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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.

More Holiday Fund Partners: Impact by the Numbers: Family Service Bureau’s Mental Health Sessions

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.

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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.

The Impact of Mental Health Support: Erasmo’s Story

Erasmo, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and experienced homelessness multiple times due to his illness, was stabilized at Meadowview Hospital before being admitted to the Catholic Charities/Mount Carmel Guild residential program in Union City. 

While in the program, he attended groups for education about his mental health, learned the importance of taking medication, and developed skills to cope with his feelings. He graduated from the Partial Care program in 2018 and has served as a role model for other residents at Union City residences. In the eight years Erasmo has been a resident in the group home, he has not been hospitalized for another mental health crisis.

This is what he says about his home at the Union City residence:

“This place has brightened up my life and eased the pain of being homeless,” he said. “I feel braver about my life. I have people who help me. I know that I can utilize my counselors, staff, and doctors.”

Erasmo credits Catholic Charities/Mount Carmel Guild for providing him with care and support and allowing him to face realities without experiencing another mental health crisis.

Are you or someone you love experiencing a mental health crisis? Our partners at Catholic Charities are available to help. Learn more about this dedicated agency at

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Catholic Charities worker inspires client’s sister to pursue social work

Meet Emma Daceus, a social work student and intern for one of Catholic Charities’ residences. Emma’s older brother, who is now 30, was once part of the Strong Futures program for young men who are aging out of the child welfare system or who are homeless.

Years later, Emma and her brother still remember the kindness of Kathy Elias, who is the Division Director of Children and Family Services at Catholic Charities.

It just goes to show how caring for someone today can impact so much more than we think!

Godspeed on your studies, Emma. Thank you for stepping up to be somebody else’s hero in the future.

Catholic Charities

Yvette experienced homelessness for two years before securing a bed at St. Lucy’s Emergency Shelter in Jersey City, a facility of Chatholic Charities. 

What does Yvette think about sleeping in a shelter with dozens of strangers?

“I love it. I like having a lot of other people around… it’s comforting to know that other people are around, and looking out for you.”

St. Lucy’s provides three meals a day and clothing, along with enjoyable activities. The shelter works with different social agencies to organize different activities that make life easier at times. 

The shelter is just one of the many resources the organization provides for members of the community. 


Catholic Charities serves an enormous number of people in the Greater Newark Area. Here’s how:

  • Counseling and support services for at-risk youth and their families
  • Psychological and psychiatric help for those with mental illness
  • Job training for those who are cognitively disabled
  • Childhood education for preschoolers
  • Emergency shelter for the homeless and for those who are HIV-positive
  • Affordable housing for low-income families
  • Immigration legal services;
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Adoption services

Service By The Numbers

Based on the 2019/2020 fiscal year report, CCAN impacted the community in the following ways: 

  • 62,645 individuals served
  • 87 programs at 26 sites
  • 15,570 days of job training to 462 individuals
  • 626 people served in 4 justice programs
  • 677 older adults in 12 programs
  • 72,685 nights of shelter to 1,342 homeless individuals and families
  • 197 veterans served
  • 178 refugees served

Just to name a few of the organization’s accomplishments. 

Catholic Charities’ Mission

These programs and resources fulfill the mission of CCAN to recognize the inherent dignity and worth of all people and respond with sincere Christian compassion to the corporeal needs of the poor and marginalized. 

The service of Catholic Charities is inspired by—

  • Faith in Jesus Christ
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Continuing exposition of Catholic social teaching. 

Through these activities, Catholic Charities strives to assist individuals in need, strengthen families, and provide those it serves with an experience of God’s mercy.

Volunteer To Help Catholic Charities

Do you speak Spanish? 

Love to throw parties?

Enjoy feeding the hungry?

Use those skills and passions and volunteer for CCAN. Contact the office for the latest opportunities. 

Make ONE DONATION to the Holiday Fund and support 10 life-changing organizations in New Jersey.


In 1903 a group of lay Roman Catholics in New Jersey founded what is now Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark (CCAN). This was the first organization to work on behalf of abused and neglected children.

Today, the organization has 88 programs, serving close to 60,000 individuals in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. 

Learn more about the impact CCAN is having on the Greater Newark Area when you visit the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark website.