Religious Leaders in Cleveland Attempting to Help Poor

Source: The Plain Dealer

On May 20, 1999, The Plain Dealer reported that a dozen
Muslim, Christian, and Jewish clergy, representing about 1.2 million
Northeast Ohioans, met at a Cleveland mosque on May 19th to discuss
how they can more effectively deal with the growing numbers of poor
people who are seeking their aid. An interfaith coalition has formed
around this issue due to the recent experiences of many religious
communities in attempting to help those whose public assistance
benefits have run out. Welfare caseloads in Ohio are at their lowest
levels since 1970 and cash assistance has decreased 60 percent since
March 1992. Rabbi Elliot Kleinman, a regional director of the Union
of American Hebrew Congregations, stated the goals of the new
coalition: “We want social policy that is created not just out of a
sense of political effectiveness, but also out of a moral sense of
what is right. We want to insure everyone is cared for and nobody is
left out.”