Igniting Change and Building Communities
The Catholic resources at Holy Angels Shelter in the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois help create success stories in the community every day. Single moms graduate from high school. Parents find jobs. Children improve their schoolwork. And funding from Catholic Extension will ensure that Holy Angels can continue to provide the Catholic faith-based programs, emergency shelter, food and clothing that have become so important to local women and their families.
The shelter is located on the grounds of the former Holy Angels Catholic Church in East St. Louis, an economically struggling community in southern Illinois that has one of the highest rates of violent crime and childhood poverty in the nation. Because of the environment, the need for a strong Catholic influence in the area is critical, and Holy Angels has become an answer to prayers and an inspiring example of Catholic charity in city full of countless burned-out neighborhoods, abandoned homes, boarded-up businesses and vacant lots overgrown with weeds.
Serving the poorest of the poor in this Catholic diocese 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Holy Angels helped more than 200 individuals last year-Catholics and non-Catholics alike-but had to turn away more than 30 people every day. Many are escaping domestic violence, struggling with mental illness, overcoming substance abuse or living on the street.
The grant from Catholic Extension helps them reach even more of these people in need.
During the past 10 years, Catholic Extension has provided nearly $175 million to under-resourced Catholic communities across the United States. This year alone, we're determined to provide at least $20 million to fund a vast array of worthy projects, from building a Catholic church Pensacola, Florida to assisting the Catholic Diocese of Anchorage, Alaska with faith formation.
We need your financial support and belief in Catholic charity in order to do so. Please consider making a contribution today to support a Catholic church, a Catholic diocese, or your Catholic neighbors. In turn, they will honor you by using your resources to build self-sustaining communities of Catholic faith that will strengthen us all.
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