Gift of Christmas 2017
Gift of Christmas 2017
Brighten a life this Christmas! Sponsor an individual or family through the Gift of Christmas Program and make their season as joyous as yours! Many of the families served at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet rely on the generosity of our donors at Christmas to make the holidays bright. The following stories are the true stories of clients currently being served at Catholic Charities throughout the Diocese of Joliet.
To sponsor an individual or family this Christmas, simply choose the family and click HERE to donate. Or, if you’d prefer to call us with your donation, call Claudia at 815-724-1140. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roz is the single mother of four children. She is currently attending school to become a registered nurse. Roz is very active in the Head Start Program where her child attends school. Roz is very thankful for the opportunity that Catholic Charities provides her to further her education. Despite several setbacks, she remains focused and persistent on her educational goals. Roz plans on completing her nursing degree and providing a better life for her children. Your gift of $350 will provide this family with coats, hats, winter boots, bed linens, and plates.
Mill (58) and Thomas (78) have many struggles in their lives. Thomas is in-and-out of nursing homes and Mill, his caregiver, is very stressed out and lives with bipolar disorder. This couple lives on a very low income and have trouble paying their bills. Recently, Mill began working with a new mental health care provider and is feeling more optimistic. They recently had to move out of a bed bug infested apartment, so your gift of $200 will help them purchase new bedding and other items they need to replace those they lost in the move.
Judy (65) and Marilyn (59) are sisters who are preparing to move into a new residence together. Marilyn is leaving an abusive marriage after 25 years. Her Catholic Charities case manager reports that Marilyn looks like a completely different person since making the decision to leave her relationship. She’s feeling much better and eager to start a new chapter in her life. Your gift of $200 will afford household items for the sisters.
Leah, a single mom with two sons, is in the process of leaving an abusive marriage. Her 11 year-old son has autism and she often has to pick him up from school because of his behavior. This family has had a difficult year. A gift of $250 will help Leah and her boys purchase items to replace those they lost when fleeing from their home.
Ray (62) was recently assisted by Catholic Charities with rent to allow him to move into subsidized housing. He felt unsafe at his old apartment and reported to his case manager that he witnessed illegal activity in his neighborhood. He was thrilled when he was approved to move to a safer environment and pleased to live in a community of people in his age group. Ray is eager to socialize in a safe neighborhood. A gift of $150 will help Ray buy his favorite thing to wear: polo shirts!
Amy is a single mother with four young children. The holiday season is always especially stressful for her as she lives on a very low income. This special mother works hard to keep her children’s hearts filled with hope, grace, and mercy at Christmas. She is only able to afford necessities and the children never receive “fun” gifts. Your gift of $350 will help Amy provide presents for her children this season…something they’ve never been able to experience.
Alejandra was devastated when her boyfriend left her while she was pregnant with their second baby. Living on a very low income, Alejandra’s young son and daughter have only received Christmas gifts from Head Start. The children’s teachers have noted that their clothing is in poor condition. Alejandra is currently learning to speak English and is focused on being a good role model for her children. A gift of $250 would allow Alejandra to replace her children’s tattered clothing and also purchase some much-needed toys.
Kayla is a hard-working single mom with three young children. They are clients in Catholic Charities’ Tenant Based Rental Assistance program after experiencing a period of homelessness. Kayla earns a minimum wage salary working full-time as a housekeeper at a local hotel, which is not enough to afford housing for her family. Since moving into their apartment, Kayla has excelled at every goal or objective set for her. A gift of $250 would mean so much to Kayla as it would relieve her worries that she won’t be able to put smiles on her children’s faces this Christmas. The children are wishing for craft supplies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys, a basketball, and toddler books.
Dora and Gabe welcomed a new baby in July. Sadly, the baby required immediate open heart surgery and is on the donor list for a heart transplant. Dora eats and sleeps at the hospital and never leaves her baby girl alone. This family doesn’t have any local relatives to help. Dora and Gabe are praying for a miracle. A gift of $200 would go toward gas cards and parking so that Gabe can visit Dora and the baby in the hospital on weekends (he works during the week).
