Success Stories

Journey to independence

Shanaya Mims is what Catholic Charities of Central Florida caseworker Abigail Crocket describes as “a dream client.” Despite the curve balls that life has thrown at Mims, her resilience has been rewarded and things are looking up for the first time in a long while. Mims came to Catholic Charities ...
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Catholic Charities partners with United Way to assist families arriving from Puerto Rico

Six months after Hurricane Maria rocked the island of Puerto Rico, families are still arriving to the U.S. seeking refuge from their weather ravaged homes and an opportunity to begin anew. Several agencies are still supporting the immigrants with the transition. Among them is Catholic Charities of Central Florida, which ...
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New Year, New Life

“Looking back, we had so much hope that 2017 would bring us our baby boy,” said Heather Martinez who with husband Lucio adopted their son, Ignacio, nine months ago. “So much joy, love and life came into our little world – our family. In 2018, we hope our family will ...
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Christmas comes early for homeless family

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic – January 2, 2018 On Dec. 20, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers Fabio Azevedo and Stefan Drach were reunited at Catholic Charities of Central Florida with a family they helped rescue just one month earlier to bring them an early Christmas. It was around ...
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New immigration attorney pays it forward

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic - December 20, 2017 Lizmary López Álvarez, a Puerto Rican evacuee, was recently appointed the new staff attorney at Catholic Charities of Central Florida for Legal Immigration. She welcomes the job in the hopes of paying forward the kindness she received after Hurricanes ...
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Catholic Charities helps Cuban family build new life in US

By Jennifer Powers, Florida Catholic correspondent – November 27, 2017 When Lisandra Bientz and Sadiel Polledo first came to Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) two years ago, their life looked very different. The couple, who arrived as refugees from Cuba with their two daughters ages 11 and 9, had ...
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Four babies find their forever homes

November 15, 2017 November is National Adoption Month! From now until Nov.30, when you make a donation to support our Adoption Services, the Libertore Fund for Children will match it up to $5,000! Be sure to select “Catholic Charities Adoption Services” on the form here: http://www.libfund.org/adoption-match. Since July of this ...
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A long way from home

by Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic Newspaper – October 1, 2017 “Today, we are a united family again,” said Lusinga, who after waiting for two years, was joyfully reunited with his two eldest daughters. Once again, he held them close thanks to Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program. Lusinga spent 15 ...
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Refugee children and families celebrate the start of a new school year

The Khojas, a family of six, arrived in Central Florida in May, escaping a dangerous situation in their homeland of Syria. With the help of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, they have been learning a new culture and a new language, and adjusting to having a stable home once again ...
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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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