Give people hope and they can do anything

A Message from Marlene

Dear Friends,

A mother recently entered our shelter with her school-age daughter to escape domestic violence. While in our care, she worked with our bilingual case manager to improve her English skills and received the support she needed to find employment and housing. Our activities coordinator, Ms. Mildred, provided a safe space for her daughter to have fun and participate in outings, and to just “be a child”. The mother is so proud of her progress that she comes back to visit the shelter every few months to let the staff know how she’s doing and to tell them about openings for others at her apartment community.

More than 50% of the children in our city live in poverty. When you hear that devastating statistic and think of the thousands of children who are affected, it is easy to feel helpless. The impacts of poverty can be devastating for children, from poor academic achievement to behavioral and socio-emotional problems. Each day we see poverty through the eyes of the children we serve and know that the work of Catholic Family Center – made possible with your support – is making a difference for every child who comes through our doors.

In 2017, CFC served more than 23,000 people in our community; 21% of them children and 90% of our clients live below the poverty level. From children who recently received holiday gifts through our Adopt-A-Family program, to the girl mentioned above who received emergency housing and emotional support…your gifts to CFC have amazing impact each and every day. Your support helps us to provide hope to children who are facing so many obstacles.

We can’t do it without you. Your gift will provide hope to so many who desperately need our help. Will you consider a gift today to support our efforts? Thank you for your generosity.



Marlene Bessette
President and CEO

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