ELCA Advocacy June Action: Domestic Human Needs #ForSuchATime
Last month, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a call to Pray, Fast, and Act in support of federal programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with poverty. #PrayFastAct
This June we answer their call by urging action to protect vital nutritional assistance, housing, and community-strengthening federal programs.
ON JUNE 21, JOIN ELCA ADVOCACY AND PRESIDING BISHOPS OF THE ELCA AND THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AS, TOGETHER, WE:
PRAY for our nation’s elected leaders and for all who struggle with hunger and poverty;
FAST to call attention in our own minds and actions the needs and circumstances of the poorest among us; and
ACT by urging our elected representatives to continue funding crucial safety net programs.
JUNE ACTION: APPROPRIATIONS FOR DOMESTIC HUMAN NEEDS
As Lutherans, we are called to protect, support and uplift those who lack access to basic human needs – a roof over their heads, food and decent employment. As a church we can make part of the difference in the lives of our poorest brothers and sisters, but without government assistance programs, millions of Americans would be unable to feed their children, find employment or locate adequate housing. Some of these important programs include:
WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) – WIC helps low-income mothers and their children access nutritional benefits.
Federal Unemployment Benefits and Allowances – These funds support low-income people struggling to find permanent employment.
Low-income housing Assistance, community development and homelessness prevention – These programs assist homeless and low-income people to find viable housing.
The Second Chance Act – This law affords grants to non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies and registered Indian tribes to provide educational, mental health, substance abuse and job-training programs for individuals transitioning out of the prison system.