Catholic Charities News
Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, recently shared an op-ed in The Washington Post about her experiences in migrant camps at the US-Mexico border and responding to a recent COVID-19 case at the camp.
In the piece, she shares, "... the pandemic has made it more difficult to care for those who are arriving at the border each day. Since that lone COVID-19 case was identified, Mexico's National Immigration Institute has not allowed the camps to accept any new arrivals. So refugees are being turned away and have no place to go."
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston Appoints New Chair and CEO
Interim President and CEO Kevin MacKenzie to Serve in Permanent Role
On Tuesday, June 23, Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition hosted a Safe Communities Act Virtual Town Hall meeting, and Catholic Charities of Boston's Community Interpreter Services (CIS) team provided a simulataneous interpreter for the Spanish-speaking participants at the virtual event.
The COVID-19 crisis has presented some interesting challenges to staff and residents at CCAB's five shelters. Richard Freitas, director of St. Ambrose Family Shelter, recently shared how his team is continuing daily operations, preparing for what's to come and serving the surrounding community.