Our Center for Self-Sufficiency & Housing Assistance's Rental Assistance Program (RAP) -- which provides case management and rental assistance for those who are behind on rent or are experiencing homelessness -- is opening the phone lines for enrollment on Friday, July 15th.
This program serves Bernalillo or Sandoval County residents that are currently being evicted from their apartments or homeless. Individuals must meet additional qualifying criteria, as outlined in our RAP Program flyer below.
To receive a phone screening, interested individuals should call (505) 724-4611 at 8am (MST) o’clock on July 15th and leave their name and phone number, as clearly as possible, on our answering machine. Within 1 to 2 weeks, our staff will call back for a pre-screening over the phone to determine eligibility.
Join us in solidarity with Catholic Charities USA to support the people of Puerto Rico by urging your Senator to support Puerto Rico debt legislation.
The bill before the Senate represents the best opportunity to give the people of Puerto Rico the space needed to restructure their debts and begin the process of rebuilding their economies. Follow this link to act today: http://bit.ly/puertoricodebt
If you are a parent or guardian of a student who receives free healthy lunches during the school year, learn about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program.
The USDA is working with states across the county to provide nutritional meals to kids and teens during the summer. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.
Use this map to find a summer meal site in your neighborhood!
Prayer for Rain
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Archbishop John C. Wester issued the following statement regarding the Dog Head Wildfire affecting portions of Bernalillo and Torrance Counties:
“I pray for all those in harm's way and for all first responders and volunteers fighting the fire. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe joins all in prayer and stands ready to support in any way those who are affected by this emergency.”
For the latest news regarding the fires visit:
· New Mexico Fire Information
· US Forest Service – Cibola National Forest & National Grasslands Facebook
Archbishop John C. Wester Expresses Deepest Sympathy and Profound Condolences Regarding the Orlando Mass Shooting
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Monday, June 13, 2016-- Archbishop John C. Wester has made the following statement regarding the Orlando shooting:
"On behalf of all of us in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, I express our deepest sympathy and profound condolences on learning of the death of 49 people and more than four dozen more injured in Orlando, Florida. We are all reeling from this senseless, cruel and horrific attack on innocent people, our fellow citizens, our brothers and sisters. We offer our prayerful and sincere support to the family members and friends who are faced with this unimaginable suffering. Once again our country has been grievously wounded by violent hatred and terrorism, a wound felt by all of us and in particular by the gay community. We are earnestly praying for all those who are plunged into such awful suffering. We also recognize that this latest attack on innocent people has nothing to do with any one religion or ethnic group and we pray that the sickness of one individual does not spark further hatred by inappropriately placing blame where it does not belong.
I thank all our pastors, lay leaders and administrators for gathering your communities to pray for those who have died, those who are healing and all of their loved ones. This is certainly a despicable and explicable tragedy and yet we will not shrink from our resolve to find a path to peace that eradicates bigotry, hatred and violence from our world. We remain convinced that the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ, will guide us in this endeavor and that one day we will all be united in a bond of love that conquers sin and death. May those who have died rest in peace."
Check out our latest episode of Dignity in the Community, featuring special guest, Sister Joan Brown. She speaks about her work as the Executive Director of NM Interfaith Power & Light, which works with people of all faith communities to care for creation and address climate change.
In our discussion, Sr. Joan highlights the complex and sensitive issue of "climate refugees" as a result of climate change and shares an inspirational story.
"For all of us...our faith is exemplified most radically in our lives and actions, and in what all of us are given to do." - Sr. Joan Brown
Today the Archbishop of Santa Fe, John Wester, visited Catholic Charities! Throughout the day, Archbishop Wester met with each of our Centers of Excellence to meet our staff and learn more about our services and programs.
We so appreciated this opportunity to spend time with our regional Catholic Church leadership and share in greater detail our mission, services and programs.
Executive Director/CEO of Catholic Charities, James Gannon & Archbishop John Wester.
Archbishop John Wester met with each of our five Centers of Excellence. Shown here, he is visiting our Center for Community Involvement staff and volunteers who support Transportation Assistance, SNAP Assistance, and In-Kind programs.
A beautiful (and very delicious!) cake complete with the Archbishop's Crest, baked by none other than our generous and talented volunteers.
Celebrate the diversity of Albuquerque as we share cultures, experiences, and a day of exciting events! Enjoy music, food, dancing and art this Saturday, June 18th from 11am to 2pm at Cesar Chavez Center (traditional attire encouraged!).
Catholic Charities provides resettlement assistance to many displaced persons from throughout our globe. We are not only in solidarity and have concern for the families and individuals we assist, but for the millions throughout the world who are not safe in their own homeland, orphaned by their governments, huddled into encampments, who risk their lives to find safety, for the children born to no citizenship, and the many other circumstances people throughout the world face.
Looking for past Catholic Charities updates? Access our archives here.