Higher Gas Prices Are Affecting Many People Trying to Make Ends Meet
As the cost of living skyrockets, Candice, a mother of four young children in King County has turned to Catholic Community Services for help with her family’s basic needs: rent and utility assistance, food and clothing.
“I am a 27 year old female, mother of 4 kids. The recent rise in gas prices has made it hard to do much of anything. Any driving to look for jobs are almost impossible. All money needed to go to food, power bills, and gas. The cost of living has been growing higher every day. The services provided by CCS are greatly appreciated.”
Throughout Western Washington, hundreds of people, like Candice, find stability and supportive connections through Catholic Community Services.
In Whatcom County, for example, the Hope House Multi-Service Center partners with Catholic parishes in Bellingham to provide emergency assistance through five distinct programs: Sharing Shop, Men’s Haberdashery, the Above and Beyond Shop, The Pantry, and Street Ministry. Annually, Hope House provides emergency services to more than 10,000 men, women and children in need.
The CCS Emergency Assistance Program in King County provides rental assistance, case management, utility assistance, gas and prescription assistance and emergency motel vouchers. In Tacoma, the Phoenix Housing Network offers services and classes for families that are homeless and at risk.
A case worker and client at the South King County Family Center
When the emergency need is something to eat, people in Aberdeen can turn to the CCS “Feed the Hungry” program. It serves some 60 meals daily to homeless people, low-income seniors, and mothers with young children. With the gas price increase, the number of visitors in need of food has increased.
In Olympia, the CCS Community Kitchen serves nutritious lunches and suppers six days a week. Annually, the program serves more than 100,000 meals.