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COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?: Video Interview
With many people out of work and fewer services available, the number of those in need are increasing. In this special episode Bob talks with Mike Lehner, director of Marketing and Development for Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, about ways that we can continue to support others during the COVID- 19 crisis in our country.
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Catholic Telegraph- COVID-19 Daily Update
Resources- What Can I Do to Help?
COVID-19 has crossed the globe, and everyone is scrambling to figure out how to best address the illness and stop the spread. It is too late to prevent this outbreak from happening, but we are called to rise to the challenge with compassion, prudence, empathy, faith, and justice. Everyone is experiencing great disruption in their lives, but it is the poor, marginalized, and low-income who are being disproportionately affected. As people rush to purchase supplies, protect their families, and quarantine themselves, it is critical to think about those who may not have the means and resources to take these measures. Please know – we VERY STRONGLY encourage you to follow the guidelines set out by the CDC, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and Ohio public health officials. We also encourage to think about those who are less fortunate and consider how you can be in solidarity with them, treating them as your sisters and brothers in Christ.
Advocacy, Awareness, & Service
In order to properly care for the most vulnerable during these difficult times, it is essential to know the truth and work to encourage others to get involved in efforts to help. Below are a few websites that can assist you in advocating for those in need.
Questions to Consider
As schools close…
-How is a low-income family able to find and afford childcare?
-If the school aids them in meeting most of their children’s nutritional needs, how will they now feed their family?
-What if they have no paid sick leave?
As people rush to stock up on food, medicine, and cleaning supplies…
-What about those who work two jobs and can’t make it to the store before the shelves are stripped bare?
-What about those whose jobs are temporarily closed and can’t afford to buy extras or even pay their rent?
-What can we do for those who do not have access to local grocery stores?
As food pantries and soup kitchens are more frequented…
-How will those who depend on social service agencies have their needs met?
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley
A Message from CSSMV: We need food pantry donations – not food – but donations to purchase food. We do not have the staff to sort, and count canned foods, but could really use funds to purchase them in bulk so we can just get them on the shelves quickly. Looking for a way to help? Make a financial donation at https://cssmv.org/donate-now/ or contact Mike Hoendorf at (937)223-7217 ext.1141 if you want to volunteer at our food pantry. (More details are provided in the video.) Thanks for your support!
Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio
Catholic Charities’ services and staff rely on the continued prayers and donations from the public to continue. Our request in these trying times is that donors and funders maintain their regular donations and payments. We will be responsive and accountable for how resources are allocated and for any adjustments that are made to our services. For questions about services, please contact Patrick Reynolds-Berry, Family Programs Director, at 513-672-3712. For questions about donations and grants, please contact Dan Sarell, Director of Mission Advancement, at 513-672- 3710.
If you do not live near CCSMV or CCSO, you can find a food bank in your area that would gladly take donations and volunteers. The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food or click here to read about public assistance programs.
Due to the need for social distancing, many social service agencies are struggling to meet the needs of their constituents. If you are privileged enough to have retained your income during this crisis (and/or have resources to share), consider donating the money you would have been spending at restaurants, movie theaters, coffee shops, and other entertainment venues to organizations that are on the front lines of serving those most affected. One option is donate to the organizations funded through our CCHD campaign. We have vetted these organizations and know they are not only fighting injustice but also adhering to Catholic teaching. To find a list of funded organizations: CLICK HERE.
The Catholic Conference of Ohio
Barbara Poppe, former executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and author of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio’s (COHHIO) new report, “Double Jeopardy: The Coronavirus & Homelessness in Ohio,” pointed out pending concerns: 79 percent of regional homeless system leaders said they can’t provide the financial assistance necessary to reduce admissions and minimize overcrowding in shelters; 87 percent said they don’t have sufficient space to isolate and quarantine clients with symptoms of COVID-19; 71 percent said they don’t have enough sanitation and hygiene supplies on hand to prevent transmission of the coronavirus; 65 percent said they have reduced services for people experiencing homelessness due to the loss of staff and volunteers. To read the entire report CLICK HERE.
Stay tuned… MORE is coming…
What does it mean to be Pro-Life?
In today’s turbulently political world, the word “Pro-Life” seems to go hand and hand with those who work hard to fight against abortion; however, Being Pro-Life means so much more. It means cherishing every life, every person from the moment of their conception until their natural death. It means showing compassion to the marginalized in our society, and working diligently to help our culture recognize that EVERY PERSON is created in the image and likeness of God. Being Pro-Life means that we stand against the Culture of Death that is slowly seeping its way into our society and remain resolute in our Catholic Values that tell us that there is a loving God who has made each of us for a definite purpose. We are called to stand for one another, to support one another, and especially to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.
In this series, we will be addressing various “Pro-Life” issues in a variety of ways. Please join us as we begin a dialogue on how we can grow as a church towards BEING PROLIFE. In October, we debuted a new monthly column in the Catholic Telegraph called Being Pro-Life. Each month features an interview with someone personally affected by a different Respect Life Issue, with a call to action on how to get involved. Please follow us on Social Media, read our article in the Catholic Telegraph, watch the video interviews, and listen to the podcast so that we can all come to a better understanding of what BEING PROLIFE really means. To check out a previous topic in our series, click on the links on the left.