From readers – January 10, 2019

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Where are the funds for charity?

There is a 2015 article in “Mother Jones” entitled “The Shockingly Simple, Surprisingly Cost-effective Way to End Homelessness” that describes in Utah a 72 percent drop in homelessness in only nine years by a concerted effort of the state Task Force on Homelessness and the LDS Church Welfare Department. They find or build houses for chronic homeless, no strings attached. It reminds me of what the early Christians did. They served the poor. No strings attached. By living Jesus’ message they gained members. Which brings me to the 2018 Financial Report (published in the Dec. 20, 2018, edition of The Catholic Spirit). Why do we not have a church welfare department? The sliver of the pie dedicated to “Community Services” ($75,050) can’t possibly make a dent. I know Catholic Charities and End Homelessness and others help fill this void. But imagine the rest of the $19 million going to housing people, feeding them and giving them dignity?

Elizabeth Rosenwinkel
St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis

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