adopt a family 2020


Adopt A Family preparations are underway at the Catherine McAuley Center in order bring a little extra joy to families this Christmas season.

This program has a special place in our hearts because not only are we able to help the families currently enrolled in our programs, but also low-income families in the community beyond the reach of our other services. But the number of families we are able to help depends on the number of donor matches we are able to make. An email poll was recently sent to last year’s donors so our caseworkers can get an idea of how many families we will be able to help this year.

Because of COVID-10 challenges and the number of employees at area companies working remotely, we have anticipated a possible a decrease in company participation or the number of families those companies will be able to shop for.

You don’t have to be a company to participate. Many of those who buy gifts for our families are individuals with a little extra Christmas spirit to go round.

If you or anyone you know would like to give to a family in need this year, please sign up at the Adopt A Family donor page on our website before October 10, and a caseworker will be in touch to discuss the details with you.

Our livesteam broadcast featuring caseworkers in Luzerne and Lackwanna counties answering quetstions about this year's program has been archived. Watch it on our Facebook or YouTube page



We are thrilled with the results of our first Facebook Live program broadcast on Sept. 1. Chair of the Board of Directors, Mary Griffin Cummings, whose family generously donates the vacation rental and travel stipend we raffle off each year, came down to the Center to draw the winning ticket. Congratulations to long time donor Mary Reddy! The program can still be viewed on our Facebook or YouTube pages.

After an introduction by executive director Krista Somers, we were joined by Sr. Elizabeth Brandreth who was there to see the founding of the Catherine McAuley Center back in 1984 and told the story as she saw it unfold. The program also features a description of the programs and services offered by the Catherine McAuley Center by Sr. Mary Ellen Brody, Board Member and Sister of Mercy.

We are looking forward to broadcasting more live programs. Give our debut a view and let us know what you’d like to see in the future!


Leadership LackAwanna Core Project Collaboration


Leadership Lackawanna, a program of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, has selected the Catherine McAuley Center’s proposal to create an Outdoor Learning and Activity Center as its Core Program Project for 2019-2020. The activity center will provide opportunities for our mothers and children to spend time and interact with one another in an environment that is safe and stimulating. This is especially important during the summer months when our children do not have the benefit of structured learning activities provided in school and their families lack the resources to enroll them in camp.

The activity center will be designed this spring with set-up and installation to follow this summer with an opening day event to be scheduled at a future date TBD. 


CANCELED : Swing for Mercy Golf Tournament 2020 

The 2020 Swing for Mercy Golf Tournament previously scheduled for Monday, June 22, at the Wyoming Valley Country Club has been canceled in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A fundraising golf tournament began in 1990, the event became an annual event which continues to present day. While the venue has changed over time, Swing for Mercy has been held in June at the Wyoming Valley Country Club for the last fifteen years. In 1996, the Golf Committee started the tradition of recognizing a Woman of the Year, an individual who exemplifies the Mercy spirit of compassion and service through her own commitment to the Sisters of Mercy.

It is the hope of the golf committee, Center staff and the Board of Directors that the tournament will return in 2021.