Catholic Charities Outreach to Outlying Areas: $500,000
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his first encyclical– entitled Deus caritas est – “For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her being.”
Despite the great economic and population growth taking place, poverty, homelessness and hunger remain a significant problem. With the many changes in government assistance programs, more of the responsibility for responding to the poor is being shifted to non-profit and faith-based organizations.
Catholic Charities carries out the work of Jesus by affirming, assisting and advocating for individuals, families and communities. Believing in the presence of God in our midst, through Catholic Charities we proclaim the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the person by sharing in the Mission of Jesus given to all. To this end, Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi works with individuals, families, and communities to help them meet their needs, address challenges, eliminate oppression, and build a just and compassionate society.
Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi serves a population of about 535,000 persons and provides services to approximately 28,000 persons of diverse racial and ethnic characteristics, experiences, occupations, and income. Currently there is a strong need for support of food and other services in the outlying areas surrounding the City of Corpus Christi. Current accessibility to Catholic Charities resources for families living in these outlying areas of our Diocese is limited because families in these areas do not have the means to travel into Corpus Christi to receive critical assistance.
Through Legacy of Faith ~ Future of Hope, $500,000 will be allocated to bring satellite locations of Catholic Charities to outlying areas of the Diocese (Alice, Refugio, Beeville and Kingsville) and therefore making the services of Catholic Charities more accessible to people in these areas.