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Seventy-two-year-old Meilin sits at her kitchen table with her laptop, describing to a captive screen audience the special story of how she met her spouse. Meilin is attending “Chat with Tiffany!” – an online, weekly informational and support group at Catholic Charities OMI Senior Center.

Water splashes, levers swing, and giggles erupt as 13 thrilled preschoolers explore a brand-new water maze in their playground at Catholic Charities Treasure Island Child Development Center (TICDC). With the help of his fellow Scouts, seventeen-year-old aspiring Eagle Scout, Mario, spent one weekend building this maze in fulfillment of his Eagle Scout Service Project requirement.

At Catholic Charities, we stand as a pillar of hope for living a life of dignity, happiness, and well-being. Through the power of compassion and commitment, we help our most vulnerable neighbors to learn to exercise their agency.

As part of last weekend's Night Watch immersive art exhibition by artist Shimon Attie, Catholic Charities CEO, Jilma Meneses, participated in a panel discussion among other prominent members of social justice and artist communities.

The Redwoods brimmed with the excitement of 300 alumni, golfers, volunteers, and supporters of Catholic Charities CYO Camp as the program celebrated its 75th-anniversary last weekend.

Just before the pandemic hit, Darren completed his Master’s Degree and started a job as a consultant. COVID swiftly wiped away the work opportunity he so looked forward to and he was left unable to pay his rent.

Jilma L. Meneses, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities, has informed the Board of Directors she will be leaving Catholic Charities to accept a position on Washington State Governor Jay Inlsee’s cabinet.

It may be hard to believe, but summer camp is once again a reality for kids at Catholic Charities CYO Camp and the benefits abound: swimming, canoeing, archery, and fort building, to name a few.

Catholic Charities has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS compassionate care since the 1980s when the AIDS crisis devastated San Francisco and our community.

Maria is one of the many clients being helped at Catholic Charities Homelessness & Housing Services.

One client of Catholic Charities shares how moving into the Casa Buena homes changed their life.

Check out this awesome video from our PLayworks partner about how, together, we promote learning for underserved youth.

And it’s a goal for Catholic Charities, our new partners Bay Cities Futbol Club, and Bay Area youth! Bay Cities Futbol Club (Bay Cities FC) is a unique, community-centered, professional women’s and men’s soccer club that shares Catholic Charities’ vision to engage youth from the Bay Area in profound ways. To kick off our collaboration, Bay Cities FC will hold a game on Sunday, June 27th at Sequoia High School against Project 510 in conjunction with Catholic Charities Center for Immigration & Legal Support Services.

Amazed seventh graders watch water “walk” from one cup to another and become a rainbow on their desks as they make observations and predictions about this engaging osmosis experiment. These enthusiastic and awed youth are part of a Catholic Charities five-week Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) summer camp for 90-100 Half Moon Bay public school rising fifth through seventh graders in partnership with the Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD). A new partnership born out of the pandemic, the camp is a positive outlet for these students after months of sheltering in place...

The site is one of 94 projects funded through Homekey, a statewide program that's created nearly 6,000 new units of housing. While the majority are hotel and motel conversions, they also include tiny homes and former vacation rentals, a college dormitory and single-family houses.

As our world begins to unfurl again, many of us can rejoice in resuming the activities we have kept away from for so long. For the seniors and adults with disabilities who attend Catholic Charities’ Adult Day Programs, the recent re-opening of in-person services was abundant cause for celebration.

The pitcher is at the ready, the batter checks her stance. All eyes are on the ball as it whooshes through the air. Crack! That sweet sound of a home run! We have all been waiting for it since the first inning – no – since the first inning two seasons ago. That was the last time that the Catholic Charities CYO Athletics program was able to hold a baseball season before COVID curtailed games last year...

It is a crisp, spring morning, and 18-year-old Leo sits at his home desk, signing in to his first online class of the day. At the beginning of the school year, this would not have been possible – the communal living residence where he and his father share a room did not have reliable internet service. Thankfully, the Catholic Charities team leading the Catholic Accompaniment Reflective Experience (CARE) funded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stepped in, connecting Leo to a hotspot which enabled him to attend school regularly.

With a $250K dollar-for-dollar challenge match from the Thoresen Foundation, Catholic Charities raised big bucks April 8 in support of the most vulnerable citizens in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.

This event was founded in 1997 by Janet and Clint Reilly, a former Catholic Charities trustee, the first layperson to serve as Loaves & Fishes board president (2002–2006), and founder of Clint Reilly Communications. Funds raised bolster the social service pro­grams (shelter, juvenile justice, economic equity and immigrant assistance) of the Arch­diocese of San Francisco.

Salesforce will reopen its San Francisco headquarters in mid-May, starting with employees who have been vaccinated, the company said Monday.

The tech company, which is the city’s largest private employer, is taking a different approach than other businesses by requiring proof of vaccination for its first volunteers returning to offices. It appears to be the first major Bay Area company to implement that requirement to start. Other companies such as Facebook and Google haven’t required vaccinations as they reopen offices this month.

Two San Mateo County parishes and Catholic Charities of San Francisco partnered together during the fall to pay rent for nearly 50 clients who had fallen behind on payments during the pandemic...

