The Side of the Catholic Church Many People Don't Know
TRENTON - A Walk of Hope is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5, in Veterans Park, Hamilton, in honor of 100 years of service and more than 6 million people helped by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton.
There is no entry fee for the walk, which will begin at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to register as a team captain or team and to invite friends to sponsor them on their walk - at any amount from $5 to $5,000.
The Walk of Hope will be followed by an afternoon of games and other activities as well as food.
"We hope this community event will raise awareness of our services as well as support so that we can continue well into our second century of alleviating human suffering in central New Jersey," said Nancy Tompkins, development director at Catholic Charities.
Employing a staff of 600 and scores of volunteers all sharing the mission of alleviating human suffering, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, is observing its centennial with events throughout 2013.
For a complete listing of events, visit http://www.cctrenton100.org/.
The centennial website features a video, timeline of milestones in the organization's first century and a calendar of events.
"This is an exciting year for our organization and a time to reflect and give thanks for the more than six million individuals who relied on us for assistance and compassion during the last 100 years," said Executive Director Marlene Laó-Collins. "We hope to inspire others to adopt our mission in any way they can throughout this year and to join us at our community events."
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, a faith-inspired nonprofit agency, works to alleviate human suffering through a variety of services that include behavioral health care, domestic violence prevention and treatment, help with basic needs, housing assistance, job training and supported employment and addiction treatment.
The organization is recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of the most fiscally efficient nonprofits in the country, using less than 10 percent of its revenue for administrative costs.