CCUSA Update Vol 48 No 1

Catholic Charities USA and Felician Sisters of North America establish $2 million “CCUSA Francis Fund for Eviction Prevention”

As thousands of families faced eviction by the end of December 2020, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and the Felician Sisters of North America joined forces to create the “CCUSA Francis Fund for Eviction Prevention.”  Each organization contributed $1 million to seed the emergency fund. Catholic Charities agencies across the U.S. will assist in the distribution of the funds to those who are in extreme danger of losing their homes this month.

“As the pandemic worsens, the weather becomes more bitter and Congress is deadlocked, many people are living on the brink of homelessness and they are terrified,” said Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President and CEO of CCUSA.  “The Felician Sisters, founded in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and clearly walking in the footsteps of the saint, joined Catholic Charities to initiate this emergency fund at a moment when people are increasingly desperate.”

“In these uncertain times, we know that many families are suffering the burden of unemployment and food insecurity. It is unconscionable that they should also face the fear of losing their homes. Catholic Charities USA has the resources to quickly get funding to their agencies across the country and into the hands of those in need,” said Sister Christopher Moore, Provincial Minister of the Felician Sisters of North America. “Our partnership will provide a safety net for our brothers and sisters in Christ and let them know they are not alone in their struggles.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Francis Fund may do so through the following link:

Chris Ross with the CCUSA social policy team considers refugee situation

Chris Ross, senior manager for social policy at CCUSA, shared via an America magazine article the grim statistics of Catholic Charities refugee resettlement offices around the country during the Trump administration. In 2016, the Catholic Charities ministry maintained 80 resettlement offices in 2016. Currently the number is in the 40s. The mood among Catholic Charities offices going forward is hopeful that under a Biden administration the situation will improve. Nevertheless, the Catholic Charities ministry remains committed to helping migrants and refugees assimilate into the culture. Read the full article here.

Jean Beil retires from CCUSA

Jean Beil, senior vice president for programs and services at Catholic Charities USA, retired on October 30, 2020. Jean began working at CCUSA in 2005 as senior director of network development. At the time of her retirement, she was supervising a number of social service programs including Trauma Informed Mentoring, AmeriCorps, Housing Counseling, and Professional Interest Sections. Before CCUSA Jean spent 18 years serving within the Catholic Charities ministry in the dioceses of Metuchen and Newark. She will continue to serve Caritas North America in her retirement. Jean will be missed by all at CCUSA, and we wish here the best as she enters the next phase of her life.