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Volume 47
Number 3
The magazine of Catholic Charities USA

Charities USA Summer 2020

Catholic Charities responds to pandemic

On the first day of January 2020, coronavirus for many people in the United States was a mysterious disease happening somewhere else. Just three months later, most people not only recognized the term and its specific designation, COVID-19, but also acted to slow its spread. By March 2020, COVID-19 had swept across the U.S. and…
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The work of CCUSA’s Social Policy team

During catastrophes access to the White House, federal agencies and Congressional offices becomes a key component to the Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) Social Policy team’s efforts at informing the national discussion regarding resources provided through legislation for frontline services and support for individuals and families. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic/shutdown, CCUSA’s Social Policy…
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Disaster Operations COVID-19 report

If responding to natural disasters wasn’t complicated enough, COVID-19 places new challenges in the disaster response work Catholic Charities accomplishes.  As agencies try to navigate an already complicated disaster process, it becomes even more challenging when the process includes new terms like “social distancing,” new equipment such as masks, shields, and gloves, and new strategies…
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AmeriCorps response: National service at Catholic Charities

During this unprecedented time in our country, our federal partner AmeriCorps made the decision to allow national service members to break from their traditional service duties and support COVID-19 response efforts in their communities. Through CCUSA’s five AmeriCorps programs, 28 AmeriCorps members provided almost 5,000 hours of COVID-19 response efforts, serving over 25,000 individuals since…
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Parishes and the pandemic

Following a disaster, impacted communities typically gather together to pray: for help and hope, survivors and victims, resiliency and recovery. But that wasn’t possible after the coronavirus hit, as church doors were shuttered to help prevent spread of the disease. At the same time, parish programs were cancelled and volunteers found themselves isolating at home,…
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"For I was hungry, and you gave me food" - Matthew 25:35

In the rapidly changing reality of COVID-19, the Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, called upon the Board of Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego at their meeting March 12, 2020, to address the increasing needs of vulnerable populations. The bishop reminded the group that almost 100 years ago,…
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Catholic Charities COPE Line offers hope through pandemic

Diocese of Springfield in Illinois creates program to offer mental health solutions in midst of coronavirus For the past seven years Eleanor has suffered from dementia and her daughter Jenny has faithfully visited her in the nursing home where she lives. When the nursing home closed its doors to the public because of safety concerns…
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Protecting the dignity of human life – At all costs

Spending a Tuesday night painstakingly negotiating with vendors to secure several thousand pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our skilled nursing facilities after the last order was waylaid somewhere in the Far East… Witnessing the tsunami of emotions facing our residents, staff and family members, while doing our best to remain calm, collected and…
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Catholic Charities of Tennessee managing dual disasters

Fresh from new director training at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) headquarters in mid-February, I was reenergized to tackle my goals of elevating the Catholic Charities of Tennessee’s profile and increasing fundraising. Three weeks in March 2020 accelerated all that. On March 3, at 12:38 a.m., a tornado with wind speeds up to 165 mph ripped…
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Editor’s Column

David Werning While the main theme of our summer issue is the response of the Catholic Charities ministry to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s difficult not to mention the terrible tragedy of the killing of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer points to a deeper and more persistent disease among… > More

CCUSA Update

CCUSA enters the podcast world Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) launched its new podcast channel “Charities at Work.” It can be accessed on the CCUSA website as well as the following podcast platforms: iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify and SimpleCast. “Charities at Work” will focus on the work and mission of the Catholic Charities ministry in the… > More

Network Notes

Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma distributes food through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma (CCEOK) is distributing free food boxes through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The boxes include fresh produce and dairy products and are available to anyone in need. During the first six… > More

Agency Spotlight

Staff member from Catholic Charities of Buffalo reflects on serving duringthe pandemic Agency Photo: James Campbell Down in the southeastern reaches of the area served by Catholic Charities of Buffalo rests a small food pantry staffed currently by myself and nine tremendous volunteers fulfilling God’s work of feeding the hungry, which is the first of… > More


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