Catholic Priest, Fr. Peter Hill has called on members of the Dominica Social Security (DSS) and others in society to stand in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in society.
“We should stand in solidarity with those who are poor and vulnerable in our society,” he said on Monday during a Thanksgiving Service at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Newtown to observe the 40th Anniversary of the DSS. “People need people and we have to remember as a society no man is an island, we are all interconnected, we need each other.”
He stated that all must work together for the good of everyone and there should be preferential options for the poor in society.
According to him the dignity of each person is a gift from God, “and in all that we do, we must always preserve that human dignity, especially the elderly and disable”.
“So often in life when people are disable we hide them, we say that they have nothing to contribute to the life of society,” Hill, who is also the Parish Priest for Our Lady of Fatima, stated. “There is a challenge for all of us to remember that each and every one of us was made in the image and likeness of God.”
Meantime his challenge to the member of the Social Security is what is their perception of the Dominica Social Security in the lives of Dominicans.
“Because how they see you is how they are going to react to you,” he noted. “I have had certain conversations and there are some people who think Social Security is the best thing that ever happened and has done tremendous good in the lives of people.”
On the other side of the coin, he said he has “spoken to some people who say Social Security writes us letters as soon as you miss one payment, when it is time for them to pay out they take a very long time.”
“I have heard people saying it seems the age just keep going up, I am paying this money , will there be money by the time I am ready to receive it?” he pointed out.
The DSS 40th Anniversary is celebrated under the theme: “40 Years of Dedicated Service and Stability Committed to Securing Future Generations”.