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Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Charities’

Portland, OR: Refugee federal funding uncertainty causes Catholic Charities to fire some staff

Posted by Ann Corcoran on September 9, 2018

Well, nothing new there you say! Right!

Portland refugees welcome

One Oregon protesting Donald Trump in Portland, OR in January 2017   http://www.oneoregon.org/who-we-are/

However, a couple of things in this otherwise ho-hum news story make it worth posting.

First, because Catholic Charities of Oregon (a refugee agency subcontractor of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) isn’t getting in massive new waves of fresh refugee clients, they are focusing on better care for the ones they resettled earlier and that is a good thing.

However, when they list their efforts at job training and mental health counseling it got me thinking—who is paying for that!  

It is probably the taxpayer again, but because Catholic Charities of Oregon considers itself a church they are not required to file an IRS Form 990 so that we could find out exactly how many taxpayer dollars are flowing to them.

We know that in addition to the per head payment resettlement agencies receive from you there are myriad taxpayer-funded grants at the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, grants like this one, that keep resettlement contractors afloat. (I think I need to start having a look at those!)

Require all Catholic Charities to file Form 990s (they aren’t churches!) 

One more of many reforms that Congress (or the President) should undertake is to require these so-called ‘religious’ charities to file Form 990s.  (By the way, some Catholic Charities do file a Form 990, but the one featured at Catholic News Agency does not.)

To see the second reason I’m posting this story, continue reading!

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, health issues, Legal immigration and jobs, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 9 Comments »

Syracuse, NY letter to editor: help me with Catholic Charities fuzzy math

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 15, 2018

I’m happy to report on a letter-to-the-editor at Syracuse.com because I had meant to post on the original article that generated this reader’s letter and never got around to it.

Letter-writer George Checksfield is referring to an article, here, in which we learn that the State of New York is plugging the “hole” created by lost federal revenue for Catholic Charities (from you really, the taxpayer). 

He wants to know why does a private group like this need taxpayer dollars to hold on to employees they don’t need.

holy trinity Syracuse

In 2014, Syracuse’s Holy Trinity Catholic Church became a mosque and these Catholic Charities refugee pushers don’t even get what is happening to them.   https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/syracuse-refugee-group-buys-catholic-church-will-be-converted-to-a-mosque/

The mainstream media rarely makes the connection clear to the average taxpaying citizen reading a story like this that there is a direct relationship between the number of refugees being brought in and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County (this one and many others throughout the US) budget.

Their payments from the feds are based on how many refugees the agency places. It is a per refugee head basis and so big families bring in bigger bucks to CC (sorry for the zillionith time I’ve repeated that!). 

When the President reduced the number of refugees being admitted to the US, it caused all these federal contractors to see their budgets shrink.

Below is a screenshot of Mr. Checksfield’s letter.

But, do not miss the nearly 30 comments, virtually all negative toward Catholic Charities, that have been sent in to Syracuse.com.

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Pockets of Resistance, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Trump Watch!, What you can do | Tagged: , , , | 6 Comments »

Refugees placed in rough neighborhoods, not so sure it was a good idea to come to America

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 3, 2018

“I wanted to come here, have a nice house, a car, but they kill your son,” she said. “They broke my heart. They killed me, too.”

(Mother questioning why she ever came from the DR Congo to Chicago)

 

Stories are increasingly showing up in the media about refugees placed by federally funded resettlement agencies in to cheap housing in dangerous neighborhoods.

Darlis killed in Milwaukee

17-year-old Darlis was shot and killed in Chicago

Yesterday I posted this story from San Antonio, and reader ‘ganjagrandma’ sent another story from last week about Milwaukee, Chicago and Rockford, Illinois where not only were refugees placed in slum housing, but were targets of violence and murder in the neighborhoods where they were placed.

(I suspect those refugees in a Boise housing complex are feeling like Darlis’ mother.)

Of course, I am a little suspicious about this spate of stories because I think what it is leading to is a demand for more federal money for refugee agencies and an opportunity to blame Donald Trump yet again for being heartless.

You need to know a couple of things before I go on with this latest news on the subject.

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 18 Comments »

Another story about refugees living in deplorable housing, this time in San Antonio, Texas

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 2, 2018

And, this time rather than the International Rescue Committee getting the blame (as they did in California), it is Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Catholic refugee agency worker:

The charity’s “model of resettlement has not really changed for 20, 30 years. They still basically do what they’re required to do, but they don’t do any more.”

