Unwrapping Fresh Starts

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Gift Matching

Throughout the rest of the year, as we Unwrap Fresh Starts, donations will be matched up to $40,000 thanks in part to the Gismondi Family Foundation and Highmark Wholecare. That means your gift today will go twice as far to help our brothers and sisters in southwestern Pennsylvania feed their families, maintain safe shelter and ensure they have functional utilities.

Making the Possible a Reality

What if our new normal was better than our old normal? At Catholic Charities, the hard times we’ve helped stare down for more than 110 years, tell us that fresh starts are always possible.

Possible, however, does not mean guaranteed. Individuals, families and children in southwestern Pennsylvania continue to fall into more complex patterns of distress and poverty. Things may begin to feel steadier as pandemic restrictions fade, but life isn’t back on track for thousands of our neighbors. 

This past year, record numbers of people came to us to find safe shelter and meet basic needs – the things most of us take for granted: food, functioning utilities, protection from the cold. 

Our plan of action is simple. In partnership with our supporters, we: 

  • Welcome any person in distress regardless of their background or story
  • Prioritize immediate need — especially those at risk of harm
  • Work to reframe every urgent need that comes before us as an invitation to partner with us for long-term stability 

Please donate what you can to help us unwrap fresh starts for our neighbors. In this season celebrating the gift of Christ Jesus, may you personally know fresh blessings of hope.