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Empowering People In Poverty To Collaborate And Advocate

We empower people living in poverty to change the systems that keep them in poverty. Inspired by the vision of the founders of the Vincentian lay movement, our local chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the St. Francis Conference, pursues not only direct service to those who are poor, but also advocacy to root out the systematic causes of poverty. We recently helped organize and sponsor the Newark Think Tank on Poverty.  At the Think Tank, people who are living in poverty come together to talk about the issues in the community which are keeping them in poverty. Together we discuss the problems and their causes and plan local advocacy efforts to address issues such as discrimination towards those who have been convicted of felonies and deficiencies in services offered to those in substance abuse recovery. People involved with the Think Tank are welcomed into our community and empowered to change the systems that keep them in poverty. We are also learning the true meaning of what it means to be brothers and sisters in Christ, working together to live our Gospel call.