July 23, 2015
The World Meeting of Families has set up a charity to honor Pope Francis' trip to the region, providing funding for several local groups, including a handful based in Camden.
“The Francis Fund” is aimed at meeting the “concrete needs of people in the Philadelphia region and Camden who are struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty, in the spirit of Pope Francis’ own special compassion and concern for our poor sisters and brothers.”
Currently, about 50 local organizations, both Catholic and nondenominational, are supported by the fund.
Camden charities supported by the fund include the Cathedral Kitchen Catholic Charities, which serves food to the poor and hungry, and the Covenant House, which assists homeless and runaway youth.
Other charities in Camden that are receiving support are Joseph’s House of Camden and the Center for Family Services.
So far, about $700,000 has been committed to the fund, according to the Courier-Post.
According to the fund’s website, local charities were selected for their efforts to assist in areas that are aligned with the pope’s goals, which include aiding the homeless, preventing the trafficking of women, providing food for the poor and assisting areas hit hard by poverty.
You can donate to the fund here.