Press of AC: Ex-casino workers get aid from Catholic Charities

Our Atlantic City Casino Closing response team was featured in this weekend’s Press of Atlantic City. Read the full text of the article here.

DONNA WEAVER, Staff Writer

ATLANTIC CITY — Since Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden Inc. launched the casino crisis team and the Atlantic City Casino Crisis Hotline last fall, about 200 individuals and 100 families have benefited from a total of $20,000 in direct cash assistance.

“And we’re busy trying to get our hands on some other dollars for assistance that would be significantly larger than $20,000,” said Kevin Hickey, executive director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden.

Catholic Charities plans to apply to national organizations for more money to aid people still struggling after losing employment in the casino industry, he said.

The funding provides displaced workers with housing and utility assistance. The organization has distributed clothing and food to unemployed casino workers through the organization’s Casino Crisis Team. The Casino Crisis Team has six members, including staff from Catholic Charities’ main office in Camden and several branch offices throughout the region, Hickey said.

“We are treating this as a disaster. We are active with the same network of service agencies with whom we collaborated in the aftermath of (Hurricane) Sandy. It is a good example of nonprofits pivoting to turn their collective attention to the next crisis,” he said.

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