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There’s always something exciting and important happening with our programs and services at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.  Read these stories and check back often.  We’re always posting updates.


Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and partners, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), New York City Office for Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) and elected officials, held the official dedication of the Catholic Charities Peter J. Striano Residence in Howard Beach, N.Y., on Wednesday, Dec. 4.


The Catholic Charities Riverway Innovative Senior Center officially opened on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The official opening was part of a ribbon-cutting for the Riverway Apartments located at 230 Riverdale Avenue in the community of Brownsville, Brooklyn. Partners on the project included Sydelle Knepper of SKA Marin, the New York City Department for the Aging and the Calvary Church of God, as well as local legislators.


Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has joined #GivingTuesday, a national giving day on December 3, 2013. Following Thanksgiving weekend and kicking off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is a national day devoted to giving back – it’s a celebration of our great American tradition of generosity.


Catholic Charities is now collecting toys and gift cards for the holidays at its Community Centers in Brooklyn and Queens.  New, unwrapped gifts can be donated at Catholic Charities Community Centers, which are located at 191 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights and 23-40 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria.  If you would like to make a cash donation, please make your check payable to “Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens” and mail to: Catholic Charities Toy Drive, Office of Development, 191 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.


On Wednesday, Nov. 20, 25 volunteers from National Grid’s Finance Department at Metrotech Brooklyn came to Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Brooklyn Community Center and food pantry to help distribute 200 Thanksgiving turkey meals to the local community as part of their National Grid Day of Service. As part of their volunteer efforts, National Grid donated the 200 turkeys for the distribution. The “fixings” were from the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens food pantry.


On Saturday, Nov. 9, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens co-sponsored its second-annual Bereavement Conference: Journey to Healing: We Remember; We Celebrate; We Believe, along with its partners for the conference: Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Brooklyn and the Vincentian Center for Church & Society at St. John’s University.


On Friday, Nov. 15, volunteers from Ameriprise Financial came to CCBQ’s Queens Community Center in Astoria to help distribute fish and paint our Community Center room. Organized by the President of our POP Housing Corporation Board of Trustees, Darrel Upson, Ameriprise brought 10 volunteers to help including their children.

United Seafood Enterprises donated 500 pounds of Tilapia, five times the amount of fish of years past to the volunteer event. The fish will go to families from the Queens Community Center in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Robert Siebel has announced the promotion of Donna Corrado, Ph.D, to Executive Director of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Inc. (CCNS), effective Nov. 4, 2013.


Members of the CCBQ After School P.L.U.S. program at Public School 50 in Jamaica, N.Y., organized a Catholic Charities fair on Thursday, Nov. 14, whick took place during their parent-teacher conference day. The fair had many stations showcasing services that Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has to offer families and children, as well as services their community can provide.


Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens is pleased to announce that the agency has been recognized internationally for its marketing and communication outreach as the 2012 Annual Report won a 2013 Platinum Award as part of the 2013 MarCom Awards competition. In addition to the Annual Report, CCBQ had two honorable mentions, with its 2013 Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Memorial Golf Classic Invitation and the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner Invitation both receiving recognition for their design.

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