Advocacy

CCUSA Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, we urge policy makers to see the faces of those in need in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

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Recent Letters & Statements

CCUSA requests robust funding for critical programs that serve poor and vulnerable

Catholic Charities USA asked both the House and the Senate to allocate robust funding for critical programs that serve persons and families who are poor and vulnerable in the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill. The programs include the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program, Head Start, the Social Services Block …

CCUSA urges sufficient funds for agriculture programs in FY2020 agriculture appropriations bill

Catholic Charities USA joins the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Rural Life in urging for sufficient funds in the FY2020 Agriculture appropriations for hunger programs including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). You can read the …

Circle of Protection Urges Congress to Pass Disaster Assistance Package for Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP)

The Circle of Protection, a coalition of 60 leaders who head Christian denominations and organization, urges Congress  to immediately pass a disaster assistance package with $600 million for Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP). Absent action, 1.35 million people in Puerto Rico, a third of its population, will see deep cuts to their current nutrition …

Why We Do It

Catholic Charities upholds the dignity of every human person

Pope Francis says, "the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics." Our Catholic faith calls us to serve the most vulnerable and to advocate for justice in social structures. CCUSA and the entire Catholic Charities ministry has a responsibility to advocate for just policy positions and to share our experience of serving those in need.

“The Church cannot and must not take upon herself the political battle to bring about the most just society possible. She cannot and must not replace the State. Yet at the same time she cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice. She has to play her part…”

DEUS CARITAS EST, NO. 28

Catholic Charities executive director appointed to Florida Senate Advisory Council

Gary Tester, executive director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, has been appointed to the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council (FBCB). His term serving on behalf of the Florida Senate begins immediately and runs through January 2023. The FBCB promotes cooperation between the State Government and Florida’s faith-based and community-based organizations in order to …

Helping Lonely Seniors

Bettie has been a widow for 22 years and has struggled with profound loneliness. “It’s just my home and my dog,” she explained. However, as a participant in Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet Senior Companion Program, Bettie’s situation has improved dramatically. The Senior Companion Program offers adults ages 55 and older the opportunity to support …

If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?

JAMES 2:15-16