By Steve Mullin
Last month, in the midst of our 2015 Annual Appeal “Be the Hands of Hope,” I received a touching e-mail from a “friend of Catholic Charities.” She described to me how her daughter-in-law, a mother of 4 on a very limited budget, heard our appeal during Mass. She was so moved that she contributed the last $20 in her purse. As I reflected on this story, what struck me most was that this was truly “sacrificial giving.” Stories like this inspire us to continue our work.
In the past year, your contributions have helped us:
1. “Welcome the Stranger” by expanding our immigration legal services to cover unaccompanied minors in Alameda and Contra Costa County.
2. “Heal Trauma” by supporting families of victims of Homicide in the City of Oakland
3. “Foster Self-Sufficiency” by teaching lifelong leadership and family skills to the poor and marginalized.
As our appeal continues, we are thankful for all of your contributions. We are well on our way to surpassing our collection from last year, having received 92% of our 2015 goal to date. But we are not there just yet, and it’s not too late to give.