Thank you to everyone who participated in the 9th annual Shelter Shuffle on October 5th! The 5K Run/Walk was our most successful, and we appreciate everyone who helped us generate funds to support the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families. Special thanks to all the runners, walkers, and sponsors and to all of the volunteers who gave up some valuable Saturday morning time for this important cause. Hope you will join us again next year!
Here is a link to a story from pennlive.com about this Saturday’s Shelter Shuffle http://blog.pennlive.com/running/2013/10/saturdays_shelter_shuffle_5k_t.html#incart_river
By Christopher Meehan
I recently read a news story about Pope Francis where he shared some personal moments with a group of 200,000 in St. Peter’s Square. It was the latest in a series of simple straightforward remarks that has defined the Holy Father’s early tenure.
During the question and answer session, Pope Francis repeated his call for Catholics “to do more to seek out those fringes of society who need help the most.” He also commented that, “it breaks my heart to say that finding a homeless person who has died from the cold is not news. Today, the news is scandals, but the many children who do not have food – that is not news. This is grave. We can’t rest easy while things are this way.” The Holy Father also challenged all Christians to “become courageous and seek out those who need help the most.”
As the largest provider of social services in the United States, Catholic Charities USA is here to respond to that challenge. Within our community region, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg exists to respond to the human service needs of people throughout the 15 counties of the Diocese.
And the needs are many. Each day, our dedicated staff provides help and creates hope for those who need it most. Through our counseling services, youth and family programs, and our residential facilities, Catholic Charities does everything we can to answer the types of challenges that Pope Francis identified.
To accomplish this mission, we need your help. Our agency relies heavily on the generosity of those who support us. Our services are offered regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Without the help of our donors, our ability to respond to the many calls for help is severely limited.
Many people ask, “What can I do? I am just one person.” My answer is do whatever you can. Consider a financial gift. Volunteer your time. Donate your services. Pray for us. Do whatever you can. Every little bit helps.
I’ll give you one small example. Every year, one of our donors hosts a Christmas party at their home. In lieu of gifts, all of the guests are asked to make a charitable gift to Catholic Charities. The checks we receive range from small to larger amounts. When everything is added up, the event generates a very nice donation for one of our programs.
Another example is the donor who sends us a small donation every month. By spreading their gift over the course of a year, this individual is able to help make a larger difference without taking a larger one-time bite from their monthly budget.
These are just two ways that people from our community have demonstrated their commitment to the Holy Father’s challenge to be courageous and seek out those who need help the most. None of us can do it alone. But together, we can all so whatever we can to address the crisis of poverty in our world. Every little bit helps.
On behalf of those individuals that we are grateful to serve, I thank you for all that you do for Catholic Charities. May God continue to bless you and your families. For more information about Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg, please visit us online at www.cchbg.org.