Farmworker Caravan in Hollister, California on October 2nd, 2021

PRESS RELEASE – FARMWORKER CARAVAN

For immediate Release, September 29, 2021

Over 500 farmworker families will receive donations of food and household staples in Hollister, CA.  This is a partnership of San Jose Farmworker Caravan and Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey on Saturday, October 2, 2021

WHAT:  Approximately 50-80 cars and trucks will drive as a caravan from San Jose to Hollister on Saturday, October 2nd to deliver thousands of donated food and emergency items to farmworkers affected by the pandemic. Volunteers and staff from Catholic Charities, Sacred Heart Church, Sacred Heart School and Diocese of Monterey will sort donations and distribute to local farmworkers

WHO:  Since April 2020, a grassroots effort based in San Jose known as “Farmworker Caravan”, led by Darlene Tenes, has been organizing donation drives to provide emergency supplies to farmworkers.  Previous caravans have donated supplies to Hollister, South San Jose County, Salinas, and Watsonville.

WHY:  Farmworkers are essential workers and they work during heatwaves, wildfires, and Covid-19 for long hours with little pay to keep food on the tables of everyone across America. While providing needed supplies to families in critical need of help, the caravans are also a way of thanking these essential workers for their important work.

WHERE/WHEN:  Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey, in partnership with the Farmworker Caravan, will distribute the donated goods at the following time/location:

  • DATE: Saturday, October 2
  • TIME:from 10:30am – noon the caravan will drop off goods. Volunteers and staff will sort them  and farmworkers will pick them up from 4:00pm – 5:30pm.
  • PLACE: Sacred Heart Church -- 680 College St., Hollister

NOTE:  Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose will be joining the caravan.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving people in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo counties. Our mission is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for social justice, and to call other people of good will to do the same.  Catholic Charities services include Legal Immigration and U.S. Citizenship services, Wildfire Disaster Relief, Emergency Rent and Utility assistance, CalFresh and Medical enrollment, Nutrition Education, and Laser Tattoo Removal.

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Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey receives a total of $17,041 from the Community Foundation for San Benito County and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (FEMA) to provide emergency rental assistance services in San Benito County

Hollister, California—September 9 2021 — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey announces the
availability of $17,000 for emergency rental assistance to residents of San Benito County impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Catholic Charities is honored to receive $7,041 awarded by the local board of the Emergency Food and
Shelter Program (EFSP), a program from the Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA), and $10,000
from the Community Foundation for San Benito County in partnership with United Way. In addition, Catholic
Charities will be providing financial literacy training to those served by this grant.
Angela Di Novella, Executive Director of Catholic Charites Diocese of Monterey stated, “We are grateful to
receive these generous grants and partner with the local EFSP board, Community Foundation and United Way of
San Benito County to support our neighbors. This funding comes at a critical time when the eviction moratorium is
about to expire and many local families are currently facing homelessness because their income was impacted during
the pandemic. They will now get a chance to recover and regain their stability.” San Benito County residents can
contact Jocelyn Sanchez, Resource Specialist at 831-649-7379 or jsanchez@catholiccharitiesdom.org to schedule a
pre-screening for eligibility.
Catholic Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving people of all backgrounds and beliefs in San Benito,
Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. The emergency rental and utility assistance program has been
one of the agency’s core programs since 1984 with the signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill” Public Law 98-8. This
legislation created a national board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) that consists of
representatives of: the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, the
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and United Way.
The mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey is to provide service to people in need, to
advocate for social justice, and to call other people of good will to do the same. Programs and services include,
Emergency Rent and Utility assistance, Legal Immigration and U.S. Citizenship services, Disaster Relief Services,
CalFresh and Medical enrollment, Nutrition Education, Laser Tattoo Removal, Planned Giving and other Donor
Services.
For more information, or to make a donation to support our services, please visit www.catholiccharitiesdom.org.
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Press contact: Angela Di Novella, Executive Director 831-920 4765 or adinovella@catholiccharitiesdom.org

Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey receives a total of $17,041 from the Community Foundation for San Benito County and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (FEMA) to provide emergency rental assistance services in San Benito County


Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey announces retirement of Ana Ventura Phares and appoints Angela Di Novella as New Executive Director

 Seaside, California— July 1st 2021  Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey announces that after eight years on the Catholic Charities Board and three years as the Executive

Ana Ventura Phares
Ana Ventura Phares

Director, Ana Ventura Phares is retiring at the end of August.  Board President Paul Gutierrez said, “Ms. Ventura Phares lead the agency during a difficult time, collaborating with foundations and new partners to keep families and seniors stable as they struggled with loss of work, illnesses, and fire related losses.  We are thankful for her outstanding service.” Ana shared, “I am thankful to staff, donors, Bishop Daniel and the Board- they all ensure that we carry on the good work of Christ.  For me personally, meeting parents and seniors who shared their hardships taught me much about humility and resiliency. I am forever grateful for the profound experience.”

 

Bishop Daniel Garcia and the Board of Directors are excited to announce that Angela Di Novella will be appointed to the position of Executive Director on September 1st 2021. Bishop Garcia said, “It is with excitement that I welcome Angela Di Novella as our new Executive Director. Angela has faithfully served Catholic Charities, Diocese of Monterey as our Family Support Services Director and Development Director and now we look forward to the gifts and talents that she will bring to the Executive Director position.

