Feeding the Hungry, Clothing the Naked, Sheltering the Homeless
According to the PovertyUSA.org, approximately 1 in 10 U.S. citizens live below the poverty line. This includes 1 out of every 6 children. Over 550 thousand people experience homelessness on any given night. 2 .5 million children experience homelessness each year. 11% of all households experience hunger. Hunger and Homelessness disproportionately impacts minorities, immigrants, those attempting to re-enter society after incarceration, and those who suffer with addiction and other mental illnesses.
The Augustinians respond to systemic poverty in several ways:
- Prayer: the needs of those who are marginalized are incorporated into the daily prayer life of Augustinian Friars, Augustinian communities, and our many ministries throughout the U.S. and the world.
- Direct Service: We work to ensure nobody goes to bed on an empty stomach through services such as food drives, food pantries, and food distribution. Further, we work to ensure nobody has to go without a roof over their head, clothing, medical services, and other basic necessities through partnerships with homeless shelters and orphanages and non-profit organizing.
- Education: providing classes, webinars, and service opportunities at our schools and parishes to educate people and future leaders on the root causes of systemic poverty and ways to eliminate it.
- Advocacy: providing a voice for the marginalized and voiceless to local, state, and federal representatives through petitions, phone calls, and visits to Government leaders.