Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens staff met with a representative from Congressman Michael G. Grimm’s office (R-NY13th District), Nick Curran, Brooklyn District Director, to discuss concerns over the upcoming budget cuts that threaten many of our programs.
Newly elected Congressman Grimm voted for a bill that would cut millions of dollars to vital social services in the area. Catholic Charities representatives from Parish and Community and Outreach and Services, Older Adult Services, and Early Childhood Services voiced their concerns over the proposed cuts to Head Start, senior and youth programs, and other services. Catholic Charities staff urged Congressman Grimm to consider the welfare of the individuals and families served at Catholic Charities when the budget is being decided for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year and the 2012 fiscal year. “We know the budget has to be fixed but it cannot be on the backs of the poor and most vulnerable,” stated Nina Valmonte, Director, Parish and Community Outreach and Services. Nick Curran welcomed this initial meeting as the beginning of an important dialogue between Catholic Charities and Congressman Grimm’s Office.
Pictured are (from l. to r.): Shura McLethchie, Case Manager, Catholic Charities Benson Ridge Senior Services; Alicia Gentile, Assistant Teacher, Catholic Charities Vincent J. Caristo Child Care Center; Nina Valmonte, Director, Parish and Community Outreach and Services, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; Sara Suman, Community Project Director, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; and Nick Curran, Brooklyn District Director, Congressman Michael G. Grimm’s Office.