Read a special holiday message from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain here.
Below is a story of a family who was helped because of YOU!

“When we were living in our car without other options or help, CCS gave us shelter, safety, and opportunity.””

“When you are homeless, the hardest part is having hope each and every day.”

Lisa is battling a major illness which left her financially overwhelmed. Soon “home” for Lisa and her young daughter Giauna was their car. They found a parking lot to sleep in and each night they covered up the windshield and tucked-in under blankets. Days were spent seeking a shower, food, help… and hope. “It was hard,” Lisa says.

Today, Lisa and Giauna are thankful for their warm, safe apartment in a CCS housing program. Lisa is on a transplant list and is caring for her health. “I have been able to focus on my health which is a serious concern. I’ve been able to do so without feeling bad because I can’t provide for my daughter the way I would if I was healthy. It’s given me a confidence in my future.”

Everyday lives are changed because people like you recognize the needs of our neighbors like Lisa and Giauna. The annual CCS Appeal for the Poor is a tangible way you can partner with us to provide essential, life-sustaining services.

Please know that your gifts translate into innovative housing solutions for the homeless, basic need items such as food, clothing and hygiene supplies, recovery and mental health counseling, and support for veterans, farmworkers, youth, the elderly, and those living with disabilities When Lisa and her daughter first came to CCS, all they wanted was somewhere safe to stay. As the holidays approach, Lisa described their Christmas tradition of each writing down “What we’re most thankful for the last year, what Jesus has shown us, and what we’re praying for. In our home we have had security, belonging, and answered prayers. No gift in wrapping paper could even compare.”

Please join us this year by making a financial gift of support today. You can ensure that more of our neighbor’s lives are changed, children are loved, families are healed and hope is restored.

With grateful appreciation,


P.S. Your gift to the 2017 Appeal for the Poor will have immediate impact in your local community. Thank you.

Make a gift in support of families in need in your community today.