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Success is measured by our love for one another

Lauren Solidum is the executive director of Catholic Charities.

by Lauren Solidum

When Pope Francis declared this the Year of St. Joseph, he explained: “Each of us can discover in Joseph — the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence — an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”

Like St. Joseph, Catholic Charities strives to provide help, hope and hospitality to all those who walk through our doors searching for assistance.

This past year, through the resilience of our employees and volunteers, we served over 75,000 of the most vulnerable men, women and children; provided over 165 tons of food; and provided over $1 million in rent and utility assistance.

Most importantly, however, as we attempt to follow St. Joseph’s example of faith, we must remember that the work of Catholic Charities is far more than numbers for the purposes of accountability and stewardship.

The true measurement of our success, is how we love one another. Catholic      Charities puts this love into action, daily, through our programs and services that help stabilize and strengthen those we serve. It is only through this Christ-like love that individuals and families are freed from the burdens of poverty.

While the Gospel of Matthew reminds us that “the poor you will always have with you,” it remains our top priority in 2021 to continue to respond to the needs of those less fortunate among us.

St. Joseph gives us an example of what a consistent response is to these poor and vulnerable through his love of Mary and Jesus.

Much like St. Joseph, we do not always have the answers for the struggles that confront each of us or those we serve, but we can be consistent in our respect for each human life and our response to those most in need through giving our time, talent and treasure.

At Catholic Charities, we are incredibly blessed by the people who God has placed in our agency and, like St. Joseph, the steadfast love they provide. I am deeply overwhelmed by the willingness and fortitude of our employees and volunteers.

The incredible stress and uncertainty that they each have met with complete self-sacrifice has provided newfound hope for so many. Also, I am in awe of the love and generosity that continues to flow from our archdiocese to Catholic Charities. Thank you for your support, volunteerism and, most importantly, your prayers.

As we welcome this new year dedicated to St. Joseph, and all that God has in store, rest assured that Catholic Charities will continue our mission to serve as a place of hope and love for all those in need of support and guidance.

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