In 1985, thanks to the vision of then-pastor Monsignor Robert McDermott, the St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral Youth Ministry began to provide Camden teens with year-round educational and social opportunities outside of school.
In 2008, the program underwent a restructuring to address the particular challenges faced by Camden’s youth: teen delinquency, gang and drug involvement, substance abuse in the home, and teen pregnancy. The restructuring created new comprehensive and innovative programs along with a new name, LUCY Outreach, an acronym for “Lifting Up Camden’s Youth” coined by the teens themselves.
As of April 2016, LUCY transitioned from a Parish initiative to LUCY Outreach, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation with its 501(c)(3) designation received in October 2016 -- positioning us for growth and development. We look forward to continued cooperation with our historical supporters and the new opportunities that this provides.