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  • The Legacy of Compassion at Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence with Pat Colucci

    16 MAY 2024 · In this episode, we speak with Pat Colucci, the Administrator of the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence, part of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Pat provides an insightful look into the history and ongoing mission of providing compassionate care to the most vulnerable members of society. Key Takeaways: - Historical Roots and Mission: The Houses of Providence trace their origins to the Sisters of St. Joseph, who opened the doors in 1857 to provide shelter and care for society's most vulnerable, including children, women, and men in need of food and shelter. - Adaptation to Changing Needs: Over the years, the organization has adapted to evolving community needs, shifting focus to caring primarily for elderly residents with complex medical and cognitive requirements. - Technology and Innovations: The Houses of Providence have embraced technology to enhance resident care, such as utilizing iPads for virtual family visits during the pandemic, while continually seeking innovative ways to integrate technology into care practices. -  Intergenerational Programs: Strong intergenerational programs connect residents with younger generations through volunteer opportunities and school partnerships, enriching the lives of both residents and the youth involved.Join us to hear how the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence continue to honor their legacy while innovating to meet modern challenges.
    23m 1s
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare: A Century of Compassionate Community Care with Madonna Gallo

    2 MAY 2024 · In this episode we speak with Madonna Gallo, the Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Madonna highlights St. Elizabeth's historical roots and its ongoing mission to foster social change through healthcare services. Key Takeaways -  Origin and Mission of St. Elizabeth Healthcare St. Elizabeth Healthcare, inspired by the charitable legacy of Elizabeth of Hungary, was founded in 1908 to provide essential nursing services free of charge to the poor and continues to operate on principles of social justice and community service. - Commitment to Indigenous Health The SE First Nations Inuit Health Program underscores a significant stride towards equitable healthcare services, emphasizing cultural respect and accessibility in indigenous communities across Canada. - Commitment to Innovation in Healthcare St. Elizabeth has been a pioneer in community-based care, introducing groundbreaking services like home chemotherapy and digital wound care assessments, striving for continuous improvement in healthcare delivery. - Expansion and Future Directions With recent expansions into residential care homes and innovative housing-health solutions, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is poised to address evolving healthcare needs while maintaining its foundational commitment to underserved populations.
    23m 20s
  • Leading the Compassionate Work of Catholic Family Services in Toronto with Brenda Spitzer

    18 APR 2024 · In this episode we speak with Brenda Spitzer, Executive Director of Catholic Brenda shares the rich history and impactful work of the organization, which has been serving the community for over a century. 🔍 Three key takeaways from our conversation: - Rooted in Compassion: The agency's rich history is deeply rooted in the Catholic principles of inclusion and meeting people without judgment, offering hope and support to the most excluded and marginalized individuals. - Evolving Programs and Collaborations: Over the years, Catholic Family Services of Toronto has evolved to address new needs, collaborating with other agencies such as Catholic Children's Aid and other community organizations. - Innovation and Professionalization: Embracing technology and data to improve outcomes, the agency has shown resilience and adaptability, particularly evident during the challenges of the pandemic. Find out more about Catholic Family Services of Toronto by visiting their website:
    24m 50s
  • Catholic Charities in a Changing World with Michael Fullan

    5 APR 2024 · In part three of our conversation with former CCAT Executive Director, Michael Fullan, we discuss the challenges and evolution of charity work over the years, the power of collaboration among member agencies, calls for systemic change, and innovative approaches in the work of CCAT.. Our discussion also delves into the societal shifts within the Archdiocese of Toronto, the ongoing call to faith and social justice across the entire organization.
    24m 47s
  • The Formative Years of Catholic Charities with Michael Fullan

    22 MAR 2024 · In this episode, we continue our  conversation with Michael Fullan, about the development of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto and its member agencies. We discuss the emergence of new social challenges in Toronto in the early 20th century, and how Catholic charities addressed these challenges by providing settlement services and support for vulnerable populations, such as single immigrant women.  We also explore the role of Catholic parishes in supporting charitable work  The episode sheds light on how the organizations within CCAT developed, the challenges they faced, and the unifying philosophy of the organization. 
    26m 31s
  • Exploring the History and Legacy of Catholic Charities with Michael Fullan

    8 MAR 2024 · Join former CCAT executive director, Michael Fullan, as he takes us on a journey into the early days of Catholic Charities in the Archdioceses of Toronto. With a nod to history and a focus on the present, Fullan shares stories of compassion, community, and hope. Explore the origins of CCAT, the role of parishes, and the vision of serving the poor as a privileged source of God's presence and salvation. For more insights into the work of CCAT, visit
    23m 10s
  • EP 0 - At the Heart of Social Justice and Service — Our Journey Begins

    12 FEB 2024 · Join us as we begin a journey that a powerful vision for social justice and service, as expressed in the work of CCAT and it's member agenices. This inaugural episode sets the stage for future discussions on the pressing concerns and transformative practices aimed at promoting human dignity and creating a just society throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto and beyond. Welcome to this journey of learning and sharing Insights and Encounters. Visit the CCAT
    2m 35s

A podcast featuring the voices and stories of member agencies that form CCAT—Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. In this series of podcasts you will hear their origin stories,...

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A podcast featuring the voices and stories of member agencies that form CCAT—Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. In this series of podcasts you will hear their origin stories, the challenges and opportunities that have inspired their growth and how each agency is looking into the future.

For more information about CCAT, visit their website.
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