Survey: slow economy hurting churches' ability to help the poor
Parishes report increasing requests for help, but less money with which to lend a hand
Churches are being asked to do more with less.
The latter was tough to deal with, parishes said, since they are being called upon to do more to help parishioners in need:
62 percent had received emergency requests from community members facing homelessness
85 percent reported increased requests for financial assistance for such things as utilities and medical bills
And a whopping 92.3 percent said they had felt the economic downturn’s impact through increased unemployment among their parishioners.