Catholc Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph Responds to Major New Anti-Poverty Push

KANSAS CITY, MO -- Top leaders from several of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations and advocates announced a new collaboration today to fight the War on Poverty. Brought together by Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), leadership from Feeding America, Save the Children, The Salvation Army, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Lutheran Services in America and United Way all agreed to work together in 2014 to educate, innovate and act to reduce poverty in communities across the country.

Each organization agreed to a set of poverty reduction strategy principles put forth by CCUSA as they work together in the coming year. The principles will guide all policies and practices considered to fight poverty in the year ahead and include a commitment to: •EDUCATE the public about the everyday challenges facing the more than 46 million people living in poverty in America today; •Highlight INNOVATIVE solutions to poverty by connecting local practitioners with national leaders; and •ACT to reduce poverty in communities across the country using newfound knowledge and techniques.

Deacon Dan Powers, Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, said, "Our agency understands poverty. We know the poor and we listen to them and we understand them. We are dedicated to renewing the fight to end poverty in Northwest Missouri in our lifetimes. When families are lifted out of poverty, their lives are transformed. But the entire community is also transformed in the process."

Among the new anti-poverty initiatives planned this year: •The first phase of St. Michael’s Veterans Center will open, offering permanent housing and support services to homeless or at-risk veterans on one convenient campus; •The Women’s Economic Empowerment Program will promote financial education, self-sufficiency and economic stability for women ages 16 and up ; •Welcomed and Valued, a community mental health education program, will be offered at parishes in Kansas City and St. Joseph beginning in February; •And in the newly-created position of Outreach Specialist, a trained social worker will connect people who come to Catholic Charities for help with the best services to fit their needs, part of our new client-centered service model. •The first phase of St. Michael’s Veterans Center will open, offering permanent housing and support services to homeless or at-risk veterans on one convenient campus; •The Women’s Economic Empowerment Program will promote financial education, self-sufficiency and economic stability for women ages 16 and up ; •Welcomed and Valued, a community mental health education program, will be offered at parishes in Kansas City and St. Joseph beginning in February; •And in the newly-created position of Outreach Specialist, a trained social worker will connect people who come to Catholic Charities for help with the best services to fit their needs, part of our new client-centered service model.

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