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13 Oct, 2011 | News

Catholic Charities Agencies Meet with Obama Administration to Address the Needs of Individuals in Poverty

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ), one of New York City’s leading social service agencies, will join Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and leaders from Catholic Charities agencies across the country in
Washington, D.C. October 13 -14, 2011 for a roundtable discussion and a White House policy briefing to exchange ideas and discuss the principles needed to reform the national safety net that best address the needs of individuals in poverty.
This meeting comes on the heels of the release of Census Bureau data showing historic numbers of Americans living in poverty, and the re-introduction of The National Opportunity and Community Renewal Act, (NOCRA) S. 1565, legislation developed by CCUSA to identify long-term solutions to the nation’s poverty crisis.
Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer of CCBQ states that, “One out of every five New Yorkers struggles to get by.  It’s clear something simply is not working. We are honored to join CCUSA and bring the voice and urgency of the people we serve to the White House. We look forward to finding solutions that will improve the lives of millions, while creating a more compassionate and just society."
White House Director Jon Carson of the Office of Public Engagement said, “Catholic Charities USA is an incredible network of social service organizations that support our neighbors in need. We’re looking forward to having CCUSA leaders from around the country here at the White House for a day of discussion and collaboration as we work towards our shared goals.”
On Thursday, October 13th, CCUSA will hold a roundtable discussion at the National Press Club, moderated by The National Journal’sMajor Garrett, and on Friday, October 14th,160 leaders from Catholic Charities agencies across the country will travel to the White House for a policy briefing and idea sharing.
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ Deputy Executive Director, Sister Ellen Patricia Finn, OP, and Director of Parish and Community Services, Nina Valmonte, will represent Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and join 160 leaders of Catholic Charities agencies across the country.
Attendees will be using social media channels to provide information on the events in real time.