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Catholic Charities celebrated the many years of service given by dedicated employees throughout the Diocese of Syracuse during their Annual Corporate Board Luncheon held Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Bishop Curley Building in Syracuse.

(from left) Kelly Williams - Oneida/Madison County (25 years), Karen Cummings - Oneida/Madison County (20 years), James Hernandez - Broome County (20 years), Cindy Quackenbush- Broome County (25 years), Louis Cafarchio - Onondaga County (25 years), Nancy Vona - Onondaga County (20 years),  Brenda Webb - Oneida/Madison County (20 years), Carol Schaffer - Onondaga County (40 years), Ildiko Mitchell - Broome County (30 years), Kathleen Pfaffenbach -Broome County (25 years), Melinda Mandeville - Chenango County (20 years), Kathleen Ford -Broome County (30 years), and Mary Osada - Diocese of Syracuse (40 years) (not shown) Paula Eklor-Scott - Broome County, Alice Kirk - Broome County, Ann Marie Phelps - Cortland County, Beverly Brazie - Oneida/Madison County, and Mark Pawlikowski - Oneida/Madison County recognized for 20 years of service; and Sharon Curtis - Onondaga County, William Cavuto - Onondaga County for 25 years of service.

Congratulations to all our dedicated employees and thank you for your time, talents and contributions towards Catholic Charities’ mission of “creating hope, transforming lives.”

Catholic Charities Provides Assistance to Homeless Veterans and Their Families

With the number of people coming home from service and the economical, physical and emotional issues that surround their return, finding a home can be an obstacle. Catholic Charities Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program funded through a Veterans Administration grant is dealing with it, addressing it and giving it the attention this problem needs.

Once they leave the military, many discharged veterans have trouble finding employment and budgeting money without the military structure to which they have become accustomed. Needing specific job skill training, a physical disability or experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, are among some of the challenges some face making it very difficult for them to find and keep a job. If that happens, they can end up unable to pay their rent and can find themselves facing homelessness.

By the end of September 2013, the Catholic Charities SSVF program is expected to have assisted over 100 veteran families. An additional grant is expected to help Catholic Charities provide housing assistance to over 200 veteran families.

For more information, visit www.ccoc.us