Hometown Heroes – Katie Rhodes – SNY Charities – 11/21/23

Family Life’s “Hometown Heroes

At Thanksgiving and Christmastime, communities are especially generous to reach out to help individuals and families who struggle financially.

This week’s “Hometown Heroes” news feature gives you an inside look at one such ministry, from Katie Rhodes of Catholic Charities in New York’s Southern Tier region. Rhodes updates us on the repurposing of a now-closed church building to be a resource center for homeless and needy neighbors. There also are stories of people who have never needed charitable help until now. The ministry compassionately reassures such people who might have internal qualms about reaching out for help.

Mark Webster also asks Rhodes for an overview of how today’s widespread economic troubles, a projection on where trends may take us next, and how Christ’s followers always have stepped up to address real human needs in their own communities.

Katie Rhodes is communications coordinator for Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties.

Click these links for more details about the ways Catholic Charities help their neighbors, and how you can too.

“Hometown Heroes” airs during the Family Life Noon Report most Tuesdays (on the radio and online) and is available 24/7 on our News Podcasts page.

Issues in Education – Regents Diplomas, Teacher Shortages, Homework by AI – 11/20/23

These are some of the current “Issues in Education” in the Family Life listening area:

            • New York’s Proposed New Rules for High School Graduation
            • Solving the Teacher Shortage Problem in Pennsylvania
            • Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom


Lots of big topics to discuss in the classroom this week.  Dr. Ralph Kerr with the “Teaching and Learning Institute” does a “deep dive” on “Issues in Education”.

Kids Corner: Rocky Ground

When everything seems to be changing in your life, how are you supposed to be thankful? And if its your friend that’s feeling like that, what are you supposed to do?

Bible Verses: Philippians 2:14, Lamentations, Psalm 7:17, Ephesians 5:20, James 1, 2nd Corinthians 12, 1st Corinthians 13:6 , 1st Peter 2:21, Romans 12:15

095 Rise Up: Just A Dream

They can be scary, funny or even just weird. What do your dreams really mean? Steve, Terese and Tim reveal some of the deeper meaning behind their unconscious minds.

Then: a really exciting addition to the Rise Up family!

Rise Up is a morning radio show hosted by Steve, Terese & Tim, on Family Life, a network of stations across New York and Pennsylvania. Our podcast is a weekly conversation that will help you think and grow in your faith. If you haven’t already, subscribe today, so you don’t miss a single episode! Listen online and find out more about our show at familylife.org.   

Capital Connection – Spying on Each Other – 11/17/23

Family Life’s “Capital Connection”

Capital Connection offers you insiders’ insight on social, cultural and political issues which affect the people of Pennsylvania, New Work, and the entire nation.

Christian watchdogs Jason McGuire and Michael Geer “dig deep” on the issues that matter from both state capitals.  Among the topics happening this week on “Capital Connection”:

  • Surveilling Conservatives
  • Rethinking the Regents Exams
  • Shielding Abortion Doctors  

Jason McGuire leads New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. Michael Geer is president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

This is our Friday news feature during the Family Life Noon Report. Previous roundtables with these two veteran commentators and other NY and PA opinion leaders are available from the Family Life News Podcasts page. Search for “Capital Connection“.