Thursday, May 16, 2013

Almost Anyone Can Find Themselves in Need

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When crisis hits, families like Andy and Sarah,
and Paul and Yuliis (pictured above) know they can count
on support from Catholic Charities.
Andy, his wife, Sarah, and their baby daughter, Bella (names changed to protect client privacy), are not the people you might expect to find turning to Catholic Charities for help. Andy had a good job and the family was getting along just fine.

Then Andy's car broke down. The repairs were just too costly to manage for a family who had just had a baby, and he lost his job since he had no other transportation to work. 

Suddenly even minor expenses - like diapers and baby food for Bella - were impossible to afford. So they turned to Catholic Charities' Montgomery County Family Center (MCFC), where they heard baby goods were available to families in need. But those urgent items were just the beginning of what they found there. 

Staff at the Family Center worked quickly to meet the family's urgent needs: necessities for Bella, food stamps so the parents could  eat, too. More than that, a caseworker worked with Andy to develop a new resume and conduct a job search. Shortly after, he was able to find stable work at a hotel valet - not his ideal job, but he's grateful for the income. 
 "Every time we pass through a tough time, we learn a lot of little things," he said.



Our MCFC is a tremendous resource. Moms and dads can take classes in parenting, nutrition, and money management. They get access to affordable healthcare and legal services, counseling for women with unexpected pregnancies, and referrals to other programs throughout the community. With their help, families and individuals face the future with renewed hope. 

Our 2013 Spring Forward Drive is in progress. Please consider a gift: www.CatholicCharitiesDC.org/Spring