"To love and serve our neighbors as ourselves."

That may sound like an oxymoron. But when you think about it, it makes sense.

The working poor live paycheck to paycheck. They often have little to nothing in savings. Their checking account runs critically low each month. If someone overdraws that account by $10, the bank charges an overdraft fee--one that the individual will likely will struggle to pay, in addition to needing to replenish the $10. The same thing happens to a family whose electric is disconnected when they can’t pay the bill. Companies charge a hefty fee to simply flip a switch to turn the lights back on. And while many of us take advantage of buying in bulk to save on groceries and everyday household items, many families living paycheck to paycheck end up paying more in the long run for the same items because they can’t afford to buy more up front.

It is the mission of Catholic Charities to help families avoid small financial hurdles like this that could quickly escalate—forcing a household into the cycle of poverty. Your support helps us help families facing situations like these to avoid unnecessary financial pitfalls as they get back on their feet.

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