Holiday 2020

Thanks to the Scranton Times-Tribune for interviewing caseworker Eileen King as part of a December 2020 article "Giving Provides Us A Little Bit of Hope: Organizations that Help Others Find Charitable Spirit Alive," by Kathleen Bolus. (Online as "Community steps up to help less fortunate this Christmas season." ) Or click here for a .pdf of the story.
We also saw some airtime on WNEP-16 last month when Pajama Drive organizers Bonnie Jo Yoder and her daughters Ellery and A.J., who solicited the assistance of Abington Heights Middle School and its Principal Leonard this year, delivered 400 pairs of pajamas to the Catherine McAuley Center. 

Force of Inspiration!


Let’s hear another round of applause for former Catherine McAuley Center Board member Mary-Pat Ward who received the Margaretta Belin Chamberlain Award from the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy organization in a virtual ceremony in October.

The honor is awarded to women philanthropists who exhibit commitment to community, vision and innovation, tolerance and sensitivity, achievement of goals, and leadership in the empowerment of women and girls.

The award program can still be viewed online: Click HERE.

The Margaretta Belin Chamberlin award presentation begins at the 25-minute mark includes an introduction by Kathleen Graff and Ann MacGregor and the nomination by Catherine McAuley Center executive director Krisa Somers before Mary-Pat’s gracious and heart-warming acceptance. 

The story of her journey from homelessness as a single mother to her current position as deputy director of economic and community development for the City of Scranton also inspired an article in the Scranton Times-Tribune by staff writer Ann Siock titled “Scranton mother rises from homelessness to leadership role” on Oct. 25. 

There, Ward is quoted as saying, “So many women who are in need feel like it’s their choices and decisions that led them there and, ultimately, it’s like a punishment — it’s like what you deserve. And I wanted to change that story, and the Catherine McCauley Center allowed me to do that by letting me share my story.”

Thank you and congratulations Mary-Pat !!!
Leadership Lackawanna, a program of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, selected the Catherine McAuley Center’s proposal to create an Outdoor Learning and Activity Center as its Core Program Project for 2019-2020. The activity center will provide opportunities for our mothers and children to spend time and interact with one another in an environment that is safe and stimulating. This is especially important during the summer months when our children do not have the benefit of structured learning activities provided in school and their families lack the resources to enroll them in camp. Installation of the project was delayed upon COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, but project volunteers and McAuley Center staff came together to finish their plan on Aug. 19, 2020. This video documents that assembly.

The Catherine McAuley Center's Pay-What-You-Can Yard Sale on Saturday, July 11, 2020 was featured on WNEP-TV 16.   


Executive Director Krista Somers and the Catherine McAuley Center were featured in The Scranton Times-Tribune's "In Times of Need" column on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.



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Past Newsletters

October 2020          Halloween Helpers 
September 2020      Thank YOU Volunteers! 
August 2020            Autumn Appreciation 
July 2020                 Midsummer Momentum
June 2020                 NEPA Keeps on Giving 
May 2020                 Carrying On during COVID-19
April 2020                How Do You Shelter in Place When You're Homeless?
March 2020              Coping in Uncertain Times
February 2020          Frozen in February
January 2020            Positive Beginning for 2020
December 2019 v.1   Happy New Year!
December 2019 v.2   We're Merry, Thanks to You!
November 2019        Giving Tuesday 
October 2019            Because of You
September 2019        Going Back to School  in Style 
August 2019              Can You Change a Child's Life? 
July 2019                  Changing the Story of Homelessness 
June 2019                 Summer News