Allegany Franciscan Ministries – Allegany Franciscan Ministries is a non-profit Catholic organization rooted in the tradition and vision of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, a community of vowed women religious. Since awarding its first grant in 1998, Allegany Franciscan Ministries has invested nearly $87.5 million to nearly 1,500 organizations serving those most in need in these communities. The organization’s Common Good Initiative, a long-term, community-driven, place-based effort mobilizing communities toward better health and wellness, was launched in 2014. It is in conjunction with this initiative in Wimauma, Florida, that we honor Allegany Franciscan Ministries today. Led by Eileen Coogan, President & CEO, Allegany Franciscan Ministries has partnered with Catholic Charities many times and most recently funded our Free and Charitable Medical Clinics programs – giving $150,000 over two years. With this support, we can provide much-needed medical care to people of Hillsborough County who would not otherwise have access to health care. To learn more, visit afmfl.org .
Callee Condon – Callee’s “Bikes for Buddies’ started in 2011 to help kids living in homeless shelters get a bike for Christmas. The 13-year-old gives away freshly squeezed lemonade (her secret recipe) and with the donations purchases new and used bikes and helmets for children who wouldn’t otherwise have them. Callee feels all children should have a bike of their own, and has donated nearly 100 new bikes, 60 new helmets, and over 60 used bikes to the children of Catholic Charities’ San Jose Mission and Pinellas Village. She was recognized as a 2016 BayNews 9 Hero of the Year. To learn more, visit calleesbikesforbuddies.com or follow her on Facebook, @bikes4buddees.
Patricia Safuto – After Patricia retired, she wanted to volunteer and immediately thought of Catholic Charities. That was five years ago. Pat runs the front desk and answers phones at our Henando Outreach Center in Spring Hill, which houses the Respite Program (for those suffering from Alzheimer’s), a Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center, and counselors who assist homeless or near-homeless individuals and families with temporary housing, as well as disaster assistance. Many of our clients come to us in a fragile emotional state, and Pat’s incredible compassion and understanding sets her, and us, apart. She really listens to our clients and does her best to help them, and that approach is soothing and uplifting to those in need.