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.
“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.
Each year, Catholic Charities interns, volunteers and staff partner with other agencies around Arizona for the annual Balance of State Point In Time Homeless Winter Count. The annual count surveys the number of people living on the streets across the state. In late January, our staff searched for homeless in Coconino, Yavapai and Mohave counties.
Chapel Rock is always a fun winter outing for the PALS to work on team building, leadership skills and taking a big step out of their comfort zones. Chapel Rock is the place where they can apply everything they learn in PAL. Whether that be leaning on each other when presented with challenges, communicating effectively, or be able to have the courage to climb and zip line off the climbing tower.
This Veteran’s Day we honor those that bravely serve our country. While we may be taking part in Veteran’s Day parades or spending time with family this holiday, Michael Kpodo, Catholic Charities veteran services program manager, and his team, will be out on the streets ensuring that all veterans in northern Arizona have shelter.
Girls, ages 7 thru 14, enjoyed a fun-filled day of sports and friends at the annual Girls & Sports Day in Prescott, Ariz. They were inspired by Sarah Hill. Sarah was portrayed by Carrie Underwood in the movie, "Soul Surfer." Girl's enjoyed gymnastics, martial arts, volley ball and more!
Wildland firefighters are hard at work, battling the Tenderfoot Fire in Yarnell, saving homes while they save lives. But one vulnerable population, Yavapai County’s homeless, has almost nowhere to turn when a fire threatens their camp.
Sidney is fun, creative and artistic--but after she started school at Prescott High School last fall--she kept to herself.
As high school can be difficult to navigate, Sidney decided to be a part of PAL (Peer Assistance and Leadership) at her school. PAL is an award-winning, nationally recognized program that enables youth to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities.