Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and The New York Times Neediest Cases Campaign

For more than 100 years, The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has provided direct assistance to children, families and the elderly in New York.  As one of the seven beneficiary agencies of The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens continues to help thousands in need. The New York Times publishes articles appearing daily from November through January each year, featuring inspiring stories of those who have been helped.

Without the continued support of The New York Times  Neediest Cases Fund, many would be without the help they so desperately need. Contributions from supporters like you ensure the continuation of this Fund and, more importantly, the survival of our programs and services for children, youth, adults, seniors, the developmentally disabled, and the mentally challenged or isolated.

Below are stories from the 2014-2015 campaign, which runs in the Metro Section of The New York Times daily from Nov. 2, 2014 through Jan 23, 2015, of individuals helped through Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens who’ve courageously shared their stories.


After Six Years of Homelessness, Taking Comfort in an Apartment of Her Own
by: John Otis
Published: January 9, 2015
"After six years without a home, Elisa Byard had no choice but to enter New York City’s shelter system in 2012. ... Read more.


Mother’s Courage Helps Daughter Change Course Amid Illness
by: John Otis
Published: January 2, 2015
"There was little doubt that she would win her battle with breast cancer, Nora Zenteno said, because she was filled with faith that God would heal her.” ... Read more.


Facing Cancer and Financial Burdens, an Immigrant Finds Aid
by: E.C. Gogolak
Published: December 23, 2014
"When Beata Bien was pregnant with her daughter, Emmanuela, now 8, her boyfriend left her.” ... Read more.


Sometimes Distance Is Greater Than Miles
by: Dan Barry
Published: December 21, 2014
"Michele Lisandrelli’s mother lives in Carroll Gardens, just a few miles away. But Ms. Lisandrelli, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, could not reach the second-floor apartment and had not visited for two years.” ... Read more.

Jobless and Homeless, Parents Vow to Hide Fears from Their 3 Young Children
by: John Otis
Published: December 20, 2014
When Edwin and Georgina Rosa moved their family from Tampa, Fla., to New York City, they took great care to hide their doubts and fears from their three children.” ... Read more.

Regaining his Health to Be There for his Children
by: John Otis
Published: December 17, 2014

“When Fitz Alexander was told he had a bipolar disorder, he could barely comprehend the concept. He was in his early 50s and prided himself on an indomitable spirit.." ... Read more

Defying a Short Life Expectancy, for Decades
by: John Otis
Published: December 11, 2014

“Emie Payen has an ease to her cadence and a subdued sense of humor that belies the struggles, losses and health crises she has endured most of her life. It is a disposition forged by gratitude — Ms. Payen, 55, never expected to live past her mid-30s." ... Read more

After a Storm, Celebrating a Hard-Earned Homecoming
by: Alan Feuer
Published: December 6, 2014

“It was down to the finishing touches: the window blinds, the curtain rods, the new washer-dryer, the closet shelves. After two years of wandering, David Lonergan was home." ... Read more

Resisting a Temptation Means Living More Positively
by: John Otis
Published: December 5, 2014

"Thirty-three years ago, August Montalbano said, he took his final gulp of alcohol and has been a regular attendee of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings ever since." ... Read more


Grateful for What’s Left, Not Mourning What’s Lost 
by: John Otis
Published: November 28, 2014
" Stricken by polio as an infant, Anna Maria Walsh regained her lost mobility as a teenager, crediting a miracle for sparing her life and restoring her body." ... Read more


 With Mother Ill, Her Daughters Helped Save Family
by: Ann Farmer
Published: November 25, 2014
"The last thing that Vilmarie Garcia remembers from Jan. 10 is her skin turning purple as the physicians at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital put her in a drug-induced coma."  ... Read more


Falling Behind on Rent After Family Tragedies
by: John Otis
Published: November 15, 2014
“After his mother’s death, a sister’s accident and a son’s illness, Johnny Glenn had little left to pay for the apartment he has lived in for 43 years." ... Read more


Mother Who Provides Round-the-Clock Care Finds Solace In Her Home
by: John Otis
Published: November 2, 2014
Geraldine Kentish supports two children with disabilities, but had little money left over after paying rent on their Harlem apartment." ... Read more





To donate to any of our past clients or the ones that your read about below, or to make a general donation, please send a check with a memo saying "Neediest Cases" and mail to:  Office of Development & Communications, 191 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please make the check payable to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. For a specific client, please include their name in the memo as well.  

You can also donate via our website, by clicking here. You can also donate to the Fund through The New York Times website. For more information, please call 718-722-6202. 



Read The New York Times Neediest Cases 2013-2014 Campaign

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