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 you help every day.

You help Alen find a home in his hometown

Alen at Dorothy Day CenterSaint Paul has always been Alen’s home, but he can’t find a place he can afford to live there. He had a home, until his building was bought out, leaving Alen once again on the hunt for affordable housing. More about Alen's search for a home

You provide Ron a pathway out of poverty

You help people like Ron Ron goes by a few labels. Homeless is one he is working to leave behind. Ron has been experiencing homelessness since his daughter lost her apartment and he had no other place to sleep. More about Ron's hope for a home

Mother, son happy to find 'home sweet home'

Jayde and JaleelWalking through the doors of Jayde and Jaleel’s St. Paul apartment, the furnishings may seem sparse. Jayde doesn’t see what’s missing as much as she sees what she has. Read about Jayde and Jaleel's home sweet home

Greg has stability and a second chance thanks to you

Greg at Dorothy Day CenterGreg first came to Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center just after Christmas in 2013. He had just been evicted from his apartment he shared with a roommate who did not pay his portion of the rent. More about Greg's second chance

With your help, dreams come true

T Mychael Rambo

It’s a long way to go, from standing in line at Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center and sleeping at Mary Hall to singing the national anthem for the president of the United States. Follow T. Mychael's amazing journey

Dave counts his blessings at Higher Ground

Dave at Higher GroundOn a cold January day, Dave entered the shelter at Higher Ground filled with wonderment that he—a college educated professional who had played by the rules—was lined up to sleep in a shelter. Read Dave's story of perserverance.

Thanks to you, Norma is home in time for Christmas dinner

NormaOn a cold, snowy day, Norma, 60, went from living in a six bedroom, four bathroom house to a bunk in the second floor women’s unit at Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center.  Find out how Norma found hope.

You helped Bobby, now he helps others

Bobby helps othersCatch Bobby without a smile and you’re captured a rare moment. Catch Bobby when he’s not hard at work and you’ve witnessed something even more elusive. Read about Bobby's path out of poverty.

You gave Karl a place to lay his head

Karl in his own homeKarl slept on a mat at the Dorothy Day Center. He was one of the clients who helped set the mats out on the floor before bedtime. Each night, he would select the one in the corner, closest to the door. Read and watch Karl's story.

Opportunity Center provides link to jobs, housing and basic needs

John uses Opportunity Center to move out of povertyJohn, 48, uses the Opportunity Center for things he once took for granted. Access to these amenities is what affords John a chance at moving out of poverty, into employment and a home. More on John's journey out of poverty.

Because of you, a mother has a second chance

Sheila is on the path to self-sufficiency.Ask Sheila about the apartment she’s about to move into and she may break out into tears. Sheila, a 43-year-old mother of four has been on the bottom, but she is proudly, thankfully, cheerfully on the path to self-sufficiency. Get to know Sheila.

You gave Larry shelter from the streets

Larry grabs a chair from the coffee shop and sets up outside of  Al’s BreakfastYou might know Larry. He has a memorable face and voice. Larry has been a fixture in Minneapolis for decades. While you may know Larry, he had a much different life before Catholic Charities. Follow Larry's journey.

You gave Darcy a path to sobriety, health

Darcy on path to sobriety and healthDarcy remembers when he had his first taste of liquor. 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.

More stories of your gifts in action

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