Jose Antonio Fernandez

Jose Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities San Antonio says the agency received $7.5 million in 2016 from the federal government to help 1,900 refugees. What! Over $3,900 for every man woman and child!

Sounds like they are taking in more refugees than they can adequately provide for!!!

Not enough decent housing that is also cheap they wail.  But, I have noticed over the years that the answer is never that there might be too many refugees entering the US!

And, with rich agencies like Catholic Charities, maybe they could pony-up with some of their own private Christian-charity dollars rather than depending on the US taxpayer to supply them with more!

As I reported here, just yesterday, Texas is the number one refugee-welcoming state in the nation right now!

Sounds like Texas, and its stable of ‘charities’, are ‘welcoming’ more refugees than they can adequately provide for!!!

 

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | 13 Comments »

State Department considering not renewing contracts with all nine resettlement agencies

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 22, 2018

That headline is the important takeaway from this story at NorthJersey.com.

Although largely built around the demise of a recently established resettlement site—Newark! Newark! Yes, Catholic Charities was gearing up to place impoverished third worlders in Newark—the long article is pretty informative.

Newark catholic charities

My first thought: So they have run out of poor Americans in Newark.

It begins with a whinefest about all the used clothes and furnishings the new office had collected for the needy people they planned to welcome to the city.

I’m sure you will have the same reaction as I did—what! No poor people in Newark who could use these items!

Why are foreign poor people so much more deserving (and attractive) than our own poor and homeless?

 

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Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Trump Watch! | Tagged: , , , , | 6 Comments »

Catholic Charities of Minnesota drops refugee program; will take care of poor and homeless already among us

Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 4, 2018

At least one of the major players in Minnesota’s refugee industry has woken up and smelled the coffee—gobs of federal money is not going to flow to the resettlement of more refugees to Minnesota, especially Somalis, in the foreseeable future.

One of the first questions people ask me when they first hear about the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program and the imminent arrival of third world poverty to their home town/city is this:

Why are we doing this when we have so many poor and homeless people right here who need care?

It looks like at least Catholic Charities is getting the message, perhaps from many faithful Catholic parishioners (like Kate below!)!

The primary story on the news is at the Star Tribune headlined (hat tip: Joanne):

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis cuts refugee resettlement, adoption programs

The charity will instead focus on fighting homelessness and helping at-risk kids.

But, there are many news outlets including Radio KNSI with the story as well.  I had to laugh when I saw this comment at KNSI:

 

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Posted in Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 10 Comments »

Catholics close 20 refugee offices, layoff hundreds as federal funding plummets

Posted by Ann Corcoran on April 22, 2018

“There is not a Catholic Charities program that has not been impacted in some way…picture is not a pretty one.”

Jim Kuh, Director of immigration and refugee services for Catholic Charities USA

 

CATHOLIC CHARITIES USA(R) LOGOHere we go again, another whinny story about how that mean ol’ Donald Trump is hurting Catholic RELIGIOUS programs by cutting the number of refugees who come with federal funding attached to each one!

Before reading on check out the Capital Research Center tutorial on why it is bad policy all around for taxpayers to fund Catholic Charities.

This is what I think every time I see stories like this:

If the Catholic Church and its members want to help the poor throughout the world, they should use their own private charity!  And, better still, be brave and go to where the people are suffering and help them there. It is not the role of the US government to fund the church’s good works!

(Editor: as I said yesterday, in order to read the rest of this post, click on the link below!)

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Posted in Changing the way we live, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Trump | Tagged: , , | 18 Comments »

Catholic Charities can’t have cake and eat it too in Lesbian adoption case, or….

Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 24, 2018

…to put it another way—Live by the government, die by the government!

I wasn’t planning to get into this story about how a Lesbian couple was denied the right to foster a refugee child by Catholic Charities because the couple is a same-sex couple, but couldn’t resist when I saw this Leftwing report on a “Rightwing” TV interview.

DONOHUE

Donohue wrote a book entitled: Twilight of Liberty! Unbelievable that he can’t see that being financially beholden to the federal government doesn’t exactly advance ‘religious’ liberty!

You may be surprised to hear that I am on the side of the Lesbians in this case.

Why?

Because Catholic Charities wouldn’t be in this pickle if they weren’t living off the federal dole with their millions of dollars in grants/contracts they receive from taxpayers.

