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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.


CCBQ's Community Programming Services recently held its Pajama Storytime session at the Malcolm X Day Care Center in Corona, Queens. This workshop taught parents the importance of early-reading, creating healthy reading environments at home and how to choose age-appropriate books. Parents and children read How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. Other activities included arts and crafts using shapes. Each child went home with a backpack, book and dinosaur stuffed animal.


There's no better place to prepare for college than at CCBQ's Community Programming Services SAT Boot Camp at Riverdale Osborne Towers in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Participants spent the first session learning about the Khan Academy, an online resource aiding students with SAT prep, concerns and more. Later, participants were challenged in a practice test that measured their knowledge on core subjects and determined their strengths and weaknesses.


CCBQ's Community Programming Services Elves recently made their last travels around Brooklyn and Queens helping 250 children, 100 teens and 100 seniors write letters to Santa. Their last stop was at the Ocean Bay Apartments in Bayside, Queens.


CCBQ's Community Programming Services Elves continue to travel around Brooklyn and Queens helping eager recipients write letters to Santa. Their most recent stop was at the Therese Cervini Early Childhood Development Center in Corona, Queens. This event was made possible by New York Cares Winter Wishes, a gift-giving program designed to help make everyone's holiday extra special.


In case you missed it, Msgr. Alfred LoPinto's editorial on CCBQ's Witnesses of Mercy Program was featured in The Tablet. To read the full story, click here.

CCBQ's youth workers were hard at work painting parking lot numbers at the Saints Joachim & Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an affiliate of CCBQ in Coney Island, Brooklyn. We love to see our youth working to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. For more information on SSJA, click here.

CCBQ's Queens Care Coordination and Queens Transition teams recently participated in a Staff Appreciation/Team Building event in Jamaica, Queens. Led by Creative Square Studios BK, staff members were welcomed to a warm and relaxing environment that allowed them to bond while exploring their creativity. With the use of music, meditation and an in-depth painting class, our teams were able to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation while promoting professional growth and future creativity.


Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, led a group of Catholic and Buddhist leaders from Brooklyn, Chicago, and Los Angeles at a meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The delegation presented the Holy Father with sustainable projects they are working on that will provide affordable housing to serve vulnerable populations, like the elderly and formerly homeless.

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