Success Stories

Free medical and dental clinic provides reassurance for the uninsured

Cynthia Boggs of Mount Dora had very little money for medical care. But the sharp, stabbing tooth pain she endured for weeks left her no choice but to visit a dentist. Years of neglect resulted in rotting teeth, as well as cracked dental crowns from a procedure 14 years earlier ...
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Homeless Man Finds New Home and New Hope with Catholic Charities

“This is the best part right here,” William said as he turned the key in the lock of his first home in almost 11 years. A collaborative effort of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Housing for the Homeless, Brevard Sharing Center, the St. Vincent DePaul Society at Holy Name of ...
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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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Catholic Charities Partners with Rollins to Help Refugees

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 housing, food, clothing, ...
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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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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 child occasionally throughout his lifetime. She ...
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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 a separate living ...
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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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Single mother finds support through food pantry

Janette is a single mother of two who recently lost her job and was struggling to keep up with her bills and put food on the table. She came to Catholic Charities of Central Florida for food assistance where she received a bag of food to feed her family for ...
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Refugee family finds safety in Central Florida

On Wednesday, November 4, Robert and his family stepped through the doorway of their new home on a ranch in Melbourne. The husband and wife and their three children had arrived in Orlando two nights before after leaving Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya where they had been living for ...
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Catholic Charities Partners to Serve Homeless in Ocala

On Thursday, June 25, multiple churches, agencies and community members throughout Ocala gathered to celebrate the opening of Open Arms Village (OAV) located at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, NE 8th Rd. An initiative two years in the making, OAV is an ecumenical effort to bring hope to homeless men ...
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Father Emmanuel Akalue becomes U.S. citizen

June 11 will forever be etched in the mind of Father Emmanuel Akalue. On that day, the native Nigerian joined 83 men and women from 33 counties and swore his allegiance to the United States of America, thus becoming a U.S. citizen. The Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United ...
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Refugees leave fear behind and find hope

On June 17 Pope Francis prayed, “for the many brothers and sisters who seek refuge far from their native lands, who seek a home where they can live without fear: that they might always be respected in their dignity." Just days later, on Saturday, June 20, over 400 guests joined ...
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Refugees Find Hope for Future in Central Florida

Orlando, FL - Naw handed her husband, Lum, a tissue as he shared memories from the years he spent trying to escape the hunger, imprisonment and violence of a war-torn country ...
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Single Mother Finds Support Through Emergency Family Services

Orlando, FL - Marcy is a hard working mother and grandmother whose world came crashing down after becoming a victim of a financial crime. She had no safety net and she began to fall behind on her rent and electricity and was on the verge of homelessness ...
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