Crisis and Compassion
On the one hand, I realize that perhaps the last thing you want to read about is another reference to COVID-19! Enough already, right? On the other hand, how could I NOT address that subject in a blog at this particular point in time. So, I’ll try to keep it as painless as possible.
As you may have heard/read elsewhere, Catholic Charities agencies across the diocese, including Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties, continue to serve those in need, though not without major changes in how we go about our work. We have implemented many protocols, including strict adherence to social distancing, to help ensure the safety of our staff and those we serve.
Some adjustments have been difficult. Hospitality is a core value of Catholic Charities, and that may seem compromised by the safety standards that we must adhere to during this public health crisis. But, as I have told my staff members, “You can be kind from six feet away!”
A theme that you have undoubtedly heard expressed during these challenging times is the silver lining of the crisis—the way many people are going out of their way to help others. Our agency has certainly seen direct evidence of that, and we are certainly grateful for the generosity that has been entrusted to us as we do our best to serve in Christ’s name.
May God bless you and keep you safe!
-Written by George Garchar, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties