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An Annual Report of the Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston

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Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston


TABLE OF CONTENT S A Word from Leadership


Board of Trustees


Our Programs and Services Basic Needs


Child Care


Children & Youth Support




Education and Training


Elder Services


Family Support


Haitian Multi-Service Center 38 Housing


Refugees and Immigrants


Teen Center


Post Adoption


2008: Year in Review


Our Generous Supporters


Our Locations


Reflections on the First Year as President


Our Financial Report


Who we served in 2008 by the Numbers



Catholic Charities

For 105 years, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, has continued its mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. The agency offers approximately 140 programs and services for children, teens, families, and elders of all faiths at 40 locations across Eastern Massachusetts. We’re here to meet the needs of the poor and working poor. We’re here to provide support to children and families. We’re here to welcome refugees and immigrants to our neighborhoods and help them become active participants in their communities. We’re here to help those who may have no one else. We invite you to discover some of the ways Catholic Charities has made a difference in the lives of members of your community. As you turn each page, we guarantee you’ll learn something new about Catholic Charities and those we serve.

Contributing Writer Edward “Tripp” Underwood Cover Photo Suzanne Ouellette Contributing Photographers Harry Brett, Eric Johnson, George Martell, Suzanne Ouellette, John Rich, Kristen Sladen, Dan Vine

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ex-Officio Tiziana C. Dearing President and Treasurer

Tiziana C. Dearing President Catholic Charities of Boston

Jeffrey J. Kaneb Chair Board of Trustees

We are delighted to present to you this annual report from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. We hope it not only gives you a good sense of the many things we do to wrap ourselves around families in need here in Eastern Massachusetts, but also inspires you about the social justice mission of the Catholic Church and about the importance of a social safety net in the Commonwealth. We at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston are committed to helping people meet their fundamental needs today, and supporting their durable selfsufficiency tomorrow. In doing so, we want to be your first choice – as a donor, volunteer, client or community partner. This annual report is part of how we make that case to you. We want you to see the impact of our work, the careful way in which we manage our money and keep our overhead down, and the breadth of our commitment to the poor and marginalized in this state. Our annual report looks back at two strong years for Catholic Charities. We improved our cash position, saw higher demand in Basic Needs and across our continuum of programs, and raised our voice in the Commonwealth on behalf of the people we serve. We welcomed new donors, and grew our annual Spring Celebration to its most successful year ever. This report comes out as the economic climate grows increasingly difficult. We are experiencing double-digit increases in need for our Basic Needs services; even as we search for ways to help more people become competitive in the workplace and help them give their kids a fighting chance. Our work rarely has been as critical as it is today. Thank you for the support you have given us in the past. We hope that you will stay with us during this critical present, and well into the future. With our deep appreciation,

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Jeffrey J. Kaneb Chair, Board of Trustees

Very Reverend Richard M. Erickson Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Archdiocese of Boston

Mr. Thomas M. O’Reilly CEO and Executive Vice President Sager Electronics

Rev. Phillip B. Earley, Esq. General Council and Secretary Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc.

Mr. James D. Gallagher Sr. Vice President John Hancock Financial Services

Rev. Oscar Pratt Pastor Saint Katharine Drexel Parish

Chair Mr. Jeffrey J. Kaneb Vice President, HP Hood, Inc.

Rev. Dr. Ray A. Hammond Pastor Bethel AME Church

Mr. Don Rodman President Rodman Ford Sales, Inc

Vice Chair Joseph E. O’Leary, Esq. McDermott, Will & Emery

Mr. Neal J. Harte Executive Vice President TACSGROUP

Mr. John J. Shaughnessy, Sr. Chairman The Shaughnessy Companies

Members Ms. Lisa B. Alberghini President Planning Office for Urban Affairs

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir Hauser Center Harvard Univeristy

Mr. Michael Sheehan Chief Executive Officer Hill Holliday

Dr. Roger R. Jean-Charles, M.D. Boston Medical Center

Mr. Jonathan G. Sloane Co-President and Co-CEO Century Bank and Trust Company

Mr. James T. Brett President and CEO The New England Council Mr. John S. Buckley

Mr. Ferdinand T. Kelley Paul J. Kingston, Esq. Rubin and Rudman, LLP

Mr. Kevin A. Butler Senior Vice President, Investments, Smith Barney, Inc.

Ms. Elizabeth Lempres McKinsey and Co., Inc.

Ms. Bronia M. Clifton Child Care Capital Investment Fund

Mr. Richard C. Lord President and CEO, Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Paula M. Devereaux, Esq. Rubin and Rudman, LLP

Mr. Francis C. Mahoney Managing Partner Ernst & Young

Mrs. Maribeth Wahle Madison Communications Trustees Emeriti Mr. Walter J. Flaherty Mr. John P. Hamill Mr. John L. Harrington Mr.John E. Joyce

Mr. Bernard Dreiblatt Combined Jewish Philanthropies Mrs. Kathleen Driscoll

Mr. John Kaneb Mr. John H. MacKinnon

Mr. Kevin J. McCullagh Executive Vice President Sovereign Bank

Mr. John A. McNeice, Jr. Mr. Kevin J. Mulvaney

Mr. Kevin F. Driscoll Barclay’s Mr. Chelinde Edouard Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Paul J. McNamara, Esq. Partner Masterman, Culbert & Tully

Mr. Thomas J. Nash

Mr. Thomas E. O’Leary Executive Vice President Citizens Bank of Massachusetts



We believe that children are continually learning through their contacts with people and the world around them. We design our programs to support and nurture children’s curiosity and learning, enabling them to explore, experiment, and create their own understanding of themselves and the world they encounter.

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Supportive services are provided to youth to give them the opportunities they deserve. They range from education and after-school programs to outreach services, all keeping children and youth engaged and focused on making positive life choices.


For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has continued its mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people.

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Catholic Charities offers a complete continuum of services for older adults. They exist to help elders better adjust to lifestyle changes, empower them to access needed services, and enrich the quality of life for both them and their families.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees, asylees, immigrants, and migrants enter the United States each year looking for supportive services. With a variety of multicultural and multilingual services for refugees and immigrants, Catholic Charities is working to help these populations adjust to their new surroundings and become active participants in their communities.


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Our programs are designed to break down barriers, promote positive interactions, and increase crosscultural and cross-neighborhood understanding.


Catholic Charities’ Visiting Nurse Services and Public Health and Wellness provides a complete healthcare delivery team of skilled nursing, home health aide care, medical social work, and rehabilitative therapies.

Our education and training programs are wideranging and diverse. Some, such as our GED and Office Works programs are traditional; others, such as the Alternative High School, are not. But every program aims to give people the skills they need to prepare for a better future and work towards self-sufficiency.

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Our child care services have evolved from residences for orphaned Catholic children in the early 1900s to full-day, full-service daily education and care centers that now serve over 1,000 children in 9 child care centers and 100 family child care homes.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY As an antipoverty agency, Catholic Charities is tasked with serving those who wonder how they will be able to meet their most basic needs. Our goal is to provide the poor and working poor access to services that will allow them to have a meal and pay their bills, and not have to choose between one or the other. As an agency built from a mission to serve with compassion and dignity, we embrace each family we serve with a plan to achieve self-sufficiency, giving them back some of the choices that they may have lost on their way to us. With 15 sites throughout the Greater Boston area, we are able to provide a wide range of support, including food pantries, fuel assistance, rent/mortgage and utility assistance, brief counseling in emergency situations, and at times, assistance in providing furniture, baby supplies, clothing and other necessities. Our Basic Needs Emergency Services also provides seasonal and holiday assistance for families who cannot afford a warm meal at Thanksgiving or gifts for their children at Christmas. Available funding and services varies for each individual location, and when we are unable to provide a client with the needed assistance, we will make referrals to other organizations and public assistance programs.




A SOCIETY CAN BE MEASURED BY HOW IT TAKES CARE OF ITS POOR. 1 in 10 individuals in Massachusetts have been living in their own faltering economy for years. For many, Catholic Charities is the bailout plan.

n Eastern Massachusetts last year, 160,000 Catholic Charities helped more 976 than 150,000 families meet their Visit to find out how you can basic needs of food, fuel, and rental take action to provide the basic needs every family deserves. 900+ assistance. But the need is growing Catholic Charities in this economy. Between September and $0 Friends Feeding Families December of 2008, Catholic Charities had roughly 22,400 requests for basic needs support. The team at Catholic Charities A SOCIETY CAN BE MEASURED BY HOW IT TAKES CARE OF ITS POOR. launched a new initiative to support the THE MARKET VALUE OF A BROWN annual Friends Feeding Families fundraising PAPER BAG IS RISING. STOCK UP. appeal to support our Basic Needs Services We know times are hard for everyone, but a gift is as easy as a paper bag full of food. programs. The new campaign, the “Brown Last year, 200,000 families in Eastern Massachusetts relied on Catholic Charities to meet their basic needs of food, fuel, and rental Bag Party,” challenges members of the assistance. This year the need is growing. Your brown paper bag is a great help. Visit to learn more. community to use the average brown paper bag as a vessel for charitable donations. Catholic Charities Eleven corporate and individual donors Friends Feeding Families opened the campaign by donating $25,000 to participate as sponsors. Corporate support for the brown bag campaign Two of the billboards found on MBTA buses and subways. was received by Bay Point Capital, Century Bank, McCusker-Gill, NSTAR, the R.J. Deveraux the winter. NSTAR participated in the campaign by sending Corporation and John Hancock Financial Services. 40 volunteers to help load bags with Thanksgiving meals for Private sponsors included Kevin and Susan Butler, Frank and clients of our Basic Needs Services. A local fantasy football Mary Mahoney, John and Margarete McNeice and John J. team dedicated one of their game days to the cause and Shaughnessy, Sr. filled 25 brown bags with business attire for the Refugee and The first Brown Bag Party was hosted by Jim Blue, Immigration Services Employment program. And a couple in CEO of The Bostonian Group, a Boston-based management Newton hosted friends in their home and invited President consulting firm. Employees and clients of The Bostonian Tiziana Dearing to educate guests about Catholic Charities. Group gathered for pizza and refreshments, and attendees In total, hundreds of individuals supported Catholic dropped one can of food or a $10 gift card to a grocery store Charities Friends Feeding Families campaign by making a into a brown bag at the door. By the night’s end, the party gift—in fact 2,044 donors, including trustees and staff, made filled the near-empty shelves of the Yawkey Center food contributions totaling $324,000. pantry in Dorchester with about 400 pounds of food! Visit to learn more. Both private and corporate parties continued throughout

Number of individuals served food, fuel and rental assistance in Greater Boston last year

Households served in the first 7 working days of September in Eastern Massachusetts

People turned away in those same 7 days, for lack of funds.

Funding remaining for basic needs

A Campaign for Catholic Charities Basic Needs Emergency Services Programs

A Campaign for Catholic Charities Basic Needs Emergency Services Programs

Basic Needs Emergency Services: Food Pantries, Fuel, Rent/Mortgage Assistance Boston- Dorchester Catholic Charities Yawkey Center 185 Columbia Road (617) 506-6644 Services: food pantry; emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; 9/11 victim support; holiday assistance Somerville Catholic Charities Greater Boston in Somerville 270 Washington Street (617) 625-1920 Services: food pantry; emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; 9/11 victim support; holiday assistance Boston- South End El Centro del Cardenal 76 Union Park Street (617) 542-9292 CROSSINGS | | 24

Services: food pantry; emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; 9/11 victim support; Holiday assistance South Boston Labouré Center in South Boston 275 West Broadway (617) 464-8527 Services: emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; food vouchers Lowell Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities 70 Lawrence Street (978) 452-1421 Services: Emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utility; Baby supplies Lowell Food Pantry 174 Central Street, Lowell 978-454-9946

Services: Food pantry Gloucester Catholic Charities North 74 Pleasant Street (978) 283-3055 Services: emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; food gift certificates Lawrence Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities 354 Merrimack Street, Bldg. 1, Room 305 (978) 685-5930 Services: Emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; Holiday assistance; Baby supplies Haverhill Open Hand Food Pantry 16 Ashland Ave. (978) 372-2828

Services: food pantry; Emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; Holiday assistance Lynn Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive (781) 593-2312 Services: emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent and utilities as well as food gift certificates when available; Holiday assistance Salem Catholic Charities North 280 Washington Street (978) 740-6923 Services: Emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities; Food gift certificates; Holiday assistance

Natick Catholic Charities West 5 Wilson Street (508) 647-5638 Services: emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent and utilities as well as food, food vouchers and gift certificates when available

assistance for fuel, rent, and utilities

Milford Catholic Charities West 126 Main Street, Room 6 (508) 478-9632 Services: emergency financial assistance for fuel, rent and utilities as well as food, food vouchers and gift certificates when available

* The Thrifty Pilgrim Thrift Shop and Food Pantry is a satellite location of Catholic Charities South, which serves the Greater Plymouth area. It is primarily funded by the Plymouth Guild whose members have been loyal volunteers at the center for more than 20 years.

Plymouth Thrifty Pilgrim Thrift Shop 377 Court St., Cordage Park (508) 746-6133 Services: food pantry; thrift shop*

Brockton Catholic Charities South 686 N. Main Street (508) 587-0815 Services: food pantry; emergency financial



At Catholic Charities, we believe that children are always learning. Every interaction they have with adults, other children, and the world around them is instrumental in determining who they will grow up to be. We have more than 100 years of experience as an agency providing child care. Our team of teachers and directors design our child care programs to support children’s wide-eyed curiosity while still nurturing their continuous development. We understand that many factors play a role in a child’s physical, mental, and emotional development. Our innovative programs are based on research in early childhood education. Additional programs are currently in development in partnership with organziations such as the Family and Work Institute, United Way and Head Start. Our comprehensive services include child assessment and additional support for parents. Our programs are offered to families of all faiths throughout Eastern Massachusetts. All programs are community-based, using local resources to enrich the lives of the parents and children of the neighborhood and foster a feeling of belonging to the area. Additionally, we contract with more than 100 early childhood professionals who provide early education and care in their licensed homes. Many of these homes are accredited by the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Each home has a capacity of six to 10 children.


MINDS IN THE MAKING When it comes to teaching and learning, one size doesn’t fit all


hildren need to have a strong relationship with those teaching them,” says Mary Ann Anthony, the director of Catholic Charities Child Care Division. “Those relationships make real learning possible. When it comes to teaching and learning, one size doesn’t fit all.” Anthony’s commitment to strengthening the child-teacher bond and focusing on the individual needs of students is found in the Child Care Division’s involvement in a new initiative called “Mind in the Making.” The program—currently in eight states, including Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island—takes what science has learned about the emotional and educational development of children ages zero to five, and translates those findings into applications for teachers. Essentially, the children are teaching the teacher. The program was designed by the nationally recognized Families and Work Institute (FWI) and New Screen Concepts, the makers of the hit reality show on ABC Extreme Makeover. The program consists of 30 hours of training of the teachers, divided into 12 modules, each focusing on a specific area of childhood learning. “Mind in the Making” was first brought to Massachusetts in March by the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative. Anthony and Pam Penton, director of Catholic Charities’ Nazareth Child Care Center, were invited to participate in the state’s first training session by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. They attended the program’s extensive six-day training session for facilitators, and became certified to train others under the banner of the “Mind in the Making” program. There are now 22 Catholic Charities employees facilitating “Mind in the Making” modules to educate their own staff.

