In many of our blogs, we talk about the importance of community and offer advice on finding opportunities to be involved. In this blog, we are going to take a look at some of the specific resources we offer to help people to build a better tomorrow for themselves and others.
First, a history lesson: In the latter half of the 19th century, the Catholic Church began building Catholic hospitals and homes for children and the elderly. Just like our schools, these institutions were open to people of all cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
Today, our charitable actions reach further than they ever have. While the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teachings tell us that it is our duty to work together to build a better tomorrow, we don’t need to be told to help people — we do it because it makes us feel good and it’s the right thing to do! If you have ever helped someone else out of pure kindness, you know exactly what we mean. In the words of ice cream-great Ben Cohen (cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s), "As we help others, we cannot help but help ourselves."
Our charities offer a wide variety of assistance and are available in English, Spanish and multiple other languages, ensuring that we are here for everyone. Our services include:
- Adoption Services
- Behavioral Health Services
- Elderly Services
- Empowering People for Success
- ESL Classes
- Family Support and Strengthening, Fostering Responsibility, Education and Employment Services
- Infant and Toddler Care
- Nursing Academy/Empowering Youth for Success
- Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
- Youth Services
For a list of charities outside of the Archdiocese of Hartford, visit the Helpful Links page.
While we reach out in all kinds of ways to help others in need, the Catholic community at large offers daily support for our members as well. Think of us as one big, extended family — here for you whenever you need some extra support.
The Ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford page is a great place to start when looking for ways that your Church community can assist you. From “Life, Family and Culture” to “Social Concerns,” there is a wealth of links that will help connect you to the people who can best serve your needs.
So as you can see, whether we are reaching outward or in, the Catholic community brings people together in order to build a better tomorrow for us all.
If you participate in or have any Catholic community resources that you’d like to share, let us know about them in the comment section below.