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Catholic Charities in D.C. Is Paying Bills for Federal Workers Thursday

January 17, 2019

By Erin Thibeau

Catholic Charities is helping furloughed workers with their unpaid bills on Thursday.

Federal workers can receive financial assistance between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m on Thursday, January 17, at the James Cardinal Hickey Center – 924 G St NW, Washington, D.C. All they need to bring is their government or contractor ID and a copy of their unpaid bills.

“If they come to us, they’ll leave with something," Catholic Charities CEO and President Father John Enzler tells DCist.

Catholic Charities will send a check (up to $500) right to the vendor behind the unpaid bill. The organization will also offer gift cards to grocery stores and SmarTrip cards. Recently, they've addressed issues with rent and car payments, but federal workers have come to them with medical bills and groceries as well.

If the funds – donated for this purpose by groups like United Way of Greater Washington, Pepco and Bank of America – aren’t exhausted at Thursday’s event, Father John Enzler says they'll do another one “until we spend it all.”

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