“They loved the first module,” Anthony said. “It validates what they have known and some of the ways they have been teaching already. And it gives all of us a common vocabulary to use when we discuss teaching.” It will take just short of a year to train all Catholic Charities employees or certified care providers slotted to receive the training, but Anthony says it will be worth the wait. She says the program’s attention to the social and emotional development of children, not just cognitive development, will better prepare them for future education. “We assess each child three times a year and I would expect that by the third assessment next spring we would see more gains than we have this year. I think the children will be better prepared for school.” The Families and Work Institute is planning an official launch of the national initiative in 2009, which includes a network television show, due out in September. FWI has filmed 67 researchers thus far, with plans to film another 17. A book by FWI president Ellen Galinsky for HarperCollins will follow the TV show. In Washington, D.C., FWI will offer 10 mini-grants to partnering organizations and members of Congress will host a bipartisan event for the Institute, which will be Podcasted nationally. Look for more launch events and activities at

Child Care Centers Boston- Dorchester Yawkey Konbit Kreyol Center 185 Columbia Rd. (617) 506-6644 Services: Infants and Toddlers, Pre-School, Kindergarten, School-Age

Lynn Lynn Child Care Center 37 North Federal St. (781) 598-2759 Services: Infants and Toddlers, Pre-School, Kindergarten

Jamaica Plain Nazereth Child Care Center 19 St. Joseph St. (617) 522-4040 Services: Infants and Toddlers, Pre-School, Kindergarten, School-Age

Malden Malden Early Education and Learning Program 77 Salem St. (781) 397-1556 Services: Infants and Toddlers, Pre-School


North Cambridge North Cambridge Children’s Center 21C Walden Square Rd. (617) 876-0503 Services: Infants and Toddlers, Pre-School

Somerville Somerville Early Education and Learning Program 187 Central St. (617) 623-8555

Family-Based Child Care

Peabody Peabody Child Care 13 Pulaski St. (978) 532-6860 Services: Pre-School, Kindergarten, SchoolAge

South Boston Labouré Center Early Childhood Services 275 West Broadway (617) 464-8527 Services: Infants and Toddlers, Pre-School, Kindergarten

Lynn (781) 598-2759 Peabody (978) 532-6860 Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Medford, and Somerville (617) 623-8555

For information about Family-Based Child Care for infants, toddlers, and pre-school:


Every child deserves a full and rewarding future. At Catholic Charities we begin providing support for the development of young minds in our early childhood services programs—and we continue our commitment by helping to support the health, wellness and productivity of our youth, ensuring that they reach their full potential as productive, self-sufficient adults. The staff of our children and youth support programs are committed to keeping youth out of trouble and focused on making positive life choices. We recognize that it is not easy being an adolescent. Today’s youth are confronted with complex issues, including gang violence and drugs. Our staff help young people address these issues from an informed and rational perspective and keep them involved in their communities.



Children & Youth Support Programs Intensive Asian Adolescent Services This program reaches out to at-risk Asian teens and their families. This unique program aims to improve family communication and problem solving, better school attendance and performance, and prevent involvement in dangerous and/or illegal activities. Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester (617) 506-6600 Youth Empowerment and Stabilization Services Youth Empowerment and Stabilization Services exists to provide an intensive, flexible, community-based outreach service for youth. The program addresses adolescent developmental issues, abuse and neglect, and the multiple challenges that confront youth today, such as drugs


and alcohol, gang participation, truancy, violence and, other criminal activity. Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester (617) 506-6600 T.E.A.M The goal of South Boston T.E.A.M. (Together Engaging Adolescents through Mentoring) is to enhance the resiliency of youth by fostering increased self-esteem, school attachment, and the ability to make positive life choices. The program matches South Boston youth, ages 10-16, with caring, adult mentors who are asked to make a minimum one year commitment to the relationship. Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670

Youth Tracking/Mentoring This program is for youth whose families are involved with the Department of Children and Families. A youth tracker or mentor serves as a role model, getting the youth—ages six to 13—involved in social and community activities, encouraging them to make safe decisions and avoid risky behaviors, boosting their selfesteem, and monitoring their progress at school and at home. Catholic Charities South 686 North Main Street, Brockton (508) 587-0815


unset Point Camp, located in the seaside South Shore community of Hull, serves as a vacation from the city for 300 kids every summer. The children come from all over the Greater Boston area, representing the many different races, cultures, and religions that make up the Boston community. Most of the campers come from lower income households or homes recently affected by extenuating circumstance like death or separation. The camp itself consists of two bunkhouses, an indoor gym, a kitchen, nurse’s station, staff quarters, an arts and crafts center, and grand hall complete with a stage and fireplace. Outside, Sunset Point provides the campers with an in-ground pool, a basketball court that doubles as a roller skating rink, swings, and a beautiful grassy courtyard for structured activities as well as lazy summer lounging. Summer is obviously the busy season for Sunset Point, but its connection to the campers is a year round commitment. At Christmas campers are given gifts (donations from local parishes and companies) that are distributed at various Catholic Charities of Greater Boston sites or hand delivered by their favorite camp counselors.

If needed, campers’ families are also given referrals to other Catholic Charities of Greater Boston services, like its Basic Needs Program, Family and Youth Services, or Initial Response assistances. Each year, employees of Bank of America volunteer to clean and prepare the camp prior to its opening, so by they time the kids arrive it’s in tip top shape. In addition to making the camp look great, the money saved in repair and maintenance costs goes directly back into the program budget. Surplus money means more kids are able to attend and more resources are available for those that come. The local Knights of Columbus provide a weekly ice cream social as well as occasional awards ceremonies to recognize the hard work and community spirit of the campers. The Proparvulis Club and Guild of the Infant Savior lend much needed financial support to ensure the best experiences for the campers money can buy. The camp has been around since 1919, and since its inception has hosted over 40,000 inner-city children for a great summer on the shore. Thanks to the efforts of Sunset Point staff and supporters, 2008 was another fun-filled, sun-soaked notch in the belt.


Youth Tutoring Youth (YTY) The YTY program at the Labouré Center, provides a free after-school program to South Boston students. Tutors aged 16 to 19 help younger students in grades 3 through 6 with homework. The program provides a safe place for these at-risk youth to spend after school hours while instilling a sense of belonging and fostering a heightened level of academic achievement. A summer session provides students with remedial and academic skills-sustaining instruction, ensuring that they are prepared to return to school in the fall. Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670

Sunset Point Camp Sunset Point Camp, located in Hull, serves as a dream ‘vacation’ for 300 children each summer. The children, the great majority from lower income households, come from all over the Greater Boston area representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, and religions. Others come from homes where extenuating circumstances are present, such as the death of a parent or sibling, sudden departure of a family member, or a recent fire. The programs at Sunset Point Camp are designed around building life skills, including teamwork, leadership, selfdiscipline, self-esteem, sportsmanship, and good health. Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester (617) 506-6600

Boston Catholic Youth Connection Catholic Charities Greater Boston, in collaboration with parishes in Dorchester and Roxbury, established BCYC with the goal of breaking down the racial, cultural, and neighborhood barriers that contribute to a culture in which violence and gangs can thrive. It also facilitates communication within parishes to address urban-related problems, brings youth together once a month to pray for peace, and finds ways for parishes to reach the at-risk teens in these neighborhoods. Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester (617) 506-6600



Today’s youth, adults and families face different challenges in life than a decade ago or even two decades ago. The ever-changing dynamics of family, career and life skills mean that the support systems need to develop to accomodate these dynamics. Catholic Charities counseling services offer understanding and support to clients of all ages and backgrounds struggling with any number of hardships. Our Family Counseling and Guidance Centers help with substance abuse and mental health difficulties in an outpatient setting. Pregnancy Counseling is offered to those considering adoption.

Counseling Services and Programs Family Intervention The Family Intervention Program aims to provide counseling services in a flexible way in order to accommodate the needs of those youth and families who often have not had much success connecting with more traditional outpatient settings. The program provides office-based services as well as home and schoolbased visits. Services include individual, child, family, parent/child, and group counseling. Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670 CROSSINGS | | 30

Family Counseling and Guidance Tailored to meet each individual’s specific needs, treatment for people struggling with life issues such as substance abuse and mental health difficulties is provided by master’s level clinicians and is supervised by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Clinical services are backed by 24-hour coverage and client emergency support. Individuals, couples, and family counseling is available for children, adolescents, and adults to help with difficulties including depressed or anxious feelings, troubling behaviors, life changes, trauma, and relationship issues. Counseling services are available for youth and adults in order to help them

overcome barriers that may prevent them from achieving their educational goals. Counseling may help them deal with instability in their living arrangements, lack of support from family members, absence of structure in their lives, stress, or depression. Often, counseling will improve their self-esteem and help them move further towards self-sufficiency. Most insurance is accepted, including Mass Health. For those uninsured, payments are available on a sliding scale. Catholic Charities South 686 North Main Street, Brockton (508) 587-0815




orothy loves the beach, but for many years she each other, Mary says she has witnessed Dorothy make couldn’t fathom the idea of going. She longed to wonderful progress, both emotionally and physically. return to the ocean but Dorothy suffered from Six years ago Dorothy was diagnosed with Macular depression so severe that leaving her house was Degeneration, a degenerative eye disease that left her almost a near impossible task. “I would lock myself in my room… blind. The disease is treatable, but Dorothy’s anxiety and my box,” she said. “If I stayed in that box I didn’t have to depression had long prevented her from seeking medical face all the hardships outside, in the real world.” help. “I was a nervous wreck” she says, recalling the time But for her 62nd birthday, Dorothy went to Hampton she would sit in her house, almost blind but unable to Beach and felt the sun on her face, smelled the salt in air, bring herself to get the available help. “I knew I needed and heard the roar of the surf again, accompanied by Mary, the surgery, and I wanted it, but I was extremely, extremely the M.S. family therapist Dorothy meets with thorough the nervous about it.” Catholic Charities Family Counseling and Guidance Center. But Mary and Dorothy continued to see each other “Mary took me up to the ocean again,” Dorothy says, sitting weekly, and through their hour long sessions Mary helped comfortably in a rocking chair in the apartment she shares Dorothy overcome her anxiety, a little bit at a time. This fall with her 23-year-old grandson. “It was just so nice.” Dorothy received the surgery needed to correct her vision. Dorothy has spent years self-medicating her depression “It’s awesome now because I can see,” she says laughing. “I with alcohol. Then, in late 2002, she hit rock bottom with can actually see like I did years ago. I can sit here at night the deaths of her brother and mother, who passed within and watch the sunset…and I can read again! ” a month of each other. Two weeks after their The counseling Mary provided “I drank and funerals, Dorothy was homeless. for Dorothy helped her prepare for the With nowhere else to turn, Dorothy operation, but Mary says the real turning slept all the moved into a three bedroom home with her point was the couple’s trip to Hampton time. I wasn’t fit Beach. “Dorothy loved the trip to the beach, daughter, and her daughter’s four children. There wasn’t enough room for her to have to be around…I and she hadn’t been in so many years,” she her own space so Dorothy converted a small says. “But her only regret was she couldn’t was very angry, really see the ocean. She smelled the air, and pantry into a make shift bedroom. “I drank and slept all the time,” she says heard the sea, but couldn’t see it.” very hurt.” remembering life in the over crowded and Despite the sizeable progress she has noisy house. “I wasn’t fit to be around…I was made, Dorothy acknowledges that her very angry, very hurt.” depression is not something that can be cured overnight— After five years of living with her daughter and her there are hard days where she admits wanting to return to children in a cramped home, Dorothy moved in with a her “box.” But because of the work she and Mary have done grandson and his girlfriend. Dorothy says she felt more she finds the courage to press on. “Life is good right now,” at ease there, but still the problems she experienced with she says with a smile. “I have my problems, but now I anxiety and depression continued to haunt her. can cope.” Then, three years ago, Dorothy met Mary, an encounter Dorothy smiles and looks out the window, watching she credits with saving her life. “I have had many therapists the sun reflect colors off her neighbor’s windows. The over the years, but Mary was the first one who challenged spectrum is a subtle but beautiful color display, one that a me,” she says. “She brought me out of that world and I few months ago, she would have never been able to see. don’t live in a box anymore.” In the brief time Mary and Dorothy have known

Catholic Charities North 152 Sylvan Street, Danvers |(978) 774-6820 Search Out Another Road (SOAR) SOAR provides reintegration services for people recently released from prison. Transition services are provided to help the individual find work, housing, education options, and counseling when needed. The program has expanded to work with at-risk youth to keep them from entering the penal system. Catholic Charities South 686 North Main Street, Brockton (508) 587-0815

Substance Abuse Prevention In conjunction with the South End No Drugs Coalition, our substance abuse prevention program at El Centro del Cardenal is a campaign to inform students and their families and other South End residents of the problems of substance abuse, especially heroin and other opiates. The program encourages open dialogue for the user and his/her family, and focuses on drug resistance strategies.

Driver Alcohol Education The Driver Alcohol Education Program (DAE) is designed for individuals who have been arrested for driving under the influence. It provides an educational opportunity to examine alcohol and/or drug use and abuse, the consequences of drinking and driving, and methods for avoiding future offenses. Catholic Charities South 686 North Main Street, Brockton (508) 587-0815

El Centro del Cardenal 76 Union Park St., Boston (617) 542-9292



INDEPENDENCE Educational Programs El Centro del Cardenal This alternative high school helps out-ofschool and high-risk youth—who did not thrive in the public school system—earn credits toward their high school diploma and advance to post-secondary education and to a career. Students are generally between the ages of 14 and 21. These youth may be referrals from courts or the Department of Family and Children Services. GED and alternative education programs are bilingual. El Centro del Cardenal 76 Union Park St., Boston (617) 542-9292 English for Employment El Centro del Cardenal’s English for Employment program (EFE) serves Latino and other minority clients referred to the ESOL/EFE program whose limited English and lack of job readiness skills are barriers to job training and placement. The program provides an integrated delivery of services incorporating ESOL instruction, computer instruction, and CROSSINGS | | 32

counseling/case management. The curriculum, designed by classroom teachers at El Centro, contains a comprehensive introduction to the workplace. Students learn skills necessary to gain meaningful employment or entry into a job training program such as networking skills, interviewing skills, resume writing, basic computer skills, and more. El Centro del Cardenal 76 Union Park St., Boston (617) 542-9292 Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Training Catholic Charities South’s Nursing Assistant and Home Health Training program focuses on developing marketable skills for entry into the health care field specifically for new immigrants, women transitioning from welfare, and current high school students or dropouts. Students not only spend time in the classroom but also in clinical training through a partnership with West Acres

Nursing Home, a long term skilled-care facility in Brockton. Catholic Charities South 686 North Main Street, Brockton (508) 587-0815 Officeworks Officeworks is a 12-week job preparation program for the unemployed and underemployed. Students learn core office applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, keyboarding, computer literacy, office procedures, and business communications. Each part of the training program is supported through hands-on practice, job shadowing, and individualized internships. Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 593-2312 Pa’lante/English and Spanish GED Catholic Charities sponsors several GED classes including the Diploma


Education is one of the most important steps to independence. Our all-encompassing programs that work with clients to gain self-sufficiency include providing them with an education that they may not have been offered in the past or where they were unable to succeed in a traditional classroom setting. Catholic Charities offers a wide range of educational services to our clients. From traditional programs, like our GED classes, to unconventional programs, like our Alternative High School, our staff and teachers work hard to accommodate the learning needs of all individuals so they may better themselves. We are able to accommodate the individualized needs of all of our students through bilingual instruction, computer instruction, vocational and job training, and English instruction.


tephanie joined Labouré Center’s mentoring program, South Boston TEAM, when she was 9 years old. In a family of five, she is the middle child of parents who emigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. When she turned 10, TEAM matched Stephanie with a mentor named Kathy, a mother of two college-aged daughters who found herself with the time and desire to build a supportive relationship with a younger child. More than 8 years later, Stephanie and Kathy are still matched and enjoy a profoundly deep and active mentoring relationship. (Kathy terms them “lifers”). The bond they have developed stands as an inspiring example of the impact the relationships created and fostered by TEAM can have. Stephanie and Kathy’s relationship started similarly to most matches—with the pair getting to know each other through activities and outings. Through the ups and downs of life changes and competing priorities, they maintained a strong commitment to making time for each other. Over time, both Stephanie and Kathy integrated their personal schedules and interests into their friendship, doing such things as creating Halloween costumes, making meatloaf, or spending a day floating and chatting in Kathy’s pool. One excursion stands in both of their memories as particularly significant. Kathy asked Stephanie to accompany her to her daughter’s track meet at Stonehill College, and recalls feeling some hesitation, thinking that the event might bore a middle-schooler. Stephanie remembers being completely enamored with her first visit to a college campus, and reflected that she could see herself in a similar place. She announced to Kathy on the

Enhancement program, a competencybased diploma initiative for those involved in the Boston Public School Alternative High School or GED programs. Here, students develop a portfolio of their best work for presentation as a graduation requirement. In preparation for life beyond our classroom, students are required to enroll and pass one college course. El Centro del Cardenal 76 Union Park St., Boston (617) 542-9292 Career Pathways The Career Pathways program supports both youth and adult programs with nextstep options through career exploration, internships, job shadowing opportunities, and employment. It may also include individual case management. El Centro del Cardenal 76 Union Park St., Boston (617) 542-9292

drive back to South Boston that she intended to be the first in her family to go to college. What had started as an unremarkable Saturday meet-up had given Stephanie a vision of what she wanted for her future, and left Kathy with a sense of how powerful a role she had just played in Stephanie’s life. Since that time, Stephanie has completed a hugely successful high school career. She graduated from South Boston High School with honors in the spring of 2008, having served as senior class secretary and captain of her varsity softball team. She enrolled in Newbury College last fall as a psychology major, with thoughts of continuing to law school. Almost singlehandedly, Stephanie applied for financial aid and loans and competed for several competitive scholarships. Having worked part-time throughout high school, Stephanie continues to work to support the cost of books, food and housing. She has already joined a campus club and was recruited to play on the varsity softball team. Stephanie is applying to be a Resident Assistant during her sophomore year, a position which would cover her living costs. Though away from home, she takes the responsibility of being a role model for her younger brother very seriously. Her drive, maturity and sunny disposition are truly remarkable. Both Stephanie and Kathy say the same thing when asked about the other: “I can’t imagine my life without her!” Stephanie has taken to heart the mission of Laboure’s TEAM program, and eagerly awaits the time when she can serve as a mentor herself. While the longevity of their relationship is atypical, Kathy and Stephanie are a true and compelling representation of the power of mentoring.

