Bethany Durham

Bethany Durham

Bethany Durham has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a passion for storytelling. Her writing for Catholic Charities has included blogs, newspaper and magazine articles. She enjoys telling client stories in a way that captures the humanity and emotions of those she writes about. When she’s not working, Bethany loves to spend time with her two cats, hike and sing karaoke.

A common misconception about those experiencing homelessness is that their decisions somehow led them into this situation. But it’s not that simple. Anyone, no matter how stable, can become homeless due to factors outside their control.

Parents often feel pressure from those around them to fit the image of a “perfect” parent. But being present and engaged as a child learns about the world will always be more impactful than being perfect.

By the time she was just 15 years old, Estelle had experienced unspeakable things in her home country in Central America, which has one of the highest crime rates in the world. She had witnessed violence, murder and threats from the gangs in her community.

For veterans and others experiencing homelessness, clothing and accessories are not only protection against the elements, but a way to preserve dignity. Something as simple as a new scarf, pair of gloves, or hat can increase people’s confidence and encourage them to keep going in a difficult situation.

A relationship characterized by domestic violence rarely starts that way. In the early stages, an abuser may shower their partner with affection to gain trust. But over time, behaviors that seem innocent can lead to a controlling dynamic.

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