[quote="Franze, post:18, topic:180528"]
Britain like Spain and other european countries and western countries give a lot of money to africans and other poors in the world, but they would have to worry about their poors, I am not supporting the shoplift, but capitalism and all other libertarian diseases are destroying the welfare state since the Wall of Berlin was fallen.
And only Caritas and some organisations are making something but it isn´t enough.
For many people, even in the USA, the situation is desperate. I know for a fact that in the State of Florida, any person who loses their job can only receive $275.00 per week in unemployment. That's the max. Unemployment compensation is a percentage of your salary or the $275, whichever is less, not more. If families with one income, this is not enough to pay the bills. When these families go to the Florida Dept of Children and Families, they are denied Medicaid unless they have minor children. That is the adults are not supposed to get sick or they have to pay COBRA out of what they get from unemployment. COBRA is not always cheap. The same families are denied food stamps, because they have income. To get rent assistance you must wait to have an eviction notice.
I recently tried to place a young woman who is pregnant and has a one-year old baby in a shelter for pregnant women. It's a county run facility. They told me that I had to sign her up on their waiting list. The Office for Respect Life and the brothers had to do some fancy maneuvering to find someone to take her and her child into their home.
With all the lay-offs, the system is becoming over loaded and the states are not always using the funds that they get from the Federal Government prudently. In one poor neighborhood where we serve the county used the incentive money to plant royal palm trees along the main road instead of putting it into the system to help the poor. I don't know what they're doing in other states, but we have a real crisis in Florida. Our unemployment rate is in the double digits now and rising.
Many of our parishes have began to move funds into outreach budgets, have opened food pantries and are paying bills for some families. Resepct Life, which is where I am assigned is now covering not only the unborn, but also families with infants and toddlers. We're providing food, clothing and other baby items. We're trying to train people to do other jobs. The problem is that the jobs are not available.
I imagine that if this is the situation in a state such as Florida, which is by no means one of the poorest in our nation, it must be worse in other states such as Mississippi and Alabama, which are very poor.
Merry Christmas and Peace to all,
Br. JR, OSF :christmastree1: