HELP USA SHARES MISSION OF POPE FRANCIS TO GIVE HOMELESS ‘A CONCRETE HOPE’
HELP’S MENTORING FOUNDER, MRS. MARIO M. CUOMO WILL DELIVER SPEECH ABOUT FAMILY STABILITY AT THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES IN PHILADELPHIA
“The Gospel calls, asking of us to be close to the smallest and forsaken,” Pope Francis said. “To give them a concrete hope. And not just to tell them: ‘Have courage, be patient!’”
September 21, 2015 (Philadelphia, PA): Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former first Lady of New York, and founder of HELP USA’s mentoring initiative, Mentoring USA, will be a featured speaker in Philadelphia this Wednesday, September 23 at the World Meeting of Families. Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest gathering of Catholic families. The focus of Mrs. Cuomo’s speech will be the social stability of children and families.
Mentoring USA is a leading national provider of one-on-one site-based mentoring for youth. It focuses on the three pillars of support for children: the home, the school and the community. Mrs. Cuomo will state in her speech on Wednesday that “to help preserve the family and to replace the diminishing intergenerational family support, America developed an interlocking system which combines prevention, mentoring children in need and family preservation; ‘inter-connected’ efforts between the different branches of government; partnerships between government and business ; and a commitment to helping families heal themselves – this ‘interlocking’ system is not just in New York State and throughout America – but around the world.
As the world watches and listens to Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S, HELP USA applauds Pope Francis on his unprecedented advocacy for the homeless, families and children. A theme central to Pope Francis’ Papacy has been making the church “for the poor.” Through all of his speeches and all of his actions, he has underscored service, empathy and mercy. He has chastised senior church officials for losing sight of this basic duty, and has sought to set an example within the Vatican city state of the need to seek out those who live in the margins of society, whether it was offering showers and free haircuts to the homeless in Rome, or taking the destitute on tours of the Sistine Chapel.
HELP USA responds every day to the Pope’s call to action of providing “a concrete hope” to help the homeless and those in need as the leading national provider of housing and supportive services for the homeless. HELP USA has been serving homeless and low income populations of Philadelphia with transitional and permanent housing since 1996.
Today, HELP Philadelphia is one of the largest developers of permanent supportive housing in Pennsylvania, having invested more than $41.5 million in capital projects with the creation of 214 units of housing for homeless and low-income families and veterans.