Accompanying the summit will be a special photo exhibition, a collaborative effort of Catholic Charities USA and “In Our Own Backyard.” The temporary exhibition, U.S. Poverty in the 21st Century, features the work of top American photographers, including award-winning Steve Liss. The exhibit examines the daily struggles of those living in poverty in the
****What: Catholic Charities
**Rev. Larry Snyder, president, Catholic Charities USA and newly appointed member of President’s Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
**St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
**Rev. John Estrem, CEO, Catholic Charities of St. Paul-Minneapolis
**Andrea J. Lee, IHM, president,
**Dr. Barbara Shank, dean, School of Social Work,
**Candy S. Hill, senior vice president, social policy and government affairs, Catholic Charities USA
**Margaret Perryman, president, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
**Kevin Walker, president, Northwest Area Foundation
**Steve Bresnahan, executive director, Catholic Charities of Saint Cloud
**Elizabeth Hinz, district liaison for Homeless and Highly Mobile Students,
**Steve Liss, award-winning, Time Magazine photo journalist and founder of “In Our Own Backyard, an organization of photo journalists committed to the cause of social justice in the
****Where: Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine,
****When: Monday, April 20 9:30 a.m. registration; 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
****Photo Exhibit: Monday, April 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. “In Our Own Backyard:
For more info visit: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/netcommunity/povertyconveningMN
“In a country as prosperous as ours, it is simply unacceptable that 37.3 million people, including 13.3 million children, continue to live in poverty,” said Father Snyder. “Catholic Charities agencies are taking their knowledge of the causes, scope, and ramifications of poverty to seek a sustained national commitment that will ensure economic prosperity for all Americans. Together, we can lift each other up. Only together – with individuals, families, communities, organizations, our leaders, and other social service providers all taking part – can we begin to change the face of poverty in
Catholic Charities USA will celebrate 100 years of compassionate service with and among the poor in 2010. The summit in
Catholic Charities USA’s members—more than 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide—provide help and create hope for nearly 8 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrates its centennial anniversary. For more information, visit www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org.
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