Education and Parenting Skills Center This alternative education program is designed to meet the unique needs of pregnant and parenting adolescents who have dropped out of school. The program prepares individuals to attain a GED— including a full-time Young Parent GED program—and offers parenting, life skills, and career development groups. The Center is a collaborative effort of Catholic Charities North and the Department of Transitional Assistance/Employment Services Program and serves 40-50 students each year. Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 581-3350 Youth Works Youth Works is our career and educational preparation center for high-risk, outof-school teens and young adults ages 16-21. The program connects students to job training programs, post-secondary education, and employment through

intensive case management, GED classroom instruction, and computer skills development. The program provides personalized career counseling, mentoring, support services, and referrals. Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 581-3350 Teenstart This program for out-of-school youth offers a sequence of three class levels: adult basic education, pre-GED and GED, as well as academic remediation, GED diploma preparation, and life/employment skills training. The program enrolls approximately 70 students annually, and is a collaboration between Catholic Charities North, Operation Bootstrap, and the Department of Education. Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 581-3350


Catholic Charities is prepared for the ever-growing population of older adults whose needs are individual and changing year after year. Our Elder Services programs are designed to assist, empower, and help seniors adjust to lifestyle changes, while always maintaining their dignity. Many of our programs offer interaction with other adults, younger children from our child care programs, a caring volunteer, or a health care professional. Some of our programs also offer outlets for creativity, including music therapy and craft days. Additionally, we have programs to provide counseling, outreach, advocacy, information and referrals, as well as service coordination families and caregivers. When older adults are unable to leave their home to attend our programs, we go to them. Homebound adults and those in retirement communities and nursing homes can find companionship, supervision, and medical attention.


Dotty Duval is the Program Manager and Coordinator of the Grandparents as Parents program of Catholic Charities of Merrimack Valley. This past April, the 11 year-old program received The American Cardinal’s Encouragement Award. The award comes with a $10,000 grant that helped the program provide its clients with a confidential help line, financial advice, and referral information on other available services and support groups. We recently spoke with Dotty about the program and its future. What services are provided by GAP? It’s a program to support grandparents raising young children. Many are elderly or retired, and living on fixed incomes. We offer four support groups every month and people can come

grandparents can face when raising a young child. What are some factors that can lead to these situations? Many factors can lead to this, substance abuse, domestic violence, parents abandoning children or being incarcerated without anyone to care for their kids; it’s a huge societal issue. Forty years ago we weren’t dealing with the substance abuse issue we see today, there are a lot of issues today’s families have to deal with. What are some of the challenges the GAP program faces? There is no state or federal funding for this program, we basically run on a shoestring budget. I do have a handful of very

GRANDPARENTS AS PARENTS to as many, or as few, as they like. We also offer recreational activities where grandparents raising their grandchildren can meet other families living in a similar situation, almost like a networking group. In December we always do a big Christmas party for the families. We have a DJ, Santa Claus shows up, there are presents for the kids, fruit baskets for the grandparents, and a pot luck dinner.

dedicated volunteers who help me put together the newsletter, help make phone calls and do some of the office work, remind our clients about upcoming meetings or events and so on. These dedicated volunteers really help keep the program running. It’s by their work, the grace of God, and Catholic Charities commitment to the program that we’re still alive.

What issues would a grandparent find more difficult to handle than a younger parent? A lot of these kids have behavioral issues, they need special education in school, and the concept of special education is new to a lot of these grandparents. They didn’t have it when they were raising their own children. Plus, they may not have as much energy as they did when they were younger. And when planning for retirement many didn’t count on raising a child at their age. There really is a whole myriad of issues that

What would you like to see in 2009 for GAP? How would you like to see the program grow? A huge need we have right now, especially serving the Lawrence community, is to hire a part- time person to run a support group for Spanish speaking families. There was a Spanish speaking group that was pretty much forced to dissolve because we didn’t have a Spanish speaking person to run the meetings. There is a huge population of Spanish speaking grandparents raising their grandchildren but because of the language barrier we can’t offer them as many services as we would like.

Elder Services Programs Adult Day Health Our goal is to improve quality of life of the elderly and provide respite to caregivers. Our services are utilized by families who may need to give up employment in order to care for their elderly relative; by elders who need regular monitoring for health issues; adults who may not be eating properly; and adults who enjoy daily activities and companionship. Participants attend between two and five days per week from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670 Elder Social Services This program provides comprehensive social services to assist elders as they adjust to illness and aging, and empowers them to access services such as Meals on Wheels, medical visits, or homemaking services. Elders who participate will CROSSINGS | | 34

ultimately be able to advocate effectively for themselves, improve the quality of their lives, and increase self-esteem and problem solving skills. The program is offered free of charge. Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670 Foster Grandparents This Somerville-based volunteer program connects caring elders with children. In a school setting, the elders tutor students from pre-school age through high school. The participants of this program, both the senior citizens and those they tutor, benefit from the positive interaction and intergenerational friendships. Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Rd., Dorchester (617) 506-6600

Grandparents As Parents (GAP) The GAP program reaches out to those rearing a second family at a time when they are dealing with their own issues. We offer a confidential help line with access to information and referrals, group support, and informational workshops and seminars. The program offers assistance with legal, financial, housing, and health care concerns, as well as child care, education and respite care. Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities 70 Lawrence St., Lowell (978) 459-3242 Companions to the Aging In our Companions to the Aging program, we hope to some of the loneliness that comes from being elderly and alone whether homebound, in a retirement facility, or in a nursing home. This is the only program in Lynn that provides free visitation service to the homebound. Companions visit weekly

and provide pastoral support to those who desire it regardless of faith. Any elderly person living in the communities of Lynn or Salem is eligible for this program. Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 593-2312 Elder Outreach Program The Elder Outreach Program provides social support, telephone reassurance, short-term supportive counseling, home visitation, assessments, outreach, education, and consultation free of charge. In Catholic Charities South, the program is offered to those living in the Plymouth County area. In South Boston, the program is offered to those living within BHA-funded elderly housing in South Boston. Catholic Charities South

686 North Main Street, Brockton (508) 587-0815 x246 Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670 Friendly Visitors Friendly Visitors provide companionship to lonely elders at home, in nursing homes, and in assisted living facilities. Supervised volunteers visit an isolated elderly or handicapped person for a minimum of one hour per week. Our services are provided in Brookline, Dedham, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and West Roxbury. The program accepts referrals from area churches of any faith, area hospitals, concerned families and neighbors, human service agencies, and visiting nurse associations. Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Road, Dorchester (617) 522-4200

Public Health and Wellness Public Health and Wellness Program, established by the Ray Tye Medical Aide Foundation, allows frail elders who no longer qualify for insurance reimbursement to receive home nursing visits for wellness education. The goal of this program is to permit elders with chronic diseases to remain living at home. It is free of charge. Referrals are accepted from physicians, family members and patient self referral as well as from our Visiting Nurse Service. Grandparents Support Group Part of the Family Intervention Counseling at Laboure Center, this support groups is offered regularly to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670


While many of our programs at Catholic Charities differ in services or clientele, they all share one common goal: to strengthen and preserve the family. Whether the family has one parent, one income, or is a grandmother raising her grandson, our mission is to provide the support needed so that the family unit is strong and long-lasting. Some are strained by difficult situations and seek supportive services or advocacy; others need to develop better parenting skills. Some just need brief assistance to become more self sufficient. We place a strong emphasis on promoting positive parenting skills, teaching child development, and encouraging nurturing interactions between children and parents. We also offer group-based activities to reduce isolation, promote peer-to-peer support, and encourage the development of informal support networks.


resident Obama has stated his beliefs in the importance of father involvement in the lives of America’s children. As a U.S. Senator, Obama re-introduced the “Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act” which according to his website, “will work to remove some of the government penalties on married families …fund support services for fathers and their families, and support domestic violence prevention efforts.” Catholic Charities has long shared the sentiment that extensive father involvement creates stronger families, benefits both child and parent, and helps combat many social issues that face our nation’s poor and working poor. This June, as part of Catholic Charities USA’s Campaign to Reduce Poverty in

“There’s no question that children are better off when both parents are involved in their lives, but this is too often not the case. Sadly, millions of children have fallen into poverty as a result,” said Richard Muzzy, director of Family Support Services for Catholic Charities North. To reduce these numbers Catholic Charities North’s Father Support Services works with local fathers to help them learn how to play a more active role in their children’s lives. In an environment of positive encouragement fathers focus on five specific principles of responsibility: giving affection, offering guidance, providing financial support to the child and mother, demonstrating respect to the child’s mother, and setting a proud example by not participating in illegal activity such as drug or alcohol abuse.



“There’s no question that children are better off when both parents are involved in their lives, but this is too often not the case. Sadly, millions of children have fallen into poverty as a result.” —Richard Muzzy, Director of Family Support Services America, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston joined other agencies across the country in reigniting a national dialogue about the important role fathers play in helping their children grow up in safe and supportive families.

“By helping fathers engage in the lives of their children,” says Muzzy, “our programs strive to reduce many of the challenges that children may face as a result of having an uninvolved father.”

Family Support Services Fathers Support Services These services help fathers improve relationships with their children and become a positive influence in their lives. Current programs include Fatherhood Groups in Lynn and Peabody; outreach to fathers in the community; a group for fathers at the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton; and workshops for young mothers to stress the importance of father involvement for their children.Programs are designed for men who have become fathers, giving them the tools necessary to become positively involved in their children’s lives. Catholic Charities North at Lynn 117 Franklin Street 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 593-2312 Family Preservation Program The Family Preservation Program provides treatment to clients referred through the Cape Ann and Lynn area offices of the Department of Children and Families. The program seeks to aid families that are dealing with the risk behaviors of their school-aged children, including substance abuse, psychological disorders, and poor school performance. Therapy is provided by licensed CROSSINGS | | 36

independent clinical social workers and involves weekly individual and family therapy, usually in the clients’ homes. The program has flexible appointment times, varying levels of intensity, and interventions based upon the unique needs and characteristics of the family. Catholic Charities North Danvers Clinic 152 Sylvan Street, Danvers (978) 774-6820 Nurturing Parent Program This family-based parent education program helps families learn a nurturing way of life. Parents and their children attend meetings together. The meetings take place once a week for 15 weeks and include dinner, family-centered activities, and separate classes for parents and children. Catholic Charities North at Lynn 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 593-2312 Healthy Families Healthy Families Massachusetts is a home visiting program available for first-time parents ages 20 and under, funded by the Children’s Trust Fund. Staff visits

involve the entire family, including fathers, mothers, children, and extended family members. The program focuses on parents and children receiving adequate medical care, being economically selfreliant, and attaining educational goals. The program also offers group-based activities to reduce isolation, promote peer-to-peer support, and encourage the development of informal support networks. Services continue until the child turns three-years-old. Urban Neighborhood Healthy Families at Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Road, Dorchester (617) 506-6600 Catholic Charities North 117 Franklin Street, Lynn (781) 593-4515 Catholic Charities North at Lynn 191 Merrimack Street, Ste. 202, Haverhill (978) 521-6265 Parent Aide Program Catholic Charities Parent Aide Program is a home visiting program with bilingual capacity and the flexibility to meet the scheduling needs of working families including evening visits. The Parent Aide

Program provides support to parents through the development of a nurturing relationship with trained volunteers or paid staff. The goals of the program are to improve parental self-esteem and insure a safe home environment for their children. Through role modeling, parent aides promote improved parenting and life skills and increase parents’ ability to deal effectively with the community. Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities 354 Merrimack St., Bldg. 1, Lawrence (978) 685-5930 Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 593-4515 Catholic Charities South 686 North Main St., Brockton (508) 587-0815 Young Parents Program The Young Parents Program (YPP) provides counseling and case management services for pregnant and parenting teens and young adults, 23 years or younger. The program assists young parents to gain the knowledge and skills needed to set goals for their lives, develop self-sufficiency, and provide a nurturing, safe environment for

themselves and their children. Services include counseling for individuals, couples, families, and groups; case management; parenting skills education; household management and budget training; job planning; advocacy referral for medical care; housing; child care; and adoption counseling. Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive, Lynn (781) 593-2312. Catholic Charities El Centro del Cardenal76 Union Park St., Boston (617) 542-9292 Visiting Nurse Services For more than 60 years, VNS works to respond to patients whose needs would not otherwise be met because of current healthcare gaps. We provide skilled nursing, home health aide care, medical social work, and rehabilitative therapies. Our patients require services to assist them to regain independence. The program’s goal is to establish a partnership with patients and their families to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle within the community in which they live.Whether an elder’s family member needs to learn how to

operate medical equipment at home or wants to ask questions about treatment plans, visiting nurses can make a critical difference in enabling patients to remain in their homes and to remain as healthy as possible. Labouré Center 275 W. Broadway, South Boston (617) 268-9670 Family Stabilization The goal of Family Stabilization Services is to help keep new, first, and second generation immigrant families in Boston together. Referred by the Department of Social Services, these families face economic hardship, crime, drugs, personal and family challenges, as well as legalization issues, language barriers, and adapting to a different culture. Intensive case management and counseling helpsto meet their basic needs and to negotiate a system that is often confusing. Social workers are available “24/7” to their families, often providing support well into the night and on weekends. Greater Boston Catholic Charities 185 Columbia Road, Dorchester (617) 522-4200






Established by local Haitian community leaders, the Haitian Multi-Service Center (HMSC) began in 1978 with a single service, English as a Second Language for recent Haitian immigrants. In 1984, the HMSC became a community service center of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston. Located in the Yawkey Center in Dorchester, the Haitian Multi-Service Center supports newly arrived and long-term resident Haitian immigrants and refugees in their quest for educational development and economic self-sufficiency in a culturally and linguistically familiar environment. Approximately 1,500 families are served by the HMSC each year mostly from Dorchester, Mattapan, Milton, Roxbury, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Somerville, and other neighborhoods outside of greater Boston.

n 2008, the Haitian MultiService Center celebrated its 30th year of providing services to recent Haitian immigrants to Greater Boston communities. Since 1978, when the center was operated out of a home on Bicknell Street, the Center has grown to become a mainstay and touchstone for Haitian immigrants as they assimilate into their new community. The Center joined Catholic Charities in 1984.

