Frances H. Denny MBA, MSW, LMSW, ACSW
Every day presents challenges of human suffering here, but we also had other big challenges in 2013. We've experienced the greatest financial erosion in government funds, which support many of our services to the poor and vulnerable, that I have seen in the past 25 years here at Catholic Charities. We have struggled mightily to continue to provide services to all who are eligible and in need. We have been carrying on by the Grace of God.
We've been sequestered, downsized, cut, and eliminated. Actually, our contracts and grants have been sequestered, downsized, cut, and eliminated. It just has felt like an attack on our staff, our clients, and our Mission. Our workforce was paid through those lost funds and we've had to reduce staffing (a.k.a. lay-off or reduced hours or not filling vacancies) to make the budget balance. During the past six months we've lost over six full-time equivalent jobs or FTEs (from a workforce of 43.37 FTEs).
The truth is, we need your financial help if we are to continue to provide services to pregnant women, homeless youth and young adults, and people who are not insured for mental health treatment. The government is downsizing but the people who are in need of services -- the poor and vulnerable -- are not. God bless you for your generosity.