This week, a billboard was up in this area for a couple days that read: “Catholic Charities Resettles Islamists: Evil or Insanity”. It was taken down because the St. Cloud area Catholic Charities organization does not help with resettlement of refugees. You can see a picture of the billboard and read the full story here.
So, if Catholic Charities doesn’t resettle refugees in this area, what do they do? Justin, a #unitecloud supporter, lays it out for us below. Can you join their efforts in serving our neighbors in need?
THE REAL TRUTH BEHIND CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF ST CLOUD: What the radical bill-board-brigade doesn’t want the public to know!
Their service area:
In 2014, 43,096 people were helped at Catholic Charities Emergency Services. Clients received food, clothing and financial assistance, along with help from special programs including Back to School, Holiday Toy Program and Share the Spirit.
• 532 individuals received Catholic Charities Financial and Housing Counseling
• 1,618 adults and children sought assistance through Catholic Charities Caritas Mental Health Clinic
• 1,391 volunteers provided 38,728 hours of assistance
• 399 adults enrolled in Co-Parenting Your Children classes
• 740 adults living with mental illnesses were provided rehabilitative services
• 39 adults living with mental illnesses were provided residential-based services
• 113 individuals received Translation and Interpretation Services
* Since its inception in late spring of 2014, Catholic Charities Mobile Food Shelf has served about 120 households per month.
• 878 adults and children utilized programming provided by La Cruz Community Center
• 52 adults and children utilized programming provided by the Bel Clare Program
• 6 children were placed by Adoption Services
• 30 individuals received Pregnancy Counseling
• 8,507 children assisted by 213 foster grandparents
• 92 persons with developmental disabilities and their families received services in their homes
• 21 adults with developmental disabilities lived in supervised foster homes
• 5 persons with physical disabilities received services in supervised housing
• 152 adults participated in evidence-based Health Promotion Classes
• 322,717 meals were served to 6,609 seniors at 41 Senior Dining sites and in 43 Meals on Wheels communities
• 1,751 volunteers offered 54,684 hours of help
• 52 young people learned life skills through Catholic Charities Support and Advocacy for Independent Living (SAIL)
• 55 homeless youth were mentored as a part of Catholic Charities Supported Housing for Youth (SHY)
• 15 homeless youth were given temporary housing and support services at Catholic Charities Youth House
*1,488 individuals served through housing management services
• 39 homeless women and their children were given temporary housing and support services to work toward long-term stability
• 11 veterans received temporary transitional housing
Statistics taken from the Catholic Charities website.