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Snapshot Survey - Third Quarter 2010

Snapshot Survey - Third Quarter 2010

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SNAPSHOT SURVEY:

3rd Quarter, 2010
Photo by: Steve Liss

A watershed moment for American poverty
While providing basic human needs will always be part of Catholic Charities, it is becoming more critical to focus our second century of service on work to promote real, sustainable change. This 3rd quarter 2010 snapshot survey, citing the serious lingering effects of the 2009 recession, demonstrates how more must be done to prevent people from falling into poverty and move those already in need on
SNAPSHOT SURVEY:

3rd Quarter, 2010
Photo by: Steve Liss

A watershed moment for American poverty
While providing basic human needs will always be part of Catholic Charities, it is becoming more critical to focus our second century of service on work to promote real, sustainable change. This 3rd quarter 2010 snapshot survey, citing the serious lingering effects of the 2009 recession, demonstrates how more must be done to prevent people from falling into poverty and move those already in need on

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Published by: Catholic Charities USA on Oct 22, 2012
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 While providing basic human needs will always be part of Catholic Charities,it is becoming more critical to focus our second century of service on work to promote real, sustainable change. Tis 3rd quarter 2010 snapshot survey,citing the serious lingering eects of the 2009 recession, demonstrates how more must be done to prevent people from falling into poverty and movethose already in need on the pathway to self-suciency. Just like a year ago, at the height of the recession, more and more familiesand individuals are knocking on Catholic Charities’ doors, many for therst time and as a last resort, hoping social services will be their salvationfrom the looming clutches of poverty. wo- now one-income householdsare struggling to make ends meet – utility bills are left unpaid, mortgageand rental payments go past due, and dinner is found at the neighborhoodfood pantry not the neighborhood restaurant.Tis report highlights the state of poverty in America as witnessed by Catholic Charities case managers, social workers, program directors,advocates, and volunteers, on the frontlines of social service during thispivotal moment in the war against poverty.
SNAPSHOT SURVEY:
 A watershed moment for American povert
3rd Quarter, 2010
Photo by: Steve Liss
 
A workforce still waiting for a recovery
In Dallas, X, Catholic Charities sta can’t answer all the calls for help. In Minneapolis, MN,requests for food are up 80%. In Wheeling, WV, there has been a 35% increase in food andutility assistance but due to lack of funds, the agency can only assist 20%. And in Pueblo, CO,the housing and homeless prevention program went from seeing 346 clients in the 3rd quarter of 2009 to 650 this year -- and they still turned 1500 people away. Who are the faces in need? More and more, agencies responding to the snapshot survey reporta steady increase in the number of working poor seeking assistance with basic needs, especially emergency nancial assistance. In the 2nd quarter of 2010, 71% of agencies noted an increase inrequests from the working poor, now 81% report an increase. All signs suggest this number willcontinue to rise.
Overall, agencies report increases in requests for help from the following groups:
Working poor - 81%Families - 71%Seniors - 48%“Te number of moderate income families continues to increase. A group that in thepast was not in need of the type of assistance we provide started to access our pantry andnancial assistance – these families report a loss of nancial assets due to the loss or lack of employment. We have seen a 37% increase in the number of families accessing our servicesthis quarter; the overall number for the FY is 93%.”
Linda McKamie, Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi, Inc.
“Tere is a signicant increase in immigrant families coming to us for basic assistance and jobsearch/placement requests. Very high increase in pregnant, indigent women coming in forbasic assistance.”
Douglas Alles, Catholic Charities Portland, OR 
“Te Butler County oce is seeing a signicantly higher number of homeless pregnant women and more families with children in need. Our Allegheny County Basic Needs Assistance program continues to receive record phone calls for assistance making it dicultfor the caseworkers to answer all calls and eectively assist clients.”
Clare Kushma, Catholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh
State Budget Cuts: Closing down programs and scaling back services
 Catholic Charities funding sources are varied and the support of individual and private donorsis invaluable, yet a large percent (nearly 70% in 2009) comes from government entities. Since2009, state budgets have become tighter and the toll on social services has been enormous, oftendevastating.In San Francisco, CA, Gabrielle Slanina shares, “Many state proposed solutions are focusing oncutting services that are imperative to supporting those who face generational poverty. By cutting housing support, child care and aging services, the state will essentially be putting all the progressto combat poverty back 20-30 years.”In Yakima, WA, John Young reports that programs that have been in operation for 15-20 yearshave been discontinued – including those for child care, pregnancy counseling, and medical casemanagement. Forecasts show dramatic cuts to social services in the coming months.
Photo by: AmericanPoverty.org 
Immigrants - 48%Homeless - 45%
 
Elsewhere across the country, the following programs have been impacted by state budgets:
Bualo, NY: Projecruth Abstinence program, Education and Workforce Development,and Senior Advocacy ServicesWheeling, WV: Daycare centersMinneapolis, MN: Aging servicesAllentown, PA: Signicant changes in children’s servicesWichita, KS: Pregnancy counseling, shelter and services to women and childrenimpacted by domestic violence.Lake Charles, LA: Food banks (budget cut by 90%)Phoenix, AZ: Social, educational, and health service programs
Innovative strategies for the long road ahead
 Catholic Charities face a long, arduous journey ahead alleviating the struggles endured by thehistoric numbers of Americans living in poverty today and preventing future generations fromfollowing in their footsteps.In order to meet the increase need, agencies are making changes – nancially and strategically.In Phoenix, AZ, Guy Mikkelsen is leaving “no stone unturned” and making adjustments onevery line item of the budget. Catholic Charities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, is restructuring,consolidating operations and placing greater emphasis on transitional services to help peoplemove from basic needs to stabilized living.
Overall, agencies report the following changes:
Making greater fundraising eorts - 68%Using more volunteers - 58%Cutting operational costs - 55%Sharing resources with other community organizations - 52%Catholic Charities are also responding by embracing new ways to serve and focusing oncomprehensive service approaches that prevent individuals from falling into poverty and moving people from entrenched, often generational, poverty to self-suciency. Tese new serviceapproaches include wrap-around case management styles, an emphasis on asset building programs,the use of innovative technology, and expansion of partnerships and collaborations.“It is our goal to meet all the needs of our clients. We are currently focusing on the wrap-aroundcase management style in several of our programs. By oering case management that oersservices for the entire family, we dramatically amplify the impact of the work we do. We areeectively wrapping our arms around families to support, stabilize, and strengthen them withinthe community.
Gabrielle Slanina, Catholic Charities CYO, San Francisco, CA
“For adults in shelters, we have a comprehensive several week program to get people ready to searchfor work and be successful at work once employed. In the last twelve months we helped 222individuals in shelters obtain jobs.”
Larry Lakes, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa 

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