With Catholic Charities offices across the country experiencing unprecendent demand for their services -- food, housing, health care and employment aid -- they are also facing unprecedendted cuts in funding, accoring to a media release from Catholic Charities USA.
The release, "Government Must Not Balance Budget on the Backs of the Poor", says:
In an open letter to goverment officials at all levels, Fr. Larry Synders, president of Catholic Charities USA, warns that "proposed and unprecedented cuts to programs that provide minimal, but essential, services to the country’s poor and most vulnerable are leaving these people with no hope for safety net services."
Synder write: "It is morally imperative that that the country pursue recovery programs and strategies that will not plunge the poor into ever more catastrophic circumstances from which they will find it almost impossible to recover."