Shawn served six years in the U.S. Army’s airborne forces, but it all came to a sudden end when he was shot, suffering a brain injury. Shawn wandered the country, exploring the nation he had defended. He had no home, and no means of getting one. His despair was deepening.
John Teeples is a chef for the Legacy Foundation Christine Stamper Center for Help & Hope. After working in the restaurant industry for 35 years, in 2020 he found an opportunity to do even more at the BHC Shelter. One year later, things are still going strong. Providing meals for those in need has given John a way to serve the community with his talents and compassion.
“His struggles to find his place in society have been difficult. I’m so proud and happy to say, ‘Welcome home, soldier’,” Patricia Jacques, a homeless outreach specialist, said of helping a veteran and metal recipient move into his new home. When Patricia and her fellow staff members helped give back to this veteran, it was an all-hands-on-deck effort that exemplified true teamwork and compassion.
When Rebecca adopted Miles, she gained not only a son, but a new sister too. Foster care and adoption can create unbreakable bonds that spread joy and bring families together.
In fleeing an abusive relationship, Marcia and her family found themselves living on the streets, finding places to sleep in motels, shelters and their car. With the help of the Permanent Supportive Housing program, they were able to move in a good, safe home while they rebuilt their lives.
Oftentimes, our desire in life is centered around finding our own unique calling within this world. Sylvia, a foster parent in Northern Arizona, was given hers in a dream when she was only 13 years old. With Catholic Charities, Sylvia and her husband worked with the foster team to become a licensed foster family, certified in children who are medically fragile.
Dave grew up in a small town where he never felt like he fit in. After school, he left in search of a place to belong. He could never have imagined what the next 15 years would bring, or the devastation and eventual hope that would come.
Catholic Charities Veterans Services and PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) outreach workers Rose Jaskulski and Pauline Jackson have partnered with Foothills Food Bank over the past year. By collaborating with Catholic Charities and other community partners, the food bank collectively supports residents of Black Canyon City to promote both safety and wellness.
For a long time, fostering had been a goal for Faith and her husband. Even though they weren’t officially licensed until late 2020, taking care of family was always a constant in their lives.
For years, Carlos had no home, job, or personal documents. But that all changed when he met Danielle, a case manager with Catholic Charities Veterans Services, who helped him attain the stability he deserved.
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