Pam (23) is a young mother who is expecting her third child around Thanksgiving. She lives in a low-income apartment complex. Pam doesn’t drive and doesn’t have a local support system, which often leaves her feeling isolated. Pam is committed to improving the quality of life for her family and she is grateful for the support she receives from Catholic Charities. Your gift of $250 will help Pam purchase clothing, diapers and wipes for her new baby. She would also like to purchase hats and gloves for her family – without transportation, they want to be able to bundle up for walking this winter.
Ana is a 21 year-old single parent who gave birth to her first baby in October. After a very difficult pregnancy, Ana’s baby boy was born prematurely and will be in the hospital until Christmas. This young mother is currently driving back-and-forth to the hospital (which is in the city) to see her baby and breastfeed. She is overwhelmed by the situation and trying her best to stay positive. Your gift of $200 will help Ana buy a car seat and clothing specifically for premature babies. She also still needs to purchase a bassinet for the baby to sleep in when he gets home.
Sherri is the mother of six children, the youngest of whom attends Catholic Charities’ Head Start. Recently divorced, Sherri is having trouble maintaining housing for her large family. She works full-time to support the family, but is still unable to make ends meet. Your gift of $350 will help Sherri purchase Christmas gifts and clothing for her children.
Karen is a single mother with four children. She works full-time and also recently began attending college part-time. Juggling work, school, and family has been a challenging adjustment, particularly with very little assistance from family/friends. Karen’s youngest child attends Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program. A gift of $300 will help purchase household items, clothing, and school supplies for the older children.
Briana is the mother of three beautiful children and is expecting a new baby in November. Due to a physically demanding warehouse job, Briana had to begin her maternity leave very early. It’s been a tough year on Briana – her father recently passed away and her mother is ill. Despite her difficult circumstances, Briana is always strong and upbeat. Your gift of $300 will purchase much-needed winter clothing for this family, in addition to items for the new baby.
Lizette and her two toddlers are currently staying with relatives until she can afford to live independently. She recently secured a job and is exploring her options for returning to school. Both of Lizette’s children attend Catholic Charities’ Head Start and she is very involved in their education – attending meetings and volunteering in the classroom. Your gift of $200 will purchase winter clothes, bedding, and towels for this family.
Kevin and Toya have a teenage daughter and a four year-old daughter. Toya has lupus, which is a daily struggle that recently left her hospitalized for a month. The family recently enrolled their four year-old in Catholic Charities’ Head Start program and are happy with the structure and social interaction is provides. Once Toya regains her strength, she plans to pursue a career in computers or medicine. Your gift of $250 will help this family afford winter clothes, educational toys, board games, and books to read at bedtime.
Maureen (52) has had a difficult year. Late last year, she lost her long-time job because of physical limitations due to a chronic illness. After losing her job, Maureen was unable to pay her bills. She has been unable to find a new job, but remains hopeful and has a strong faith in God. She receives counseling from Catholic Charities to help work through her struggles. Your gift of $150 will help Maureen afford food, gas cards, cleaning products, grooming products, and other basic needs.
Coco was diagnosed with a serious disease soon after giving birth to her four year-old daughter. She receives treatment for her illness three times per week and has suffered permanent damage to her organs. She frequently must visit the hospital due to complication from her disease. As a single mother, she tries to be strong for her three children. Your gift of $250 will help Coco provide new clothing and winter shoes for her children. She also hopes to purchase some household items.
Two years ago, Sabrina and her toddler daughter were hit by a truck and suffered serious injuries. Sabrina lost a leg and her daughter suffered serious damage to one of her legs. This loving mother is very dedicated to her child and has her enrolled in Catholic Charities’ Head Start program. Your gift of $200 will help provide new clothing and toys for Sabrina’s daughter this Christmas.
Diamond is a single mother with four children three years-old and younger. She recently went back to work after delivering her infant. She has her children enrolled in Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program and is thankful for the education they are receiving. A gift of $350 will provide a bright Christmas for this family.
