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August 8, 2011


Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been awarded the Catholic Charities USA /Annie E. Casey Family Strengthening Award. This national award recognizes exemplary and innovative programs in support of families and communities. The award includes a $25,000 prize. The CCUSA Board of Trustees will present the Family Strengthening awards during an Award Breakfast at the Catholic Charities USA Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas on September 21, 2011.

Mr. James Amato, Deputy Secretary of Catholic Social Services, said, "We are proud and grateful to receive this award which reflects the work we do daily to provide help and create hope. Our Family Service Centers exemplify the Archdiocesan commitment to serve those in need."

Catholic Social Services (CSS) highlighted three of its family service centers operating in Philadelphia in its application. The Northeast Family Service Center, the Southwest Family Service Center and Casa Del Carmen are family strengthening programs within the Community-Based Prevention Services Division of CSS.

Programs offered at these Family Service Centers include the Homelessness Prevention Program, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Strengthening Families Program, the Prenatal Education and Support Program, and the Job Training Program among others. This Division also includes a large network of community and parish-based Out of School Time Programs.

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Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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