For Immediate Release
December 22, 2011 Contact: Roger Conner(703) 236-6218(301) 252-7912Patricia Cole(571) 527-3344
Catholic Charities USA President Calls for Renewed Sense of Hope andCommitment
Christmas Message from Rev. Larry Snyder
Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the largest network of human services organizations working to reduce poverty in America, released the following statement incelebration of Christmas:
we join with family and friends to celebrate the birth of Christ, may we also share the peace and joy
of the newborn baby with all of God’s children, especially those who are hungry, lonely, or, like Mary
and Joseph, find themselves with no place to stay.
“Christmas is a joyous season of hope, and we as a nation must carry that spirit forward as we not only
provide support for those living in poverty, but also strive towards a meaningful new way of permanently lifting people out of poverty.
“Following our Lord’s call, Catholic Charities agencies around the country are continuing to provide
much-needed food, shelter, and innovative life-altering programs despite economic trends that aresimultaneously increasing the demand and decreasing the resources available for our services. As anetwork, we are working to create programs that are innovative in their holistic approach to service,aiming to not only alleviate the symptoms of poverty, but eliminate it entirely.
“In this tough economic climate, social service programs not only provide a wide array of services to
help our neighbors, but also promote understanding and compassion that defines the holiday spirit.
“May this Christmas bring a renewed spirit of generosity, joy and hope to all people of good will.”
To support CCUSA’s ongoing work to reduce poverty in America, visit
http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1304, or call 1-800-919-9338.
About Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities USA is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities
USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of
religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies haveworked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging fromhealth care and job training to food and housing.