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Catholic Charities has received more than 10,000 rental assistance applications from residents in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. Phone-lines and emails are flooded with requests for help. This dire need locally is reflected nationwide...

More than four of every five households receiving assistance from the city to cover housing costs have been Latino or African American, the groups hit hardest by COVID-19 infections, public records show.

Philanthropic donors have poured $31.4 million into the Give2SF Fund, $6.3 million of which is targeted at helping people cover housing costs, according to the fund’s most recent progress report. To date, 1,443 households have been allocated...

Ellen Hammerle, Catholic Charities Vice President of Client Services, is quoted in this KQED online exploration of California's Project Roomkey and where individuals and families experiencing homelessness will go once the shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels close.

Rob Strahan, Catholic Charities Program Director at of our homelessness and housing programs, joins Michael Krasny and other panelists on KQED's Forum for a discussion about California's Project Roomkey and where individuals and families experiencing homelessness will go once the shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels close.

Catholic Charities OMI Senior Center offers a menu of virtual classes throughout the week including new cooking classes.

Last Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax visited the OMI Community COVID testing site at Catholic Charities Adult Day Services in San Francisco.

Today, Catholic Charities Maureen & Craig Sullivan Youth Services (MCSYS) opens an innovative Community Learning Hub in partnership with the City of San Francisco to address the wide range of learning needs for students who lack home internet access amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since July 2020, Catholic Charities has been operating two shelter-in-place (SIP) hotels in Marin County as a respite for families and aging adults experiencing the perils of homelessness during the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.

In a sign of the growing impacts of COVID-19, 6,800 San Franciscans requested more than $28M to help cover their rents through the City's Give2SF COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund - four times the $7M allocated by the City, indicating massive, concerning need.

Our staff, including Jose Cartahena, of our Homelessness & Supportive Housing Services, have been helping applicants and working with the City to distribute the Give2SF funds. They experience firsthand the challenges our neighbors face, with the Latinx community being hit especially hard.

Catholic Charities supports efforts to prevent the eviction of renters unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 emergency period in order to keep vulnerable families and renters housed. In particular, we favor current legislation AB-1436 to protect renters from evictions while still allowing landlords to collect rent owed.

7,800 qualifying undocumented immigrants in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties received $500 in COVID-19 from the State of California with the assistance of Catholic Charities. It was a massive, moving effort.

Catholic Charities is committed to addressing food insecurity in our community. Learn about the steps we are taking on the frontline to help feed families, individuals, children, and seniors who are experiencing hunger.

Most Holy Rosary Chapel at Catholic Charities St. Vincent's School for Boys resumed outdoor Mass for the community with careful COVID-19 protocols in place. “It’s hard to describe my joy to be at an in-person Mass and to see as much as one can tell with masks on, my friends,” Heide Van Nellen said. “I felt parched, I was parched and this Mass was manna from heaven.”

San Francisco Chronical reporter, Kevin Fagan, spent time with our employees and one of the families residing at the Catholic Charities shelter-in-place hotels for families experiencing homelessness. Read the Velasquez' family's story.

"The stories got very poignant," said Marirose Piciucco, Chief Counsel for Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services. "You were looking into lives that often just leave footprints. It got to a point where you would just have to catch your breath." FOX2 KTVU explores the plight of undocumented immigrants in CA, the impacts of COVID-19 on this invisible community, and Governor Newsom's Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI).

Catholic Charities was one of 12 nonprofit organizations chosen by Governor Newsom to distributed vital aid to thousands of undocumented immigrants struggling to survive the financial hardships of COVID-19.

Jilma L. Meneses, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, recalls Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s entreaties for non-violence as we stand for healing, hope, mercy, and justice in the aftermath of the horrific death of George Floyd.

Recognizing the needs of unhoused residents and as a longtime advocate for viable long-term housing solutions, Catholic Charities is now hosting the largest hotel in San Francisco for families experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 in partnership with the City of San Francisco.

The U.S. Supreme Court may issue a decision as early as April 20, 2020 that could affect the ability of DACA recipients to extend their DACA status. We advise all DACA applicants or recipients to renew their DACA status as soon as possible.

Nos estamos comunicando con usted porque es posible que la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos emita una decisión el próximo 20 de abril de 2020, que podría afectar su habilidad de extender su estatus de DACA. Le recomendamos que lo renueve lo antes posible.

Our work as a lead partner with Silicon Valley Community Foundation is mentioned in this San Francisco Chronicle COVID-19  information guide.

Catholic Charities is highlighted in this Wall Street Journal article as an example of one established, vital nonprofit working hard to remain open and sustainable during the challenges of coronavirus. Our CEO, Jilma Meneses, was interviewed for and is quoted in this article.

Catholic Charities is one of the nonprofits appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle's list of organizations open and continuing to help vulnerable residents of the Bay Area during COVID-19.

We are one of several Catholic Charities included in this article from the National Catholic Register about the continuation of vital services during COVID-19 to the most vulnerable.

Interfaith Refugee Welcome, a Bay Area interfaith group providing financial support for immigrants in transition, will host two concerts in February 2020 to benefit the Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services.

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