Charities Staff present "The National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act" during National Conference in DC
In late Sept., staff from Catholic Charities attended the Catholic Charities USA Centennial Celebration in Washington D.C. The focus of the celebration was poverty reduction, and Catholic Charities’ goal of reducing domestic poverty in half by the year 2020.
A highlight of the trip was a day at Capitol Hill, where over 1,000 representatives from local Catholic Charities agencies visited with members of Congress to present The National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act, a bill drafted by Catholic Charities and introduced into both the House and Senate during our time in Washington.
The goal of the visits was to introduce the legislation as well as request co-sponsor from each Representative and Senator. The legislation is focused poverty reduction using three objectives: developing and empowering local markets, creating new holistic approaches and incentivizing results driven outcomes with more modern use of technologies, so that the federal government can invest in programs that truly bring people into self-sufficiency.
Catholic Charities staff was able to meet with staff from the offices of Bruce Braley (First District, Iowa), Dave Loebsack (Second District, Iowa), Leonard Boswell (Third District, Iowa) and Steve King (Fifth District, Iowa) as well as the staff from the office of Senator Tom Harkin. Senator Charles Grassley was available to meet with the delegation personally.