Helping the Latino community during the pandemic

Bishop Oscar Cantu is working to help immigrant congregants.
5:05 | 08/07/20

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It's not just any Friday, it's "Faith Friday" here at ABC. Our next guest has been working diligently for his congregation to receive the proper financial and medical attention they need. Please welcome bishop Oscar Cantu. Bishop, I know you serve a predominantly Latino immigrant community. From what you've seen, do you worry your congregation hasn't been given the proper aid to battle this virus? Well, it hasn't been sufficient. The governor has certainly reached out particularly to our immigrant community and he's used our agency, our catholic charities as a distribution agency for funds. For our immigrant community. But most of them are essential workers, so they're the ones who have the highest infection rates and because many of them have underlying health issues, many of them do end up in the hospitals or even with mortality rates. So we're really concerned about that population and also when they get home that they don't really have much option for distancing because, especially in the bay area, they're living sometimes two families to a home. So you've stepped up, you've seen the need, tell me what you're doing to get your congregants not only the medical help they need but the financial help they need. Right, we partnered with the state government to -- to distribute funds, to the immigrant community. So that's in addition to the federal funds that were coming to those who were laid off. And the stimulus package. So, in addition to that, we're also having several sites of food distribution and that has been really heart-wrenching and it's been encouraging to see that our communities have stepped up at many of our parishes. Sohe Ty distribute the food in a very safe manner. People stay in their cars and they simply open their trunk, we place the food in their trunk and they're able to drive off. In my visits to those distribution centers, it's been heart-wrenching to see that it's not only the poor that it's middle class professionals who have lost their jobs, that are lined up to receive food. So, it sort of speaks to the depth or the reach of this pandemic. And you see the gratitude there. I love the thank you signs that you see, people receiving that much-needed help. Wanting to share with you and those helping to serve. I want to go back to a headline from earlier in the summer, the supreme court blocking the cancellation of DACA, what was your church's response to that decision? We were -- we were tremendously pleased, we had been praying for a positive outcome to that decision for decades we've been advocating for the immigrant community. We see them as an essential element to our economy, we see this as an element of human dignity, of family unity, and particularly for these young people who really remember no other country other than the U.S. As they were brought to the United States as young children, and so many of them are -- are studying, they're in college, they're at grad school, they're working, they're productive members of our society. And so it makes sense for our country to welcome them with open arms and to give them even a path to citizenship so they can fully participate in our society. That was certainly a moment of celebration. Bishop Cantu, however, a lot of people are really feeling the effects not just physically but mentally the struggle because we can't control what's coming next, no one really knows what's coming next, so as we head into the weekend, we'd love for you to share a message for anyone who's feeling that struggle right now or who has experience loss and needs some hope. Absolutely. I would encourage all of us, myself included, to simply pick up the phone this weekend. And call a neighbor. Maybe an elderly neighbor down the street. A cousin. Someone who lives by themselves. Just to check in on them. To see how they're doing. That simple phone call goes a long way. Let's reach out. I love that. Very simple but beautiful. Incredible words of wisdom and something that we can all do easily. Thank you so much for speaking with us today, for inspiring us. Bishop Cantu, thank you for your time. Coming up on "What you need

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