Advocate

The Catholic Charities Advocacy Department addresses social conditions for clients, the needs of the eight Catholic Charities organizations, and all people in our community. The Advocacy Department helps develop the Federation’s public policy priorities, advocate at the state and federal level for the poor and vulnerable, and teach Catholics how to put their faith into action.

The role of the Advocacy Department is to:

  • Integrate public policy priorities with agency needs and client experiences;
  • Engage and educate people on the public policy priorities of Catholic Charities; and
  • Mobilize Catholic Charities directors, board members, and staff, as well as the Catholic community to advocate on a local, state, and federal level and to build relationships with decision makers.

Learn more about our 2021 Advocacy Priorities. 

CC-STL Supports Expansion of Tax Credit Programs

March 9, 2021 – Catholic Charities of St. Louis expresses our support of Missouri Senate Bill 155, which proposes “modification of provisions relating to tax credits for contributions to maternity homes, domestic abuse shelters, and rape crisis centers.” Missouri SB 155 was introduced by Senator Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester).

Three of our agencies – Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, Queen of Peace Center, and Saint Martha’s Hall – will greatly benefit from this tax credit expansion. We appreciate Senator Koenig and the other members of the Senate Economic Development Committee for supporting our work empowering and bringing hope to Missourians, especially women and their children. (Read More)

Understanding Amendment 3

Click Here for a side-by-side comparison of Amendment 1 (known as the CLEAN Missouri Initiative) passed in 2018 and the changes proposed by Amendment 3 in 2020. Catholic Charities of St. Louis has provided this information to help Missouri voters understand Amendment 3 in relationship to the similar Amendment 1. By sharing this information, Catholic Charities is neither endorsing or opposing Amendment 3.

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CLICK HERE for slides from the July 14 webinar, Medicaid Expansion: Our Catholic Response to Ensure Access to Life-Saving Healthcare for All.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the July 22 webinar, What Would Medicaid Expansion Mean for Missouri?
A STATEMENT FROM CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF ST. LOUIS REGARDING MISSOURI AMENDMENT 2

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Learn more about Medicaid Expansion by listening to this Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) podcast hosted by MCC Executive Director Tyler McClay. Guests include Ascension Director of State Policy and Advocacy Brock Ingmire and Catholic Charities of St. Louis Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement Tamara Kenny. 

ADVOCACY NEWS

Catholic Charities Goes to Jefferson City

(Missouri Catholic Charities Advocacy Day, March 5)

CCSTL Testimony in Opposition to Senate Bill 4
(re: SNAP Work-Tracking Requirements)

Peace and Justice Commission Endorsement of Missouri Proposition B
(minimum wage increase, Nov. 2018 ballot)

Missouri Catholic Conference Statement Regarding Missouri Proposition B
(minimum wage increase, Nov. 2018 ballot)

CCSTL President Theresa Ruzicka’s response to After Missouri Cuts Funding for the Disabled, Some Fear They May be Forced into Nursing Homes (St. Louis-Post Dispatch, August 16, 2018)

 

To contact the Advocacy Department:

Brian Thouvenot
Chief Development Officer

314.367.5933 or bthouvenot@ccstl.org