Refugees in search of safe place to call home

ORLANDO | Representatives of 20 countries gathered to share their food, music, culture and friendship as Catholic Charities of Central Florida transformed Summit Church in Orlando into a local United Nations June 22. Colorful flags decorated the room where children...

Hidden in plain sight: modern day slaves

On July 30, we honor World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Statistics vary, but an estimated 24.9 – 40 million slaves exist around the world. This form of modern-day slavery exists because of greed, the demand for sex, pornography, and because we want cheaper...

How can we address child exploitation locally and globally?

It is a problem that can be heard around the world — workers receive very little pay in part because wholesalers and retailers reap most of the profits, and children are forced to go to work with little or no pay to help support their families. In some cases,...

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: May 31- June 6

Stock up on disaster prep supplies during Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 31 – June 6! During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does...

Disaster relief continues

ORLANDO | As the new hurricane season begins June 1, did you know Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) is still helping local families recover from storms two years ago? The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active on record. Hurricane Irma hit...

Seniors celebrate Mother’s Day

Laughter and tears punctuated moving moments during the Mother’s Day Tea held at Resurrection Parish in Lakeland on May 9. Fifty-five women from several of Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s 13 mobile senior sites were honored on their special day in the parish...

A ‘fierce advocate’ retires after three decades of service

ORLANDO | When she was eight years old, Deborah Stafford Shearer become the sole caretaker of her mother, after an accident left her with no use of her limbs and wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life. In and out of welfare offices, applying for disability benefits...

Spotting child trafficking when it comes to your door

As the summer approaches, and the question looms “what am I going to do with my kids,” be aware that traffickers always look for opportunities to take advantage of our youth. Those who are most vulnerable are usually those who are from low-income communities who may...

Celebrating growth in Polk County

LAKELAND | On May 4th, Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) held its annual Kentucky Derby Day Party to raise much needed funds that support Polk County Ministries. The event took place at Rocking H. Ranch in Lakeland, and featured themed appetizers, a buffet...

Helping Others Suffering Through Storms

Message From Bishop Noonan My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,The Lord is our refuge! We praise God that the predicted deadly destruction of Hurricane Dorian spared us. We also know that this season of storms is just begun. We are called to assist our brothers and...