Today’s show explores the refugee work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the CRS Rice Bowl program, and current local grant opportunities ranging from $500 to $5,000 in the Diocese of San Diego which are derived from the 25% of CRS Rice Bowl proceeds given to dioceses. Guests include: Rod Valdivia, Chancellor of the Diocese of San Diego, Caroline Brennan, Senior Communications Officer with the CRS Global Humanitarian Response Team, and Maria Arroyo, Relationship Manager with Catholic Relief Services for the Dioceses of Orange and San Diego. Topics discussed with guests include:
- The plight of refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War,
- The world-wide efforts of CRS during national and regional crisis,
- Accessing the grant process for local food insecurity alleviation efforts in the Diocese of San Diego, and
- Questions about national security in regard to the influx of refugees coming from Syria and Iraq.