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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.


In case you missed it, CCBQ's very own Holly Jaskiewicz of the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Team recently participated in the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City: Connections to Care Convening at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life in Manhattan. This initiative was created to better serve low-income communities with mental health services and resources. Additional community-based organizations included representatives from the Mayors Fund, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU.


Congratulations to Msgr. Alfred LoPinto, President and CEO of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens on receiving the Blessed John Paul II Distinguished Stewardship Award at the 2018 Bishop's Christmas Luncheon! Hosted by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, this annual luncheon raises funds for scholarships to Catholic elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens.

See The Tablet's and Currents News coverages of the event, here.


"Struggling with dyslexia, Clarinda Arrunategui dropped out of high school a couple of years ago. But this fall, she took part in a modest graduation ceremony of a different sort.

Ms. Arrunategui and 33 peers, who have all faced obstacles and disadvantages ranging from poverty to difficulties at home, recently celebrated completing the Intern and Earn program, a 12-week paid internship program for people 16 to 24."


"It hurt to stand. To climb stairs. To walk to the nearest grocery store.

Yet every Saturday, Michael Warner took a bus from Astoria in Queens to Midtown Manhattan, where he bought three dozen doughnuts from the city’s lone Krispy Kreme franchise."

CCBQ was recently featured in The New York Times, read more here.


Parents of the Catholic Charities Parkside Early Childhood Development Center in Brooklyn were recently treated to an informational Health Advisory Meeting. Parents learned about services and resources for their children in topics ranging from Urgent Care facilities, health insurance, flu shots, special needs and annual check-ups.


In an effort to promote diversity, parents of the Catholic Charities Parkside Early Childhood Development Center in Brooklyn hosted a Thanksgiving Potluck (top photo.) Parents brought in a cultural dish to share for the communal feast. Additionally, two turkeys were raffled off to two lucky winners. The festivities did not stop there, the center also held a Thanksgiving Food Drive (bottom photo.) In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, CCBQ staff members and parents generously donated turkeys, mashed potatoes, pies and more to provide families with a fulfilling Thanksgiving dinner.

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