Charity of the Month: Catholic Charities USA
The Gingrich Foundation
December 6, 2018
During the Christmas season, our thoughts turn to our family, friends, and those in need. In this spirit, we are pleased to announce that our December Charity of the Month is Catholic Charities USA, in recognition of its outstanding commitment to helping the neediest Americans.
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) was formed in 1910 to act as the “attorney for the poor.” Today, it has grown to become one of the nation’s largest providers of social services. Catholic Charities maintains an extraordinary range of programs, which provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, financial assistance, adoption services, disaster relief, and other emergency services to approximately 10 million people each year.
Catholic Charities’ goal is to reduce poverty in America by half by 2020. Its programs are community-based and rooted in market principles, careful measurement of results, and on working with individuals to foster greater opportunity and self-sufficiency. These initiatives focus on the basics that all families need in order to have a chance to thrive. Catholic Charities’ housing network, for example, owns or operates more than 35,000 permanent housing units and 11,000 beds to help transition the homeless into permanent housing. Additionally, more than half of Catholic Charities’ affordable housing is listed to aid elderly people looking for homes.
More than 39.7 million Americans are living in poverty this holiday season, and many more are struggling to make ends meet. Children bear a disproportionate share of this hardship. Catholic Charities is working to make this burden a little easier and to make a difference in the lives of millions.
This Christmas season, we hope you will join us in supporting Catholic Charities USA.