The Diocese of Raleigh, in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, has donated $10,000 to the Raleigh/Wake County Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness. This donation is twice the amount contributed by the Diocese in 2010.
The mission of the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness is to reorient the service system from one that manages homelessness to one that prevents and ends homelessness through the power of partnerships.
Approximately 78,000 people are estimated to be living in poverty in Raleigh/Wake County with many at risk of homelessness. More than 3,300 people, including 700 children and 500 veterans, experience homelessness during the course of a year. Each night there are on average 1,100 people, including 200 children, who are homeless in Wake County.
The Raleigh/Wake County Partnership works to address three areas: (1) Housing and Support; (2) Prevention; and (3) Employment, Education and Income.
Through public awareness, advocacy and collaboration among homeless service providers, the Partnership helps ensure the most effective housing solutions, prevention services and support services to prevent persons from becoming homeless, and to enable those who are homeless to move to and remain in a stable housing situation and maximize their self-sufficiency.
In a letter to Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge wrote, “The Diocese is honored to offer its support in this initiative, as well as in many other ongoing works of outreach. With Catholic Charities, we are committed to doing what we can to help alleviate homelessness and to help all those in our midst who are poor and having hardships, especially in this turbulent economy.”
Ms. Kathleen Walsh, Catholic Charities Executive Diocesan Director, expressed gratitude to the Bishop for the donation from the Diocese. “As you know,” she wrote, “it will yield results in so many ways in the lives of families. Members of the business and non-profit communities in our area are demonstrably appreciative of this demonstration of the Diocese’s commitment to the poor, as well as challenged to ‘go and do likewise.’”