One former resident of Catholic Charities’ Women’s Emergency Shelter shared her story of struggle and hopes for a reunited family. Women come to Catholic Charities with various needs and staff meet them where they are on their journey to stability and renewed hope.
“The hardest part about being homeless is now. It’s difficult being here on the streets. I’ve been homeless for more than two years. I’m originally from Texas. My own mother had me at 16 years old. I was later adopted when I was 16. I have a one-year-old daughter. She lives in Texas with my mother, but I don’t see her much because my mother and I have a rocky relationship. I’m expecting another baby now. It’s a boy. But I’m on my own because my baby’s daddy is in jail. He had a warrant out for his arrest. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped doing hard-core drugs. For now, my street sisters look out for me. We take care of each other. It’s plain difficult. I just want stability. Most of all, I need my kids.”
During the month of February and beyond, the community can help other women like this former shelter participant find their way to a better life. In addition to safety, shelter, clothing and food, the Women’s Emergency Shelter and Marisol Services also provide comprehensive services to help women regain lost hope, reclaim ownership of their lives and integrate back into the community.
Give hope to women who are experiencing homelessness. You can write a message of encouragement and/or make a donation at ccdenver.org/28daysof love
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