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2nd Quarter 'Snapshot Survey': The Personal Pain of Economic Disaster
Date:8/10/2009

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Catholic Charities USA released its 2nd Quarter "Snapshot Survey" (http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/snapshot) today revealing a dramatic increase nationwide in requests for services and an alarming reduction in resources.

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Citing "the growing personal pain of economic disaster," Catholic Charities' agencies around the country report that State and Local budget cuts have had a huge impact on the ability of Catholic Charities agencies to respond to the poorest in their communities -- a situation that has only deepened since Catholic Charities 1st Quarter Snapshot Survey results.

"The facts continue to paint a very troubling picture," said Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA. "Our agencies report brutal budget cuts and painful staff lay-offs at a time when the most disenfranchised members of our society need us the most. Increasing numbers of our own volunteers and employees have been forced to become clients of our services. Life is being lived at a new level of stress and need."

Of the 40 Catholic Charities agencies responding to the Snapshot Survey, 50% indicated that States are diminishing contracts or worse yet not paying on existing contracts. One Catholic Charities agency reported that their State owes them more than $25 million for services it contracted for. This is not an isolated case, with 7 additional agencies reporting that States owe
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