The poor may always be with us (cf. Mt 26:11), but that doesn't mean they must remain poor. Catholic Charities' programs do not replace charity and almsgiving, they create sustainable ways for us to ensure that every person has "all that is necessary for living a genuinely human life," including food, clothing, housing, mental health and productive work.
Together we can:
- Develop mental models of the environments of poverty, middle class, and wealth,
- Examine the causes of poverty, begin to understand how the different environments can produce different hidden rules of class,
- Define resources that are necessary for a high quality life and explore community action and policies that can enhance resources,
- Explore how information can be used to create relationships between and among classes so that all can participate in solving problems at the community and systemic levels.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and Catholic Charities have organized a day-long dialogue to explore holistic approaches to attack root causes of poverty.
Are there any Bridges Out of Poverty?
Join us on August 23, 2012 for a unique and powerful all day workshop designed for faith-based, social, health, and legal service professionals.
"My desire is to really begin to pull together a group of agencies and leaders who are committed to dialog about ending poverty in our local communities." Willy Elliott-McCrea, CEO,Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.