For Mrs. B, it came down to getting to work every day. The grandmother and guardian to her grandchildren knew that the family’s future depended on her keeping her job so she could pay her bills, and hopefully, get out of the motel where they had been living.
It had not been an easy year for Mrs. B and her family. They had struggled with Covid, and the recent death of several family members. Then, Mrs. B’s landlord told her the family had to vacate the premises: the landlord wanted to sell the property. To top it off, Mrs. B’s car needed to be repaired.
Mrs. B called Catholic Charities. We introduced her to one of our seven car repair partners and paid for the car repairs so she could keep her job. Now she is saving for the permanent home her family needs.
Catholic Charities established the car repair service more than a year ago. We identified partner mechanics, strategically located in the diocese for easy access by clients. The outcome is to ensure clients have a working automobile which passes inspection. Thanks to our donors and friends, we have helped 14 families with repair assistance, totaling $57,167, as of January 31.