Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) has truly been blessed this fall! Our new St. Lucy Project truck is set for safe travels to serve more families throughout the Diocese. Our Hogar Legal Staff has moved to a more accessible, open and professional space that will allow us to continue to grow the number of those we advise. St. Mary School in Old Town, Alexandria walked for the homeless in our Diocese and raised funds for Christ House. Families at St. Margaret of Cortona enjoyed the magic of Disney through the generosity of HomeAid Northern Virginia.

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Bringing More Fresh Food to the Food Insecure

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Fathers Ferguson, Zuberbueler, and Baez bless St. Lucy Project’s new truck.

Good Shepherd, St. Louis, and St. Mary parishes along with Keany Produce and Sheehy Ford donated a new food truck to the St. Lucy Project to deliver produce to pantries serving needy families all throughout the Diocese.

The new truck has already distributed 32,491 lbs of food throughout the Diocese from July to September 2016.

Read more about the blessing in this Catholic Herald Article!

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New Hogar Legal Offices: “Where the ‘unwelcome’ become welcomed.” – Father Cilinski

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Father Cilinski blessing the offices at the new Hogar Legal location at Suite 300, 6301 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, Virginia.

“The new legal office provides easier access for clients (accessible by public transportation); gives us more space to provide better care quality of care; new facilities that promote the dignity of our clients; and the potential to reach more people,” says Art Bennett, President and CEO of CCDA.

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Hogar Legal Staff thanks you for your support!

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St. Mary’s students walk for the homeless to support Christ House!

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St. Mary Catholic School in Old Town, Alexandria walked for the homeless this Fall. The children carried banners and posters to remind those in the local community about the needs of the homeless. The students raised $4,481 for Christ House! We are grateful to all the families who contributed to this worthy cause!

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Children in our St. Margaret of Cortona program enjoy Disney on Ice!kids enjoy disney

This October HomeAid Northern Virginia gave St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional Residences a donation from Feld Entertainment for the Disney on Ice Show!  The performance was called “Follow Your Heart” and was performed at the Eagle Bank Arena on the campus of George Mason University.

One of the families able to attend the performance wrote, “It was AMAZING!!!! We had so much fun!! Thanks so much for helping us get those tickets! Makes me want to take them to Disney every day!”

HomeAid Northern Virginia a nonprofit partner and friend to Catholic Charities St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional Housing. HomeAid worked with the Diocese and Catholic Charities in 2009 to rehab the residential facility and in August 2016, they donated backpacks to St. Margaret’s to help kick off the new school year.

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We continue to thank all who contribute to our programs and give thanks to God for all of the support and love that is shared throughout the Diocese!

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