Justice for ALL recognizes awardees for leadership, parish/community ministry, social ministry and justice

The seventh annual Catholic Charities’ Justice for ALL awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that have served the cause of justice and the common good in South Jersey, will be presented Thursday, April 29 at the Adelphia Grand Ballroom in Deptford.

Awards will be given for leadership, parish/community ministry, social ministry and social justice. The 2010 awardees are:

· Robert T. Healey, of Mt. Holly, receiving the Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio Award for Leadership

· Sister Helen Owens, of Collingswood, receiving the Monsignors Michael Doyle and Robert McDermott Award for Parish and Community Ministry

· Alyce Parker, of Elmer, receiving the Sister Grace Nolan Award for Social Ministry

· Catholic Charities USA receiving the Peter J. O’Connor Award for Social Justice

More than 500 people are expected to attend this year’s event, the proceeds of which will benefit six family service centers in South Jersey. Last year, the Justice for ALL Awards Dinner raised more than $126,000 which allowed the agency to provide direct client services to more than 1,800 families and individuals. This money was used to avert crises, to prevent eviction, utility disconnection, and to provide food and prescription needs and create stabilization within families.

Catholic Charities is a faith-based agency whose offices, located in all six South Jersey counties, offer assistance to the poor, oppressed and vulnerable, without regard to race, religion or financial ability. Services include: case management and emergency financial assistance to needy individuals and families; behavioral health counseling and treatment; school-based counseling and family support; disaster relief; training for unemployed individuals to enter for the workforce and entrepreneurial ventures; warehouse and thrift shops for low-income families; pregnancy and adoption services; refugee resettlement, and counseling and other support to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Also, comprehensive prenatal and gynecological healthcare; medical practice management for services to uninsured and underinsured patients; spiritual intervention and comfort to patients, families and medical staff at hospitals in the six-county Camden Diocese, and ministry to incarcerated men and women and their families, as well as training for clergy and lay prison ministry volunteers.

For more information, contact Giovina Price at (856)583-6126 or visit http://www.catholicharitiescamden.org.