What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is an important part of the work of Catholic Charities; in fact, our mission statement names advocacy along with service and community building as the ways in which we serve our consumers. Advocacy recognizes that there is a story behind every issue, and a story behind every face. Advocacy allows us to speak on behalf of our consumers and most importantly to encourage our consumers to speak out for themselves. Advocacy, paired with the critical services we provide is a powerful tool of healing and change.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton collaborates regularly with the following statewide groups:
- The Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey
- The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
- New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition
- New Jersey Catholic Conference
- Fighting Poverty with Faith/Faith Based Leaders Roundtable
- New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness
- New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies
- New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence
- New Jersey for Health Care
For a list of our advocacy priorities and positions, read our 2021 Advocacy Agenda.
Want to get involved? It’s easy!
Join the Consumer Advocacy Network! Open to all staff and consumers who have an interest in the agency’s advocacy work. Members meet only a few times a year to discuss advocacy efforts and plan special events. Network members have the important job of promoting advocacy participation in their programs.
To learn more about advocacy efforts at Catholic Charities, contact:
JENNIFER SULLIVAN, ESQ.