Suzanne’s Story

Suzanne called into Catholic Charities looking for help with her gas bill. She was in threat of disconnection and unsure how her and her husband would pay the amount needed to stay on. In March of 2020, she was forced to stop working when her children’s school went to remote learning due to the pandemic. […]

Miranda’s Story

Miranda called into Catholic Charities seeking help with her gas bill. Her service had been disconnected for approximately 2 days when she reached out for assistance. Miranda had been hopeful she would be able to pay the amount needed to restore her service on her own, but could not. With four children in the home […]

Kimberly’s Story

“Kimberly” came to Catholic Charities to inquire about our First Step program. She had only recently learned that she was seven months pregnant! She had been told by medical professionals that she would never be able to have children, so you can imagine how shocked and overwhelmed she felt when she came to us for […]

Mrs. S

Mrs. S. is a recently divorced mother getting S.N.A.P. payments (food stamps). She has two kids and a car that occasionally starts. She dropped out of high school in the eleventh grade and worked as a sales clerk for a number of employers before getting married five years later. Simply put, Mrs. S.’s husband just […]

Jane’s Story

Jane is a young mother of a one-year old daughter. Jane does not have a good support system and when she lost her full-time job, she fell behind on her rent and utilities. Caring for her daughter became an impossible task. Jane contacted Catholic Charities and was able to meet with a First Step case […]

Patricia’s Story

As we head into the season of thanks and giving; let us celebrate the small joys in our lives, the gift of family and friends; and the beauty of every day miracles. A 28 year old female, “Patricia,” tells us she was introduced to Catholic Charities by an “angel.” Patricia has a 7 year old […]

Darren’s Story

A few short months ago, Darren visited our Ravenna office seeking assistance with groceries.  Our staff was able to set him up with an appointment for a food pantry order so that his family of 4 would have adequate food.  While our staff was speaking with him, he disclosed that his 18-month-old son needed some […]

A Family of Three

  On a warm, rainy spring day, Dave, Anne and their three children walked into our Catholic Charities agency.  Dave and Anne began to tell their story to a Catholic Charities case worker.  Dave explained that his family was living out of their car as the result of an eviction.  Dave lost his job when […]

Destiny’s Story

Imagine being a single mother of four. . . and then imagine being homeless.   That was the situation “Destiny” had found herself. While she felt like she was making good decisions at the time, some of those decisions ultimately cost her not only her home, but her dignity.  She came to Catholic Charities with […]

Jackie’s Story

Jackie is a new mom.  Jackie recently lost her full time position because she had missed too many days while taking care of her infant.  Her employer was kind enough to offer her an alternative position that would allow her some flexibility in her schedule, which she accepted, but it was only part time. Because […]