Your Gifts In Action

The support you provide to Catholic Charities through your generous gifts offers those experiencing poverty real hope. Take some time to read a few short stories that represent just a fraction of the people we help every day.

You gave Darcy a path to sobriety, health

Darcy on path to sobriety and healthDarcy remembers when he had his first taste of liquor. It was love at first taste. Alcoholism would take many things from Darcy over the years. It took his home, his job, his relationships and his health. Follow Darcy on his path to sobriety and health.

You give Johnnas and Brianna reason to dream

Johnnas and Briana at Dorothy Day Center

Johnnas and Brianna are a couple with more dreams than opportunities. Johnnas sleeps on the floors of Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center. Brianna sleeps on a bunk upstairs in the women’s program. Johnnas and Brianna's story

Mary Hall, Dorothy Day Center provide home, purpose

Verdarrell at Dorothy Day

When Verdarrell first came to Dorothy Day Center he would lay down on his dining room floor mat and cry himself to sleep. Now, in transitional housing at Mary Hall, the 50-year-old father said he is glad Dorothy Day Center came into his life. Read how Verdarrell found purpose.

You helped Virgie find peace and hope

Virgie finds peace and hope off the streetsVirgie, 32, has been experiencing homelessness for his entire adult life. Bouncing between family and friends, couch hopping and sleeping on the floors of shelter mats has been his way of life. Virgie dropped his own dreams along the way. Read how you help Virgie find peace and hope.

Higher Ground provides hope, peace

Julie finds hope, peace at Higher GroundJulie found success at the top of the career ladder before experiencing homelessness for four years. Julie lived on the streets. She stayed with family. She stayed at shelters. But at Higher Ground, Julie said, she has found a home. Read how Julie finds hope at Higher Ground.

Thanks to you Tiesha has a home and a plan for future success

You help Tiesha find a home and successTiesha is just 25-years-old. Just days ago, the young woman obtained a prized possession - an apartment key. On her own since the age of 15, Tiesha's spent more than a year sleeping on the floor of Catholic Charities' Dorothy Day Center. Because of stable housing, Tiesha has a plan for success.

Tanisha finds pathways out of poverty

Tanisha finds pathways out of povertyLast year at this time of year, Tanisha and her boys weren't decorating their very own Christmas tree. They did not have a kitchen to do holiday baking. They didn't even have their own beds to sleep in and dream of better days. Follow Tanisha's pathway out of poverty.

José works hard, dreams of opportunity

Dorothy Day Center offers opportunity for JoseWalk through the doors of Dorothy Day Center on a weekday morning and, chances are,you’ll be greeted by José’s smile.  But, walk into Dorothy Day Center any night, and you’ll see José sleeping on a mat. Continue reading how Dorothy Day Center is José's opportunity.

Man works toward literacy, sobriety, peace at Evergreen

Evergreen residentMichael relied on Catholic Charities’ Evergreen Residence when he needed a home. Recently moved into his own St. Paul apartment, Michael still relies on Evergreen—to keep him on the path to education, sobriety and peace. Read more about progress to peace at Evergreen.

Woman celebrates success, works toward goals

VeronicaWhen Veronica came to Minnesota via Greyhound bus she was without friends, without a home, without sobriety, without mental health and without direction. She walked off that bus and directly walked across the street to a shelter. Continue Veronica's success story.

Exodus provides refuge, hope in time of need

Bob at ExodusIn what seems like an instant, our working poor can go from health and security to despair and homelessness. One year ago Bob had an apartment of his own and a job. Getting around wasn't a problem and he would walk or ride his bike to work. Then illness struck. Find out more about Bob's journey to hope.

NCDC provides peace of mind, quality care

Northside Child Development Center helps children and familiesFor Lovie, a single mother raising her two children in North Minneapolis, Catholic Charities' Northside Child Development Center has been a constant, a support and a resource for nearly a decade. Without a lot of family members in the area, Lovie said she has been able to count on the staff of Northside. Continue reading Lovie's Northside experience.

Catholic Charities keeps couple united

Fred, Janiene with AndyFred's body may be failing him, but, because of Catholic Charities, he's able to stay in his home with his wife Janiene and their dog, Andy. His health challenges are so great that he would need to live in a nursing care facility if he didn't have help. More about how older adults can live independently.

Catholic Charities helps mother find housing for her family

Angela and daughtersMost mothers-to-be worry about childbirth, wonder what their new baby will look like, pray for health. For Angela, her primary concern was to have a place for her baby to call home. Pregnant and with three children in tow, Angela was running out of options. Continue reading about how housing stability improves lives.

Families play a waiting game for shelter

Alyshya and daughters outside of Family Service CenterAlyshya and her daughters are playing the waiting game at Catholic Charities' Family Service Center. This is the second time the family of three has sought refuge at Family Service Center. Their first time, in April, was the first time they had experienced homelessness. Read more about Alyshya's struggles with family homelessness.

Heading back to school with no home

Ashantia relaxes at Hope StreeMost students entering their senior year of high school are thinking about friends, football games, extracurricular activities and heading off to college. Ashantia, a 17-year-old living at Catholic Charities' Hope Street Shelter doesn't have that luxury. Learn about homeless youth in our community.

St. Paul Residence provides place to live today, dream of a better tomorrow

Bryant Cooper

Bryant Cooper, 32, lives at Catholic Charities' St. Paul Residence. St. Paul Residence, open since 2007, offers housing for men experiencing homelessness. It's a stark contrast to Cooper's former life when he didn't worry about his bank balance. Read more about Bryant's pathway out of poverty.

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