Teena and her six children are homeless and moving from place to place to find shelter. Sometimes they stay with family, a motel, or at Catholic Charities’ Daybreak Center. Teena is motivated to find a job and find a permanent place to live. Your gift of $350 will provide winter clothes and toiletries for this large family.
Elle is a 17 year-old who just gave birth to her second baby. Although she has tried to maintain positive relationships with the fathers of her children, she was unable to due to abuse and incarceration. Facing teen pregnancy alone, Elle sold her most valuable possessions and worked as much as she could to support her family. She is taking classes to earn her G.E.D. and recently started driver’s education classes. She is very determined to be a good role model for her children. Your gift of $200 will provide clothing for this family and a dehumidifier that their doctor recommended to help with the three year-olds allergies.
Carla (20) first became a teenage mother when she was 18 years-old and gave birth to her son. She had a traumatic experience during labor and delivery which she is still struggling with. Carla is expecting her second baby in November and has enlisted the help of Catholic Charities’ Doula Program to help prepare herself. She plans to finish college and provide for her children after she gives birth to her second child. Your gift of $200 will purchase a crib mattress (family has a crib, but not a mattress), toddler bed for the one year-old (who currently sleeps with his mom), and toys for Christmas.
Elizabeth, a 26 year old single mother, entered Catholic Charities’ Hope House homeless shelter after separating from the father of her two young children. During her period of homelessness, Elizabeth managed to stay employed at her job and enrolled in college. While at Hope House, she found a higher paying job and was able to move into an apartment with assistance from Catholic Charities. A gift of $200 will help Elizabeth afford kitchenware and items for her toddlers, including clothes, superhero action figures, coloring books, Barbie dolls, and learning toys.
Antonio, Cristina and their seven year-old daughter moved from Puerto Rico in 2016. Cristina has physical and mental health concerns, which have been severe enough to require hospitalization. When the family entered Catholic Charities’ Hope House homeless shelter, they were motivated to learn how to live successfully in this area. Antonio is looking for a job in his field of graphic design and Cristina is looking to work with horses. Your gift of $200 will help this family purchase clothing and shoes.
Lauren and her husband have four children, the youngest of whom is a baby boy born in August. Due to a complicated pregnancy, Lauren had to leave work a month earlier than planned and her family suffered financially. Catholic Charities provided rental assistance to help this family. They are still working to recover financially. Your gift of $350 will help buy a coat for Lauren, movie gift card for her husband (who loves movies, but hasn’t been able to afford to attend one in a long time), and for the children: infant items, My Little Pony themed toys/clothes, baby dolls, and a bike.
Hank (62) is a veteran who experienced years of chronic homelessness before entering Catholic Charities’ Turning Point permanent supportive housing program five years ago. While he was homeless, Hank often slept in his car. He has many health challenges, including chronic pain due to service-related injuries, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Hank is currently seeing a Catholic Charities counselor to help with depression and PTSD. Hank has relationships with his children and is working toward a career in culinary arts. He is a very gifted and creative cook and often prepares fantastic meals for friends. A gift of $150 will help Hank purchase warm winter clothing, compression socks to help with his diabetes-related leg pain, and cookbooks.
Sarah is a single mother who was chronically homeless who alternated between staying at Daybreak Center and outside areas until getting housed through Catholic Charities PSH Turning Point program and sleeping outside until last summer. She had a very difficult upbringing and faced abuse and neglect, often relying on older siblings for support. Today, Sarah is a strong and independent woman who shows her children unconditional love and compassion. This family is now in Catholic Charities’ permanent supportive housing program where they have a safe place to live while Sarah begins to work toward her goal of self-sufficiency. Your gift of $200 will provide winter coats, warm blankets, and learning toys for Sarah’s family.
Angelo (57) first became homeless at 14 years-old due to a drug addiction. After several overdoses, his father gave him the ultimatum that he needed to either quit drugs or leave home. Angelo became homeless. Over the years, he spent time in jail for stealing to support his drug addiction. He often wanted to quit, but the addiction was too powerful. Today, Angelo is in Catholic Charities’ Permanent Supportive Housing Program at Daybreak Center. He no longer uses heroin and is enjoying the stability of the program. Your gift of $150 will help Angelo pay for much-needed dental work.
