Ursula Roscigno: Consistency - The Key to Social Justice
I am beyond grateful and excited to be working as a Marketing and Communications Intern with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County through the LSB Community Fellows Program. Based on the few weeks I have been at the organization, it is clear that the open, welcoming, and kind organizational culture greatly reflects and aligns itself with the nature of its mission and fundamental morals of putting the community first. The organization and its people are so clearly passionate about what they do. They are able to not only aid and serve the community through various projects, but also foster an environment that expands one’s desire for the pursuit of social justice.
One of the biggest things I have learned from my internship so far has been that the key to solving problems of injustice and inequality is not through one time solutions, but rather through solutions that are consistently carried out. One of Catholic Charities’ programs that I was able to explore in depth during my first few weeks was their CORAL program. CORAL is a K-8 afterschool program that aims to improve students’ academic achievement through literacy and homework support. Through going onsite to meet the kids and teachers in the program, it was clear that the reason the program was successful was because of its consistency. The program is only helpful to students because they attend on a regular basis. Working at Catholic Charities has shown me that consistency is the key remedy to not only situational struggle and poverty, but more importantly is key to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. It is now clear to me that serving communities does not only involve funding them, but providing measures to continuously support and guide them to the point of autonomy.
I have learned a lot from my first few weeks at Catholic Charities, and I look forward to continuing to learn more about the niche dedicated programs they have in place to properly serve each member of the community.