GRACE is an acronym for Gather, Respect, Advocate, Change and Engage.
GRACE seeks to help fulfill the mission of the Daughters of Charity by making a positive difference in the lives of low-income families and their children. Through value-based collaborations and by formulating, implementing and expanding effective programs and approaches, GRACE is dedicated to reducing barriers to full human development and economic stability.
This is an achievable goal. The United States has shown that together, with the help of government, poverty can be substantially reduced as it was decades ago. During the War on Poverty, poverty declined nationally from over 22% in 1959 to 12.1% in 1969. Social Security benefits dramatically reduced poverty among Americans over 65 – from 35% in 1960 to 10% in 1995.
Today it is estimated that 46 million Americans are living in poverty and almost 40% are children. Now more than ever it is time to re-dedicate ourselves and our resources to solving this problem.