FRANCISCAN SOCIAL SERVICES
The Franciscan Social Services Organization (FSSO) was established in 2008 to care for the financially, psycho-socially and medically needy individuals and families in the Bethlehem area. The organization does its utmost to reach all the needy families and individuals by opening the office twice a week, making home visits and taking care of cases recommended by the parish priest. This past year, FSSO asked the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land if we would be willing to assist them by funding the needed medicines for those who are unable to pay. FFHL accepted their request.
“SUCH HUMANITARIAN AID FOR THE POOR
IS A GODSEND,
AND THAT IS WHAT FFHL IS ALL ABOUT… HELPING OTHERS!”
-Father Custos, Chairman of FFHL
This organization has 4 goals needing financial support:
- Monthly assistance and allowances for elderly, widows, and families in special need
- Medical and pharmaceutical assistance
- Utilities Invoices and food coupon aid
FSSO provides a lot of networking, so as to increase coordination, cooperation and effectiveness. Cooperation among governmental, nongovernmental and local community sectors guarantees better results. It has been the best way to avoid duplication of services while, at the same time exchanging resources and experience. It also assists greatly in easing huge medical costs that FFSO cannot afford.