Panhandling

“In the rare instance that you are panhandled anywhere on the property, please do not, for any reason, give money. For nearly 30 years our 3 Hunger Programs have been able to take care of anyone in need of emergency food. The dangers of giving out money are these: 1) it creates an ever-increasing number of panhandlers, making it hard to get into church; 2) the most easily intimidated and vulnerable are often the targets; and 3) the money will not be used for the purposes for which it is asked. Please trust the parish on this point, that giving money undermines our sincere help for those who are on the street struggling with addictions. If you feel the need to give because you want to help the poor, come help us distribute food, or contribute to our Hunger Program Fund or agencies (all underfunded) that help people who are struggling.” (Taken from a bulletin one of our parishioners picked up traveling. Italics are my adaptations. Fr. Dan)

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