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Moving Beyond Blame…

Posted: October 08, 2014

If one were to listen to all of the rhetoric in the public domain… One would conclude that there are few solutions to the great challenges we face. Most of us realize that what breaks through despair and discouragement is real leadership which digs deep and calls for courage, boldness and an ability to collaborate across the community. Kathy Tomlin is a powerful example of this inspirational way of leading! She has been a champion of justice issues for over 20 years at Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Kathy will be moving from her role as the leader of Social Justice for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis to her new role as Vice President for Social Justice Research and Policy. Kathy switches roles after achieving numerous accomplishments. Most recently, she was part of the team that was on the ground at the 2014 Legislative Session and secured an historic $100 million dollars to support affordable housing. Part of that figure also includes $8 million dollars for the Dorothy Day Revision project slated for downtown St. Paul. 

These dollar amounts reflect the increasing concern throughout Minnesota about the growing numbers of our homeless population or, “precariously” housed. According to Wilder Foundation, families are the fastest growing population of the homeless. When one stops to consider how catastrophic this impact is on children and their ability to succeed, it is of great concern. What is also troubling is that 25 percent of all homeless children become homeless adults. We also have an increasing population of homeless or unaccompanied youth.

St. Patrick’s in collaboration with Catholic Charities and many other churches and community organizations is working to make a difference. Our involvement with the 66 West Apartments project led by Beacon Interfaith Ministries and Edina Community Lutheran Church is part of a community based solution to address homeless youth in the Southwest suburbs. St. Patrick’s has also been engaging in conversations within our community with our Fall Forum Speaker Series in St. Martin’s Hall on Thursday nights!

If you missed our first panel, please join us on Thursday, October 23 and 30 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Martin’s Hall to discuss senior related issues! These events are not only for seniors, but for their family members and those who want to explore options for the future! All events are free and open to the community!

St. Patrick’s Office of Social Justice believes by engaging on issues related to poverty and justice, through collaboration with community based agencies and churches, that we can build hope for individuals and families living in poverty! And, most importantly we can move beyond blame and create real solutions that work!

If you would like more information, please contact the Maura Schnorbach in the Office of Social Justice at St. Patrick’s.