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Catholic Organizations Scrutinize What Works Best in Fighting Poverty


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Crux Now: According to the Federal Government, there are 37.9 million Americans living in poverty. This means that one of every eight Americans is poor. Only a small number of them are on street corners or intersections begging for handouts. Catholic Charities New York works alongside other Catholic organizations to reduce poverty.

While there are many reasons for poverty, from the ‘Great Recession’ of 2007-2009, job loss, and generational poverty, there is also an interconnectedness between poverty and other issues. There "might be problems with education, with health care, with mental health, a host of other issues,” Ralph McCloud, executive director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development told Catholic News Service.

Leading the way in fighting poverty, Catholic organizations have a diversity of practices that are gaining ground nationally. Learn more about what Catholic organizations are doing to fight poverty at Crux Now. Catholic Charities of New York and its 90 affiliated agencies are ready to connect individuals with the help they need. Visit our new Catholic Charities Community Services website for resources and information.

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