Success Story
Suzy* came to our school in 4th grade. When she first arrived, she was combative, constantly fighting with peers and school staff and very negative. Suzy and I got to know each other very well. I learned that her father had died on her birthday a year prior and that her mother was in and out of jail her whole life. Her siblings were scattered around with different family members. After learning about all her trauma, we were able to start working on goals to help her be more successful at school. Suzy's feelings of fear and loneliness were displaying as anger and resentment.

I taught the school staff about trauma and the effects that it has on students. I helped them understand that Suzy was a great kid that needed some consistent adults in her life. Eventually, her behaviors improved and her relationships with peers and staff got better. 

Suzy is now in 6th grade. Her living situation has not changed, and she still struggles with her father’s death at times. She now understands how to manage her feelings and uses strategies and tools to help her stay in control of her thoughts and feelings. She makes good grades, studies very hard and has great relationships with her peers. She looks after others and is always the first one to stick up for someone who is struggling to stick up for themselves. Suzy is a great example of how students benefit from attending a school with caring and compassionate adults that take the time to help them overcome challenges and be successful.

*Name change for Privacy
Story provided by Jessica Perkins, social worker at St. Lawrence.
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Holy Family Shelter continues to serve more homeless families because of the effects of the pandemic. In January, we served 36 families and served over 11,000 meals. All these families either maintained or increased their income level on their way to self-sufficiency.  
Virtual Holy Thursday Breaking of Bread
Join us on Holy Thursday, April 1, for a Virtual Breaking of Bread to benefit the Crisis Office. This will be in place of the annual Soup and Bread Luncheon because we are not able to gather in person for a meal due of COVID-19. We will share with you an update from the Crisis Office and stories of the impact they are having on those struggling to meet their basic needs. There will also be a prayer offered by Archbishop Thompson and a reflection by Monsignor Stumpf. We hope you will join us.  
Caregiver Support Groups
Virtual support groups for caregivers of older adults. The groups are not disease specific.
Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 4:15 - 5:30pm
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Crisis Office Holy Thursday Virtual Event
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Time: 12:00pm (noon)
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