Leo (60) entered foster care when he was 12 years-old. As an adult, Leo struggled to maintain a stable life and spent 20 years homeless. Eventually, he found his way to Catholic Charities’ Daybreak Center homeless shelter where he was very grateful for the food, shelter, and supportive staff. Leo was accepted into the New Beginnings Permanent Supportive Housing Program and is planning to return to school to become a chef. A gift of $150 will help Leo afford pots/pans and a bicycle for transportation.
Anita (56) is a single woman who came to Daybreak Center for shelter after sleeping in a park. She is focused on her goal of securing housing. Her teeth were grinding and tears rolled down her face as she revealed difficult stories from her past to her case manager. She lost her husband to suicide and still carries his suicide note with her. Anita also lost a son from a medical condition. Overwhelmed with grief, she became homeless and began experiencing mental health concerns, including panic attacks, paranoia, anxiety, and depression. Today, her mental health is being treated and she recently accomplished her goal of obtaining an apartment. Anita is a hard-worker and grateful for the help she has received from Catholic Charities. Your gift of $150 will provide household items for Anita’s new apartment.
Lourdes, 18 years-old, was in foster care from birth until she was adopted at age eleven. Years in foster care often left her feeling like she didn’t fit in at different homes. She also felt that some of her foster families didn’t care about her. After a disagreement with her mother, Lourdes was asked to leave the home. Lourdes is now at Daybreak Center homeless shelter and has explained that she doesn’t know how to begin a life of self-sufficiency. The teenager has graduated from high school and would like to go to college. A gift of $150 will help Lourdes purchase daily necessities (she had nothing other than the clothes she was wearing when she entered the shelter).
Chantal is a single mom who is staying at Daybreak Center with her two young sons. She has very little family support and struggles with transportation because she doesn’t have a driver’s license. Her immediate goals are to obtain a driver’s license and stable housing. Despite her difficult circumstances, she remains cheerful during her stay at the shelter. Your gift of $200 will help Chantel purchase shoes, clothing, and toys for this family.
Nessa served in the U.S. Navy and has five years of sea service. She and her four children recently fled from a domestic violence situation. Nessa is an amazing woman who has become very adept at “couponing” to save money on family necessities. She’s fantastic at stretching a very small budget and has maintained good spirits despite her tough situation. A gift of $350 will help provide winter clothes for the family and special items for the children, including science kits, My Little Pony, puzzles, books about princesses and ballerinas, and anything related to Curious George or Daniel Tiger.
Eileen (65) served in the Army in a medical field, which included two active duty tours. She was living in a multi-generational family household for ten years – a situation that was highly stressful. Eileen, her daughter, and two grandchildren became homeless after their home went into foreclosure. They were briefly staying in a hotel funded by their church when Eileen connected with Catholic Charities’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. The family was quickly able to find housing and Eileen began working more hours at her job. They have demonstrated resiliency and showed that when a family sticks together during hard times they can better their situation. A gift of $200 will help Eileen and her family afford bikes for transportation, a steam mop, children’s art supplies, and warm coats.
Audra and her husband live in a bustling multi-generational household. All eight family members cooperatively share one vehicle – driving one another to jobs and school. Audra’s four year-old son is in Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program. This warm family exemplifies support and love. Your gift of $350 will provide winter clothing, toys for the kids, and baby items for the newborn.
Cat is a single mother of four beautiful children under the age of six. Her three year-old son attends Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program. Cat gave birth to a baby girl earlier this year and is having a difficult time juggling schedules and finances since adding to the family. Her children are often in clothing that is in poor condition. Your gift of $350 will help provide better clothing for the children this winter and some toys.
Shay is a single parent of two daughters. After working at a fast food restaurant for ten years, Shay lost her job (after asking for a $1.00 increase in pay) and is struggling financially as a result. Although she’s applied for many jobs, Shay has not been able to find full-time employment. Also, she doesn’t have a car, which limits her options. Shay is embarrassed about her situation and looks forward to being self-sufficient again as soon as possible. Your gift of $200 will help Shay purchase coats and shoes for winter.
