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Food, Housing, Healing and Hope


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

Have you ever been hungry? Not just craving an extra helping or something sweet, but the energy-draining hunger and insecurity of not having enough to eat and not being sure when and where your next meal is coming from. If so, then you share the experience of the thousands of the children and seniors who come to Catholic Charities for hot lunches or after school meals.

Have you ever been without shelter? Not camping in the woods, but not knowing where you can be safe and warm from the elements at night. If so, then you know what over 7000 of our neighbors in the county experience every night.

Have you ever been sick or wounded in heart and soul? If so, then you have felt what many people who come to Catholic Charities for counseling feel, and what many of our neighbors we visit in long term care experience every day.

When we “feel for” another human being it is called sympathy. When we “feel with” another human being, it is called empathy. We are invited both to feel compassion and to put ourselves in another’s shoes.

We are able to heal and give hope to others because we ourselves have experienced healing and hope from the Lord who heals, the Hope of Israel, who wipes every tear from our eyes. Isaiah tells us that our wounds shall be healed when we share our bread with the hungry and bring the afflicted and homeless poor into our house. We can provide food and housing to our neighbors in need because we ourselves have been nourished by the Bread of Life and have found shelter in God who is our Dwelling Place, our safe refuge.

At Catholic Charities we need your help to feed the hungry, to provide housing to the homeless, to visit and heal the sick and to give hope to the hopeless. You can help by volunteering, by advocating for affordable housing, and by donating funds to provide food, housing, healing and hope to our neighbors in need. Your help is their hope.

Visit www.CatholicCharitiesSCC.org for more information.