Community comes together

CARTHAGE – With approximately 80 families affect in the parish of St. Anne, the community and those touched by the plight around the country are coming together to face coming challenges brouch on by the ICE raids on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
St. Anne Carthage has been collecting food and supplies to distribute to families directly impacted by the raids until the community stabilizes.
When visiting for assistance, those affect have been able to meet with attorneys to help guide them through the legal process.
Father Odel Medina is worried about how the families will survive and belies it could take up to six months before affected families find work again.

Cartaghe – photos by Joanna King

Forest – photos by Rebecca Haris

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Community learns financial empowerment

Catholic Charities Jackson hosted a financial empowerment training event Friday, Aug. 10 at St. Richard Jackson called Your Money Your Goals (YMYG). The program was sponsored by Catholic Charities USA, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Capital One. Those in attendance were entertained and informed by YMYG trainer, Andy Zmuda from Catholic Charities of Camden, New Jersey, who spoke on topics including understanding credit reports and tips on making large purchases. Catholic Charities brought in this simple, invaluable tool for parishes and organizations to utilize in working with clients needing financial counseling or services.
According to Dorothy Balser, Director of Parish and Community Engagement at Catholic Charities Jackson, “financial empowerment is about going one step further in assisting clients. Instead of providing a single fish, YMYG is aimed at teaching those in need how to fish for themselves.”
This train the trainer event was attended by approximately 20 representatives from local parishes and St. Vincent de Paul Conferences. They gained valuable tools and materials with which they can work with those in need in the community.
To learn more about YMYG, access the online modules or order free printed materials visit: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/practitioner-resources/your-money-your-goals/toolkit/.