Haitian Services and Support For more information about the programs and services at the Haitian Multi-Service Center, call (617) 506-6600. Adult Education Programs The Adult Education program provides Haitian and other adults with essential skills that will lead to life-long learning, the promotion of literacy, and economic self-sufficiency. The program serves more than 400 Haitian adults each year through 19 classes, which include native language literacy in English and Haitian Creole, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), math, computer literacy and training, educational counseling, citizenship, and high school diploma programs. Services that address CROSSINGS | | 38

issues of cultural adjustment are also available. Each student sets his or her own educational goals, and teachers integrate those goals into classroom curriculum. Health and Human Services Management Certificate Program Catholic Charities’ Haitian Multi-Service Center and Suffolk University have developed a one-year, integrated learning and working Health and Human Services (HHS) Management Certificate Program that will effectively begin to address the scarcity of qualified not-for-profit middle managers. The HHS program will consist of five

5-week training blocks. Participants who complete the training will receive a Certificate in Health & Human Services Management issued jointly by Catholic Charities’ Haitian Multi-Service Center and Suffolk University. Those participants who excel in the successful completion of the program will receive a Certificate with Distinction. Elder Services Many Haitian elders arrive in the United States facing numerous obstacles, including pronounced poverty, linguistic, cultural, economic, or physical barriers, which directly affects their access to resources and their ability to adjust to a vastly different culture

and mindset. Of the Haitian population, elders are the most at risk for poor nutrition, poor health, and isolation. Many also struggle with the effects of physical, mental, and emotional abuse at the hands of the Haitian government. The Haitian Elder Services Program offers a wide array of services, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), citizenship, and native language literacy classes; counseling; and Basic Needs Services, such as emergency food, fuel, and rental assistance. Cultural and recreational events also are organized for socializing with members of the community, with the

goal of limiting feelings of isolation and loneliness. Outreach and intervention is provided to those who develop increasing health problems, a situation worsened by isolation. Santé Manman Sé Santé Petit The Santé Manman Sé Santé Petit Program, which translated from Haitian Creole means “the health of the mother is the health of the child,” provides comprehensive prenatal, perinatal, and neonatal support to the Haitian community. This program is unique in that it serves pregnant women, new parents, and infants up to two years of age.

The program helps to promote a healthy pregnancy for the mother by increasing prenatal care and providing infant and family counseling. It also aids in avoiding developmental delays by ensuring that babies are healthy and helps prevent child abuse and neglect by making certain that babies receive adequate care. Parents are supported in nurturing positive outcomes for their children by strengthening their parenting skills and in preventing psychosocial problems from escalating in the mother by improving her emotional health and, therefore, her family.




t all started on July 12, 2007. My mother and I were waiting for moving trucks, but to be honest I still didn’t know where they were taking our things. All I knew was we had lived at this address for ten years, but the landlord all of a sudden wanted us out. For the past few months the landlady had been telling us this was going to be our last month. But then she took the money and we didn’t hear from her again until the next month when she told us the same thing. Finally my mother, strong woman that she is, said ‘enough of this’ and started making arrangements to move. But we didn’t have any where to go. My mother suggested I look for an apartment, but how could I afford that when I was paying car insurance for both of us? So we started looking at shelters. I’m so scared at this point thinking that our next shelter placement was going to be at some “East Cupcake City” shelter where we don’t know a soul. But to my surprise the housing people said they had found us a shelter in Field’s Corner. I didn’t even know they had shelters so close. When we got there I noticed the building looked an awful lot like a church, I thought: ‘good because I’m going to need God to get through this.’ The first person I met was a staff member who told me that the residents had just left to go to Canobie Lake, but Lillian would be available soon to talk with me. “What a pleasant lady,” I thought, especially since the first thing she said to me was how she was hoping we would arrive early so we could go to the park with everyone else. WOW! I didn’t even know her, or anyone else there, and already she was making me feel right at home, like part of the family. We may have missed the trip but I was glad because

HOME Every individual deserves a home. For many, financial struggles are only one of many circumstances that lead to the loss of their home. We’re here to help families and individuals work toward the goal of getting back under their own roof, and we offer a variety of temporary shelters as well as permanent supportive residences until that day comes. We also understand that with varying circumstances there are also varying needs. Our shelters meet several specific needs, including those for young mothers, parents struggling with sobriety, medical issues, or families that are in transition. Some of our shelters support whole families, while others are single-gender. All of our shelters are staffed by trained men and women who help guide each resident through their path to self-sufficiency and independent living.


Housing Brigid’s Crossing Brigid’s Crossing serves young mothers primarily between the ages of 16 and 21 who come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. For nearly 10 years, the program has helped almost 150 families learn the value of responsibility and independence while helping them achieve personal goals. Once settled into Brigid’s Crossing, teens receive services which may include individual therapy and group counseling, family assessment and case management, medical care, pregnancy prevention education, parenting and life skills training, help in acquiring a high school diploma or GED, and employment training. Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities (978) 454-0081 CROSSINGS | | 40

it gave me time to get to know the staff. Everyday at St. Ambrose was a blessing for me and my son. Taking a teenager out of his element is hard, but before we went to the shelter I explained to him why we had to move and that it was only for a short time. (At least that’s what I hoped!) When we had a holiday dinner, the priest from next door blessed our food – what a beautiful experience that was. And every week there were volunteers from a college that helped the kids with their homework. St. Ambrose also had adult classes on health issues and personal care, which really made me feel like they cared about us. They made sure the kids got enough to eat and helped us stick to a schedule. I also really liked the fact that at St. Ambrose the rooms were private, not a room full of beds and strangers like I imagined.

Genesis II Genesis II is a 22-bed family treatment shelter, which provides homeless mothers and fathers struggling to maintain sobriety with inpatient treatment without them having to place their children in foster care. Residents also receive assistance with housing, parenting skills, job readiness skills, budgeting, household management, nutritional planning, and medical care. A full-time case manager and a full-time family life advocate work with residents on the implementation of an individual/family treatment plan that includes intensive substance abuse counseling and attendance at self-help groups. Mental health treatment also is available. Catholic Charities Greater Boston (617) 332-9905

Nazareth Residence for Mothers and Children Nazareth Residence provides an opportunity for families to begin rebuilding their lives. Families served are homeless mothers and their children. Families are able to maintain their independence while they transition to permanent housing. The community-like atmosphere, supportive services, and 24-hour staffing create a safe and secure environment for life and living. Catholic Charities Greater Boston (617) 541-0100 Robert McBride House The Robert McBride House is a 17-unit apartment building for individuals and families. This affordable, permanent housing is designed for independent living and is enhanced by a common

A thank you to St. Ambrose

I spent six months in housing assistance, filling out over 25 housing applications and visits to the housing assistance office. It was hard work but I prayed to God, “please don’t let our family spend Christmas in a shelter this year.” Then, on Dec. 14 my prayers were answered, an apartment in Woburn was ready for us. I didn’t know where Woburn even was, but I knew I’d find out soon enough! What a wonderful shelter, full of love and even food. Thank you, St. Ambrose.

6,636 The number of men, women,

22% The increase in families in

85% The increase of homeless

and children homeless in Massachusetts. A 4% increase over the year before.

domestic violence shelters and transitional programs compared to the previous year.

women since 2006.

living room, kitchen, dining area, and community room. A wide range of services is available to support the needs of the residents. Catholic Charities Greater Boston (617) 236-8319 Seton Manor Seton Manor provides supportive housing services for 19 homeless, single men and women. It provides individual bedrooms with congregate areas for dining and leisure and 24-hour staff coverage. Seton Manor is a home, not an institution. The home is non-restrictive, relatively unstructured, and takes into account each resident’s dignity, right to privacy, self-determination, and independence. It offers a family of caring relationships with other residents, staff, and volunteers.

Catholic Charities Greater Boston (617) 277-7133 St. Ambrose Family Shelter The goal of St. Ambrose Family Shelter is to provide shelter, support, and hope for homeless families in transition. First and foremost, families’ basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter are met. Household chores are shared by all residents and group dinners are planned and prepared on a rotating schedule. All families are referred to St. Ambrose by the Department of Transitional Assistance. While at the shelter, families are prepared for successful and independent living through formal education and practical skills training. Through referrals to local GED-preparation courses and tutoring provided by staff and volunteers, parents are encouraged in their efforts to further their education. Residents also receive

From the Mayor’s annual census report on homeless populations of Boston

life-skills training in practical areas such as parenting, family planning, and budgeting. Catholic Charities Greater Boston (617) 288-7675 St. Patrick’s Shelter for Homeless Women St. Patrick’s Shelter for Homeless Women houses 30 women in emergency beds on a night-by-night basis as well as 10 transitional program participants each night. In addition to breakfast and dinner, the women are provided with referrals for health care, mental health services, and housing. A host of supportive and educational services are available to help families move toward a better future. Catholic Charities Greater Boston (617) 268-3015



At Catholic Charities, our mission to help those that may otherwise be lost includes welcoming newcomers to our country. Hundreds of thousands of refugees, immigrants, and migrants enter the United States each year looking for a better life. With a variety of multicultural and multilingual services, Catholic Charities offers these new and future citizens support during the long process of adjusting to their new surroundings and becoming active participants in their communities. A multi-ethnic staff comprised of professionals with diverse ethnic backgrounds and rich life experiences provide a wide array of services to newcomers from all over the world. Refugees served by Catholic Charities are among the more than 11 million persons worldwide who involuntarily flee their families and homes due to fear of persecution, imprisonment or death and have little or no hope of returning to their former lives. Refugee and Immigration Services is comprised of three distinct but overlapping programs: Immigration Legal Services; Refugee Resettlement, which includes case management, English for Speakers of Other Languages classes, and Refugee Employment Services; and Community Interpreter Services.


few years ago Orcho was an Ethiopian refugee locked Office of the United Nations for 30 days. Finally the Yemen away in a Yemen prison. Today he and his family police broke up the protest by spraying them with tear gas and live in Chelsea, he is a volunteer in his community, locking them in prison for over a month. and is taking college classes at the University of News spread of the plight of Orcho and his fellow refugees Massachusetts to improve his English skills. and how their rights were being violated. Soon the American “With a good education I will be able to do positive things government heard their story and intervened on the refugees’ in my community and make the world a better place to live,” behalf. With such powerful support backing their cause, the he said. Yemen government agreed to let Orcho and others like him Born and raised in Ethiopia, Orcho served in the Ethiopian leave the country. Navy as a helmsman for five years. During his tenure in the In 2005 Orcho arrived in the United States where he was navy Orcho says drastic changes in the Ethiopian government met by staff members from Catholic Charities Refugee and and a major scale down of the armed forces caused him to leave Immigration Services division. They provided him with case his home and seek refuge in nearby Yemen. But life in “With a good education I will be able to do positive things in my Yemen was not easy he said. community and make the world a better place to live.” Language and cultural barriers made living and working there difficult for Ethiopians. He found management and employment services, a place to live, food, and employment as a gardener and waiter but says he never felt at clothing. Within three months, Catholic Charities helped him home in the country. “It is a very good country for their culture, obtain a job working in guest services at a local Boston hotel. but for me and other foreigners it was tough,” he said. “When “Catholic Charities is the backbone of all immigrants in the we tried to demonstrate our own culture, some thought it was Untied States,” he said. “They are helpful, friendly and most of disrespectful.” all they are respectful of all people.” At times, Yemen was unsafe to live and work, especially for In addition to his job and college classes, Orcho volunteers non-native citizens like Orcho. With few places to go for help, what little free time he has by helping new refugees from he and many other refugees turned to the Office of the United Ethiopia and Eritrea. He provides interpretation from English Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with a request to leave to Amharic and helps with their cultural transition, easing their the country. integration into American life. But their requests to leave were rejected without reason. “Because I received such great help when I arrived here as Orcho and the others protested the country’s refusal to let them an immigrant, I felt I wanted to give back,” he said. “It makes leave with a non-violent demonstration, sitting in front of the me happy when I help make their life better.”


Refugee and Immigration Services Refugee Resettlement The Refugee Resettlement staff welcomes refugees from all corners of the globe, including Burma, Bhutan, Cuba, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam. Newcomers are greeted by our staff at the airport; provided with a modest apartment furnished with basic necessities; and assisted with acculturation, job placement services and English language training. Along with this critical assistance, refugees receive compassion, understanding and positive reassurance from our staff to help in the attainment of independence and selfsufficiency. 75 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston (617) 451-7979


Community Interpreter Services Our Community Interpreter Services (CIS) program recruits and trains interpreters to help bridge gaps in communication for limited Englishproficient clients. We dispatch interpreters to state agencies, hospitals, schools, and businesses and provide document translation. The CIS network includes more than 205 trained, professional interpreters who, collectively, are fluent in over 70 languages. We are able to provide services throughout the entire Commonwealth. 75 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston (617) 451-7979

Immigration Legal Services Immigrants come to the United States to follow the same dream that has inspired millions of others before them – to have a better life for themselves and for their children. Upon arrival in the United States, immigrants face a daunting array of linguistic, economic, cultural and legal challenges. Through immigration legal services, newcomers receive highquality legal consultation, referral and representation for an array of immigration benefits, such as political asylum, naturalization and family reunification. Last year alone, more than 4,000 persons received immigration legal services from Catholic Charities. 75 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston (617) 451-7979

Refugee Employment Services A relationship with Catholic Charities’ Refugee Employment Services opens the doors to a large number of employees eager to work. Our staff is dedicated to supporting clients as they become fully participating members of their new home country and their new communities. Having lost their homes, personal property, and careers in their own countries, refugees have a strong desire to regain self-sufficiency and economic stability for their families. Refugees have a variety of work experience and skills. Many are well-educated and were professionals and small business owners in their home countries. Others were farmers or traders. 75 Kneeland Street, 8th Floor, Boston (617) 451-7979

Adult Education ESOL Classes Those whose first language is not English can pursue their education through English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes offered through El Centro del Cardenal, the Haitian MultiService Center, Refugee and Immigration Services, Catholic Charities South, and Catholic Charities North. With the goal of empowering adults by increasing their employment opportunities and self-sufficiency, the ESOL classes include practical, dynamic instruction. ESOL classes are offered at the following locations:

Dorchester Haitian Multi Service Center (617) 506-6600 Boston- Chinatown Refugee and Immigration Services (617) 451-7979 South Shore- Brockton Catholic Charities South (508) 587-0815 Catholic Charities North Asian Center (781) 593-2312

Boston- South End El Centro del Cardenal (617) 542-9292





The Teen Center at St. Peter’s serves youth ages 12 to 19 from the Bowdoin/ Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester. Through the center, we provide teens with work opportunities, access to various support services, and a safe place to recreate. Programs and activities aim to provide the skills necessary for academic success, while also increasing self-esteem and enhancing the perception of teens as a positive force in the community. There are approximately 200 members of the Teen Center with as many as 80 participating in educational or recreational activities daily. While teens of all ethnicities are encouraged to participate, the program is particularly focused on the area’s Cape Verdean adolescents who have been disproportionately involved in area violence. Catholic Charities’ Teen Center at St. Peter’s is part of a unique collaboration with St. Peter’s School and the Bowdoin Street After-School Program. The three programs have worked together to serve the families of the Bowdoin Street neighborhood for five years.


atholic schools in Dorchester/Mattapan are being revitalized through a comprehensive $71 million plan, a part of the Archdiocese of Boston’s Campaign for Catholic Schools and The 2010 Initiative. Part of the initiative, paid for through private donations, is to dedicate $4 million to the Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s for renovations. A large portion of the funds were donated by the Yawkey Foundation, who has given generously to Catholic Charities in the past, specifically to build Greater Boston’s Yawkey Center in Dorchester. As of December, the Teen Center is housed in a newlyrenovated, state-of-the-art facility where Dorchester teens can improve their dance skills in the new dance studio; play sports in the new gymnasium; get online in the hi-tech computer lab; and utilize classrooms for tutoring, lifeskills class, MCAS, SAT, and TOEFL test preperation, and counseling. A basement is furnished as the ultimate hang out, complete with a living room, billards tables, ping pong table, fooseball table, and a separate lounge. On February 24, 2009, the Center hosted business and political leaders from the community, neighbors, and supporters of Greater Boston Catholic Charities at a rededication ceremony of the Center. Cardinal Sean attended the ceremony and gave his blessings. Visit the new Teen Center at St. Peter’s on Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. We’re ready to give you a tour!

