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Congress has a historic opportunity to help neighbors in need. Urge Congress to Act!

Congress must Protect Poor and Vulnerable Families!

Last year, in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic and one of the worst recessions in our country's history, poverty in the United States actually decreased! How could this be? 

According to the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure, federal government programs and assistance helped working families stabilize incomes as well as get access to food and healthcare. I would add the overwhelming response of our Vincentian volunteer network who, according to our just-released annual report, provided over $1.4 billion in cash, in-kind, and volunteer services to over 4.4 million people. I am deeply heartened by the outpouring of Vincentian love, support, and accompaniment in this most trying of circumstances. 

Congress is currently deliberating legislation that, if enacted, would extend some of these benefits as well as create more housing and economic opportunity for neighbors in need. Earlier this week, I wrote to all members of Congress to highlight the impact that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has across the country and urge them to focus on priorities that we know help neighbors in need thrive:

  • Safe and Secure Housing
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Income Support for Working Families  
     

This is a historic opportunity to enact lasting benefits for the people we serve. Support like this allows Vincentians to serve more people and focus our efforts, in the words of St. Vincent de Paul himself, on the "poorest and most abandoned of all."

I urge you to add your voice to mine in calling on Congress to prioritize the needs of people and families struggling in poverty!

Thank you for all you do to build a more just world,

Ralph Middlecamp
National President

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