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Dr. Liwei Hua on “The 2020 talk – how to discuss drugs with your kids”

Jen Thommen talks with Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Liwei Hua, MD, about what’s changed since we grew up and how you can adjust your approach to the drug conversation with your kids.

Kelly Anderson discusses “What should I do? The best ways to help someone experiencing homelessness”

Dana Boyer talks with Sarah’s House Program Director Kelly Anderson about invisible homelessness, individuals who ask for money, and how you can make a difference to each of them.

Tim Scherer discusses “What you need to know before a loved one moves into senior care”

Tia Briscoe talks with Caritas House Assisted Living Director Tim Scherer about how you can be sure you select the right place for yourself or someone you love as age challenges the ability to live independently.

Ron Means discusses “Trauma of racism”

Natalie Ramirez talks with Catholic Charities Chief Medical Officer Ronald Means, MD, about racism through a lens of trauma – how systemic physical, mental and emotional violence do mental health damage to those who endure it.

Kids on the corner: Why it’s hard – and crucial – for youth to find (the right) jobs roundtable discussion

Laura Talis talks with Kevin Creamer, Kevin Mason, and friends from the Youth Empowered Society about the critical considerations that can help youth find sustainable work.

Kevin Mason discusses “The impact of poverty on the community”

Dana Boyer talks with My Brother’s Keeper Program Director Kevin Mason, LCPC, about the effects individual and familial poverty have on the larger community and why one person’s poverty matters to others.

Assisted Rehab President Rich Rigali discusses “What’s your plan? Living long and well”

Tia Briscoe talks with Assisted Rehab President Rich Rigali about how you can plan to age in place safely and in the best possible health.



The Msgr. Arthur F. Valenzano Joyful Servant Award is in memory of the late rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was a member of our Board of Trustees until his passing in September 2015. The recipient embodies the joyful life and spirit of Msgr. Valenzano and his ability to touch the lives of thousands of Marylanders.

This year’s honoree is Mary Anne O’Donnell.

View her video here>>

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or group that exemplifies or significantly supports compassionate caregiving and service, has personal commitment to our work, cherishes the Divine within those we serve. This year, we are pleased to recognize long-time supporter of Catholic Charities and especially My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, Carolyn Gutermuth.

View her video here>>

The Anne Lindsey Otenasek Youth Service Award goes to a high school or college student or group, in recognition of outstanding volunteer service with Catholic Charities. It is given in memory of Anne Lindsey Otenasek, a passenger lost in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988. The award honors and perpetuates her spirit, which was the hallmark of her volunteer work at Gallagher Services. This year, we honor Vinay Khosla for his exceptional volunteer work with Our Daily Bread Employment Center and St. Vincent’s Villa.

View his video here>>

Our Mission in Action Award goes to individuals who model our Catholic Charities Commitments in their encounters with others.
They consistently…

…honor and respect the DIGNITY of every person

…encounter each person with COMPASSION

…act with HUMILITY

…reach out to others in a spirit of COLLABORATION

…serve with EXCELLENCE

…act with INTEGRITY

We are grateful for the way that each of our Mission in Action award winners lives out our mission to love, serve, and teach! 

  • Edwina BellSt. Elizabeth’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Director of Nursing

The resilience of Edwina and her servant leadership in strengthening the nursing team at St. Elizabeth’s to simply do the right thing in a very difficult environment, reflects our mission in action every day.

Ms. Joyce goes beyond her job duties and helps the children learn life skills and takes the time to make each of them feel special.

  • Michika Karim, Sarah’s House Child Care Center: School-age Lead Teacher

Michika is a teacher the children trust to genuinely love, serve, and teach them. She takes time to tailor learning experiences to fit each child no matter their skill level.

  • Johanna Miller, Villa Maria Community Resources: Clinical Supervisor

Anyone who has taken a training taught by Johanna knows her infectious energy inspires and creates welcoming spaces where the dignity of each person is honored.

The compassion and dignity with which she treats both her clients and colleagues is the difference-maker in her success in motivating clients to believe that change is possible.


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Stories of Service

Extending one family’s legacy at the Esperanza Center

Lydia Dibos remembers going to the Esperanza Center – then known as the Hispanic Apostolate – on occasional Saturday mornings as a teenager. Her mother, a pediatrician, had organized weekly clinics to serve children with no other access to health care.

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One more sign of promise in Cherry Hill – the community’s first bank opens

Over the next several years, JP Morgan Chase plans to open 20 branches and 40 ATMs as part of a broad expansion across Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. But none may carry as much promise as the branch that opened its doors in mid-September in Baltimore’s Cherry Hill Town Center.

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Support for those helping to slow the pandemic

As Baltimore City hires a corps of more than 300 people to help track and limit the spread of COVID-19 locally, those workers will receive some extra support from a Catholic Charities program.

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A bond like few could find

When COVID-19 forced Gallagher Services’ residential sites into quarantine, Hugh Downey was spending his working days in the home of four men supported through the program. The group quickly became like a family.

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The vital importance of unrestricted giving

Catholic Charities hosted its first Leadership Breakfast 40 years ago. A simple meal prepared and served by our staff, it lasted only one hour and raised $50,000. Today, the Leadership Breakfast Campaign has grown into the largest source of unrestricted support for the agency’s mission and work, fueling more than 80 programs that serve people of all faiths throughout Maryland.

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Thankful for thoughtfulness

When Landsdowne Worship Center offered a bit of love to Caritas House earlier this month, the congregants thought of everything: gift bags for residents, homecooked meals for every shift of employees, and a distribution process that accounted for COVID-19 safety protocols.

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What connects the tragic killings of George Floyd and Freddie Gray

William J. McCarthy Jr.
Executive Director

This piece originally appeared in Charities USA Magazine.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer who knelt on his neck for a continuous eight minutes and forty-six seconds while arresting him for the alleged use of a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. There are no words to express the mixture of outrage and sorrow that this footage elicits. What I feel today, in the months that now separate us from George Floyd’s murder, I can only describe as an aching weariness of the soul. It is an exhaustion at the shameless evil of a system that, since its inception, has been built upon preserving the privilege of a select few through the exclusion, oppression, and murder of people of color.

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