By Elise Franco
Sisters involved with Nuns on the Bus Ohio are working to provide a new type of budget they say will benefit the nation’s people, as well as its government.
The sisters began their 1,000-mile bus tour across Ohio on Oct. 10 and will conclude Monday. On Saturday, they stopped in Youngstown to share their mission with more than 100 people gathered at Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership — a community organization that provides services to alleviate and prevent poverty.
Sister Monica McGloin said the tour takes them to organizations such as MYCAP to highlight the importance of the services they provide. She said the state and country’s current budget situation threatens to cut funding to these organizations, which will force cuts in service.
“The people of Youngs-town and their economy have been hit hard,” she said.
“We’ve seen some wonderful programs, like the one here. All these programs told us that cuts equal fewer services.”
Robin Renee Walton, executive director of MYCAP, said the sisters’ visit to Youngstown and the organization was a way for both groups to spread their missions.
“It’s all about awareness,” Walton said. “The nuns are carrying their message across the state, and they’ll bring awareness about our impact in the area we serve.”
McGloin said because budget decisions have such a widespread impact, the nuns are using the tour to educate people about the “Faithful Budget,” a campaign created by members of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths that “promotes comprehensive and compassionate budget principles that will protect the common good, value each individual and his or her livelihood, and help lift the burden on the poor, rather than increasing it while shielding the wealthiest from any additional sacrifice,” according to the campaign’s website.
McGloin said people need to begin putting pressure on elected officials at every level of government to create budgets that reflect those principals.
“No matter who we elect in November, we will need a budget,” she said.
“The Faithful Budget outlines all the things all of us need.”
Walton said what many people in Youngstown need most is the continued services provided by MYCAP and other similar organizations. She said that’s why Nuns on the Bus chose Youngstown as a stop in the tour.
“The sisters realize the situation here in Mahoning County,” Walton said,
“People who have never accessed our services are now in need of immediate assistance.”
For more information about Nuns on the Bus, visit www.nunsonthebus-ohio.com. For more information about The Faithful Budget, visit www.faithfulbudget.org.