Church outreach to unemployed stays busy

Two months ago, CNS did a story on how parish groups are helping the unemployed find work, or at least get spiritual and practical support while job searching.  The latest edition of The Monitor, diocesan newspaper of Trenton, N.J., highlights similar parish groups in the Trenton Diocese.

Some of these groups are new, in response to the current economic crisis, but one has been around since leaner times.

At St. Catharine Parish in Holmdel, the Employment Resource Committee has been going strong for nearly three decades.

Deacon John Flanagan, author, time-management expert and retired vice president for Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance, started the group in 1981. When it first started, the group met a few times a month with about three participants.

Today, the group meets every week and includes a network of hundreds of volunteers with business and professional skills. Parishioner Angelo DeRosa, who helps coordinate the group, said the first year he was involved he saw 15 people get jobs.

“That set the tone for me,” he said.

“The people who come to us, they come after unemployment has run out, after they’ve gone through everything they can go through. We give them the hand of God.”

15 Responses

  1. Why am I not surprised that the Church has an outreach to the Unemployed? If all denominations would follow the Church’s lead of reaching out to all the hurting of the world, this world would be a MUCH better place.

    I am not Catholic, but I totally respect Catholics, and this is one of the main reasons.

  2. At St. Catharine Parish in Holmdel, the Employment Resource Committee has been going strong for nearly three decades.

    Thats a great one. Enjoyed reading it thanks.

  3. It’s interesting. When you look back over the hundreds and hundreds of years civilization has been around, the church has always been there to ease the suffering of people. No other organization/company/group can compare to the unconditional generosity.

    What amazes me the most is that there are people out there that do unthinkable things, such as genocide, murders and rape yet there are generous people that extend their love to help another human being. Why is there such a gap?

  4. This is an excellent example of how people should help each other.

    My local church should follow your lead. There is little community currently but I feel that times are changing. Hard times are bringing some people closer together.

  5. The church has always been there to ease the suffering of people in bad times and while they are in bad conditions..
    These are really the true blessing of God!!

  6. Now if only more churches will follow this example and start helping people all over the world.
    Wouldn’t that be great?

  7. Churches by their nature should help people in bad times. Church people tend to be very human helpful orientated.
    USA

  8. Considering just how rich the catholic church really is, it’s about time.

  9. Maybe its a sign of the times. The church actually being “the Church”

  10. They should reach out more to those in need. more helping = better world

  11. For years I say I’m going to get into Pilates but I keep putting it off, I’m hoping reading blogs like this is going to change my resolve.

  12. I wish the government would get out of the way so that we could give more to the church. The church is the key to truly helping others in the most efficient way possible.

  13. The power of the church is in its giving. This is the original message of the church. It is about the love of God in the risen savior Jesus. Jesus said take care of the poor and hunger until he returns. This is an example of that. Our site has used the power of Spirit to help the depressed, suicidal and even those with diabetes. Great Post!

  14. I agree, less Gov more People!

  15. It is a godly thing to have a Church outreach program to the unemployed. This encouraes the spreading of good values. Nothing wrong with that.

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