Statement from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge in recognition of Poverty Awareness Month
Each January, we observe Poverty Awareness Month as a way to bring light to those who are in desperate need of fundamental human necessities, often left to suffer in the shadows of society. 

In Virginia alone, more than 10% of our population lives in poverty. These brothers and sisters ─ often joined by their children ─ may even be homeless, living in their cars or on the streets. They are hungry for food, and desperate to keep safe and away from the elements. Through Catholic Charities and the many ministries of our parishes, may we continue to reach out to our vulnerable neighbors. May we help them experience Christ's healing and consolation, especially in their times of struggle and need. Finally, may each of us consider a new way in which we might support a local charity that serves the poor, ensuring them of our care.
Catholic Charities Thrift Store to become
Free Clothing Closet
To better serve its neighbors, Catholic Charities Thrift Store is transitioning to a free Clothing Closet. The Closet will open in mid-February in the location of the former thrift shop, adjacent to Catholic Charities’ Christ House on 125 S. West Street, Old Town, Alexandria.

The thrift store was one of more than 10 thrift shops in the Arlington/Alexandria/Springfield area. However, the small shop had not been open consistently since Covid began. The free clothing closet will serve the needs of vulnerable individuals and families who will make appointments to shop for clothing and shoes. 
Donations of gently used clothing only – no art, furniture, or jewelry – are needed. Volunteers are also needed to staff the closet, which will be open once weekly, as well as to process clothing donations, which will be made by appointment.

To make an appointment to visit the clothing closet or donate clothing, call 703-940-7505. To volunteer email
Excitement is building for the Catholic Charities Ball! A volunteer-led effort and annual winter tradition in the diocese since 1982, this beautiful evening is dedicated to celebrating the work of Catholic Charities and raising the critical funds needed to serve the poor, protect the vulnerable, and welcome the newcomer.

Have you reserved your place yet? We hope that you will join us on Friday, February 10, at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons to rejoice, celebrate, and support our mission.

Young adults, under the age of 35, who are looking for an alternative to attending the full-course dinner at the Ball are invited to consider the evening's Young Adult Reception, an elegant and fun way to participate in the camaraderie of the Ball at a fraction of the cost.

The great work of Catholic Charities is only possible thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers.
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