Lori is a single mother of four children who also has two of her sister’s children living with her. When Lori’s husband left, the family was already behind on their rent and bills. When she arrived at Catholic Charities for help, her children were devastated about their father leaving and her finances were depleted. Lori has been able to maintain her apartment by working hard and paying a large portion of her overdue bills and Catholic Charities was able to help with the rest. Your gift of $350 will provide items for this family of seven to have some much-needed items, including food and clothing.
Catholic Charities recently helped Danielle and her teenage daughter with a security deposit and rental assistance. Danielle works two part-time jobs in the medical field, but sometimes struggles to pay rent and utilities on-time while meeting her family’s other basic needs. Danielle has survived domestic violence and is thankful that she and her daughter are living in a safe and stable environment. She is currently waiting to find out if she passed her certification to start a new medical career, which will help her maintain her self-sufficiency moving forward. Your gift of $200 will help this family buy clothing, bedding, and a coffee maker.
Marge (68) suffers from Parkinson’s and is bedbound. She is currently living with her family and has always expressed the desire to remain in that home. Her needs have become overwhelming for the family. Although she has never complained, it’s obvious that her situation isn’t ideal. Marge has a positive outlook and enjoys spending time with the grandson who lives in her home. A gift of $150 will purchase nightgowns, sheets, and air fresheners for Marge.
Gabi has been through a lot in her life. As a teen she became pregnant and raised her daughter alone. As a young adult her dear brother passed away suddenly, which was very difficult for her to process. Gabi was also in a severely abusive relationship, which she has escaped from. She recently began to see a counselor from Catholic Charities to help her make positive changes for herself and her family. A gift of $350 will allow this family of six to have some much-needed extras this holiday season, like dinner at a restaurant as a family; a day-trip to a museum; a visit to the zoo; or even a movie (all things the family has been unable to do due to their financial situation).
Jennifer was in an emotionally abusive relationship with her ex-husband and now has custody of their six children. A difficult divorce and moving around caused a change in the family dynamics. Jennifer works, but is struggling to find a job that meets the needs of her large family. She has anxiety and depression, but always puts her children’s needs before her own. Two of Jennifer’s children have disabilities and two of the others are currently having evaluations done to determine if they are also disabled. Jennifer is currently in counseling at Catholic Charities and working hard to make a bright future for her family. A gift of $350 will help with essentials like groceries, toiletries, school supplies, cleaning supplies.
Norah and Ken are grandparents raising their three grade school age grandchildren. They both suffer from complex medical needs, but are doing their best to take care of their grandchildren. DCFS placed the grandchildren with Norah and Ken two years ago and they received full custody last year. The couple struggles to make ends meet living on what they receive from social security and a bit of assistance from DCFS. The two older children have mental health concerns and behavior challenges at school. This family is doing their best, but live with tremendous stress. Your gift of $300 will provide Christmas gifts for the children, cleaning supplies, and food.
Edward is an 89 year-old who lives alone in a subsidized housing unit. He is a retired veteran and does receive benefits from the VA. He has no family and feels very isolated. He has a very difficult time paying his bills due to lack of income and is currently being forced from his apartment due to an ongoing pest control problem that his landlord hasn’t addressed. Catholic Charities is in the process of helping Edward with this situation. Your gift of $150 will help Edward replace items that were destroyed by the pest infestation, including bedding and clothing.
Daniel (74) lives alone and deals with multiple complex medical issues. Catholic Charities recently helped him obtain new hearing aids and with bus passes (which is Daniel’s only form of transportation. He is estranged from his family and has no support system. A gift of $150 will help Daniel purchase new clothing or something fun for himself – he literally has no money for anything aside from essentials and would greatly appreciate the help.
Patricia (63) is a single woman who lives alone. She has one daughter who doesn’t live nearby and doesn’t offer assistance. Patricia struggles with depression and often feels lonely and isolated. She also lives on a very low-income, collecting scrap metal and cashing it in to make ends meet. Patricia is unable to afford anything new for herself, so a gift of $150 will pay for winter clothing and shoes.
