Catholic Charities Honors Duquesne With Caritas Award for Service
Duquesne University has been recognized by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh with the Caritas Award for Service. President Charles J. Dougherty accepted the award from Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik on May 10, at the 31st Annual Bishop's Dinner for Catholic Charities.
The Caritas award, named for the Latin word for charity, is presented to those who answer the call to give of themselves in service of others, according to Catholic Charities.
"Catholic Charities and Duquesne University share a faith tradition and a commitment to service," said Bethany Shaw, development manager for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. "We're honored to present the Caritas Award for Service in grateful appreciation to faculty, students and alumni for their longstanding support of our outreach and their significant impact in the lives of Pittsburghers and those beyond."
The primary social service agency in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Catholic Charities serves all regardless of religious affiliation in their time of greatest need, with programs that include adoption, counseling, health care for the uninsured, housing and homeless assistance, senior services and more.
Through an academic partnership, student pharmacists from Duquesne's Mylan School of Pharmacy gain valuable clinical experience at Catholic Charities' Free Health Care Center, which provides free medical and dental care to people who don't have employer-sponsored health insurance, can't afford private insurance or don't qualify for Medicaid or other types of assistance. The collaboration earned the 2010 Pride in Pittsburgh Award from the Allegheny County Medical Society. The School of Nursing and the Department of Physical Therapy also have affiliations with the Free Health Care Center.
As part of their service-learning classes, Duquesne students teach basic computer literacy courses to Catholic Charities' Team HOPE clients as well as life skills education courses to refugee clients that the organization has helped to re-settle. Catholic Charities also provides internship opportunities for Duquesne students.
"Duquesne has a rich history of supporting Catholic Charities," added Shaw. "Their commitment to service helps us live our mission to help our clients leave our service stronger than when they first walked through our doors."