“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.
Thea Cline, a 16 –year-old junior at Tri-City High School, and her mother Kathryn Cline, value the time they spend together volunteering for Catholic Charities Priceless Prom Project (PPP). This mother-daughter duo has been volunteering with the program for the last three years and the contributions they make have proven invaluable to the organization.
In response to a local housing crisis shortage for affordable housing, Catholic Charities is leasing 28 studio and two one-bedroom apartments from Eureka Apartments in Prescott. These units will be available to low-income individuals experiencing homelessness with a preference for serving veterans in the Prescott community.
Compliments hold a lot more power than you might imagine. They can be the driving force of positive attitude. They make you feel like a million bucks and can create an extraordinary ripple effect, especially among our youth. It’s the magic woven into our ability to communicate.
It was a brisk Thanksgiving morning but that didn’t stop these Prescott, Ariz., students from helping those in need. Students from Prescott High School and BASIS left their cozy homes early in the morning to serve a Thanksgiving meal.
Each year North Star Youth Partnership in Prescott, Ariz., holds their annual Teen Maze to teach middle and high school students about the consequences of life choices.
Last month, more than 50 teens from Yavapai County attended the first annual Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) Youth Summit in Prescott, Ariz. Students represented Bagdad High School, Camp Verde High School, Prescott Valley School, Prescott High School and Tri-City College Prep. Students completed two service projects and compiled care packages for homeless individuals. Four students showed exemplary service to the community and were selected for the Grant McKee Service and Leadership Award and a $1,400 scholarship.
The experience proved more difficult than most of the students anticipated. “I now understand it’s a lot harder to do the regular things you do every day," said an eighth grade student. "Before this, I always wanted to know what it was like to be a teen mom and now I know, and it makes me want to wait and live my life as a kid.”
Every Wednesday, my relationship with the girls is strengthened through our discussions. They can teach me just as much about life and struggling as I can teach them. The relationship myself and the girls have goes both ways, and we all benefit from it.