A veteran with nowhere to go
J. got her discharge from the Air Force in 1999, and since then, life has been difficult.
Chronic illness and back pain left her unable to finish her nursing degree.
Eventually, she lost her home and her car. Sadly, she had been living on the couches of friends and relatives for a year-and-a-half before she was referred to the Mansfield office of Catholic Charities by her Veteran’s Administration social worker.
Catholic Charities helped her with a deposit on a modest apartment, and a local retailer provided her with a bed set and basic furnishings, as well as a phone card to assist in her job search. J.’s ongoing rent payments are covered by a government H.U.D. program for veterans. But the program doesn’t cover deposits – which is where Catholic Charities was able to help.
‘The good you do is amazing’
A trip to Catholic Charities’ H.O.P.E. Pantry provided her with food staples and personal supplies. But it’s been difficult for J. to take assistance. “I always feel I should be giving rather than taking,” she said. Nonetheless, she is very grateful for what she has received:
“I don’t know where I would be today if it weren’t for the people at Catholic Charities. The good you do for people is nothing short of amazing.”