These are the stories that appear in the November 2017 issue of Christ is Our Hope Magazine:
Ed, 63 years-old, has a myriad of health issues and spends each day in his small apartment on his motorized scooter. His mobility issues make even the most basic tasks difficult – including using the bathroom. Although Ed has a strong support system at church, his situation often leaves him feeling lonely and depressed. Catholic Charities coordinates services for Ed that help him continue to live in his home independently and he is very grateful for the help. Your gift of $150 will help Ed purchase food and a warm blanket for winter.
Dee is a single mother with five young children. Over the past ten years, Dee has experienced abusive relationships, family disconnect, and the death of a close family member. She works hard with her Catholic Charities counselor to overcome obstacles and improve her self-esteem. Dee has been forced to make some very difficult decisions for the safety health of her family, including leaving an abusive relationship that also provided financial stability. A gift of $350 will allow Dee to afford Christmas presents for her children this year.
Frank, 78 years-old, and his sister Dorothy, 76 years-old, both have serious mental and physical health concerns. The siblings live together in an apartment that is in poor condition. Catholic Charities is currently working to locate comfortable and affordable senior housing for the pair. Frank and Dorothy rely heavily on each other because they have very little other family support. Your gift of $200 will help lift the spirits of these two impoverished individuals during the Christmas season.
Carrie is a veteran and single mother of four children. Her 15 year-old son has a rare and serious genetic disorder which requires constant medical treatment. Caring for her son has prevented Carrie from working full time. After spending time homeless, this family moved into a home with help from Catholic Charities’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. They have been through tremendous challenges, but remain close-knit and optimistic. Your gift of $300 would be a special blessing to this family as it would provide winter clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets and groceries.
Bree is a 22 year-old single mother with two young children and expecting her third baby at Christmastime this year. Recently, she enrolled her son in Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program and she’s very excited for him to begin his education. Bree is also receiving additional support from Catholic Charities’ Expectant Mother’s Initiative. She now has stable employment and is enthusiastic about the future of her family. A gift of $250 will help this family afford clothing, bed linens, towels, and winter coats.
Marge, 72 years-old, cares for her adult son who has developmental disabilities. She ensures that he is well cared for and attends a workshop program each day. They live on very limited incomes and Marge struggles to pay her bills on time. There is never any money left over for anything extra. Your gift of $200 will provide clothing for Marge and her son – something they haven’t enjoyed for a very long time.
Lindsey is a single mom with four children. She has struggled to maintain housing and employment this year, but recently started a stable, full-time job. Lindsey’s goal is to move into a larger apartment soon. She is very grateful for the support she has received from Catholic Charities during this difficult year. Despite many setbacks, Lindsey has always remained focused on providing for her family. A gift of $300 will help supply basic needs for this family, including clothing, cookware, flatware, underwear, and bedding.
Maya and Samir moved to the U.S. from Pakistan hoping to find better opportunities. Although both parents have college degrees from their home country, they have only been able to find odd jobs to make ends meet. The couple has five children, including two year-old twins. Their three year-old daughter attends Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program. She is struggling to learn English and her teachers and parents are working hard to help her become more comfortable. Recently, the family’s only car broke down and they are unable to afford expensive repairs. Your gift of $350 will help Maya and Samir’s family purchase clothing (teachers have noticed that the children’s clothing is in poor condition), shoes, and food for the household.
When Shani came to Catholic Charities for help last year, she was pregnant and had a broken ankle. She was newly single and trying to care for her three children and her disabled father. Then, Shani lost her job and the family became homeless. As a participant in Catholic Charities’ Transitional Housing Program, Shani and her family now have a home. She remains steadfast in her belief that God will get her though all of her struggles. Today, Shani is in school and her goal is to become a lawyer. Your gift of $250 will help provide a crib for the baby and gas cards for Shani to commute to school.
