Charity wakefield has been in a charitable coma for more than a year after it was founded in 2013 by former missionaries who were trying to give back to the church.
They have spent nearly $10 million to help the community by giving meals and clothing to the homeless, giving out toys and games to kids and even running a charity shop for needy people.
But in the wake of the shooting at a community center in South Carolina last month, the nonprofit said it has received more than $5 million in donations from other groups.
But even with those donations, Wakefield’s fundraising efforts are in the early stages, and its main focus is on giving back to people who are still homeless.
A man holds a sign during a vigil for the victims of the Charleston church shooting in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., July 14, 2021.
A recent check with the federal government, filed Friday by the Catholic Charities of America (CCA), shows that in 2017, the charity received a total of $3.8 million in gifts, a $2.5 million gift from the U.K. government and a $4.5.2 million gift by the U-N-F.
This is less than the $15 million donated to the Catholic Church by the Pope and a far cry from the $100 million donated by the church in 2016, the last year of its existence.
The CCA’s annual report to Congress lists only two gifts from the United Kingdom and two from the Vatican.
The U.N.F. gave Wakefield $1 million and the UBIQ Foundation donated $400,000.
A report filed Friday in a South Carolina federal court also shows that the Vatican gave the CCA $100,000, the United Methodist Foundation $100.4 million and an unnamed non-profit.
“It is our sincere hope that all those who are involved with this effort can find common ground and reach out to the many different organizations and individuals who have contributed to this effort,” the CCCA said in a statement.
“In the coming weeks, we will be meeting with the various church and charitable leaders who have supported this important cause and will continue to do so.”
The CCCAs president, the Rev. Robert McQuillan, said that while the church is looking to expand its programs, its biggest priority is on providing support to those in need.
“The church needs to be there for those in its care,” he said.
“We need to make sure that we are doing the right thing and providing the services that are needed, and if the church has done its job in this time, then we have done our job.”
Catholic Charities’ efforts have received praise from the pope.
In a statement released on Friday, the Pope said he had visited the wakefield on Tuesday to express his condolences to the victims, their families and the community.
“I am deeply saddened to learn that a young man from South Carolina has been murdered in Charleston and I am deeply concerned for the safety of the people of the community,” the Pope wrote.
“I hope that this tragedy will serve as a wakeup call to all those involved, to those who have sought to be part of the solution, to God’s grace and mercy and to the people who have stood against the darkness.
I am in prayer with the families, and with all those affected by this terrible tragedy.
I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families and friends of those who were killed.”
The church has not yet commented on the new information.