Catholic Charities of California Responds to Governor's Budget

by Shannon Lahey, Executive Director
Catholic Charities of California United
As the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of California United, I represent the 12 Catholic Charities agencies that respond to the needs of over one million California residents living in poverty.. It is with gratitude to the generosity of countless Catholic donors that we have carried out our mandate of compassionate service for over one hundred years.
In Deuteronomy, the chosen people are told that they will be given a promised land that will be richly blessed and they are instructed, “If there is a poor man among your brothers, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted. Rather, be open handed and freely give him what he needs.” (Deut 15: 7-8).
California has been a symbolic promised land for millions who came to the state seeking gold, farming jobs, a better life for their children, and freedom from oppression in many parts of the world. As I write this, our Golden State is in an economic crisis and facing historic budget cuts that will disproportionately impact the very people we serve at Catholic Charities.
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