Catholic Charities Receives Backpack Donation from St. Stephen’s Parish In Partnership with Warwick Organization Dignity Works Here

GOSHEN, NY – Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster was the grateful recipient of new backpacks stuffed full of school supplies thanks to a partnership between the parishioners of St. Stephen’s Church, Warwick, and Dignity Works Here, a non-profit organization based in Warwick.

Parishioners of St. Stephen’s Church donated funds to Dignity Works Here for their Operation Backpack program. Participants of Dignity Works Here shopped for school supplies, assembled the backpacks, and delivered them to Catholic Charities for distribution to those in need.

“We are grateful to the participants of Dignity Works Here and the members of St. Stephen’s parish for working together, to provide school supplies for students who might otherwise go without. This generous initiative has a far-reaching positive ripple effect,” said Kristin Jensen, Chief Advancement Officer, Catholic Charities.

Dignity Works Here was established in March 2018 to empower independence and enrich communities by partnering with companies and organizations to provide vocational opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Catholic Charities is hosting a Back-to-School supply drive in order to provide students and families in need with the supplies they need to be successful in school. Donations of new backpacks and school supplies for all ages may be dropped off at Catholic Charities office locations in Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. For more information about the Back-to-School supply drive, contact Kristin Jensen at 845.294.5124, x303 or

Catholic Charities received a donation of backpacks that were provided through a partnership between St. Stephen’s Parish, Warwick, and the organization Dignity Works Here as part of their Operation Backpack Program. Sheila Toohey (left) of Catholic Charities accepted the donation from Dignity Works Here representatives Joe Testa, Lisa Currao, Brendan Currao, and Beth Golden.