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07 Mar, 2019 | News

Catholic Charities Honored as Latest “Heroes of the Month” by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for Providing Free Services to Federal Workers During Government Shutdown

Photo Credit: Erica Krodman/Brooklyn Borough President’s Office

On Thursday, March 7th Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens was one of four organizations honored as the latest “Heroes of the Month” by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The ceremony held in the Rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall recognized Catholic Charities for providing free services to federal workers during the government shutdown earlier this year. Accepting the Citation on behalf of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens were Richard Slizeski, Vice President for Mission, Jennifer Smith, Food Pantry Supervisor and Joanna Shkreli, Event Facilitator.

During the 35-day federal government shutdown Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens distributed grocery packages, fresh produce, toiletries, Gas cards, food vouchers and Target gift cards to furloughed government employees at pop-up food pantries. Walk-In Center staff and caseworkers were also onsite to access individual needs.

Kosher soup kitchen Masbia and small businesses Massage Outpost and Sweet Chick were among the other organizations recognized. New York City Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant William Hart was also honored for saving a teenage boy attempting to jump off the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge.

See Currents' Heroes of the Month coverage: Catholic Charities Named Brooklyn's 'Heroes of the Month'​.

Additional mentions also included the Brooklyn Borough President's press release: Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move, March 7, 2019​.

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