During the past year, stock markets have hit a new high. New York City has a new Mayor. Tragically, new violence and ongoing civil unrest afflict countries with familiar and unfamiliar names, Pope Francis, whom everybody is quoting, has been named Time’s Person of the Year, and in case you hadn’t noticed it’s snowed a bit.
And through all of this – daily Catholic Charities compassionately and effectively provided emergency meals, prevented evictions, counseled families recovering from Super-Storm Sandy, provided day care for working moms, welcomed immigrants by teaching English and finding jobs and established a new youth wellness program – and much more.
Your critical support for Catholic Charities helps to deepen and expand these services, meet unmet and new needs and strengthen a network of some 90 agencies that carries out this vital work in the communities and neighborhoods of greater New York.
Also we have a new buzz word: “inequality.” For Catholic Charities inequality is not a spiritual catchphrase, nor a political slogan and certainly not a mantra-like wedge to be used to divide us from each other. For Catholic Charities, inequality is the sad reality that our staff and volunteers encounter every day in our neighbors – a reality that urgently challenges us to come together to build a common good in which the basics – decent housing, nutritious meals, a good job and a supportive and loving family – are had by all.
Our core belief that every person is made in the image of God demands no less from us.
Catholic Charities works with individuals who, along with being poor and struggling, have remarkable strengths. We envision a world of greater solidarity which builds on, and draws from, the strengths and resources of us all – a world in which none are so poor that they have nothing to give and none too rich that they have nothing to receive.
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