Listening to the Heart and Soul
Because of the caring staff at Catholic Charities, Taymara says she is able to live a healthy life and help others.
Days after her 40th birthday, Taymara was rushed to the emergency room. She had been experiencing moderate to severe chest pains for months, but this time it was different. Taymara was having a heart attack.
“The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘I don’t want to die. I want to live.’”
Taymara had 90 percent blockage of an artery due to high cholesterol, stress and years of heavy smoking. After having heart surgery, Taymara said her view on life changed dramatically.
“I believe God wanted me to live that day, and I look at life through a new window. I have to take medications for the rest of my life to stay alive. I stopped smoking, but my medications are important.”
However, when Taymara lost her job as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 2009 due to budget cuts, she could no longer afford her normal living expenses, including her prescriptions.
On the Other Side
“When I was a counselor here in Mansfield, I referred a lot of people to Catholic Charities because I knew the staff members were always willing to give people a hand up to get out of their situation regardless of their background,” Taymara said. “I found myself on the other side of the fence, so I took my own advice.”
Taymara contacted Catholic Charities and was referred to the Community Emergency Services program.
Community Emergency Services helps families and individuals in Richland and Huron Counties who are struggling to manage finances, pay bills or maintain a stable residence.
“I met Laurie Hamrick, Catholic Charities Case Manager, and she made me feel welcome. Laurie listened to what I needed. Laurie and the staff at Catholic Charities treated me with respect.”
“Laurie registered me for money management training classes. After completing my classes, I was able to receive the finances I need to pay for my medication.”
It has been over four years since her first meeting at Catholic Charities, and Taymara says that because of the help she has received, she no longer needs prescription assistance.
Today, Taymara dedicates her time to helping others in her community achieve their greatest potential and continues to refer people to Catholic Charities.
“I truly think God saved me so I could help someone else. I don’t know what I would’ve done if it weren’t for Catholic Charities. My life really depended on their help. I am so thankful for Laurie and Catholic Charities for what they did to save my life.”