I was facing a lot of fear a few years ago. My husband and I were newlyweds when we moved to Prescott in 2007 to start a new life. But as soon as we bought our first car and first house, the recession hit.
My husband was laid off the day our son was born, and it was all downhill from there. We lost the car, the house, the new business and our hope.
The stress at my job, where there had been layoffs and the workload had tripled, while my salary was lowered by 10 percent, landed me with a mono infection. The same month, we were evicted from our rental. Then our marriage fell apart.
But this is not a sob story—it is a note of thanks.
A friend of mine suggested I ask for help from Catholic Charities. I must admit that at first I was too proud to go to a religious organization. But finally, I checked it out.
I was lucky enough to get counseling that helped me to fight my financial ignorance and to not confuse my value with my financial failures and debt. Catholic Charities helped me to get utility coverage and to get into a frame of mind where I could better myself while allowing others to help me take good care of my precious son.
This was a valuable process. It allowed my husband and I to work together in a spirit of collaboration, because we learned that we are not our finances.
Last month, I was hired into a director position making more money than I ever have before. My son is starting kindergarten, and my ex-husband and I co-parent in a way that has been nourishing for our son.
Life is really good, and I want to thank you all for being there for me when it was hopeless and I was afraid.
Blog written by a former client who used Catholic Charities Community Services programs based in Prescott, Ariz.
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