Angela Di Novella
Angela Di Novella

Ms. Di Novella was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to the U.S with a suitcase packed of dreams. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and from San Jose State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Angela also completed graduate courses in Strategic Planning and Fundraising from Harvard Extension.  She has worked in the fields of mental health, asset development, restorative justice, food access, public health, and fundraising. Angela has served in leadership positions for 9 years at Catholic Charities. “I’m honored and blessed to serve our community in this new role and I’m looking forward to growing our partnerships with all who support our mission to provide service to people in need, to advocate for social justice, and to call other people of good will to do the same” said Angela.


Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey assists survivors of the 2020 California wildfires to achieve long-term recovery through holistic case management services

The Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) will support residents adversely impacted by the CZU Lighting Complex, Dolan, River, Carmel and Coleman fires throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

Santa Cruz, California— May 19 2021 — California Department of Social Services and Catholic Charities of California has awarded Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey the Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) contract to support local wildfire survivors return to safe, sanitary, and secure housing.

Since August 2020, Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey has distributed nearly $100,000 in wildfire disaster relief aid thanks to the generosity of Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities of California, Santa Cruz Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Monterey County, United Way of Santa Cruz, and donors. Catholic Charities will now support wildfire survivors in their long-term recovery through the Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP). Ana Ventura Phares, Executive Director of Catholic Charities said, “Our staff in Santa Cruz and Seaside are honored to work with the survivors and their families to regain stability after this traumatic disaster.”

This program assists clients by providing: support in developing and achieving individualized recovery plans, advocacy and follow up with FEMA and SBA appeals, coordination of construction resources, and connection to financial assistance and other local programs. Catholic Charities will provide most services in the Santa Cruz Office. Contact our staff by calling (831) 920-4764 or email dcmp@catholiccharitiesdom.org.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, serving people in Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo counties. For more information about or to donate to Catholic Charities, visit www.catholiccharitiesdom.org
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For more information, press only: Ana Ventura Phares, Executive Director 831-920-4760 avphares@catholiccharitiesdom.orgPress Release-Wildfire Disaster Relief Program


Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey welcomes Bishop Daniel E. Garcia as Board Chair and names Martina O’Sullivan as new Board President

Seaside, California – Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey is excited to welcome Bishop Daniel E. Garcia to our Diocese and to Catholic Charities as our Board Chairman. Catholic Charities also named Martina O’Sullivan as Board President. The agency is thrilled to receive Bishop Daniel’s and Martina’s guidance to continue providing a path out of poverty for low income families and individuals in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and San Luis Obispo Counties.

 

Bishop Daniel E. Garcia was installed on Jan 29, 2019 as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Austin, Texas in 1988 and was appointed as the first Auxiliary Bishop to the Diocese of Austin in 2015. Bishop Daniel has served on many boards and councils, including the College of Consultors, Dean of the North Austin Deanery, and Communication Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Catholic Charities serves as the Bishop’s social justice arm for the Diocese of Monterey.   

 

Martina O’Sullivan is a long-standing dedicated member of the Catholic Charities family. She was Executive Director for Catholic Charities from 1997-2005 and is currently a devoted Board member. She currently also serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities USA. In addition, Martina has been serving for the past two years as the co-chair of the Holiday Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank’s and brings a long history of service in health care through different roles at Dignity Health. She has been a strong community leader involved in issues related to social justice, health care, immigration, food security, and domestic violence prevention among many others. At the core of all the work, Martina shows a strong commitment to social justice and to make a positive difference in our community.

 

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, Executive Director Ana Ventura Phares welcomes Bishop Daniel and Martina in their new roles to guide and lead the agency’s mission to serve those in need with dignity and compassion.   Catholic Charities provides the following services: Legal Immigration and Citizenship, Winter Emergency Rent and Utility Assistance, Tattoo Removal, Nutrition Education, and food and health security through CalFresh and MediCal enrollment assistance and outreach.

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Martina and Bishop Press Release


Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey names new Executive Director, Ana Ventura Phares

Seaside, California – Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey has named Ana Ventura Phares, J.D. as  Executive Director of the agency. Ana’s background in human resources, non-profits, law, and civic participation will help to lead the agency in its strategic direction. As Executive Director, Ana will strengthen the programs that help individuals and families become stable. She will also expand community support to increase self-sufficiency. In this role, Ana will oversee 23 staff in the 4 counties of Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and San Luis Obispo.

Ana grew up on the Central Coast and her family worked in the agricultural industry in Salinas. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She worked in Santa Cruz County Government for 20 years, and served on the Watsonville City Council and the Board of Directors for Dignity Health Dominican Hospital Santa Cruz.

“I am excited to work with the dedicated staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and the Bishop to continue our mission to provide help and create hope. I look forward to developing new partnerships in the community and strengthening our relationships to maximize resources to prevent and reduce poverty on the Central Coast. With your help, I am honored to advance the Catholic Charities mission of compassion and social justice. We ask ourselves, who is our neighbor in need and how can we help them?”

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, Chairperson Chris Panetta welcomes Ana to the agency.

Catholic Charities provides the following programs: Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance, Tattoo Removal, Immigration and Citizenship, Nutrition Education, and Cal Fresh and Medi-Cal outreach.

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