FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – City and church leaders gathered with community members Sunday afternoon at Parkview Field for the 5th “March of the Friends of the Poor. “
More than 300 have come together to help end poverty in Northeast Indiana. The march was organized by the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Society of Fort Wayne.
“We have programs that help with food, rent, utilities, transportation needs, clothing, furniture and more,” said organizer Lara Schrek.
Organizers say this year’s demand for help is high due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are seeing people who still need help with food,” Schrek said. “We are also seeing people who need help paying their rent as some government programs are phased out.”
Bishop Kevin Rhoades was also in attendance with Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. Bishop Rhoades said he also noticed another issue that he and other religious leaders had to tackle.
“There are still other needs that people have, they are struggling not only economically, but even with anxiety and depression,” Bishop Rhoades said. “The church also has a mission to help those who struggle in this way as well.”
Bishop Rhoades said he wanted those who struggle to remember that they are not alone.
We have seen it in our families, in our Catholic schools, so we are trying to increase our counseling services, ”said Bishop Rhoades.
The Saint-Vincent de Paul Society says it needs volunteers and encourage people to get involved if they can.