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Focusing on children with special needs for National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. Catholic Charities is highlighting the need for special adoptions, as we have encountered an increased need for families open to adopting children in medically complex situations. Creating a pathway for families to say “yes” in this way is an authentically pro-life response.

Our Stories

Click through the images below to read more about the lives impacted by Catholic Charities. 


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Seniors Welcome a Shepherd to the Center

On October 4, Bishop Burbidge visited St. Martin de Porres Senior Center in Alexandria. He swapped stories, played games, toured the garden and encouraged participants. St. Martin de Porres participants are diverse: men and women of ages ranging from 60s to 80s.
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Beacon of Hope: Christ House marks 50 years

Through the Men’s Transitional Housing Program at Catholic Charities Christ House, Ronald Redman, 62, learned the importance of structure and daily routines. “I didn’t know I had this much life in me. I never knew I could be doing the things I’m doing,” Redman says.
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Helping a New Mom in Need

Carmen, a single mom who had her first baby in March, fell behind on her rent following her unpaid maternity leave. “Our clients do a lot of financial juggling just to get by. When an unexpected expense comes up, they just can’t make it without help,” said Sherri Longhill, EA program director.
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Loving and Celebrating Our Clients

Although Northern Virginia is among the wealthiest regions of the country, thousands of poor and vulnerable people struggle to survive in our communities. Recently, at two ministries, we celebrated clients, offering them “a little something special.”
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School's Out for the Summer, but for Many Kids Hunger Remains

Throughout our diocese, 203,040 people don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Sister "Annie" Aniliza P. Juan, SNDS, volunteer coordinator at Catholic Charities Christ House food pantry, is seeking volunteers to help provide meal packs to children in need of food. 
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Catholic Charities Loves, Serves Mothers Every Day

Caitlin and Jason: “We were blown away by Catholic Charities' ethical adoption model, and the support they offer adoptive families, birth mothers and babies. "
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April is National Volunteer Month

Five years ago, Kat Renfroe saw in her parish bulletin an opportunity to volunteer with Catholic Charities by tutoring Afghan refugees. Her decision, she said, “literally changed my life.”
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Transmission Accomplished: Emergency Assistance Helps People with Car Repairs

Since establishing their car repair assistance program, thanks to our donors and friends, Catholic Charities has helped 14 families with repair assistance, totaling $57,167 (as of January 31).
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Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in recognition of Poverty Awareness Month

"Each January, we observe Poverty Awareness Month as a way to bring light to those who are in desperate need of fundamental human necessities, often left to suffer in the shadows of society."
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"This saved three lives: my life, my daughter's, and my son's."

As Catholics, we rejoice because of all God has given us. Out of gratitude, we bring the love of Jesus to our neighbors in need. Supporting the annual Catholic Charities Parish Christmas Collection does just that.