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.
Twenty years ago, Dr. Zlata’s husband came to the United States (U.S.) as a refugee from Bosnia. After a lot of work, Dr. Zlata's husband helped to bring the family together to be reunited. Tragedy struck, her husband had a heart attack and died the day before the family arrived. Dr. Zlata and her children were now alone, except for the support of staff and volunteers at Catholic Charities refugee resettlement program.
Graduation is an exciting time. It elicits mixed feelings of joy, anxiety and a little fear of the unknown. While these feelings are normal for any graduates, we are especially proud of these graduates from our unaccompanied minor program (UMP). Catholic Charities unaccompanied minor program places refugee children into foster homes and helps them acclimate to life in America. These students live in foster homes or an in independent living environment. All of these students have overcome incredible challenges and have a bright future. As these remarkable students graduate from high school, they reflect back on their time in school and the role of Catholic Charities.
“Clifford,” an Air Force veteran in his mid-70s, was living in Colorado when he found out that his niece in Flagstaff, Ariz. had cancer. She didn’t have much time left, so he moved to spend her last days with her, so she would not be alone.
Clifford transferred his social security benefit to Prescott, Ariz., so he could stay, but when his niece passed away, Clifford had nowhere to go. Clifford’s niece’s health deteriorated so quickly, that Clifford lost her in weeks, and with her gone, he also lost his place to live.
Joan was born in 1998 in Myanmar. Her older cousin took her and her brother and fled to Malaysia in 2009. They waited for two years to be granted refugee status.