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Ida Cesana 101st Birthday Party
eNews | March 2020

PACE Participant Celebrates 101 Years  

CCANO’s PACE is proud to honor Ida Cesana, the oldest and only Centenarian enrolled in the PACE GNO program at the Shirley Landry Benson PACE Center at St. Cecilia. Ida started coming to the adult day health center five days a week last fall, receiving transportation from her house to the center and back. PACE provides her medication at home and nursing care in the center with clinic visits on a monthly basis.   

Born in 1918, Ida Bersano Cesana grew up in Torino, Italy. At a young age, Ida took a great interest in dance and eventually became a prima ballerina with a touring ballet company and a ballet dancer for the circus. A big soccer fan, she was the first woman to start a “futbol” team in Torino. During WWII, she married Augusto Cesana, an Italian soldier who became her daughter Elsa’s stepdad. In 1947, the family to Venezuela where Ida opened a restaurant and had her second child, George.

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Read more about Ida's impactful life and the services she receives at PACE. 

Immigration & Refugee Services Lea Robinson Americorps
Making Mental Health a Priority

With the coronavirus pandemic affecting our nation, this can be an overwhelming time for those struggling with mental health issues. Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Counseling Solutions program has tips on how to handle panic and anxiety while navigating this situation.

1. Treat yourself with kindness and respect and avoid self-criticism as you shift into a new routine.

2. Make time to communicate often and honestly with family and friends using tools like FaceTime or Zoom.

3. Seek professional help if needed.

Catholic Charities’ Counseling Solutions program is offering services via phone. Call (985) 785-2113 to make an appointment. Watch full interview here.

Read more about Lea's experience as an Americorps member here.

AHCA Reaches Goal

AHCA Campaign Surpasses Goal

With your help, we surpassed our annual Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal campaign goal of $1.85 million this month! Your dedicated support and generosity ensures that more than 77,000 local men, women, and children receive the care they deserve through our 30+ life-giving programs.

Unlike in-kind donations or grants, gifts to the campaign raise crucial undesignated funds that allow Catholic Charities to respond swiftly, effectively, and compassionately in times of crisis since the campaign’s inception in 1965.

Today, the campaign raises funds for many of the same needs still facing our community: housing, healthcare, education, emergency response, and more. It is because of donors like you that we are able to serve the homeless, hungry, elderly, at-risk youth, pregnant women, formerly incarcerated, and many more. We look forward to continuing to work with you to foster hope for the future of Louisiana.

Learn more about the AHCA. 


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CRS Rice Bowl Walk for the Hungry event
Encounter Lent
Last weekend, parishioners of St. Agnes Le Thi Thanh parish came together under the guidance of Sr. Theresa Nguyen for their annual Walk for the Hungry event to support the CRS Rice Bowl. Learn how you can participate in the CRS Rice Bowl efforts.  

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Volunteer with Immigration & Refugee Services' Family Literacy Initiative  
Immigration and Refugee Services just kicked off their Family Literacy services and need your help! They are looking for individuals who would like to work with children. No education or knowledge of any languages is required other than English. Sign up today!

Mark Your Calendar! 

March 19 - Immigration & Reguee Services Job Fair, 1-4PM at 2505 Maine Ave

March 20 - Volunteer Information Session, 4PM at 1000 Howard Ave

March 26 - Peace Prayer Walk, 5PM at St. John the Baptist 

1000 Howard Ave. Suite 200 New Orleans, LA 70113 | Tel: (504) 523-3755
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