Caring for the Community

  • By James Catrambone
  • 01 Nov, 2016

South Jersey Biz - Nov 2016

Excerpt from article edited by Michelle Boyles

The Joseph Fund

The Joseph Fund is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit or- ganization dedicated to shepherding re- sources to inspire self-determination, raise as- pirations and lift spirits of all the individuals and families served by six Camden-based or- ganizations that provide educational opportu- nities, permanent housing solutions for lower- income individuals and solutions to end homelessness for those willing to receive a “hand up” of support. The six missions are or- ganizations that grew out of the work of their visionary founder, Father Bob McDermott former pastor of St. Joseph’s Pro Cathedral Parish in East Camden.

The impact: Rakeem Miller recalls his experi- ence at St. Joseph’s in vignettes, from Mrs. Green’s invitation for lunch to watch an NCAA tournament, to production of the school play with Mr. Moore, to volunteering with his class- mates and teachers at a food pantry. He espe- cially remembers Ms. Mohr’s indelible act of compassion toward him and his classmates. In his words, they were comforted, reassured and prepared. Whichever vignette he elicits, the recurring theme of serious care and of deep connection resounds. As a teacher, Miller relies on his St. Joseph’s foundation to create struc- ture for his current career, especially as it per- tains to how to build relationships with his stu- dents, discipline them and teach them life lessons. The deep connection with staff and student and with student and student live on. His experience at St. Joseph’s influences him still and reinforces the importance of family, something, he says, you can’t get anywhere else. Support of The Joseph Fund maintains this rich legacy and makes the impossible, possible for future “young Rakeems.”

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By James Catrambone 05 Jun, 2017
If you want to make a difference, start at home. That’s how The Joseph Fund got its start, thirty years ago, when Msgr. Bob McDermott decided to serve his community in new ways. On this episode of BetterWorldians Radio, we’ll speak with Executive Director Jim Catrambone about the incredible work being done at The Joseph Fund today, from housing, to youth ministry, to working with the homeless.

Listen now -  https://betterworldians.com/Jim-Catrambone-The-Joseph-Fund
By James Catrambone 23 Apr, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.

SJYPA has partnered with The Joseph Fund for the
1st Annual Joseph Fund 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Participants can choose the 5K or the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Youth are welcome and encouraged.

The Joseph Fund 5K begins at the Jack Curtis Stadium (track) in Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ.

WHAT MAKES THIS 5K DIFFERENT THAN OTHER 5Ks: Participants will run alongside dozens of Camden, New Jersey youth who are running their first 5K and who have trained with volunteers leading up to the event. We are thrilled to introduce these children to the world of running and to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles.

Race website -  http://www.sjypa.org/JosephFund5K .
Additional Race info -  https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/PennsaukenTownship/JosephFund5K
By James Catrambone 01 Nov, 2016

Excerpt from article edited by Michelle Boyles

The Joseph Fund

The Joseph Fund is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit or- ganization dedicated to shepherding re- sources to inspire self-determination, raise as- pirations and lift spirits of all the individuals and families served by six Camden-based or- ganizations that provide educational opportu- nities, permanent housing solutions for lower- income individuals and solutions to end homelessness for those willing to receive a “hand up” of support. The six missions are or- ganizations that grew out of the work of their visionary founder, Father Bob McDermott former pastor of St. Joseph’s Pro Cathedral Parish in East Camden.

The impact: Rakeem Miller recalls his experi- ence at St. Joseph’s in vignettes, from Mrs. Green’s invitation for lunch to watch an NCAA tournament, to production of the school play with Mr. Moore, to volunteering with his class- mates and teachers at a food pantry. He espe- cially remembers Ms. Mohr’s indelible act of compassion toward him and his classmates. In his words, they were comforted, reassured and prepared. Whichever vignette he elicits, the recurring theme of serious care and of deep connection resounds. As a teacher, Miller relies on his St. Joseph’s foundation to create struc- ture for his current career, especially as it per- tains to how to build relationships with his stu- dents, discipline them and teach them life lessons. The deep connection with staff and student and with student and student live on. His experience at St. Joseph’s influences him still and reinforces the importance of family, something, he says, you can’t get anywhere else. Support of The Joseph Fund maintains this rich legacy and makes the impossible, possible for future “young Rakeems.”

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