Success Stories

Brenda: Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Services

Brenda began dropping by the Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Services office several years ago. She shared her struggles with us and was able to get assistance with health and housing.

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Danny: Elementary Age Youth

Danny learned to focus his energy and control his temper through working outside in the gardens at Vincent House Youth Center. His behavior improved and he successfully passed first grade.

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David: Programs for Teenage Youth

David, a refugee from Liberia, arrived in Syracuse in 2004.He struggled with his temper, but learned to love playing soccer at the Northside CYO Teen Program and made the transition from someone who joins fights to someone who prevents them.

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Father & Baby: Parent Aide Program

A father reconnected with his baby with assistance from the Parent Aide Program. His great love for his child and desire to nurture and provide for him served as the foundation for building new parenting skills over time.

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John: Better Beginnings

John was referred to Better Beginnings after being diagnosed with severe PTSD and bi-polar disorders. His relationship with his family has improved, and he connected with out-patient therapy services after the completion of his time at Better Beginnings.

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John: Catholic Charities Men's Shelter and Services

John, a recovering alcoholic, sought help and shelter at the Catholic Charities Men's Shelter. He later moved into a Catholic Charities apartment with his son and made a serious commitment to attend AA meetings.

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LuLu: Refugee Resettlement Program

Lulu, a refugee who fled the Thai-Burma border with her family in 2005, worked with a Catholic Charities caseworker to find a new home and employment opportunities.

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Maria: Preschool Program

Maria, a cheerful 4-year-old, has worked with teachers as a pre-schooler at Vincent House to improve her communication skills in both English and Spanish.

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Pedro: Latino Outreach Program

Pedro moved to Syracuse from Coamo, Puerto Rico in 1998 at the age of 14. After a period of struggle where he often got into trouble on the street, Pedro connected with Catholic Charities and received support and guidance. He then went back to school.

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Raymond: Elderly Services

Raymond suffered from a life-long chronic disease, as well as a learning disability, and received services through our Representative Payee Program.

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Shayla & Kyra: Lullaby League

Shayla registered her 16-year-old, Kyra, for the Lullaby League course because she had taken the course herself 16 years ago.

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Tan: Refugee Youth and Family Support Project

Tan, a 9-year-old refugee from Burma, attended our summer refugee academy and entered school in September.

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