Top to bottom: Renovations of the Teen Center at St. Peter’s include a new computer lab, state-of-the-art gymnasium with stage and one classroom per age group. Upgrades also include a full-service kitchen, library, and conference room.

Teen Center Programs Homework Help Teens have a supervised time for homework, peer tutoring, and set times in the computer lab. School performance is reviewed and monitored. MCAS Preparation Specialized and remedial tutoring is provided twice a week in math and English to prepare high school students for graduation requirements. College Preparation Tutoring is offered in both math and verbal skills to help with standardized tests. Workshops are provided on topics such as financial aid and application assistance. Tours of local colleges are arranged. CROSSINGS | | 44

Computer Literacy Classes focus on basic principles of word processing, spreadsheets, internet research, and web page design. Focus Groups Male and female focus groups meet once a week to address adolescent developmental issues and the multiple challenges that confront youth today such as drugs/alcohol, family conflict, immigration issues and deportation, diversity and racism, gang participation, violence, and planning for the future. Economic Literacy These classes focus on managing money wisely. Teens set up a no cost bank account and learn to cut spending and increase savings.

Teen Center Council Teens meet regularly to discuss pertinent issues affecting youth, seek resolution to conflict among members, and help develop and implement programs. Chosen leaders participate in the Teen Center Council and selected members will participate in the community’s Youth Council. Performing Arts Artistic programming throughout the year includes classes in African Dance and expression through poetry and music. Outdoor Education In partnership with the Sierra Club, the Teen Center participates in hiking, canoeing, and over night camping trips in the New England area.

Recreational Activities Planned activities include sports, dances, fashion shows, tournaments, cultural activities, and special field trips.

other projects. Counselors in Training are expected to perform well in school and take advantage of the Teen Center’s services.

Youth Mediation Trained by the Attorney General’s Office, teens help their peers resolve conflicts and disagreements without violence. This program offers students the skills needed to interact with each other at school, home, and in the community.

Community Service All teens have the opportunity to participate in supervised community service projects to increase their knowledge of the community and its needs, foster a sense of investment in their neighborhood, and develop positive values of service and contribution.

Counselors in Training Counselors in Training are paid positions with job responsibilities in the St. Peter’s after-school program and the Teen Center, working 10-15 hours a week. Counselors help with the supervision of youth, homework, arts and crafts, and

Family Support Referrals for community services are offered to the families of participating teens in need of outreach, mediation, and other services.

Family Fun Night Events are held periodically offering games, cultural activities, and refreshments to involve members’ families.


We understand that the adoption process does not end with legal guardianship. We also understand that each new family has unique needs. We offer confidentiality while respecting the wishes of all members involved in the adoption process. When appropriate, we provide information and referrals for those seeking additional counseling around issues related to placing a child for adoption, being adopted, or parenting. A desire to feel connected to another member of the triad is important, and the need for medical history records can be crucial. In accordance with Massachusetts state law, our adoption search programs offer assistance to those trying to obtain information about an adoption that involved them.



2008 A YEA R IN RE V I EW Our favorite moments. Our biggest accomplishments.

Pre and Post Adoption Services Pregnancy Counseling Considering whether or not to parent your child is a difficult decision. Catholic Charities provides free counseling to pregnant individuals or couples, or parents of very young children to determine whether the plan of adoption may be the right decision for them and their child. The goal of our pregnancy counseling program is to provide individuals and couples with the information they need and support them while they make an informed and uncoerced decision. Experienced social workers actively involve pregnant women and couples, and parents of very young children in designing a plan for adoption. Parents will have the opportunity to choose a family with which they feel comfortable. They can even meet and get to know them if they wish. Support is offered if they decide to parent the child themselves, and interim care is available if they need more time to make a decision. Greater Boston (617) 268-9670 Catholic Charities North (781) 593-2312 Catholic Charities South (508)587-0815 CROSSINGS | | 46

Infant Adoption Training Initiative The Infant Adoption Training Initiative is a nationwide unified curriculum developed through a grant awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Developed under the Infant Adoption Training Initiative model established by Spaulding for Children, the program provides training that augments public health employees’ knowledge by providing them with the skills necessary to sensitively present adoption as an option. All persons employed by public or private, nonprofit health care facilities that provide physical, not mental, health care services to pregnant women and teens are eligible for the free training. Catholic Charities partners with Child & Family Services of New Bedford to provide these services. For further information regarding free training session types and schedules or to register, please refer to For more information about the Infant Adoption Training Initiative, call (617) 268-9670 Adoption Search We recognize that adoption is a life long process. Our post-adoption and search programs offer a continuum of services

that respect the relationships among all members of the adoption triad—the adoptee, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents. In all circumstances, confidentiality and our clients’ best interests are our primary concerns. When appropriate, we provide information and referrals for those seeking additional counseling around issues related to placing a child for adoption, being adopted, and parenting. Curiosity and a sense of connection to another member of the adoption triad are very natural, and the need to access medical background information can be a reality. In accordance with Massachusetts state law, our adoption search program offers assistance to all members of the adoption triad obtain information about an adoption that involved them. We can provide a non-identifying profile of an adoptee’s birth parents, make available a profile of the family that adopted the child, or explore and determine whether a birth parent or adoptee is interested in providing additional information and/ or mutual consent to be contacted. We maintain records of all members of the adoption triad and encourage all clients to update their records at any point with important information and/or current depositions regarding the release of identifying information.

A YEAR IN FUNDRAISING AND FRIEND RAISING AND AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: COMPASSION MEETS FASHION Annual fashion shows raise funds for basic needs emergency services... FRIENDS FEEDING FAMILIES Fundraising takes on the brown paper bag... SPRING CELEBRATION Our biggest year yet... GIVING THANKS 4,000 TIMES The 2008 Turkey Tour... OLD RELIABLE BOSTON Our city shows its true charitable colors at Christmas... TOUR THAT HOUSE Two annual Christmas House Tours... SPINNING FOR THE GREATER GOOD The 2008 Rodman Ride for Kids... A NEW HOME FOR DORCHESTER TEENS The Teen Center at St. Peter’s gets a makeover... it’s all on the next few pages...





TIZIANA DEARING, President of Catholic Charities Boston, was recognized as one of Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” ... VIRGINIA DOOCY, Director of Catholic Charities North, was nominated for the North of Boston Businesswoman of the Year Award ... ANNE WILLIAMS and ELLEN GALLIGAN received the “Arc of East Middlesex Distinguished Service Award” for their work at Catholic Charities North’s Parent Aide program ... DICK MUZZY and Staff of Catholic Charities North’s Father’s Support Services were recognized as a Face of Prevention by the Childrens Trust Fund in April... Three certificates of commendation for length of service were given at the Migration & Refugee Services Conference of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. to MARJEAN PERHOT, for 10 years of service, KHIET DANG, for 10 years, and MAI TRINH for 20 years... PAULO DE BARROS received a Community Service Award for his contribution to the Boston Police Department on National Night Out in August 2008... At Labouré, a Mentee/Mentor pair, SHEILA SMITH and LILLIAN DIAS, were recognized by the Match of the Game Program, sponsored by Safety Insurance, WBCN Patriots Rock Radio Network and Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership... Check www.ccab. org for updates on our Reputation for Excellence awards and recognitions!

2008 Spring Celebration

Pictured top left to right, Edmund F. (Ted) Kelly speaks after receiving the Justice and Compassion Award; Cardinal Seán O’Malley, left, greets Rev. Dr. Ray A. Hammond, a member of the Catholic Charities board of trustees and Pastor of Bethel AME Church; Tiziana Dearing, left, with former Catholic Charities client Bernice, who spoke of her experiences with Catholic Charities at the Gala; The scene during the Spring Gala at the Kennedy Library.

Poverty and Politics

“Some of us are on the giving end and some of us are on the receiving end, but all of us are part of a larger family,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley. At the event, Catholic Charities honored Edmund F. (Ted) Kelly, Chairman, President & CEO of the Liberty Mutual Group, with the Justice and Compassion Award for his commitment to improving the lives of families in need in the greater Boston community.

Photos by John Rich Photography

More than 500 supporters of Catholic Charities, including Cardinal Seán O’Malley and Boston’s business and political leaders gathered at the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum for the Catholic Charities Spring Celebration, to raise funds for the social services agency.

“It is hard to imagine having a list of Justice and Compassion Award recipients without Mr. Kelly’s name in the group at the top,” Dearing said. “While we honor him, it is we who are honored, both by his work and by his presence here.” Event chair Michael Sheehan, CEO of Hill Holliday, announced a total of $1.525 million raised by the event. 


In October, Father Bryan Hehir participated in the first of a series of lectures offered by Catholic Charities, on timely issues including the economy, the needs of the working poor, and the social responsibilities of social servants. The October lecture, entitled “Poverty and Politics: Catholic Vision, Experience and Response” was held at the Boston College Club and attracted guests from around Boston’s business community. Father Hehir spoke about how poverty impacts the young and the elderly; individuals and families. Father Hehir continued to explain the Catholic response to poverty through combined charity and justice, personal generosity and public policy. Pictured at left, Father Bryan Hehir; above, Jeff Kaneb, left, Chair of the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees; Father Bryan Hehir; and Catholic Charities President Tiziana Dearing.




A Y EAR I N RE VI E W Extra! Extra!

Through the efforts of Tara Anderson (far right), at Catholic Charities’ Somerville food pantry, and Beth Chambers (left), Director of Community Services for Greater Boston, a multi-media campaign for toy donations meant that more than 300 children in need in Somerville had Christmas this year! With segments on Channel 4 WBZ, Channel 5 WCVB, and features in the Boston Globe —all in one week—Somerville was able to provide toys to hundreds of families that would have otherwise gone without in the most wonderful time of the year. Thank you to all of those who donated their time, skills, toys, and funds to ensure this goal. Sirius Satellite Radio invited Dearing to participate in a toy auction during The Catholic Channel’s morning show (Channel 159). The scheduled 20-minute segment with Dearing, which hoped to have callers bid on toy purchases for children in need, turned into a near hour of unprecedented radio charity. More than 40 toys were purchased by listeners for the children we serve. Callers continued dialing in to Gus Lloyd’s Seize the Day program, even after it was over. The 2008 giving season, between Thanksgiving and the new year, was heavy media season as well. Catholic Charities has been tapped for expert testimony on the rising need of our services in the weakening economy. Charities was present on radio, television and print, including WBUR , WBZ, The Jordan Rich Show, WCVB TV, WBZ TV, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Boston Metro, and several local papers. Visit to learn of the continuing coverage of our work. 

When Compassion Meets Fashion Catholic Charities South’s annual luncheon and fashion show, at the Blue Hill Country Club in Canton, hosted nearly 300 women and supporters of Catholic Charities South’s Basic Needs Emergency Services progams. The event raised more than $20,000 through sponsorships and donations. Each sponsorship provided 100 gallons of fuel for a family in need. Anquinette Jamison of Fox 25 News emceed the show and volunteer models filled the runway with fashions from Ports & Co. of Cohasett and Envy of Norwood. The boutique owners showed off the season’s newest styles. Meanwhile, at UMass Boston, 475 guests to the Labouré Center’s Fall Fashion show raised funds for the Center’s services for women and girls in South Boston. For months leading up to the event, design students from area schools were invited to submit their designs for a “little black dress.” Five lucky finalists were carefully chosen by a panel of women, including designer and South End boutique owner Sara Campbell. Thanks to funding from the Drinan-Galgay families, May Aye and Samira Vargas-Pena, both from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, took first and second prize, respectively. Aye won a $10,000 scholarship, and Vargas-Pena a $5,000 scholarship. Pictured clockwise from top left: Models at the Labouré Center’s Fall Fashion Show were both volunteers and the designers themselves; Models take to the runway during Catholic Charities South’s annual luncheon and fashion show; The dedicated women on the committee for the Catholic Charities South’s annual luncheon and fashion show include (right to left) boardmember Carol Witt; Cathy Martin; boardmember June Martin; Kathy Riordan; Ann Clapton; Jane McCurdy; Anquinette Jamison; boardmember Peggy Simmons; and boardmember Lynne Dolan; The committee for the annual Labouré Center’s Fall Fashion Show include, front row, Board member Julie Galgay; Judy Swanson, Development and Volunteer Coordinator for Labouré; Sara Campbell, owner of Sara Campbell, Ltd.; Cheryl Howard; Board member Mary Bulger; second row: Board member Anne Louise Hicks; Kristen Hopwood; Jess Myre. CROSSINGS | | 50

Compassion is Blind On June 8, 2008, an exceptionally hot Sunday afternoon, Blind Lemon Aid, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless in New England and beyond, presented an afternoon filled with music to help families of Nazareth Residence. Musician Brian Templeton, co-founder of the Boston-based band The Radio Kings—and a new friend of Nazareth and President of BLA—tapped many of his friends who enthusiastically volunteered their time. The eclectic mix of genres and instruments included artists Salvatore Baglio, Charlie Farren, Kid Bangham, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Little Frankie and the Fathoms, Michael Dinallo, Tim Gearan, Sean Staples, Eric Royer, and Dan Kellar. Between sets, while children served up (what else?) lemonade, Templeton spoke to the audience—which included formerly homeless women—— about homelessness and the reality of poverty in our own backyards. Sr. Mary Farren, Director of Nazareth, also presented audience members with information about Nazareth. When the afternoon was over, more than $4,000 was raised for Nazareth Residence. “It was rewarding to spend time with people who help Nazareth’s families,” said Sr. Mary. “And we truly appreciate those who support us whether by being in the audience, performing, or handling the multiple tasks that go into such a project. And, meeting some formerly homeless women who now work to help others was just tremendous!” 





Pictured clockwise from top left: One of our youngest volunteer helps distribute turkeys at El Centrol del Cardinal; Catholic Charities South Director of Basic Needs Services Bob Witt prepares bags of food for families in need in Brockton; Michael Reardon (left), Executive Director of the Catholic School Foundation and longtime supporter of Catholic Charities C. Mike Daley take their station at the Brockton giveaway; Helping families in need is a family project! These two brothers had as much energy as all of the volunteers at the Yawkey Center’s giveaway.

MASS MENTORING PARTNERSHIP welcomed the LABOURE CENTER team as partner members, the team completed a high score on the self-assessment work plan and their efforts have helped make sure that the voice of programs of all sizes are heard... THE EDUCATION CENTER in the Greater Lynn area is a finalist in the nation-wide “Family Strengthening Awards” competition run by Catholic Charities USA’s (CCUSA) Annie E. Casey Foundation... Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities Grandparents as Parents newsletter received the CARDINAL’S ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD at the American Cardinals Dinner in Boston. The award came with a $10,000 grant... THE YAWKEY FOUNDATION II, in addition to the Foundation’s regular support, awarded Catholic Charities $325,000 to facilitate the purchase of NAZARETH RESIDENCE... P&G GILLETTE continued their commitment to Catholic Charities by providing $100,000 to prevent homelessness... CATHOLIC CHARITIES SOUTH was awarded two years of funding for the UNITED WAY OF GREATER PLYMOUTH COUNTY for development of a new Sustainable Employment Coalition... Check for updates on our Reputation for Excellence awards and recognitions!

