Local churches for months now have reported a precipitous increase in the number of congregants seeking help. Now, with state budget cuts expected to have a significant impact on family health and social services, the burden may become greater. Where to do you see the role of your church in picking up the slack left by depleted government agencies?
Even in the best of times — when our economy is in robust health and our citizens can get stable, well-paying jobs — government agencies cannot meet all the needs of our communities. It is only natural that houses of worship offering spiritual support and direction become the first place people turn to when they are faced with life’s material hardships. Local synagogues, churches, and mosques often receive the first call for help from those in distress, and we strive to help the less fortunate by offering assistance at the grassroots level.