Providing Help & Creating Hope When They’re Needed Most
“The Millers” first called Catholic Charities a little over a year ago. The husband and wife had just received emergency custody of 5 nephews and nieces, ranging in age from newborn to teens. The couple’s own children had been out of the house for quite some time. Mr. Miller worked full-time and Mrs. Miller tended to a small family business they operated out of their home. Unaware they would be adding 5 new bellies to feed, the couple suddenly found themselves unable to provide everything they needed for the children. One week after the placement, they called their local Catholic Charities for help.
During the first visit, our case manager reviewed some helpful parenting and child development information with the couple. Our agency was able to provide the family with diapers, formula, shoes, and clothing for the younger children through our First Step Program. We also provided them with a Care Kit, designed specifically for foster parents and kinship caregivers, filled with cleaning supplies, hygiene products, sheet sets, pajamas, and gift cards for gas and groceries. The family had never received services from our agency before, and were very grateful for everything we were able to offer them.
Since the first visit, the family has continued to utilize our First Step program and food pantry when needed. They’ve adjusted very well to having a full house. So much so, they’ve recently become licensed foster parents and hope to provide other displaced children with a safe, loving home.