Carly's Story
Have you ever seen a little girl acting up and thought to yourself, “I’m glad she’s not my kid!”?
Thank you for helping kids like Carly. 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..
Meet Charlie
Charlie is in second grade. Tonight he’ll sleep in his family’s minivan.
He lived in a two-bedroom apartment with his mom and dad. His mom is a waitress and cleans houses. His dad loaded trucks in a warehouse, but back problems required surgery and put him our of work. Insurance deductibles and co-pays drained their savings.

After six months, mom’s income wasn’t enough to stay in the apartment, so the minivan is their new home.

We wish this was an unusual story, but it’s not.

Today there are hundreds of hardworking families in southern Wisconsin living like Charlie’s. They need a place to get out of the cold, have a meal, do their homework, look for a job and get referrals for healthcare. With your support, Catholic Charities is warmly welcoming the homeless and providing support that helps them get back on their feet and restores their dignity.

For over 70 years Catholic Charities has relied on donors like you to help the most vulnerable individuals, families and especially children in our area. Thanks to you, hundreds get nutritious food from the parish mobile food pantry. Older adults receive support to stay independent and in their homes. School children receive counseling. Families living with developmental disabilities are supported. Our neighbors with the disease of addiction are being treated. And the homeless have a warm, safe place to shelter.

Maria's Story

Have you ever felt like you didn’t fit in?

Maybe you had a new job or moved to a new neighborhood. Feeling like an outsider is tough, especially for young teens like Maria. You can help at-risk students learn how to make good decisions in Choices, a Catholic Charities’ program.

Here’s Maria’s story…

Maria was a B student in a rural middle school. She played clarinet in the band and had friends she’d known since kindergarten. Her family moved to Madison and Maria became an outsider in a large school.

Maria desperately wanted to make friends and a few kids made it easy for her to fit in. They hung out with her after school and invited her to weekend parties. They shared their wine coolers; she tried a little marijuana; then, she skipped a couple of classes; she was fitting in perfectly. Her parents thought she was adapting quickly.

One Friday afternoon, Maria’s mom received a call from the school counselor. “Are you aware that Maria skipped math class three times in the past two weeks? And her grades are slipping?”

News no parent likes to hear.

The counselor recommended Maria join Choices, a middle school program of Catholic Charities for students that have made poor decisions but want to turn things around. Choices helps them learn how to make good decisions and how to tell their friends “no”. We guide them to envision their future and understand the commitment it takes to achieve it.

Because of your donations, students like Maria learn how to change and get their life back on track.
She learned what it would take to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Thank you for making the “choice” to support our children with your generous gift.

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