Neil Oberto is director of the Hazleton office of Catholic Social Services. He says the budget stalemate has forced him to use lines of credit to help pay for the many services provided by his agency on south church street in Hazleton.
“We coordinate our adoption and foster care services from this location for the entire diocese. So that’s being directly affected.We’re part of the statewide adoption and permanency network so those funds are affected. Any funds we received from the county that are directly tied to the state are be affected. “
The Hazleton Center also provides food and meals to low income families. It provides services to hundreds of families each year.
“We see the faces we hear the stories. If there was a way to raise all the funds on our own to be bale to provide this work we would do it.”
Oberto had this message for the powers that be in Harrisburg.
“Resolve it. Let’s get this thing resolved and hopefully somehow find a way that we are not faced with this in the future.”
Many social service agencies are echoing the same message.