A Father’s Story
My name is David. Tuesday was not a good day. I woke up to find workers from the water department outside turning off the water to my home. When I got paid last Friday, I didn’t have enough money left to take care of the water bill. Rent, food, gas for the car, and a medical bill tapped me out. So there they were, in my front yard. My daughter was watching through the front window. I wonder what she must have been thinking.
I know what I was thinking: I’m out of money! What will we do without water? How will my wife prepare our newborn son’s special formula? What do I say at night when my four year-old princess wants a bubble bath? How do I explain that the men shutting off our water are not being mean to us? They are just doing their job.
I decided to call Catholic Charities. A friend told me that sometimes they are able to help people in a crisis situation. I met with a case worker that same week and explained what was going on. She understood my situation, and was able to help me get the water turned back on.
Before I left Catholic Charities, I made another appointment with the case worker to work on making a budget. I didn’t think I made enough money to even have a “budget,” but my case worker explained that anyone with an income—no matter how small—can make a budget. I am anxious to meet with my case worker next week so that I can learn how to manage my money better and provide for my family.