Catholic Charities frequently discusses our impact at the community level. We mention the more than 70,000 people we help annually, the nine tax credit properties we have built and the 13 counties we serve. But our work doesn’t start at the community level. All of our programs are the answer to a long equation that begins with the dignity of every individual. The work Catholic Charities takes on is determined by what it takes to provide dignity to the most vulnerable people in our community. Time after time, we find that vulnerable individuals are the ones our society doesn’t listen to or cannot hear. They are the seniors who are isolated in their homes. They are the children who are born into families grappling with addiction. They are the people who are struggling alone with mental illness. The most vulnerable members of our community are the ones who are voiceless. The easiest way to give someone a voice is to sit and listen to them. That’s why we send volunteers to spend time with seniors, help parents build stronger bonds with their children and provide therapists to people who live with mental illness. When the voiceless find their voice, they discover their dignity! In this issue of Faithworks, I’m excited to share stories of how Catholic Charities helps our neighbors find their voices. You will also read about the many ways you can help us make our clients’ voices heard. There are upcoming opportunities to attend events, donate needed items and participate in volunteer service. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our latest work in the community and for all you do to support Catholic Charities.
God Bless You,
Listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most POPE FRANCIS
Rob McCann President & CEO Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
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