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Catholic Charities of Raleigh Receives National Award

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The 2009 Arnold Andrews Award for Excellence was presented to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh for its leadership role in the Faith Community Support Circle Program (FCSCP), which assists the homeless in Raleigh and Wake County.

The award was presented by Ministering Together, a national organization that encourages dioceses, parishes and ministries of the Catholic Church to partner in providing health, education, pastoral and social services. (See original story).

Mr. Rick Miller-Haraway, Catholic Charities Regional Director in Raleigh, and Roberta Macauley, Director of FCSCP, received the award on behalf of the program’s member churches and city and county government, at a ceremony in Portland, Oregon, September 25. The award was presented by Bishop Emeritus Joseph Sullivan of the Diocese of Brooklyn, a member of the Board of Directors of Ministering Together and Past President of Catholic Charities USA.

“We are pleased to honor Faith Community Support Circle for its outstanding example of working together to empower the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters,” Ministering Together Executive Director Len Calabrese said. “The relationship developed among the partnering denominations and local government in this program is a benefit to the entire community as well as to the people it serves.”

Calabrese says the program is so well received that Ministering Together and Catholic Charities USA are sponsoring a webinar on October 13 to provide local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide with information on how to begin Support Circle Programs in their communities. The webinar will be conducted by Mr. Miller-Haraway and Ms. Macauley.

Above: Bishop Emeritus Joseph Sullivan of Brooklyn, Rick Miller-Haraway, Roberta Macauley and Catholic Charities USA Board of Directors Vice Chair John Young at presentation of Arnold Andrews Award for Excellence in Portland, Oregon.