January is Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to call attention to poverty in our country. According to www.povertyusa.org, there are currently over 40 million individuals living in poverty in the United States. For those living in poverty, it can often be difficult to access basic necessities- including food, shelter, clothing, etc.
At Catholic Charities of Boston, we serve our neighbors in need every day; helping them to access the services that they need to move to a place of stability and self-sufficiency.
Our Basic Needs programs are often the first entry point for individuals and families into our network of services. These programs include food pantries, rent and mortgage assistance, heat and utility assistance, personal essentials such as clothing, diapers and hygiene items, and holiday and seasonal assistance.
During this Poverty Awareness Month, perhaps you’ll consider taking action to help those in your community who are in need.
Click here to learn more about our Basic Needs programs at Catholic Charities of Boston.
“A way has to be found to enable everyone to benefit from the fruits of the earth, and not simply to close the gap between the affluent and those who must be satisfied with the crumbs falling from the table, but above all to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness and respect for every human being.” – Pope Francis