Civics Lessons from the North

4,000 Turkeys, 4,000 Thanks Catholic Charities of Boston provided Thanksgiving meals to 4,000 families in need throughout Eastern Massachusetts this year during its second annual Turkey Giveaway. Thanks to the support of private donations, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and the partnership of Salvation Army of Boston, Catholic Charities President Tiziana Dearing and Vice President of Programming Debbie Rambo toured sites in Brockton, Lowell, Dorchester, and the South End to distribute turkeys and all the fixings for Thanksgiving meals. Many families in need also sought assistance with food and gifts for Christmas, this year more than ever. Between September and November 2008, Charities was able to provide basic needs services to over 19,000 families in need. As the economy continued to weaken and unemployment rates skyrocketed, Catholic Charities found that it was called upon by more families in need than in recent history, and with less funding to provide for their basic needs. “Gas is more than $4 a gallon in some places. On average, rent is over $900 per person. With prices on the rise, more and more working families are feeling the systematic squeeze from all sides,” Dearing said. “Many are finding it difficult to provide for their basic, daily needs, including putting food on the table.”

In January, students from the Catholic Charities North Education Center watched the inauguration of Barack Obama via projection unit and live web feed while enjoying a patriotic luncheon together. But they were also celebrating the end of their own U.S. Presidential election. Mock-election, that is. This celebration marked the culmination of a months long civics project which included their very own town hall-style meeting and mock election, complete with rolls, ballots and security. Beginning in early September, teachers at the Education Center, located on Lynn Shore Drive, carefully prepared their students to participate in the election, providing registration materials to young adults who would be voting for the first time. Teachers conducted weekly lessons on the electoral process and how to use newspapers and the internet to research each presidential candidates’ positions on health care, the economy, education, housing, and the war in Iraq. The purpose of the forums and civics lessons was to give young people the tools to become engaged citizens and educated voters. The mock election allowed them to practice voting, increasing the likelihood that they will participate in future elections. Students discovered what issues are having the greatest impact on their lives and how they can be engaged in the solutions.

Out-of-school youth ages 16-21 attend classes at the Center and receive one-on-one support to prepare for the General Educational Development (GED) test, to receive their high school equivalency diploma. Teachers and case workers also help them plan for their future, whether they transition to college or career, or simply try to meet their educational goals, such as becoming literate. 

To learn how to participate in our annual “Friends Feeding Families” campaign for Basic Needs services, visit www. Also read see more about our newest campaign on page 54.  CROSSINGS | | 52




A Y EAR I N RE VI E W A New Kind of Giving In a small South Boston boutique, a book exclusively made up of goat cheese recipes abuts another on the latest trends in home décor. To the left a meticulously arranged display of pineapple cilantro scented candles rests beneath the shadow of an elegant floral display. Welcome to the Shoppe at Labouré, the latest venue of fundraising for Catholic Charities. The Shoppe, which donates 100 percent of its profits to Catholic Charities’ Labouré Center, is an upscale boutique with downtown prices. It specializes in accent furniture, hostess and teacher gifts, linens, kitchen and bath accessories, and holiday and vintage collections. And The Shoppe is one-ofa-kind in the area. Every purchase made there is like a direct donation to Catholic Charities. Everyone who works for the store is a volunteer. And there has been no shortage of people willing to offer their unique talents including a local retailer who taught them the ins-and-outs of store management and a local florist who has created pieces for the White House. That spirit of giving is the inspiration for The Shoppe, and it’s personified by the tireless efforts of sisters Patty Cloherty and Jennifer Smyth. Both are long time Catholic Charities volunteers and supporters who not only conceived the idea of the boutique, but oversaw every step of its creation, from writing the business plan and soliciting donations to arranging the store and deciding what would be sold there.

What’s a Party Without a Brown Paper Bag? Boston-based corporations are doing it. CEOs are promoting it. Fantasy football teams are taking part of it. Your neighbors are probably even hosting it. In any given month during the cold season in Greater Boston, you can find a party going on in recognition of the brown paper bag (See page 9 for the story of the bag).

Just how did the idea of a charitable retail shop come about? It began with a vacuum cleaner and an email chain.

If you would like to host a brown bag party of your own for the 2009 Friends Feeding Families winter campaign, contact Development Director Kathrine Hastings at (617) 451-7952. Catholic Charities will help with the logistics of the party, and provides pick-up and delivery of the bags. 

Judy Swanson, a staff member of the Labouré Center, was frantically searching for a vacuum cleaner to give to a recently arrived immigrant couple who suffered from severe allergies and asthma and were getting sick from dust in their apartment. Swanson sent out an email blast to see if any Labouré Center supporters had one to donate. The response she received was overwhelming. People offered new and old vacuums, one person even offered to pick her up and give her a ride to get one, just minutes after receiving the email. Included in the email were Patty and Jennifer, who were inspired by the quick and spirited response Swanson’s e-mail generated. Based on that demonstration of generosity the sisters realized if they focused their efforts and reached out to their own circle of friends they could help Catholic Charities in other ways besides usual volunteer work. Talk turned to plans, plans turned to work, and eight months later they were preparing for the grand opening. Despite all the hard work involved both women say the whole process has been a wonderful experience. “It’s a great cause,” said Patty as she rearranged the pillows on a set of French Country parlor chairs. “Labouré is such an amazing place, they help so many people. This is just such a fun way to volunteer.” The Shoppe has barely opened its doors, but Jennifer and Patty already have their eyes turned toward the future. They can turn their attentions to planning special events at the boutique and reaching out to supporters and volunteers, making it even more cost efficient and thereby raising more money for Catholic Charities’ Labouré Center. “We have been so busy with inventory and set up we haven’t even had time to properly solicit donors yet,” said an optimistic Patty. “We’ve barely tapped into our resources.”  Clockwise from top- Left to right- Kevin Conway, Ken Binder and Joe D’Arrigo at the Bostonian Group Brown Bag Party; the Friends Feeding Families brown bags; Jim Blue, left, CEO of The Bostonian Group, and Eric Swain; Matt Camp, Vice President of Development, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), sorts through clothing donated to the Refugee and Immigration Services Program during a Brown Bag Party this past fall.





A Y EAR I N RE VI E W The Spirit of the Season The Sport of Giving

Christmas brings communities together. Families often take this time to extend their time and resources to those in need. But it is also a time for communities to gather to enjoy the beauty of Christmas lights, decorations, and the blanket of snow that quiets the city. This year, Labouré Center and the folks at Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities were able to combine charitable giving and the beauty of the season with their annual Christmas House Tours. Proceeds from each tour benefitted the programs and services of Catholic Charities in Merrimack Valley and South Boston. This was the 18th year for the Labouré House Tour, which showcased the oldest standing house in South Boston and one of the newest houses in South Boston. Each home has been uniquely restored and lovingly decorated. From original fireplaces & church arches to state of the art kitchens and wine cellars. “The house tour is a great way for people to see the variety and grand architecture of South Boston homes,” said Sr. Maryadele Robinson, director of the Labouré Center. “It also creates a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to help support our programs. For many this has become a tradition to begin their holiday season.” In the Valley, attendees toured four homes decorated carefully for the season by Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities volunteers. Open to the public, the self-guided tour benefits local families in need while also offering the chance to walk though four beautifully decorated homes within walking distance along Belmont Avenue and Fairmont Street on Belvidere Hill. The tour culminated at a reception at Ricardo’s Café Trattoria on Gorham Street in Lowell. “The need is tremendous out there. These are hardworking families just trying to buy food, put gas in the car and heat their homes,” Deborah Myrick, a member of the MVCC board of directors, told the Lowell Sun in a feature story about the tour. “It makes you feel good to be able to help them.” Laboure’s Two-day tour included a Twighlight Tour, followed by a reception held at UMass Boston. The tour has been chaired by Mary Bulger for 18 years and Ann Louise Hicks has co-chaired with Mary since 2006. 

Catholic Charities is no stranger to celebrity support and that includes the Commonwealth’s greatest athletes. Shown above, former Boston Bruin Bob Sweeney, visited the Teen Center to present them with a check for $25,000 from the Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation. Left, Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz stopped by the Nazareth Residence to meet the children for Christmas and help fill backpacks with much-needed supplies for the kids in school. Our charity also receives support from lesser known athletes, the every day folk, with equally big hearts. In the fall of 2008, five Catholic Charities teams rode in the Rodman Ride for Kids. As they took to the road upon their bikes, their network of friends, family, and community businesses brought out their generosity— and Catholic Charities reached its goal of $75,000! In 2009, eight Boston-area runners will raise funds and awareness of Catholic Charities in the 2009 Boston Marathon. Visit marathon to learn how you can support our first marathon. CROSSINGS | | 56

Pictured top, a holiday table setting during the Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities House Tour; pictured bottom left, the interior of a South Boston home during the 18th annual Laboure House Tour and, at right, a view of another South Boston home.





Generosity Knows No Age Be honest, when you hear the words “college student” the first words that pop into your mind are not “selfless”, “determined” or “giving.” Anyone who has been awoken at 1 a.m. by an out-of-hand frat party, or spent a fortune shelling out for back to school ‘necessities’ like new MP3 players or designer jeans may have a hard time believing it, but for a large percentage of America’s students these adjectives are right on the money. According to the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS), there are 3.3 million college student volunteers—that’s more than 30 percent of all students enrolled in some form of postsecondary education. So next time a group of BC kids loudly celebrating an Eagles victory threatens to ruin your Saturday afternoon, try to remember, noisy as they may be, many of them are a vital part of the volunteer community that allows agencies like Catholic Charities to provide such a wide range of social services.

Above and bottom right: Employees from local businesses spend one day at St. Ambrose Family Shelter painting, cleaning, and performing general maintenance on the transitional home for families. Below: Cal Williams, Director of Development for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and Bill Walters, United Way’s Director of Corporate Relations, toured the Labouré Center to learn about volunteer opportunities with youth and elderly clients of the Center. United Way shows how we all can “Live United” by giving of our time as well as money.

Kelly Wyand, director of programming at St. Ambrose Family Shelter, isn’t surprised by the numbers in the report. She said college age volunteers are a vital part of her staff at St. Ambrose, a Catholic Charities homeless shelter that caters specifically to families with young children. Wyand estimated that close to 300 volunteers donated their time at the shelter this year, 200 of which were from local colleges. Wyand said the students are eager and energetic workers who are responsible for 10 percent of the shelter’s total work load. “They’re optimistic and hard working,” she said. “They come in nights and on Saturdays and you can tell they really want to be here. They’re fun.”

Right: A group of volunteers from Harpoon Brewery decorate St. Ambrose shelter for the holidays as part of their annual Harpoon Brewery Service Day; bottom right, Volunteer Rosa talks with Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, President Tiziana Dearing during the 2008 annual Volunteer Luncheon.

The volunteers lend their talents to St. Ambrose in a variety of ways. Wyand says about 20 college students make up her core volunteer staff, who supervise, entertain and teach the shelter’s children while their parents attend GED and employment training classes at night. In addition, there are rotating crews of 15-20 students who come at least once a month to perform maintenance on the building, saving the shelter expensive repair costs. Many local colleges are beginning to use volunteer work as part of their orientation programs, but Wyand said a majority of those who come to St. Ambrose aren’t there to fill a school requirement. “We get a lot [of college students] who volunteer through Habitat for Humanity or campus based ministries,” she said. “A lot of them do it just out of the goodness of their hearts. At that age we tend to be somewhat unaware of social issues,” she said. “I think it’s beneficial for them to see these things at an early age… They are the future and they need to realize they can change the cycle.” Much like their young counterparts, senior citizens are often unfairly stereotyped by their age. A survey conducted by the CNCS showed that over 27 percent of American citizens between the ages of 65 and 75 donated an average of 96 hours of their time last year. The only age group that spends more time volunteering are those over 75, 21 percent of whom donated over a hundred hours last year to charity. That’s more than twice as many hours as people in the 35-44 year old range. According to recent studies, that kind of interaction can be very beneficial for people as they grow older. Last year’s CNCS report established a positive correlation between volunteering and improved health among seniors. The report, which combined the data of several independent studies done by research firms and universities, found “a strong relationship


between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.” United Way also knows the importance of volunteering on the health of the non-profit and charitable organizations that it supports. Those experiencing the strain of the economy can cash in on the high value of the volunteer. In September, more than 1,600 volunteers from 55 area companies participated in United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley’s 17th Annual Community Care Day. The day educates individuals and groups about the importance of volunteering in their community, and encourages longterm volunteer engagement. The value of volunteers has skyrocketed—especially during a weakened economy. Catholic Charities St. Ambrose family shelter is fortunate to have the continuous support of companies and individuals in their community. 




On behalf of the staff and volunteers of the development office, it gives me great pleasure to thank you for your support during the 2008 fiscal year. The work of Catholic Charities touches thousands of lives each day. Your generosity is an expression of your faith in our organization and helps children, teens, families and elders across Eastern Massachusetts. With so many worthy charities and organizations seeking your help, we appreciate that you have chosen to support our needs. A few highlights of the fund year include: • More than 11,250 donors, an increase of 6.5% over the 2007 fiscal year, donated $4.4 million through direct mail appeals, major gifts and event participation.

Kenneth P. Binder Vice President Development Catholic Charities of Boston

• Close to 5,600 donors increased their gift during the 2008 annual campaign.

• Catholic Charities received approximately $1 million through planned and estate gifts during the fiscal year. Planned giving continues to make a long lasting impact on our agency. • Spring Celebration, held May 21st at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, honored Edward F. (Ted) Kelly, Chairman, President & CEO of Liberty Mutual Group with the 2nd Annual “Justice and Compassion Award”. The event raised approximately $1.525 million to provide support for programs and services. Needless to say, your financial assistance is of great benefit to Catholic Charities, but we also want you to know how much we appreciate your friendship and goodwill. Because of our donors, we are better able to meet the basic needs of food, fuel and shelter for individuals and families who are turning to us in greater numbers. The outstanding example of concern you show serves as a great source of encouragement for us all. In order for us to continue to respond to the needs of the poor and working poor, we ask that you be as generous as possible this year. Your participation in our yearly campaign makes a difference to Catholic Charities and without it, we will not be able to continue the level of service we provide. Again, thank you for making the sacrifice that I know your support represents, especially in these times of economic uncertainty. You are essential to our mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. Sincerely,

Kenneth P. Binder Vice President of Development


2008 It is because of the generosity and support of individuals and businesses in the communities we serve that we are able to fulfill our mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. Our heartfelt thanks to those who donated to Catholic Charities in 2008: $25,000 & above Anonymous (2) Bank of America Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Inc. BNYMellon Boston Bruins Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. William H. Burke, Sr. Citizens Bank Deacon & Mrs. Charles I. Clough, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John M. Connors, Jr. Design Continuum, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. David H. Drinan Mr. Norman J. Duffy Estate of Helen Church Estate of Elaine Cotter Estate of James A. Healey Estate of Katherine P. MacIsaac Estate of Gertrude H. McDonough Estate of Stella D. Monaco Estate of Catherine E. Neville Estate of Anna Rita O’Brien Estate of Robert A. Roberts Estate of Walter E. Shaw Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Rev. J. Bryan Hehir Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Albert J. Kaneb Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey J. Kaneb Mr. & Mrs. John A. Kaneb Mr. Michael T. Kerr Liberty Mutual Group Mr. & Mrs. John A. McNeice, Jr. McKinsey & Company, Inc. Mellon Financial Merrill Lynch Trust Company Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Monaghan Mr. & Mrs. William S. Mosakowski North Shore United Way Roche Brothers Supermarkets, Inc. Rodman Ride for Kids St. Peter’s Parish

Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Scully, Jr. Mr. John J. Shaughnessy, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Sheehan The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. The Boston Foundation The Catholic Foundation The Flatley Foundation The Lynch Foundation Tufts Health Plan United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley United Way of New York City $10,000 to $24,999 Anonymous Associated Industries of Massachusetts Bank of America Matching Gifts Mr. & Mrs. John F. Batter, III BCD Travel Worldwide BMC Software Boston Red Sox Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A. Butler Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy Mr. John A. Cataldo CDS Business Mapping, LLC Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Chisholm Citi Global Impact Funding Trust, Inc. Citizens Bank Charitable Foundation Clipper Ship Foundation Clough Capital Partners, LP Mr. & Mrs. William S. Cummings Ms. Jane Ellen Currier, Esq. Daniel W. Field Trust Mr. & Mrs. James S. DiStasio Eastern Bank Eastern Minerals, Inc. Enterprise Charitable Foundation Ernst & Young LLP Estate of Mary F. Brady Estate of Maguerite McGreggs Estate of Daniel W. Scribner Trust Fallona Charitable Trust

