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In this 50th anniversary year of our nation’s “War on Poverty,” leading national non-proﬁt orga-nizations have joined together to rethink the way our nation addresses the unacceptable reality that more than 46 million Americans are living at or below the federal poverty line. On April 2nd CEOs, members of Congress, Catholic Charities agency leaders, and advocates from across the country gathered in Washington, DC, and via live stream, to discuss innovative anti-poverty solutions, develop education strategies, and pledge to act anew to reduce poverty. “Today is an opportunity for us to come away with a better understanding of the challenges and possible answers as we pursue systemic reform,” said Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.“I truly believe this day will inspire and educate us in our work to end poverty in local communities across America, and to build momentum for holistic change.” Throughout the event, attendees heard multiple perspectives from non-proﬁt leaders on their efforts to address the problem of poverty in a new way, as well as views from both sides of the political aisle. Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Ofﬁce of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, told the gathering in an opening statement that “ﬁghting poverty and creating opportunity are not just economic issues; they are moral issues.”Whether through innovative approaches, new ways of educating peers, or a toolkit of actions to take home, the third annual National Poverty Summit built strong momentum in the ongoing movement to increase opportunity for all in our nation.
We believe that when a child is born, God does not say, You will live your whole life in poverty, you will never achieve your potential, and you will always be a failure. If that is not God’s will, then it should not be ours either.
- Sheila Gilbert, President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul