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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.

Catholic Charities Peter Claver Community is a residential care facility for formerly homeless individuals living with disabling HIV/AIDS. Art, understanding, care, and a stellar staff help residents heal and grow.

A Christmas Message from our CEO, Jilma Meneses.

Thanksgiving Blessings from Jilma Meneses, Catholic Charities Chief Execute Officer

Free immigration legal services are available now through December 31, 2019. Click here for more information. Call us at 415-972-1238.

In light of today's hearings, Catholic Charities CEO Jilma Meneses has released a statement reinforcing the organization's support of the DACA program.

Jilma Meneses, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, honored with Congresswoman Jackie Speier's Americans by Choice Award.

Proposition A, will allow San Francisco to issue $600 million in bonds for affordable housing. It will create or preserve an estimated 2,800 desperately needed homes in our community. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.

We invite you to enjoy the bounty of fall at the Godmothers of St. Vincent's School for Boys annual Pumpkin Patch at the glorious St. Vincent's campus Wednesdays to Sundays, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, through October 27, 2019.

Catholic Charities is pleased to welcome Cheryl Ewers as the agency’s new Chief Financial Officer.

Catholic Charities unveiled the Eagleson Equestrian Center at St. Vincent’s School for Boys in honor of Kent Eagleson for establishing the Equestrian Center and for 53 years of guiding boys and adolescents toward self-understanding and emotional growth.

Today, we remember Cardinal William Joseph Levada who died peacefully in his sleep last night. He was 83 years of age. Cardinal Levada formerly served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities San Francisco. At the request of Pope Benedict XVI, he was named Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome and was the highest-ranking American in the Roman Curia.

Catholic Charities Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi, an afterschool literacy and academic enrichment program in East Palo Alto, gets a makeover and new tech lab. Learn more about the renovated classroom and new technology lab donated by our generous supporters, the American Council of Teachers, the San Jose Sharks, and Western Digital.

Catholic Charities' Star Community Home moms and children who were formerly homeless to move into permanent supportive housing at a new Mercy Housing facility in San Francisco.

In the 10 years since the last census, San Francisco’s homeless population has grown significantly. The city has partnered with over 30 groups, such as Catholic Charities, to help prepare for the 2020 census.

Urgent Action Request: Please contact California State Senate leadership to encourage support of AB 1548: The California Nonprofit Security Grant Program. This important program will provide much-needed funds for improvements to the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission.

We stand in solidarity with immigrants during these alarming and challenging times and will continue to pray for their safety, advocate for their rights, and treat them with compassion, respect, and dignity. Please share these resources with all who may need them.

Over 100 community supporters played on teams with over 50 unaccompanied minors for our fourth annual Futbol con Corazón soccer tournament benefiting programs supporting unaccompanied and undocumented immigrant children in our community.

The state has allocated funding collected from the “cap and trade” emissions reduction program to Catholic Charities in order to develop much needed affordable housing for middle- and low-income families on Treasure Island.

CEO Jilma Meneses spoke with KPIX CBS SF Bay Area about the planned ICE raids in San Francisco and the importance of knowing your rights and being prepared.

CEO Jilma Meneses spoke with ABC7 News about the planned ICE raids this weekend in San Francisco and the importance of knowing your rights and being prepared.

You have rights regardless of your immigration status. You may be at risk of being deported if you are undocumented, if you are a non-citizen with a criminal history, if you are on parole, or have a prior deportation order. To protect yourself, your family and your community you must know your rights. Act now. Do not wait. Be prepared. Guides developed by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc

It has been 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village. We oppose violence and oppression against all people.

Catholic Charities’ Star Community Home, a women's shelter for moms and their children, was featured on ABC7 News' Building a Better Bay Area. The segment highlighted Star's recent transformation by design startup, Modsy.

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