Charles Hornsby was living on the street when he discovered a cat that was abandoned in a motel parking lot. Without hesitation, Charles rescued the cat and named him Oyster after the white pearl on his chest.
“We were both homeless and as a Marine Veteran, we leave no man, or cat, behind,” said Charles.
This fall, Catholic Charities Westside Head Start (WSHS) traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 Fall Leadership Institute hosted by the National Head Start Association. One thousand parents from across the United States attended the rally on Capitol Hill and three WSHS parents participated in the event.
Beth became pregnant with her third child and immediately started thinking about what she wanted for the son she was carrying. Like most parents, she wanted him to have every opportunity in life. She dreamed about the kind of life her son would have, and the kind of man he would become.
Maria was raising her two young grandsons when she lost her home, car and everything she owned in a fire.
They were homeless and didn’t know how they would start over. A family member told them about Verde Villas and the affordable housing program at Catholic Charities.
Each housing community held its own event hosted by Catholic Charities team members. Residents were excited to get involved and enjoy a time filled with games, food and music.
When people consider becoming foster parents, they often wonder if they will be able to handle the ups and downs of foster care. Others wonder if fostering will be too hard.
Sharon Martinez didn’t let any of those fears stop her from becoming a foster parent. “I am 66 years old and on dialysis,” said Sharon. “Most of the kids that come to live with me call me Grandma.” Don’t let her age fool you, Sharon’s feisty personality is exactly what these kids need.
As a training and development specialist, Michele Bellenir works in the Catholic Charities human resource department to ensure that everyone on the team has the training and resources they need to do their jobs.
One of the benefits of working for a nonprofit is knowing that the work you do is more than a job, your work makes a difference in people's lives. Catholic Charities' mission is to help our community's most vulnerable isn’t just for the staff that works with clients--it extends to all of our staff.
Jessie Grissom was excited to leave Georgia for a job in the West. He had been promised a job near the Grand Canyon, but when he arrived the job had been given to another.
Alone, Jessie hitched a ride to Flagstaff. He didn’t have a place to live or a support system. He knew he needed help and found Catholic Charities.
In July 2012, Brian and Kristin were married. They were excited to start their life together and planned to have children as soon as possible. When they didn’t get pregnant right away, Kristin decided to see a doctor. She learned it was unlikely she would be able to get pregnant.