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All across Maryland, change is happening. And it’s the reason we do what we do. We love hearing stories about how one of our volunteers made someone’s day or one of our programs changed someone’s life. Here are just a few of the countless stories of improved lives as a direct result of our committed employees, volunteers, and donors.

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A man, woman and child stand together, holding t-shirts for Brooklyn Safe Streets

Supporting Children & Families

Brooklyn Safe Streets and Community Go to the White House

By Mark Cheshire Around 8 a.m. the day before Easter, people began to gather expectantly at the heart of the Brooklyn Homes community in South Baltimore. The chilly spring breeze prompted some to seek out patches of sunshine to stay warm while waiting to board a chartered bus bound for the White House. As the crowd grew, the event’s organizer pinged around like a pinball, moving from person to person to talk and take care of various last-minute arrangements. Wearing a fluorescent orange jacket, standing well over six feet tall, and exuding irrepressible warmth, Corey Winfield could not be missed.…

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Supporting Children & Families

Carroll County Head Start

When their grandson, Oliver, was born, Susan and Marlin Felmey were there to help. “It’s so expensive to live in Carroll County, it’s hard to make ends meet,” they said. So their empty nest was full again. When Oliver was 18 months old, their daughter enrolled Oliver in Head Start, and “our only complaint is that it doesn’t go to 12th grade,” Marlin said. “We have loved every minute.” The Felmeys take every opportunity to be involved. Marlin sits on the program’s Policy Council and was recognized for his service as Carroll County Head Start Parent of the Year. It’s…

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Centro Esperanza

En 2012, Williams, de 16 años, fue solo uno de las decenas de miles de niños de América Central que cruzaron la frontera sur hacia los EE. UU. solos. Cuando fue detenido en Texas a su llegada, Williams ya había soportado un viaje aterrador y aún enfrentaba un futuro incierto. Al salir de El Salvador, simplemente había estado corriendo por su vida. Sus manos y piernas están llenas de cicatrices por los golpes que le propinó su padre, quien lo obligó a trabajar muchas horas desde los 11 años en adelante. Agotado, siempre hambriento, Williams estaba reprobando la escuela secundaria.…

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Achieving Independence

Honoring Legacy of Former Gallagher Volunteer Killed in Bomb Attack, Scholarships Awarded to Three for Their Service

Two staff members and a high school volunteer at Gallagher Services won the 2024 Anne Lindsey Otenasek Scholarship Awards for their distinguished service in support of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Supporting Children & Families

Head Start’s Shannon Tidman Opens New Site Inside High School to Educate Little Ones and Train Future Teachers

Shannon Tidman opened a new Head Start site inside of a high school to educate little ones and train future teachers. Teachers like Shannon create dynamic ways to inspire new teachers and growth.

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Empowering Careers

Christopher Place Employment Academy Celebrates 100th Capstone

Nine men were honored as the 100th cohort graduating from Christopher’s Place Employment Academy, as Catholic Charities of Baltimore celebrates its centennial year marking 100 years of service to Maryland.

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Welcoming New Neighbors

Oscar Cruz

“A Century of Accompaniment,” shares special interviews of clients from across our agency’s programs. Here you can watch the video of each full interview. Watch the interview with Oscar Cruz.

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Supporting Children & Families

Head Start Story

Our centennial booklet “A Century of Accompaniment,” shares special interviews of clients from across our agency’s programs. Here you can read this Head Start story.

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Healing Trauma & Addiction

Pierre Smith

“A Century of Accompaniment,” shares special interviews of clients from across our agency’s programs. Here you can watch the video of each full interview. Watch the interview with Pierre Smith.

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Empowering Careers

Hadi Sadeghiasl

“A Century of Accompaniment,” shares special interviews of clients from across our agency’s programs. Here you can watch the video of each full interview. Watch the interview with Hadi Sadeghiasl.

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Aging with Dignity

Anthony “Tony” Quattrochi

“A Century of Accompaniment,” shares special interviews of clients from across our agency’s programs. Here you can watch the video of each full interview. Watch the interview with Tony Quattrochi.

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Achieving Independence

Celeste Ireland

“A Century of Accompaniment,” shares special interviews of clients from across our agency’s programs. Here you can watch the video of each full interview. Watch the interview with Celeste Ireland.

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Aging with Dignity

Donnet Lawrence

Each year, Catholic Charities awards staff who have consistently embodied our Mission: Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, Catholic Charities provides care and services to improve the lives of Marylanders in need.

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Healing Trauma & Addiction

Genese Hubbard

Each year, Catholic Charities awards staff who have consistently embodied our Mission: Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, Catholic Charities provides care and services to improve the lives of Marylanders in need.

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Supporting Children & Families

Mike Dunphy

Each year, Catholic Charities awards staff who have consistently embodied our Mission: Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, Catholic Charities provides care and services to improve the lives of Marylanders in need.

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