Catholic Diocese of Saginaw to Distribute $20,000 to Help Poor

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 15:39

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MIDLAND — There’s no place like home for the holidays, but for many families in mid-Michigan who live in poverty and face homelessness, the increased pressure and expectations surrounding the season can be very stressful. Helping individuals and families maintain and improve housing conditions for safe and independent living is the mission of Midland Area Homes: Homeless Prevention Program.

Midland Area Homes is one of many organizations that is being recognized for its commitment to helping those in need. At 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, the organization will receive a check for $2,500 presented by the Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone on behalf of the faithful of the Diocese of Saginaw.

“We recognize that this is the time of year that many people give, but we also want to draw attention to the need that is present all year long,” said Terri Grierson, Director of the Office of Christian Service for the diocese.

The diocese has mailed checks to seven other agencies that struggle to meet the growing needs of the poor in their communities. A donation of $2,5000 was sent to each of the following organizations that assist the poor with food, shelter, and emergency needs.

          East Side Soup Kitchen, Saginaw Co.    
          Midland Area Homes: Homeless Prevention Program, Midland Co.  
          Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Bay Co.     
          Rosebush Emergency Assistance Program (REAP), Isabella Co. 
          Office of Human Services, Gratiot Co.
          St. Agatha Parish Food Pantry, Tuscola Co.
          Cros-Lex Project Blessing, Sanilac Co.
          AuGres Christian Charities, Arenac Co.

“We are grateful for the people and agencies who give so generously of their time and treasure to help our brothers and sisters in need,” Grierson said. “It is our hope that others will be encouraged to offer their financial and/or spiritual support to agencies in their communities that help the poor.”

The Diocese of Saginaw is home to 108,601 Catholics, worshiping in 105 parish communities, across Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

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