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Why Catholic Charities is Needed Now More Than Ever


By Gregory Kepferle
CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and President, Charities Housing Development Corporation

We are living in times of extreme volatility. Because of this, Catholic Charities clients need our reassurance and help more than ever. Because they need more of our help, in turn we need more help from our community of supporters.
On top of the everyday challenges of living in poverty in one of the most expensive places on earth, several thousand of our neighbors were displaced by the floods. On top of the floods, many of our immigrant and refugee neighbors have experienced increased anxiety over the uncertainty of federal policies, travel bans, and possibilities of deportation. On top of the anti-immigrant and refugee policies, the latest budget proposals from the administration and Congress have the potential to severely cut services to those who are the poorest among us – the homeless, frail homebound seniors, people with disabilities, and poor children in after-school programs.

So people turn to Catholic Charities for services, for information, for advocacy, and for reassurance.

We are helping families displaced by the floods with housing search and rental assistance, as well as long-term advocacy, counseling and support. We continue to resettle refugees and place refugee foster youth in loving homes. We are increasing our legal counsel, citizenship education, information on civil rights and family emergency plans for immigrants who are trying to get right with the law, and who desperately want to keep their families together. We continue to advocate for affordable housing, care for seniors and people with disabilities, and for after-school programs, even as we provide quality services with proven results in each of these areas.

To respond to these increasing cries for help, we need your investment in Catholic Charities, as we stand in solidarity with those who are most vulnerable in our community.
For more information regarding Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and how you can help, please visit, www.CatholicCharitiesSCC.org.