Jacqueline was a young mother who did not have a good support system. When Jacqueline lost her full-time job, she fell behind on the utilities and rent and eventually became homeless. Because she had a three-year old daughter, a Catholic Charities First Step case worker, “Terri,” met with her at the Rescue Mission to offer assistance and support. Catholic Charities helped Jacqueline and her daughter find an apartment. In addition to housing, Terri was able to get diapers, food and some clothing for Jacqueline’s daughter through the First Step Program.
Terri meets with Jacqueline once every three or four months to provide material and moral support. Through the First Step Program, Jacqueline is able to get food, clothing, and diapers for her daughter. Through her relationship with Terri, she receives encouragement as she deals with the challenges life throws at her.
A couple of weeks ago, Jacqueline arrived at her appointment with Terri dressed from head to toe in white. She informed Terri that she is now attending a local career center to become a dental assistant. She has a part-time job at a local restaurant and is able to attend school part-time. Jacqueline is really thinking about the future for herself and her daughter for the first time thanks to the help provided by Catholic Charities.