You might be saying, well they probably would still go after Catholic Charities, yes, maybe, but would have a more difficult road if it weren’t for all the federal money that goes directly to CC and indirectly via the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, one of nine major federal refugee contractors.***

Catholic agencies can’t act like they are private RELIGIOUS organizations while living off you and me via the US Treasury.  

From The Advocate:

A Texas lesbian couple’s lawsuit over the denial of a foster care opportunity amounts to “gay bullying and harassment” in the mind of right-wing Catholic activist and noted homophobe Bill Donohue.

Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin filed suit in federal court Tuesday against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and several federal government agencies after the director of international foster care at the Catholic Charities of Fort Worth turned down their application to foster a refugee child because they don’t “mirror the Holy Family,” The Texas Tribune reports. The bishops’ conference receives federal funding that it funnels to the foster care program, so it is using taxpayer dollars to illegally discriminate based on Catholic beliefs, say the women, who are represented by Lambda Legal.

But Donohue contends the women are just trying to bully the Catholic church. “They’re gay activists,” he said Wednesday on The Ingraham Angle, Laura Ingraham’s show on the Fox News Channel (watch below). “They are trying to shove their secular values down our throats. … Secular militants [are] trying to shove their way in and basically neuter Catholic institutions,” he continued.

He and Ingraham both said the couple could go to other religious groups or secular agencies in search of foster care opportunities, but they are targeting Catholic institutions to rob them of their religious identity. “The intent is to intimidate, to bully, to get them to capitulate,” Donohue said. In some states, Catholic groups have ceased providing adoption or foster care services rather than serve same-sex couples.

More here.

When Catholic Charities and the Bishops give up their federal boodle, then I’ll listen to their “religious identity” arguments.

Decide! Religious principles OR federal money!

If you missed it last month, go here, and see Capital Research Center‘s educational youtube on CC and its dependency on federal money.

*** These are the nine federally funded refugee agencies operating in the US.

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare)!  From most recent accounting, here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, So what did they expect?, Taxpayer goodies, women's issues | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

Catholic Charities should not be funded by government!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 21, 2018

That is the title of this excellent youtube clip from the Capital Research Center that echoes a major theme here at RRW.  (Hat tip: John) Send it to your friends and family!

 

 

(The link to the video is here in case you can’t play it above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxK3ILdN8SM&feature=youtu.be )

If you search USASpending.gov you should be able to find out how much government money is going to your local Catholic Charities.  Be sure to check off grants and contracts and select years.

Some Catholic Charities are under the budget umbrella of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (one of nine federal contractors for the resettlement of refugees), but that is not the only money CC is getting directly from you—the US taxpayer.

These are the nine federal contractors, for six of them the same message applies—-religious groups should not be getting federal dollars! (Nor should the secular non-profits, but at least they aren’t being as hypocritical as the supposedly religious ones.)

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of federal funding each received in 2015 or 2016, see here:

Posted in Community destabilization, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

Oregon: Catholic Charities employee arrested for allegedly producing child pornography

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 18, 2017

The story is here at KOIN.com: (Hat tip: Michael)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — FBI agents arrested a Portland man Thursday for reportedly producing child pornography after a criminal complaint filed against him alleged that he approached 2 young girls via an app.

juan-carlos-ramon

Ramon’s immigration status is unknown. Gateway Pundit has a more explicit story here:  http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/immigrant-activist-busted-child-porn-luring-minors/

According to the criminal complaint, Juan “Carlos” Ramon is accused of contacting 2 Louisiana girls, ages 6 and 8, via an app called “Musical.ly.”

The complaint alleges Ramon convinced the children to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves. According to the complaint, Ramon contacted multiple other minors for explicit material.

[….]

Due to previous jobs Ramon has held, investigators believe he may have had opportunities to be in direct contact with children over a period of years.

It’s believed Ramon is currently employed by El Programa Hispano Católico (Catholic Charities) in Gresham. It’s also believed he worked for Metropolitan Family Service’s SUN school program in Gresham.

[….]

KOIN 6 News reached out to El Programa Hispano Católico and they provided the following statement,

This afternoon, El Programa Hispano Católico and Catholic Charities were notified that an employee was arrested by the FBI on charges related to allegations of child pornography involving two minors in Louisiana. Our organizations are fully cooperating with the FBI and law enforcement officials in this investigation.

This post is filed in RRW’s ‘crimes’ category, see a couple of thousand other posts in that category by clicking here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Resettlement cities | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

 
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