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San Antonio Catholic agency helping shutdown-stranded government workers

January 15, 2019

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio is asking for financial assistance to aid residents adversely affected by the federal government shutdown.

J. Antonio Fernandez, its president and CEO, said the agency has seen an uptick in requests for rental, food and utility assistance.

He said Catholic Charities has been responding to such requests and is also offering gift cards and wraparound services, including basic needs such as food at its West Side location, Guadalupe Community Center, 1801. W. César Chávez Blvd.

“We have received many calls from our community asking for our help,” Fernandez said in an email and online alert. “As always, we are here to help in any way that we can.

“Consider sharing this message with those you know and if you know of someone who is need of help please direct them to Catholic Charities.”

The agency is specifically asking for H-E-B or Walmart gift cards or cash donations.

“We help those in crisis every day,” his appeal said. “And, every day crisis looks different. Catholic Charities aims to support those affected by the government shutdown to provide immediate basic needs, prevent homelessness and utility disconnection, comfort the displaced, and strengthen the vulnerable.”

Donations and non-perishable food items can be delivered to Catholic Charities’ headquarters, 202 W. French Place, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays “until this crisis is over,” he said.

Elaine Ayala covers religion and minority affairs in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | eayala@express-news.net | Twitter: @ElaineAyala

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