Good News Stories

Unique Program Helps Veterans in Transition

GLENDA MEEKINS of the Florida Catholic staff CASSELBERRY | U.S. Air Force veteran Roy Parrish lived in the woods and then in his car for over a year. After ending up in acute care at Orlando VA Medical Center in Lake Nona with an infection he was sent to Pathways ...
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Catholic Charities Collection Helps Transform Lives

Support the Annual Collection for Catholic Charities of Central Florida on Oct. 22 & 23 to raise much needed funds to respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable throughout the 9 counties of the Diocese of Orlando. Your donation will help individuals and families in crisis to obtain ...
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Sergio, Sandra and Jeronimo come from Medellin, Colombia and are the first to take part in Rollins Refugee in Residence program. PHOTO COURTESY

Catholic Charities Partners with Rollins to Help Refugees

By GLENDA MEEKINS In light of the global refugee crisis, a group of faculty and staff from Rollins College has been working with Catholic Charities of Central Florida to provide housing for a refugee family. After a year of hard work, assuring that the college could address the needs of ...
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Carmelita Gammons is most grateful for being able to cook in her own home thanks to Catholic Charities and the Rapid Rehousing Program. PHOTO BY GLENDA MEEKINS

Homes for the Homeless

Carmelita and her son, Isaiah, 17 were living on the streets. After her mother’s death in 2014, she moved her family from Chicago to Orlando in hopes of a fresh start and a better life. But as many families have experienced, getting back on her feet was harder than she ...
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Sisters from El Salvador Reunited with Parents after 15 years

By Jennifer Powers Tears of joy streamed down the faces of the Sanchez family as they reunited for the first time in 15 years, at Orlando International Airport June 9th. Roxana and Sara Sanchez, arriving from El Salvador, were 6 and 4 the last time they saw their father, Jeremias ...
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Patriotic Priest: Father Augustine Clark becomes U.S. Citizen

By Jennifer Powers Among the 90 immigrants from 37 different countries receiving their U.S. Citizenship, April 22nd, was pastor of Nativity Parish in Longwood, Father Augustine Clark. After receiving notice that his application was approved, as the only priest of the parish, Father Clark knew he had to keep the ...
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Birthmother Melanie Parham (left) and her two-year old son visit with Joseph and his adoptive parents Leslie and Sophia. Catholic Charities of Central Florida Adoption Services guided the families through an open adoption process, an “answered prayer” that allows opportunities for continued contact after adoption placement. (COURTESY)

Adoption is an “answered prayer” for two local families

CHRISTINE COMMERCE Florida Catholic correspondent Editors Note: Last names have been withheld to protect the privacy of the families. ORLANDO | It was the hardest decision of Melanie’s life. Should she choose to parent her child and raise him without any money or support or should she make an adoption ...
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Single mother finds a forever home for her son

Samantha was pregnant, but felt she wasn’t ready to parent a child. She wanted to find parents who could be there for her son. Catholic Charities helped her create an adoption plan. She was able to select parents who would send her updates and pictures so she could see her ...
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Homeless men find hope in new program at Pathways to Care

A two year grant from Dr. Phillips Charities totaling $99,639.50 is allowing us to expand services at Pathways to Care (PTC) and launch a new program called Step 2. PTC serves homeless men and women, including veterans, who are recovering from illness or injury. The new program is housed in ...
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Homeless veteran finds hope at Pathways to Care

Dennis, a sixty-two-year-old homeless U.S. Marine Corps veteran, had not been feeling well for months and knew he needed to see a doctor. In May, he took himself to a V.A. Medical Clinic where doctors discovered a tumor. “I was diagnosed with stage four cancer and was given four months ...
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