As the leader of one of the state’s largest social services organizations, I know all too well about the impact women have both in our work and in the families we serve. Without the women of Catholic Charities, our programs—all of them—would be unable to operate: no food pantries, no child care, no shelters, no programs for at-risk youth, no family support programs, no refugee resettlement program, no immigration legal clinic, no adult education. There would be no money raised, no bills paid, no payroll processed, no staff supported, no volunteers recruited.
Women are heads of household in most of the families we serve.
International Women's Day has been around for a long time — officially since 1911 — and the core issue that sparked the creation of the "day" 106 years ago hasn't changed too much — equality.
At Catholic Charities, equality is at our core as we work to build a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people.
It is a privilege for me to work each and every day alongside each of one of our Catholic Charities team, women and men, as we do our best to level the playing field for those we serve.
As always thank you for all that you do.