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

For over 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 2013-2014 campaign, of individuals helped through Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens who’ve courageously shared their stories.


'No Luck' For a Growing Family
by: Anastasia Economides
Published: January 23, 2014
“A father who was recently unemployed recently got a new job, but it does not pay enough to take care of his wife, baby girl and a baby on the way." ... Read more



After Cancer, Tour Guide Plans Next Destination
by: Julie Turkewitz
Published: January 19, 2014
“Edicson Valderrama, who has traveled the world chaperoning fellow sojourners, fell behind on his bills when he was sidelined by cancer. He now hopes to start a school for aspiring guides." ... Read more


A Mother Faces More Travails After the Loss of a Son
by: Andrew Boryga
Published: January 13, 2014
“A Brooklyn mother's grief at her son's death during a family reunion in the Dominican Republic was compounded by funeral expenses and then a steep rent increase." ... Read more


After Caring for Her Mother, Then Her Husband, an Ailing Woman, 91, Is Alone
by: Philip Richardson
Published: December 24, 2013
“Ida Carrano, who is homebound in a tiny apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, depends on a home health aide and a constant flow of wattage to power her lights and breathing machines." ... Read more



After Two Decades, a Shrinking Salary at a Job She Loved
by: John Otis
Published: November 23, 2013

“Police cars were blocking the entrance to the bus yard in Brooklyn when Nicole Bouchotte, 61, arrived at work one day last January. It was at that moment, so early on a cold weekday morning that the sun had yet to rise, that she learned that her union, Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, was on strike." ... Read more


Starting Over After Hurricane Sandy
by: The Editorial Board
Published: November 16, 2013

“As Hurricane Sandy approached, Joseph Duodu, his wife and two daughters evacuated from their home on the Rockaway Peninsula and drove to a motel on Queens Boulevard. The family packed only an overnight bag with a change of clothes because they thought they would be back home the next day. They ended up living in the motel for five months.” ... Read more



Raising A Sick Daughter Was Hard Enough; Then They Lost Their Jobs
by: John Otis
Published: November 14, 2013

“When Megan McSween learned her second-grade class was scheduled to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, she was ecstatic. Until her parents told her she would not be able to go.” ... 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 718-722-6204. 



Read Past The New York Times Neediest Cases From 2012-13 Campaign



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