Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has bestowed the “Good Neighbor Award” to UJA-Federation New York in recognition for its long-term friendship and legacy of service to all those in need and its outstanding work over many years as a “good New York neighbor”.
“The UJA-Federation has been an extraordinarily generous and dedicated good neighbor to so many in need in New York,” stated Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. “In addition, UJA-Federation has been a good neighbor to Catholic Charities in collaborating on critically important projects and services to make New York more compassionate and just. We are most appreciative of this partnership in the past and the present. We look forward to our partnership growing in the future.”
In his remarks, John Ruskay, the Federations’s executive vice president and CEO, noted that while so many in our city live with unprecedented affluence and comfort, there is a second New York afflicted by deep poverty, and men, women, and children living at or near subsistence levels. “What makes the work of Catholic Charities and UJA-Federation so important is what they represent, standing together and affirming the sacred obligation to not only take care of each of our local churches and synagogues, our Jewish day schools and parochial schools, our alma maters, and the institutions that touch each one of us and our families, but also to take care of the senior adults in Brooklyn and the Bronx who have little family or community support, the families who need counseling; the children who need food and nurturing.”