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.

For those who spend a long period of time incarcerated, getting reacquainted with the outside world can be overwhelming. They may not have family or friends to support them, a job to earn money, or a place to live while they start over.

Veterans struggle with one of the highest rates of homelessness of any population. Lack of a support system, disabilities resulting from active duty, and difficulty finding employment are just some of the factors that make veterans vulnerable to homelessness. Although resources exist, many veterans are not aware of the assistance that is available to them.

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.

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