The work of the Charity and Development Appeal is love in action. It provides a unique opportunity to partner with and support the work of more than 70 organizations, programs and ministries of our Diocese. It is because of our love for God that we are able to respond in a transformative way. Together we do more, beyond what any one person or parish can accomplish along. Through your gift to the CDA, you become the hands and feet to change the lives of many in our community.
Dulce Suarez walked through the doors of Aid to Women Center in Tempe for prenatal vitamins and received a lifeline of support. In the three years since she first met the staff, Suarez has delivered two healthy babies and gained valuable knowledge. The wife and mother said she credits Aid to Women Center not only for pre-and postnatal care, but parenting classes that she still attends. The center offers standard courses in baby development and care, but they also train mothers in first aid, emergencies or finances. The classes are part of a rewards program where mothers earn outfits and other needed accessories for their babies. Suarez is all smiles in a recent Charity and Development Appeal video; the baby she was carrying is now 4 months old. Read more of Dulce’s story and the impact of the CDA on new mothers and their babies.
When it was suggested to Darren Handy that he take formation classes through Kino, he needed to consider the cost. For anyone working or volunteering in parish ministry, the cost doesn’t always imply money. “There’s a lot of fear and trepidation about what the costs would be, and not just financially,” Handy said, adding, “Where much is given, much is required.” Handy was coordinating the men’s ministry at St. Timothy Church in Mesa when his pastor, Fr. Charlie Goraieb, told him about the adult formation and parish leadership certification through Kino. The two-year program includes studies in the sacraments and liturgy, Theology of the Body and the Bible. Read more of Darren’s story and the impact of the CDA on faith formation for adults and children in our community.
Like most people who experience and recover from homelessness, Donald Brizedine is focused on the future. His engaging smile captured on the Charity and Development Appeal video expresses joy from receiving gainful employment with the help of St. Joseph the Worker. The nonprofit, which last year received $15,000 in CDA-funding, provides job services and employment resources to homeless, low-income and other disadvantaged clients. Read more of Donald’s story and the impact of the CDA on homelessness in our community.
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