Cruz, 13 year-old, and his younger brother Julian, 10 years-old are being raised by their grandfather because their mother passed away from a drug overdose and their father is incarcerated. The grandfather was recently injured in a car accident and unable to work while he recovered. Both boys have dealt with periods of depression this year, but they have been working with a counselor from Catholic Charities and are doing well. This small family has a very limited income and the sweet brothers are always looking for ways to make a bit of money to help their family. Your gift of $200 will help purchase new clothes for Cruz and Julian (who have both gotten much taller recently), school supplies, and gym shoes.
Kate is a single mom with a four year-old daughter who is in Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program. Their family home recently caught on fire and they are staying in a motel until they can return. Kate has lupus, which often leaves her feeling tired, but she always keeps a smile on her face. She is very involved in her child’s education and volunteers in the classroom often. Your gift of $200 will help replace items that were lost in the fire, including clothing, shoes, and household goods.
Rosa is a single mom with two young sons. This family began staying at Daybreak Center homeless shelter after they were forced to move out of their basement rental unit when it was deemed unsafe. Rosa and her children had to leave everything behind because of a bed bug infestation. She has described feeling a great weight of her current situation and also struggles with postpartum depression. This mother’s immediate goals are to secure stable employment and housing. A gift of $250 would help Rosa purchase shoes and clothing for her boys to wear to school; diapers and wipes, and Christmas gifts for a family that has lost so much.
Kellie has been struggling financially during a legal situation with her toddler’s father. This single mother of two does not have a close relationship with her extended family. Without any outside support or help, Kellie has a very difficult time maintaining her household. Her budget is very tight, so your gift of $250 would help relieve a bit of financial stress and allow this family to afford new clothing, shoes, and food.
Tanisha is a single mother with six children, the oldest of whom is seven years-old. She and her family were homeless for many years, sometimes even living on the streets. She arrived at Daybreak Center homeless shelter determined to find a stable home in which to raise her children. Tanisha was struggling with depression, anxiety, and coping with trauma from her past. She was accepted into Catholic Charities’ Turning Point permanent supportive housing program and moved into a furnished apartment. Her three year-old daughter is enrolled in Catholic Charities’ Head Start program. Your gift of $350 will help provide winter coats, boots, hats, and gloves for Tanisha’s three older children who walk to school each day.
Eva is a client in Catholic Charities’ Expectant Mothers Initiative who is currently carrying a high risk pregnancy. In addition, she has also been struggling with anxiety and depression. Eva always works hard and wants the best for her young children, both of whom are enrolled in Catholic Charities’ Head Start program. Your gift of $200 will help Eva provide a safe place to sleep for the new baby, dinnerware, and bed linens.
Faith and her three children have been homeless for a few years. Recently, they entered into Catholic Charities’ Permanent Supportive Housing Program. This young mother has a serious degenerative disease which will require major surgery soon. Last year, the father of Faith’s youngest child passed away suddenly and she continues to struggle with grief. She is taking classes at a community college and working toward her associate’s degree. Despite the many challenges this family has recently faced, they are always smiling and have a great sense of humor. Your gift of $250 will help Faith purchase Christmas gifts for her children, who have very few belongings due to their history of homelessness.
Megan and her one year-old son have been in the Catholic Charities Transitional Housing Program since last fall after a period of homelessness. The young mother has always maintained employment, but hasn’t earned enough money to cover her basic needs. Megan recently achieved a certification which will allow her to work in the transportation industry. She is expecting a baby girl in February and is more motivated than ever to obtain full-time employment. Your gift of $250 will help provide Megan and her family with bed linens, warm winter clothing, and household items for her new apartment.
Ashlee is a 20 year-old is a single parent with two young children and is expecting a third child early next year. Maintaining stable housing and employment has been a struggle for Ashlee. She found it very difficult to be a teenage mother with two children. However, Ashlee’s children are both in Catholic Charities’ Head Start Program and she is very thankful for the support she has received as part of the program. She’s currently working full time and recently moved into an apartment. Ashlee plans to go to college and provide a better future for her family. A gift of $250 will help Ashlee prepare for her new baby.
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