Father Bills & MainSpring, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Flaherty Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Gill Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ms. Sharon E. Keith Ms. Lucille Laurendeau Lehman Brothers Massachusetts Maternity & Foundling Hospital Mass State Council- Knights of Columbus Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mattione Mr. & Mrs. William F. McCall, Jr. Mrs. JoAnn McGrath Mellon Bank, N.A Mt. Washington Charitable Foundation, Inc. NSTAR Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Richard Andrew O’Brien Rev. William B. O’Connor Old Neighborhood Foods Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. O’Leary, Esq. Partners HealthCare System, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan M. Payson Mr. Francis J. Perry, Jr. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Prokopis Charitable Foundation Putnam Institutional Management Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications Mr. & Mrs. Don Rodman Mr. & Mrs. James A. Rullo Mr. & Mrs. Raymond B. Ruddy Sailors’ Snug Harbor Mr. & Mrs. Paul W. Sandman Shaughnessy Charitable Trust Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Simons Sovereign Bank State Street Bank & Trust Company Suffolk Construction Company The Catholic University of America The Highland Street Foundation 61 | CROSSINGS |




The Linden Foundation The Moses & Minna G. Alpers Charitable Trust The Paula Shea-Gannon Trust The National Christian Foundation The Tudor Foundation, Inc. Thomas H. Lee Management Company, LLC Mr. A. Raymond Tye Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. White United Way of Tri-County, Inc. $5,000 to $9,999 Add Inc. Americo J. Francisco Fund at Cambridge Community Foundation Arbella Charitable Foundation Mr. J. Leo Barry Bostonian Group Insurance Agency, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John F. Brennan, Jr. Cabot Corporation Mr. & Mrs. John J. Carey Mr. Edward G. Casey, C.P.A. Century Bank & Trust Company Charles Schwab Citizens Financial Group Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Clapp, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Frank B. Condon Mr. James P. Connolly, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. John L. Connolly Rev. Msgr. Leonard A. Coppenrath Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Costello Ms. Eileen M. Creaton Cresa Partners Boston, Inc. Deloitte & Touche, LLP Devereaux Charitable Foundation Trust Mr. & Mrs. George Dhionis Mr. & Mrs. John E. Drew Estate of Mary E. Brown Estate of Louise M. Hobbs Estate of Kathleen G. Twomey Mr. & Mrs. Edward G. Fassino Fiserve Solutions Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John C. Fitzgerald CROSSINGS | | 62

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Flannery Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Fuss Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Galehouse Mr. Steven C. Garavaglia Ms. Nancy P. Gillis Global Companies, LLC Greater Lynn Senior Services, Inc. Mr. Jerry Griep Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. Brian Hodgett Mr. & Mrs. G. Michael Hostage Jensen-Sheehan Insurance Agency, Inc. JD Ward, Inc. John Hancock John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. Ms. Elizabeth A. M. Karpati KPMG LLP Mr. & Mrs. Alfred A. Lagan Ms. Elizabeth Lempres Mr. Edward H. Linde Lombard Family Foundation Mr. Richard C. Lord Mr. & Mrs. Peter S. Lynch Mr. & Mrs. John H. MacKinnon Mr. & Mrs. Francis C. Mahoney Massachusetts Port Authority Ms. Teresa McGonagle Mr. Thomas D. McKiernan Meridian Charitable Foundation, Inc. MIC MAC Corporation Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glosky & Popeo, P.C. North Shore Catholic Charity League Mr. David H. O’Brien O’Neill and Associates, LLC Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey R. Porter Pyramis Global Advisors Mr. Gerald M. Ridge, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Patrick E. Roche Rodman Ford Sales, Inc. Mr. Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. Salem Five Cents Savings Bank Savings Bank Life Insurance

Mr. & Mrs. William J. Sheehan Shields Healthcare Group Mr. & Mrs. Alfred A. Slifka Mr. Glenn P. Strehle Ms. Frances Sullivan The Aubert J. Fay Charitable Fund The Gillette Company The Mayo Group The Sarah G. McCarthy Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Charles Tiernan United Way of Greater Plymouth County United Way of Rhode Island Verizon Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Verrochi VPNE Parking Solutions Mr. & Mrs. David Waller W.B. Mason Mr. John White Mr. & Mrs. Adalbert Wnorowski $2,499 to $5,000 Anonymous Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., P.C. Bank of Canton Mr. & Mrs. Richard Blazo Boston College Mr. & Ms. K. Douglas L. Briggs President & Mrs. William M. Bulger Mr. & Mrs. William M. Callahan Mr. Brian T. Carty Casey & Hayes, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. William Clark, III Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Cloutier Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Collins Mr. & Mrs. Frank B. Condon Connell Limited Partnership Ms. Frances A. Connelly Ms. Helen Corcoran Core Real Properties LLC Mrs. Jacqueline Corona Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Crowley Ms. Marguerite T. Cunniff Danvers Motor Company, Inc.

Mr. & Mrs. John A. Detore Mr. Robert J. Devereaux Mr. Craig Dolan James W. Dolan, Inc. Most Reverend John A. Dooher Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Duggan Mr. & Mrs. Chelinde Edouard Estate of Francis Michael Kirwin ETrade Financial Fallon Community Health Plan, Inc. Mr. Joel A. Farrell Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Flannery Mr. & Mrs. Mark J. Freitas Mr. James D. Gallagher Mr. & Mrs. Paul F. Gleason Goodwin Procter, LLP Mr. & Mrs. William F. Green Mr. Thomas H. Hannigan, Jr. Ms. Elinor Harold Mr. & Mrs. Neal J. Harte, C.P.A. Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Harvell Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hennessey Mr. & Mrs. William Hicks Mr. Weston Howland, Jr. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4 Iron Workers District Council of New England Mr. & Mrs. Gerard P. Jarasitis JCalpro Inc. Jesuit Community at Boston College John Hancock Financial Services Mr. E. Thomas Johnson, Jr. Mr. Jeffrey D. Keller Ms. Sheila K. Kelley, Esq Mr. Robert E. Kelliher, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. La Camera Mr. & Mrs. John J. Langan, Jr. League of Catholic Women Loh Family Loomis Sayles & Company, LP Mr. & Mrs. James J. Mahoney, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Mahoney Mr. John P. Manning Mr. Michael A. Manzo

Mrs. Mary Marshall, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Martin, Sr. Mary F. Brady Trust Mr. Kenneth R. Mattson, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Mc Caffrey Mr. & Mrs. Arthur McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. John H. McCarthy Mr. James McCoy Mr. & Mrs. Kevin McGiness Mr. & Mrs. C. Allen Merritt Mr. & Mrs. James F. Mooney, Jr. Mr. Gordon Moran Mr. & Mrs. Troy Murray Neal Rantoul Foundation NESN Mr. Richard W. Newman Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. O’Connor, Jr. Office Environments of New England Mr. John O’Neil Mr. & Mrs. Sean P. O’Neil Mr. & Mrs. Samuel I. Parks Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation Mr. John B. Pirotte Ms. Regina M. Pisa, Esq. Mr. Robert F. Ramrath Mr. William J. Ribaudo Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Ring, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John A. Rosatone St. Joseph the Worker Shrine St. Pius V Parish Mr. Jack Satter Mr. & Mrs. Steve Schaubert Mr. Michael J. Schelzi Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Schirripa Mr. & Mrs. Alan P. Sheng Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan G. Sloane Smith Barney Charitable Trust, Inc Society of Jesus of New England Mr. David J. Solimine, Jr Mr. & Mrs. Edward H. Sonn Mr. & Mrs. Peter Sorgi South Boston Community Development Foundation Mr. John F. Spence, Jr.

State Street Corporation The Beal Companies The John H. MacNair Charitable Fund The Josephine McCormack Revocable Trust The Sheehan Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Linso van der Burg Vitale, Caturano & Company Mrs. Maribeth Wahle Mr. & Mrs. Patrick J. Walker Weber Shandwick Worldwide Mr. Mark S. Whelan & Ms. Catherine Curran Mr. & Mrs. John Worrall Mr. & Mrs. Paul Zine $1,000 to $2,499 Mr. Stephen A. Ahlquist Ms. Lisa Alberghini Alfred F. DeScenza & Sons, Inc. All Metals Industries, Inc. Allegient, LLC Ms. Ann Marie Allen Anonymous Ms. Janet E. Archer Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Archibald, Sr. Mrs. David A. Armistead Automatic Data Processing BAE Systems Employee Community Fund, Inc. Ms. Karen M. Baker Mr. Joseph J. Bakewell Mr. George R. Baldwin Mr. Harry R. Barker, Jr. Mr. Francis L. Barry Miss Mary P. Barry Beacon Telecom, Inc. Mr. Darren Beals & Ms. Kathryn Goodfellow Mr. & Mrs. John F. Begley Mr. & Mrs. Matthew J. Bell Mr. Alan F. Bembenek Ms. Christa M. Beranek Mr. & Mrs. Jacques J. Bergeron Mr. James W. Blake 63 | CROSSINGS |




Mrs. Katherine A. Blount Mr. & Mrs. James D. Blue, II Blue Hill Cemetery #4 Mr. Donald Boecke Boston College – Campus Ministry Boston Culinary Group, Inc Boston Freight Terminals Mr. & Mrs. Roderick J. Boucher Mr. Edward G. Bozzo Mr. & Mrs. James T. Brett Mr. & Mrs. Richard Broderick Mr. Thomas N. Brown Dr. John L. Brusch, M.D. Mr. & Mrs. John S. Buckley Mr. Timothy J. Burke Mr. & Mrs. William L. Burke, III Mr. William M. Byrnes Mr. Lawrence Cahill & Professor Lisa Cahill Ms. Agnes M. Callahan Mrs. A.J. Callahan Mrs. Mary E. Callahan Mr. & Mrs. Stephen D. Callahan Mr. & Mrs. William M. Callahan Mr. James J. Callanan Mr. & Mrs. Alberto B. Calvo Campion & Co. Real Estate Ms. Tracy Campion Mr. & Mrs. Bernard L. Caniff, Jr. Mr. John S. Capone Ms. Ruth Ann M. Carlson Mr. & Mrs. William C. Casey Carol McKean Events Ms. Nancy J. Caruso Mr. John V. Casey, Jr. Mr. Thomas P. Caulfield CB Richard Ellis- NE Partners, LP Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. Mr. George H. Chin Mr. Paul J. Cifrino Mr. & Mrs. Redmond L. Clevenger Cole Hersee Co. Compucredit Corporation Congress Asset Management Company Mr. & Mrs. John B. Conners CROSSINGS | | 64

Mr. Patrick L. Connolly Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Connolly Mr. John S. Cooney Mr. & Mrs. James E. Coppola, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. P. Leo Corcoran Mr. Barry E. Coscia Mr. & Mrs. Paul A. Costello, Jr. Ms. Carole M. Cotter Mr. & Mrs. Alexander A. Courtney Mr. & Mrs. John P. Courtney Mr. William F. Craig Mr. & Mrs. Gerald R. Curtis Mr. & Mrs. Edward H. D’Alelio Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Daley Attorney & Mrs. Paul Patrick Daley Mr. John J. Danello Danversbank Deiulis Brothers Construction Mr. & Mrs. John DeMatteo, II Mr. & Mrs. Henry Dembowski Mr. & Mrs. Thomas DeSimone Ms. Paula M. Devereaux, Esq. & Mr. Richard Arzillo Mr. & Mrs. Armand Devoe Mrs. Catharina M. Dirks Ms. Phyllis DiSalvatore Mr. & Mrs. Joseph L. Doherty Dr. & Mrs. William J. Doherty Mr. & Mrs. Paul F. Dolan Mr. & Mrs. John F. Donohue Mr. & Mrs. Jay C. Donovan Mr. & Mrs. John L. Donovan Mr. John Doody Mr. & Mrs. J. Patrick Dowdall Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Dowling Mr. & Mrs. Kevin F. Driscoll Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Dudley Mrs. June B. Duggan Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Dunn Ms. Linda M. Dunne Ms. Margaret A. Dwyer Mrs. Rosemary S. Dwyer Mr. & Mrs. Richard G. Eder Mr. Garry A. Edgar Mr. & Mrs. C. Herbert Emilson

Enterprise Equipment Co., Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Ercolini Essex County Community Foundation Estate of Joseph F. Daley Estate of David S. Lynch Estate of Mary R. Nelson Estate of Clara B. Quigley Estate of Henry O. Quigley ETrade Financial Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Evans, Esq. Mr. Melvin D. Field Mr. George A. Fischer Dr. & Mrs. John P. Fisher Mrs. Helen R. Fleming Mr. Joseph M. Flynn Mr. & Mrs. John Foley Mr. Jon B. Fox Mr. Anthony A. Franchi Reverend Paul R.E. Francis Mr. & Mrs. Lester Fraser, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James French Friars of the Atonement Ms. Phyllis R. Gantley Mr. & Mrs. Francis J. Gaul Mr. & Mrs. Alan J. Gibeley Mr. & Mrs. Michael C. Gilleran, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Gillespie Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gillespie Mr. Donald D. Gilligan & Ms. Regina L. Maniscalco G. M. Ridge Corporation Mr. Richard R. Gourdeau Grace Community Church Mr. & Mrs. John J. Griffin, Jr., Esq. Ms. Margaret M. Griffin Ms. Carol A. Groden Mr. Richard H. Grueter Mr. & Mrs. John F. Guthrie, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Jonathan D. Hall Reverend Ray & Dr. Gloria Hammond Ms. H. Patricia Hanna Harbor One Mr. & Mrs. John L. Harrington Mr. & Mrs. Kevin B. Harrington Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Harrington

Mr. Francis X. Hartmann Harvard University Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Harvell Haverhill Female Benevolent Society Hawthorne Hotel Mrs. Marian L. Heard Mr. Paul L. Hennessey Mr. Frederick G. Hill Mr. Christian M. Hoffman, Esq. Ms. Jane Hoffman Mr. Mark X. Holden Mr. & Mrs. Mark W. Holland Holy Family Parish Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Hopkins Attorney John D. & Mrs. Linda M. Hughes Mr. Robert B. Hutchison, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Warren D. Hutchison Dr. & Mrs. Vincent Iacono Iron Workers Local #7 Mr. & Mrs. Leif D. Jacobsen Mr. Phillip P. Jameson & Ms. Ann Carter John F. O’Brien & Sons Funeral Home Mr. & Mrs. William J. Jordan Ms. Carol Joseph Mr. John E. Joyce Mr. & Mrs. John P. Joyce J.W. Traverse Insurance Agency Mr. Francis J. Keaney, Jr. Keches & Mallen, P.C. Mr. James J. Keegan Mr. & Mrs. Ferdinand T. Kelley Mr. Edmund F. Kelly Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Kelly, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. George F. Kennard Ms. Jill Ker Conway Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Killian Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Kingston, Esq. Mr. William E. Knight Knights of Columbus Ms. Mary E. Kuconis Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Lapine Mr. Rory P. Laughna Miss Elizabeth B. Leary

