Begin effort immediately! - Catholic Courier

Begin effort immediately!

To the editor:

Having read the Bishop’s column and Rob Cullivan’s article (about the “Seeking Justice for Children” program in the September Courier), I fear that nothing will change in the next 15 years either.

On a more tangible level, I question why is it suggested to sign up low-income families during Lent? It seems to me this is the most important item in both articles. It should begin immediately and continue until all low-income families are receiving all the help available. As the Bishop concluded, this needs to be done one family at a time and I would add starting now.

Two other questions come to mind. I wonder how complicated application processes are? Also I wonder once all the available assistance has been secured, what else do the families need?

This cannot wait until Lent. I suggest that “waiting” and “putting it off” are the reasons nothing has been accomplished since the (U.S.) Bishops’ 1991 statement.

When will the first of the 38 percent living in poverty in Rochester, N.Y. be served? What will that percentage be in Nov. 2005? And by Lent 2006? Are we writing articles and studying an initiative or are we getting people out of poverty?

Will the number still be at 38 percent next month? How many low income families will be signed up for all available assistance in the next 30 days?

Roy Forker

Mildred B. Forker Lane

Gillett, Pa.

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