making a Difference

In one year alone, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) distributed an impressive 178,671 pounds of food to 29,779 households. 

But their work goes beyond food distribution. They offer a comprehensive range of social services, aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals and families, regardless of their religious, racial, ethnic, or economic backgrounds.

Supporting Seniors: The Focus of National Senior Independence Month

National Senior Independence Month is a time to celebrate the resilience and strength of our senior community. It’s also a time to recognize the organizations that support senior independence, like Catholic Charities. Their services—from meal delivery to transportation and companionship programs—are crucial in maintaining the dignity and independence of our seniors.

Read more: Celebrating Unity & Music: Catholic Charities Annual Benefit Concert

Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Pillar of Support

As we honor our seniors this month, let’s also remember the organizations that work tirelessly to support them. A donation to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund is a practical way to contribute to this cause.

Your contribution, regardless of its size, can make a significant impact. It has the power to change lives and create a wave of positive change throughout our community. By donating, you’re not just supporting Catholic Charities; you’re supporting our seniors and making a stand against hunger.

In the spirit of National Senior Independence Month, let’s resolve to be part of this change. 

Donate today, and let’s collectively work towards a community where everyone, including our seniors, can live with dignity and independence.

Recognizing Senior Independence and the Organizations Making a Difference

In February’s Senior Independence Month, we celebrate our seniors, highlighting a key organization that provided essential services to 667 older adults in 2021.

February is a special month dedicated to our seniors. This is the time when we celebrate Senior Independence Month, focusing on supporting our older adults in their journey towards fulfilling, independent lives. It’s an opportunity for us to appreciate their contributions to our communities and to ensure they receive the essential services they need. 

The Role of Catholic Charities of Newark

One organization making a significant impact is Catholic Charities of Newark. In 2021 alone, they served 667 older adults through 15 different programs. Their dedication to combating challenges faced by our seniors is inspiring and critical. Their work ranges from providing meals and health services to offering emotional support and companionship. They are committed to ensuring that Newark elders can enjoy the dignity and independence they deserve.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Key Supporter

The efforts of Catholic Charities are greatly supported by the Greater Newark Holiday Fund. This fund channels resources to 11 first-in-class agencies, including Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, enabling them to reach more seniors and provide them with crucial services. By donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, you’re directly contributing to these vital efforts.

Join Us in Making a Difference

As we celebrate Senior Independence Month, let’s remember the importance of our role in this endeavor. Whether it’s volunteering your time, donating resources, or spreading awareness about the cause, each one of us can make a difference.

This February, let’s honor our seniors and the organizations that support them. Make a difference today with a donation to the Holiday Fund

Celebrating Unity & Music: Catholic Charities Annual Benefit Concert

Catholic Charities Annual Benefit Concert featured the Sensational Soul Cruisers to support their homeless programs.

Last fall, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN) hosted their 6th Annual Benefit Concert. The event featured the Sensational Soul Cruisers, a band known for their soul-stirring performances. The night was filled with great music and unity, all in support of CCAN’s homeless programs.

CCAN’s Impact on the Community

CCAN is a place of healing, respite and hope for many individuals and families in the northern New Jersey community. Their dedication to providing aid and resources for homeless individuals is truly inspiring. The annual benefit concert is an evening of entertainment as well as a testament to the organization’s commitment to making a difference.

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund: A Vital Supporter

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund gathers resources and directs them toward organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. Our mission is not just about raising funds, but about creating a network of support for ten critical New Jersey nonprofits that strive to make a difference every day.

By focusing our efforts, we help to ensure that these organizations have the necessary funding to keep their programs running. This includes everything from food pantries and shelters to counseling services and educational programs.

Band Together for Good: Your Contribution Matters

As we approach this season of giving, we invite you to join us in making a difference. Your contribution to the Holiday Fund can significantly impact the lives of those who are supported by CCAN and our other partner agencies.

When you donate, you’re not just giving money, you’re providing hope, support, and the promise of a better tomorrow to those who need it most. And the best part? You can easily make your donation online at

Let’s band together for good this season. Give today, and become a part of this incredible community effort. Donate now at

BBQ For A Cause: A Community Gathering To Support Catholic Charities

The Cranford Knights of Columbus Council exemplified community spirit by hosting a barbecue to support Catholic Charities’ clients and staff.

Under a canopy of blue skies and gentle breezes, a special event took place in the fall of 2023: The Cranford Knights of Columbus Council #6226 hosted a barbecue for 75 Catholic Charities’ clients and staff. This was not just a day of good food and company, but an example of the community spirit that underpins the incredible work of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN).

Serving Up Support

Everyone at the event enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers with all the trimmings, chips, cookies, and beverages. The coordination was led by Mr. John McKeary of the Knights, with Jerry Conheeney, Grand Knight, helping to serve the meal along with fellow Knights Jimmy Byrnes, Tom Cannon, Pat Burke, and John McKeary. Their dedication and service underscore the power of community involvement.

The Impact of Catholic Charities

CCAN plays a vital role in our community, offering support and services to those who need it most. Events like this barbecue provide not only a delicious lunch but also an important opportunity for fellowship. It’s a chance for organizations like the Knights to learn about the services being offered at the Catholic Charities clinic.

Support Catholic Charities

As we witness the remarkable contributions of Catholic Charities, we can all play a part in this transformative work. Your generous donation to the Holiday Fund can help sustain and expand these vital programs, making a significant difference in the lives of many. Together, let’s empower more individuals and create stronger communities.

Learn more about the Holiday Fund and show your support when you visit

Empowerment Through Education: Catholic Charities’ Job Training Impact

Catholic Charities’ job training has been empowering individuals with relevant vocational skills and significant hope.

