Have you ever seen a little girl acting up and thought to yourself, “I’m glad she’s not my kid!”?
There’s often a story behind acting up, this is Carly’s story.
One night, Carly was awakened by a tap on the car window followed by her father’s voice, “When will this stop?” The engine started. As they drove, she was curled-up in her back seat “bed” pretending to sleep, but she was on the verge of tears. The next morning, Carly sat in her fourth-grade classroom, tired, irritable and hungry.
Her teacher, Mrs. Miller, started the day by telling the class there would be no food for snack time.
Carly snapped. She screamed at Dillon, who forgot his turn to bring snacks.
Homelessness and hunger are heavy baggage for a fourth grader.
Fortunately, people like you have faith and support kids like Carly and her family. Your donations to Catholic Charities support services that help your most vulnerable neighbors.
We have counseling in area public schools for children living through extreme stress and trauma: homelessness and hunger, abuse and bullying, the loss of a loved one and the loss of self-respect.
Mrs. Miller let the school’s Catholic Charities counselor know about Carly’s struggles. Soon Carly, and a few of her classmates, were in a group to help them manage what they were living through. Carly learned she was not alone and developed skills to help her cope with her situation and be prepared for future challenges. Your faith and belief in our mission is a significant reason we can help those who are at-risk.
From pre-kindergarten through high school, you help children learn how to manage life’s toughest challenges. Every week we feed hundreds of families through our mobile food pantry. Older adults receive support to stay in their homes. Your neighbors with the disease of addiction are being treated..