Mr. Robert D. Leikind, Esq. & Ms. Ellen A. Jawitz Mrs. M. K. Lewis Ms. Teresa A. Little Mr. & Mrs. James Lovas Mr. & Mrs. William E. Lucey Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ludwig Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Lux Mr. & Mrs. Charles O. Lynch City of Lynn Malcolm F. MacLean, III, Esq Mr. Lawrence E. Maibach Mr. & Mrs. Kevin J. Maloney Attorney & Mrs. Michael P. Marnik Marr Charitable Foundation Mr. Robert L. Marr Mr. & Mrs. Kevin P. Martin Mr. & Mrs. Philip J. Martin Mr. & Mrs. Shawn D. Martin Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Mass State Council - Knights of Columbus Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Mastendino Ms. Catherine Matlon MBTA Employees Credit Union Mr. & Mrs. Harry P. McCabe Ms. Janet D. McCarthy Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. McCauley Mr. & Mrs. John McCluskey Mr. & Ms. John McDonough Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. McGarty Mr. & Mrs. Peter C. McKenzie Mr. & Mrs. Francis M. McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Francis M. McNamara Attorney & Mrs. Paul J. McNamara Mr. Padraig J. McNulty Ms. Ann Martin McSweeney Mr. & Mrs. Joseph S. Meaney, Jr. Mrs. Portia A. Mears Mr. & Mrs. Brian C. Meehan Mr. & Mrs. C. Allen Merritt Mr. & Mrs. Daniel P. Messing Mr. & Mrs. John A. Michalowicz MiddleOak

Mr. Walter Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Jack L. Moore Mr. & Mrs. Robert Moore Mr. & Mrs. Thomas P. Moore Morgan Stanley Mr. Michael J. Mosher MS Boston Seaport LLC Ms. Barbara Mullen-Neem Mr. L. Andrew Mullin Mr. & Mrs. James G. Mumford Mr. & Mrs. James D. Mungovan Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. Murphy, Sr. Mr. Paul H. Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Gerald J. Murray, Jr. Ms. Mary R. Murray My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. Neighborhood Health Plan Ms. Virginia Neviera Newport Creative Communications Ms. Anne B. Nigro Mrs. Warren Nigro NLBI Estates Account Mr. Joseph R. Nolan, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Noonan Mr. & Mrs. James H. Norton John J. Norton, Esq. Mr. John D. Oakes Mrs. Susan M. O’Connell Ms. Mary L. O’Connor Mr. Thomas L. P. O’Donnell, Jr Office of the Regional Vicar Ms. Utibe E. Offiong Mr. & Mrs. David M. O’Keefe Mr. Thomas E. O’Leary Mr. Emerson J. Olson, III Mr. Thomas P. O’Neill, III, Esq. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas O’Reilly Mr. & Mrs. John M. O’Shaughnessy Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Reverend William B. Palardy Paragon Group, Inc. PDBK Charitable Foundation Mr. Louis T. Pechulis, Jr. Mrs. Eileen Perini 65 | CROSSINGS |




Mr. Tom Peterson Pfizer Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Kevin C. Phelan Mr. Timothy Pinch Pioneer Investment Management Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John P. Polcari, Jr. Mr. Joseph B. Pomeroy Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Powell Ms. Anne Pressman Mr. & Mrs. Gerald L. Pucillo Mr. & Mrs. George Pyne, III Mr. & Mrs. Richard Radville Mr. Brian A. Rak Realty Associates Advisors LLC Mr. James F. Reardon Mr. Joseph P. Reardon Reebok International, LTD Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Reed, Jr. Reflex Lighting Group Ms. Vicki A. Regan Reverend Thomas J. Reilly Mr. & Mrs. John J. Remondi Renaissance Charitable Foundation RFW Ltd., Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Riley Ana-Maria Rizzuto, M.D. The Robinson Family Rockland Trust Company Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Rothe Mr. & Mrs. Brian Rull Attorney & Mrs. Joseph F. Ryan Deacon & Mrs. Kenneth N. Ryan St. Ann by the Sea Ms. Ivey St. John St. Joseph Parish St. Maria Goretti Parish St. Mary Parish of the Annunciation St. Michael Parish St. Paul Parish Mr. John H. Sawyer, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Schelzi Dr. Robert E. Scully, M.D. Senior Whole Health LLC Mr. & Mrs. Michael F. Sexton CROSSINGS | | 66

Ms. Laura Shaughnessy Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Shaughnessy Mrs. Gertrude F. Shelley Shetland Properties Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Shields Mrs. Margaret T. Shine Mr. & Mrs. James F. Smith Ms. Teresa Doyle Smith Mr. Nathan R. Soucy Mr. & Mrs. Paul K. Soucy Dr. & Mrs. John Steriti Stonehill College Stop & Shop Mr. & Mrs. Jeremiah Sullivan Mr. John J. Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Joseph E. Sullivan Ms. Kerry H. Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. William F. Sullivan Dr. & Mrs. William H. Sullivan Superior Plumbing, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Stephen J. Sweeney Ms. Maura Sweetnam & Mr. Peter Henstock Ms. Kathleen A. Swienton Mr. Brendan J. Swords TAC Worldwide Companies Teamsters Union 25 Technology Bridge Mr. Brian A. Telfer The Blackthorn Group, LLC The Bulger Committee The Community Bank The Gillette Company The Menino Committee The New York Times Thermal Circuits Thornton Group, LLC Tighe Warehousing and Distribution Inc. Ms. Anne Marie Tippett Mr. Martin R. Tourigney Townsend Oil Co., Inc. Mr. Roger F. Troiani Dr. & Mrs. Leo J. Troy, Jr. Mr. Robert P. Turnan

Unicco United Way of Central Carolinas, Inc. United Way of New England Veritude Ms. Claudia A. Viglione Walsh Brothers, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. John J. Walsh Ms. Patricia R. Walsh WCVB-TV Mr. Kevin D. Weir Mr. James M. Weiss Wellesley Financial Advisors, LLC Wellpoint Foundation WHDH-TV Mr. & Mrs. David Whelan William M. Callahan Real Estate Mr. Timothy F. Wills Mr. & Mrs. Robert N. Witt Ms. Janice K. Zika Terry Zine Mr. Jonathan M. Zorn PRIVATE AND CORPORATE FOUNDATION SUPPORTERS $100,000 or more Children’s Trust Fund P&G Gillette Spaulding for Children United States Conference of Catholic Bishops United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Yawkey Foundation II $50,000 - $99,999 Bank of America The Charles Hayden Foundation The Hyams Foundation, Inc. Old Colony Planning Council Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger United Way of Greater Plymouth County $10,000 - $49,999 Artemas W. Stearns Trust Boston Bar Foundation Boston Bruins Foundation

Black Ministerial Alliance The Clipper Ship Foundation Elizabeth Childs Murphy Trust Frank W. and Carl S. Adams Memorial Fund Gardiner Howland Shaw Foundation Goddard Health Services Foundation Harold Brooks Foundation The Linden Foundation Massachusetts Bar Foundation Massachusetts Maternity and Foundling Hospital Corporation Medtronic Foundation MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation Moses and Minna G. Alpers Charitable Trust

Mt. Washington Bank North Shore United Way North Shore Workforce Investment Board The Red Sox Foundation Sailors’ Snug Harbor of Boston Sisters of Charity of Nazareth StreetSafe Boston The TJX Foundation Tufts Health Plan Foundation $1,000 - $9,999 Blanche M. Walsh Charity Trust Boston After School and Beyond Cambridge Community Foundation Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust Fund

Charles H. Farnsworth Charitable Trust The Charlotte Home Citizens Energy Faith Home, Inc. John H. MacNair Charitable Fund Justice and Peace Foundation Heritage Salem Five Charitable Foundation Massachusetts Extended Care Federation New York Life Foundation Nathaniel & Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation Neal Rantoul Charitable Trust Smith Barney Local Contribution

All gifts received between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008 are included in this report. Every effort has been made to recognize all who have contributed to Catholic Charities during that time. We have honored any donor who requested anonymity and have made every effort to ensure accuracy. We sincerely apologize if your name or organization was inadvertently left off this list or if your name or organization’s name is misspelled. If you see such a mistake, please call the Development Office at 617.451.7952 so we may correct our records. Thank you.

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Tiziana C. Dearing President

Rev. Phillip B. Earley, Esq. General Counsel

Jennifer Mendelsohn Chief Financial Officer

Debbie Rambo

Vice President, Programs

Kenneth P. Binder

Vice President, Development

Daniel Dormer

Director, Real Estate and Facilities

Carol Reilly

Director, Human Resources

Bridget Ryan Snell

Director, Marketing and Public Relations

David Walsh

Chief Information Officer

Barry Veronesi Controller

Judith Whitmarsh

Program and Social Policy


Administration Office 75 Kneeland Street 8th Floor Boston, MA 02111 Phone: (617) 482-5440 Fax: (617) 451-0337

Catholic Charities North 60 Prospect Street Gloucester, MA 01930 Phone: (978) 283-3055

El Centro del Cardenal 76 Union Park St. Boston, MA 02118 Phone: (617) 542-9292 Fax: (617) 542-6912

Family Counseling and Guildance Center 140 Commonwealth Ave., Suite 202 Danvers, MA 01923 Phome: (978) 774-6820 Fax: (978) 777-4242

Refugee and Immigration Services 75 Kneeland St. 8th Floor Boston, MA 02111 Phone: (617) 451-7979 Fax: (617) 629-5768



Catholic Charities North 55 Lynn Shore Drive Lynn, MA 01902 Phone: (781) 593-2312 Fax: (781) 581-3270 Salem

Haitian Multi-Service at the Yawkey Center 185 Columbia Rd. Dorchester, MA 02121 Phone: (617) 506-6600 Fax: (617) 474-1009 Greater Boston at the Yawkey Center 185 Columbia Rd. Dorchester, MA 02121 Phone: (617) 506-6600 Fax: (617) 282-3483 Somerville Greater Boston 270 Washington St. Somerville, MA 02143 Phone: (617) 625-1920 Fax: (617) 629-2246 South Boston Labouré Center 275 West Broadway South Boston, MA 02127 Phone: (617) 268-9670 Fax: (617) 268-3088 Brockton Catholic Charities South 686 North Main St. Brockton, MA 02301 Phone: (508) 587-0815 Fax: (508) 580-0837



Catholic Charities North 280 Washington St. Salem, MA 01970 Phone: (978) 740-6923 Fax: (978) 745-1863 Lawrence Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities 354 Merrimack St., Bldg. 1, Room 305 Lawrence, MA 01840 Phone: (978) 685-5930 Fax: (978) 685-0329

And those are only the “fun-raising” events. Behind the scenes, Ms. Dearing has managed a $40 million agency with more than 120 social services programs and 800-plus employees. She’s been called upon by leaders of the Commonwealth and heads of business to discuss policies and budgets that will keep the poor and working poor in this state above water, ensuring that both basic and complex needs are met with dignity. This is no small task. How does she do it? According to Dearing, the first step is to remember who we’re here for. How did the first 12 months compare to your expectations? How about the first two months? It’s hard to know what to expect coming into a job and an organization with such a rich history. The staff were even more dedicated than I thought they would be, even more passionate about the work, and my expectations had been pretty high. We had an even better story to tell people than I understood before I started, too, and a strong, strong base of donors. In the first two months, I think the breakneck pace surprised me a little bit, and no one can fully appreciate the reward of working for this organization, of serving the clients we serve, without experiencing it first hand. What were your goals for your first year? I wanted to raise our profile in the public and the media, and to increase our prophetic voice on behalf of the people we serve. I also wanted to make progress against a multi-year financial

Lowell Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities 70 Lawrence St. Lowell, MA 001852 Phone: (978) 452-1421 Fax: (978) 454-9968 Milford Milford Basic Needs Emergency Services 126 Main St., Room 6 Milford, MA 01757 Phone: (508) 478-9632 Natick Catholic Charities West 5 Wilson St. Natick, MA 01760 Phone: (508) 647-5638 Fax: (508) 650-0163

photo: George Martell,



objective of ensuring our long-term financial security through improving our debt position and moving us toward both cash and accrual surpluses. We made great strides in all of these areas. What are the most unique issues you’ve found running a social services agency? If you’re doing your job right in this agency, your math really shouldn’t work easily. Our fundamental commitment is to follow the social justice teachings of the Church, and to serve the truly poor and marginalized. That means making sure that whatever else you’re doing, you are serving the people no one else will serve. Those clients are the most expensive because their needs are complex. They require extra love, time, attention and commitment. Funding sources are less readily available for the services you provide them; if funds were plenty, others would be serving them with alacrity. Plus, during difficult financial times, demand, or need for your services, goes up, even as potential resources for the organization can go down. So when you’re performing your mission really well, it should be a struggle, not easy. If it’s easy, you probably aren’t doing enough. You make it a habit to get to a different site at least once a week, meeting with the directors and employees at each—you must have some great stories about first-time visits with staff and clients. Any favorite stories you’d like to share? In the quieter months of spring and summer, I try to spend one day a week at a field site. During the rest of the year, work usually gives me a chance to be on location at one of our programs about once a week. The stories are countless. One of my favorites was at our Greater Boston program in Dorchester last Thanksgiving. A team of kids from St. Peter’s Teen Center came over to help us bag food to go with our massive annual turkey handout. We had supplies for several hundred bags of food, and just sort of turned it over to them. Within 15 minutes, they had organized themselves into an efficient assembly line and were cranking out the food packages. They had the whole thing done in fewer than 90 minutes! It was good, oldfashioned teamwork, and all to help give food to other clients. I’d been in the job about two months, and I was so impressed. What are your second year goals? We have multi-year goals in place now, actually. Over this past summer, we did what’s called a Balanced Scorecard, which helped us lay out our objectives for three to five years and how we’ll measure them. Key to this second year of my tenure are a few things. The first is to figure out how to be there for more people, given the current economic downturn. The second is to continue to strengthen our financial position even as we do that. Third, we want to keep up the public momentum we have started to rebuild. Finally, to help shape economic decisions happening in the Commonwealth that would protect and serve the poor and marginalized. 



Tiziana Dearing, the first woman to lead the agency in its 100+ year history, completed her first year at Catholic Charities in September 2008. In that time, she’s attended 7 galas, 10 meetings with the board of trustees, 4 fashion shows, 6 turkey giveaways, 2 25-mile bike-a-thons, half a dozen radio shows, 15 press conferences, 5 television appearances… you get the picture.


Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. and Affiliates Combined Statement of Changes in Unrestricted Net Assets for the Years Ended June 30, 2008 and 2007 Operating Support and Revenue Support: Contributions and fundraising Contributions from United Way organizations Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston-Contributions including In-kind of $459,054 in 2008 and $503,550 in 2007



5,037,405 1,332,312

13% 3%

5,021,523 1,680,468

13% 4%









Revenue: Individuals fees Commercial Insurance fees Medicaid and Medicare fees Other Grants Contracts from governmental and other agencies Total program service fees, grants and contract revenues:

2,772,025 570,496 2,395,964 43,754 1,873,774 20,834,602 28,490,615

7% 2% 6% 0% 5% 54% 74%

2,592,280 441,962 2,528,952 55,804 1,945,506 20,422,618 27,987,122

7% 1% 7% 0% 5% 53% 73%

Investment income related to spending policy Miscellaneous revenue Net Assets Released from Restrictions - Used for operations Total Unrestricted Support and Revenue:

487,800 1% 131,322 0% 2,554,497 7% 38,613,446 100%

383,845 172,329 2,195,900 38,172,004

1% 1% 6% 100%

18,840,155 12,865,066 1,931,877

49% 33% 5%

19,198,899 12,175,252 1,767,483

50% 32% 5%





5,084,501 1,477,495 6,561,996

13% 4% 17%

5,422,902 1,498,849 6,921,751

14% 4% 18%

40,199,094 104%



Increase (Decrease) from Operations




Other Changes in Unrestricted Net Assets: Gain on disposal of property Contributions for long term purposes Investment earnings used for operations under the spending policy Investment earnings Pension related changes other than net periodic pension cost Net Assets released used for property and equipment

372,305 325,000 (487,800) (348,782) (2,995,000)

Increase (Decrease) in Unrestricted Net Assets:


Total Support:

Expenses: Program Services: Community Social Services Child Care Services Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment Services Total Program Services: Support Services: Management and General Fundraising Total Support Services Total Expenses:



601,244 422,203 (383,845) 1,403,635 1,449,500 1,000,000 2,601,356

2008 Catholic Charities of Boston Annual Report  
2008 Catholic Charities of Boston Annual Report  

2008 Annual Report of the Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston