May 2014 OUT OF POVERTY… reports on the powerful and moving experience of the Mass at the Border Wall with an article by Father Clete Kiley, discussing the many tragedies taking place daily at the border. Later, in the reports from the Region, we have a brief note describing the impressions of the event by one of the Vincentians who were present.
OUT OF POVERTY… continues with two articles discussing poverty. The stories of two families help us understand the very different situations that we encounter during home visits. The first family successfully moved out of poverty, after much commitment on their part and much help and advice by many dedicated people. The second story challenges us to find a solution. It is a far more complex situation, which we have not yet been able to address effectively.
The Navigator Program discusses an innovative proposal by Voice of the Poor in Phoenix, recommending for each conference to have a Navigator team to help matching the needs of the people we serve with resources available in the community.
Subsequent articles on Medicaid Expansion and Restorative Justice bring an update on those two issues, which so often are the cause of poverty.
Finally, in the last section, the newsletter includes news on the activities of Voice of the Poor teams across the region, each moving forward with one or more of our goals: Advocacy, Catholic Social Teaching Education and Expansion to new Conferences and Councils.
To be noted-- the participation of Vincentians from three different states in the Parish Social Ministry Training, which took place in Tualatin, OR. Their interesting comments and impressions show that it was a worthwhile event.
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative