For Immediate Release May 18, 2011

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Candy Hill, SVP of Advocacy and Social Policy for Catholic Charities USA, Guest Speaker on First Lady's Call
Catholic Charities Honored to be Part of "Joining Forces" Initiative
Alexandria, Va. — Candy Hill, Senior Vice President of Social Policy for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), among the nation's leading organizations in poverty reduction and disaster response, will serve as a guest speaker on the nationwide "Joining Forces" conference call hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Joshua DuBois, White House director of the office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The conference call was being held at 3:30 p.m. EDT, and Ms. Hill was slated as the first guest speaker on the call. A long-standing supporter and provider of services for military families and veterans, Catholic Charities' work and commitment to the "Joining forces" program was to be conveyed by Ms. Hill with a focus on the engagement of the 170 Catholic Charities' agencies around the country. "I am deeply honored to be asked to be part of the call and to play a key role in re-shaping the discussion around our nation's support of military individuals and families," said Ms. Hill. "Our veterans and military families deserve this country’s strongest recognition, and we salute the First Lady on this critical initiative." "We continue to strengthen and expand our collective support of military families by encouraging partnerships between providers in local communities, lifting up and modeling programs in parish communities, and encouraging our member agencies to convene focus groups of their employees who may have family members serving in the military," she continued. 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 have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing.