No one should have to endure their suffering alone. Consider financial insecurity. A survey by the Federal Reserve found that nearly half of Americans do not have enough money right now to cover an emergency $400 expense. That’s 160 million Americans who would be financially devastated by something as seemingly minor as a blown-out tire, a trip to the emergency room, a broken refrigerator, or unexpected travel (like in the event of a loved one’s death).
Statistically, financial devastation can happen to anyone at virtually any time, leaving the most vulnerable crippled by debt, unable to see a doctor or afford medication, or even on the streets. By standing in solidarity with our neighbors in crisis and recognizing their suffering, we acknowledge poverty for what it is: a systemic and unpredictable crisis.
When Kate approached Catholic Charities, she had been homeless for 14 years. After working with a substance abuse treatment program, she transitioned into Kenton Women’s Village. This month, she moved into permanent housing:
“After 14 years on the streets, I am over the moon to be moving into my own apartment! Since living at the Village, I’ve been a part-time volunteer at St. John’s and became a certified Peer Support Specialist, so I could help other women transition out of homelessness.”
By providing people like Kate the support and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty, we empower people to take control over their own lives. Once she gets settled, Kate plans to go to school and become a social worker. She wants to give others the same opportunity Catholic Charities gave her to become independent.