Philly diocese announces Catholic Social Services restructuring plan

    Following what was described as a “thoughtful and prayerful process,” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Catholic Social Services will be restructured.

    The community-based services operations and management will merge, as will some facilities.

    Details from the diocese:

    The West Grove Family Service Center will close and a partnership will be formed with Misión Santa Maria Madre de Dios, an outreach program at St. Rocco Parish in Avondale, Chester County.
    The Springfield, Delaware County center will close and merge with the Chester City Family Service Center, providing for more staff in the most disadvantaged area of the county.
    A new partnership will be developed with the St. Katharine Drexel Evangelization Center to enhance and expand the existing food and clothing distribution efforts, as well as extend the literacy program to reach more local residents.

    Thirteen of CSS’ 317 employees will be affected by the Family Service Center mergers. Those employees will be paid for unused sick and vacation time, will get three months of medical coverage and will be eligible for an additional six months of COBRA-like coverage.

    CSS offices is Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties will continue to operate as usual.

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