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

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 …

CCUSA Calls for the Protection of Access to Food and Nutrition for Those Living in Poverty in Response to Proposed SNAP Work Requirements

Alexandria, Va. – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul appreciate the opportunity to provide comments to the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s above-referenced notice of proposed rulemaking. While we welcome efforts …

CCUSA calls for budget that protects programs for poor and vulnerable

Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, on behalf of the Catholic Charities ministry in the United States, urged the House and Senate budget committees to pass a bipartisan solution that addresses the sequester caps and protects programs that help poor and vulnerable families. Read the full letters: House and Senate.

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