“The need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed, not only for the pragmatic reason of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and frustrating it, and which can only lead to new crises.”
-- Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel
DC’s Small Family Shelters. Recently Fr. Kevin wrote a letter to the ANC (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) for Ward 3 expressing Holy Trinity's support for short-term, small family housing in the Ward.
Previously, DC Councilwoman Mary Cheh (Ward 3) had issued a letter to constituents endorsing the Council-approved plan to close DC General and open small family shelters in each Ward. The letter answers many questions that neighbors and residents have had about the Ward 3 site on Idaho Ave, NW. It is worth a read, and you may find it on Councilwoman Cheh's website here.
You may also wish to read Fr. Kevin's letters to Mayor Bowser, Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Council Members Jack Evans and Mary Cheh commending them for their work to move forward with the Homeward DC plan that would close DC General Hospital as a shelter, open small family shelters throughout the City, and end homelessness in DC by 2020.
Please support the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States in their effort to send a strong message to Washington—Stop the recent immigration raids targeting Central Americans! For more background and to find the contact information for your Congressional representatives, go to this link and enter your zip code.
To read the statement of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, visit the Conference webpage. You may also wish to read the Conference's report on Hondurans in the Asylum Process, available here.
HOLY TRINITY AND OTHER JESUIT PARISHES JOIN IN AN OFFERING OF LETTERS
Bread for the World’s 2015 Offering of Letters aims to realize a world in which all of God’s children are fed. Our goal is to create political will by writing our policy makers and urging them to create pathways out of hunger and poverty and to protect critical child nutrition programs like the school lunch, school breakfast and SNAP (food stamps) program.
On Sunday June 7th, Holy Trinity parishioners joined parishioners from St. Ignatius in Baltimore, St. Charles in Rhode Island, Mount Carmel Staten Island, St. Raphael in Raleigh, and St. Anthony Oceanside in writing letters to our members of Congress asking them to protect critical child nutrition programs. Then on Tuesday June 9th several parishioners traveled to Capitol Hill to deliver the letters and ask our members of Congress for their support on bills to expand the Summer Meals program and to codify the Feed the Future program.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT HOLY TRINITY ADVOCACY
Advocacy involves engaging with elected officials and other decision-makers about matters affecting the poor and other vulnerable members of our community. The goal of advocacy is to transform the systems and structures that cause or exacerbate poverty, marginalize individuals, and ignore the dignity of the human person.
In recent years, Holy Trinity’s primary advocacy tool has been the Good Faith Communities Coalition, a local faith-based organization born at Holy Trinity that advocates for affordable housing and other needs for homeless persons in DC. For more information on Good Faith Communities Coalition, please contact John Hisle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Trinity also participates in the advocacy agendas of the Jesuit Conference and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Currently, much of the focus of those agendas is on economic justice and migrants, including children arriving unaccompanied from Central America. For additional information, also check out Ignatian Solidarity Network and Catholic Relief Services.