There are a variety of institutions which strive to make a difference. These include governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, private enterprises, and many church congregations as well. Coordinating these efforts to accomplish more than a band-aid approach is an arduous endeavor in and of itself. How do we utilize resources in the most productive manner possible? What role does the Church play?
The Cathedral of St. Mary provides sack lunches Monday through Saturday for anyone wanting one. There are no questions asked. Lunch is simply provided if a person wants one. The parish also provides assistance with rent and utility expenses. There are processes and interviews associated with seeking this type of financial aid. The parish works with other organizations and institutions in the community to address additional areas of concern for the poor and homeless as well. This includes, but is not limited to, education, employment, money management skills, health care, and transportation needs.
How does your local community address the needs of the poor and homeless? It is my hope that we (as Church) continue to do our part to be a bridge out of poverty.