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February 4, 2010


On Friday, February 5 at 1:30 p.m., Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, on behalf of the staffs of Divine Providence Village, St. Edmond's Home for Children and Don Guanella Village and School, Delaware County, will present a check to Candice Harris, of Catholic Relief Services' U.S. Northeast Regional Office, to benefit the Haiti Relief effort.

The check represents donations from staff members of the Developmental Programs of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is with respect and compassion for the Haitian people that this small effort will assist those so desperately in need. One additional contribution was made by Jamie Manella, a resident of the Cardinal Krol Center at Don Guanella Village, for developmentally disabled young adult men. Mr. Manella insisted that staff members accept his savings of $4.00.

1:30 p.m.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Divine Providence Village (Chapel)
686 Old Marple Road
Springfield, PA 19064

Mark Fitzgerald, Director of the Developmental Programs Division of Catholic Social Services; Sister Mary Veasy, SSJ, Pastoral Associate at Divine Providence Village; Danela Lans, a social worker at Cardinal Krol Center; and Lumene Gresseau, Direct Care Professional at St. Edmond's Home for Children; will represent their respective staffs in the ceremony. Both Lans and Gresseau are relocated from Haiti with ties to the devastated area.

Divine Providence Village provides services for developmentally-disabled adolescent girls and women. Both Divine Providence and the Cardinal Krol Center operate an Adult Training Facility, a Work Activity Center and a community employment program for residents. St. Edmond's Home for Children, Rosemont, is a special place for children with developmental and physical disabilities. Don Guanella School serves adolescent boys with developmental disabilities while the Cardinal Krol Center serves adult men and offers a variety of day services .

For more information about programs and facilities of Catholic Social Services in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia visit

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Kevin Mulligan
Associate Director for Communications

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