Life is a constant journey of learning and growth. As we navigate through it, we realize the importance of empowerment and self-reliance. One organization that deeply understands this is Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN). Their mission to foster empowerment, enhance livelihoods, and promote self-reliance is making a significant impact in our community, especially through their commitment to vocational training.

Celebrating Job Training

In 2021 alone, Catholic Charities of Newark devoted an extraordinary 1,674 days to job training. This effort empowered 206 individuals with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Their days are spent not just teaching, but inspiring hope and instilling confidence in individuals who are eager to improve their circumstances and contribute positively to society.

The importance of this vocational training cannot be overstated. By equipping people with relevant skills, Catholic Charities is not only helping them find employment but also ensuring they have a sustainable way to support themselves and their families. It’s a game-changer for many lives.

The Impact of Job Training in the United States

Research shows that a full 40% of employees who don’t receive the necessary job training to become effective will leave their positions within the first year. That statistic highlights the critical importance of organizations like CCAN that provide vocational training. Such programs help bridge the gap, lower unemployment rates, and contribute to the overall productivity of the workforce.

Support Catholic Charities: Make A Difference

As we witness the remarkable contributions of Catholic Charities, we can all play a part in this transformative work. Your generous donation to the Holiday Fund can help sustain and expand these vital programs, making a significant difference in the lives of many. Together, let’s empower more individuals and create stronger communities.

Learn more about the Holiday Fund and show your support when you visit

A Heartwarming Donation: KPMG Employees Bring Joy to Children at Catholic Charities

Exciting News!

In a heartwarming display of compassion and generosity, a group of employees from KPMG has made a significant donation to Catholic Charities. Their contribution of 75 Sweet Cases will directly benefit the children in CCAN’s programs, in collaboration with Foster Love.

Customized Comfort and Inspiration

Each Sweet Case is thoughtfully customized, ensuring that it carries not only tangible items but also motivational messages and phrases. Inside these cases, children will find a cozy blanket, a cuddly stuffed animal, a coloring book, and crayons. These items aim to bring much-needed comfort, joy, and inspiration to the young recipients.

Gratitude and Appreciation

On behalf of Catholic Charities, we express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the compassionate employees at KPMG and the dedicated team at Foster Love. Their support and generosity are making a profound impact on the lives of these children, providing them with moments of happiness and hope during challenging times.

Join the Movement

You too can make a difference today by contributing to the Holiday Fund, a proud supporter of Catholic Charities. Donating is simple and can be done through the official website at Your generous contribution will help create more Sweet Cases filled with love, warmth, and encouragement for deserving children.

Together, let’s continue to spread compassion and brighten the lives of those in need. Join the movement and make a lasting impact today.

The Power of Giving: How Your Holiday Fund Donations Support Catholic Charities of Newark

The Holiday Fund partners with NJ agencies like Catholic Charities, amplifying their community impact and highlighting the power of giving.

Every year, the Holiday Fund works to support charities across New Jersey. One of these organizations is Catholic Charities of Newark, an institution committed to serving those in need, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. When you make a donation to the Holiday Fund, you are directly contributing to the transformative experiences offered by eleven first-class organizations and supporting their vital work within our community, amplifying the power of giving.

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A Celebration of Community and Service: The Annual Gala

Recently, Catholic Charities held its Annual Gala, a celebration of community, service, and the power of giving. The event was a resounding success, thanks to the contributions of sponsors, supporters, and attendees. The gala served as a reminder of the profound impact that Catholic Charities has on individuals and families across New Jersey.

During the evening, several partners were honored for their dedication and contributions to the organization. Among them was Scott Fields from Daybreak Express, SPRUCE Industries, Catholic Cemeteries, Ecclesia Ministries, and Holiday Express. Recognition was also given to Pierre Moreau, posthumously, with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to his family. Patricia Tully and William Markey III were the recipients of the Spirit of the Heart Award. The night was made even more special with a fantastic performance by Chris Pinnella.

The Transformative Work of Catholic Charities

The Annual Gala showcased the transformative work done by Catholic Charities and its partners. From providing assistance to the poor, advocating for social justice, to offering over 100 programs that focus on various needs, Catholic Charities plays a crucial role in the New Jersey community.

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The Power of Giving Exemplified by Donors

However, none of this would be possible without the support of donors like you. Every contribution made to the Holiday Fund goes a long way in supporting organizations like Catholic Charities. By donating, you can help continue the legacy of Pierre Moreau, support the efforts of individuals like Patricia Tully and William Markey III, and ensure that Catholic Charities can continue providing their much-needed services.

When you donate to the Holiday Fund, you’re not just making a financial contribution. You’re investing in the future of our communities, supporting organizations that make a real difference, and helping to create transformational experiences for those most in need.

Photograph by M. Christyanne Ward of MC Ward Images

Continue a Tradition of Giving

Join us in our mission to support these 11 critical charities in New Jersey. Your contribution can change lives, foster community development, and create a ripple effect of kindness and generosity across the state. Remember, every donation, no matter how small, helps. Let’s continue the tradition of giving and make a difference together.

Make a difference today by contributing to the Holiday Fund. Your donation will champion the ongoing efforts of transformative organizations like the Catholic Charities of Newark. 

Impact by the Numbers: Catholic Charities homeless shelters

Catholic Charities provides emergency shelter and services, including short-term supervised residence, three meals a day, assessment/planning, case management, housing, education, food, and clothing, supportive counseling, parenting skills, job and housing placement assistance, mental health, substance abuse services, and linkages to community resources for homeless families, single women and men, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. They also offer prevention programs for those at risk of eviction or needing assistance with bills.

Make a difference in the lives of those in need by donating to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund and supporting Catholic Charities’ great work.