Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami issued a statement expressing their gratitude to have been one of the organizations selected. The money will be used by Catholic Charities to assist the homeless in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties.
"We are grateful to Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos for their generous and timely Day 1 Families Fund grant that allows Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami to be at the forefront of providing social services to children and families experiencing homelessness in the tri-county area of South Florida," said Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO of Catholic Charities.
This grant will allow Catholic Charities to help even more children and families out of poverty, explained Routsis-Arroyo. He said that their selection "demonstrates Catholic Charities' continued commitment and history of service to those in need."
Catholic Community Services of Western Washington expressed similar sentiment. Agency Director Denny Hunthausen told Northwest Catholic that the grant is "an encouraging sign that together, we are committed to addressing this challenge" of ending homelessness in their area.
"[The grant] will have a considerable impact on family homelessness in Pierce County," said Hunthausen. Over the next four years, Catholic Community Services is expected to help more than 3,600 families experiencing homelessness with the money from the grant.
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Catholic Community Services of Western Washington operates a network of shelters, including day shelters and overnight shelters. Currently, they are not able to assist every family in need, but are hoping the grant will allow them to open up an expanded day center. They are also looking to create a mobile unit to help assist homeless families.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, in a published statement on their website, also expressed gratitude at their selection. The money "will help us meet the needs of so many families experiencing homelessness in our community," said Sister Marjorie Hebert, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.
There are currently hundreds of people in New Orleans who are in need of a place to live, explained Hebert, and her organization is "committed to serving those in need."