It’s been said that “stories are a sure way to touch the heart and change the world.” This is especially true when stories of gratitude and success come to us from those we have been privileged to serve. Recently, my own heart was touched when I received the following message from Jeffrey and his wife:
“Years ago we were in a really bad way. We were addicted to drugs and homeless, living in our car without our children. We were so hopeless we could not see anything good happening in our lives. After many visits to jail and committing criminal activity and almost losing our lives, it led us to where we needed to figure out a way to stay sober and have a possibility at life.
Fast forward to now, we own a home, have our children living with us and able to accomplish things we had no idea we could. We are grateful for our recovery, our relationships with God, and for Him putting the fire in your hearts to do these things for this community. We owe a great deal of recognition to your organization.”
Homelessness is complicated and every situation unique. Our commitment is to tailor a path of possibility and recovery that builds on the strengths of individuals and families. One of Jeffrey’s most meaningful statements reflected that concept in these words: “Long story short, you provided funds that helped us be in a stable situation and receive help for our disease. Ultimately it led us to sober living and success in the future. Our family thanks everyone for their support. We have a feeling that many of you may not see the outcome of your work and dedication. Well, here is one very awesome story you can know you took part in! God Bless you all!”
I share Jeffrey’s message of gratitude and achievement because it recognizes “everyone for their support” and that includes YOU, our loyal donor who believes in our work and believes that the human spirit can overcome heartbreak and truly heal.
With personal thanks for your compassion and trust in supporting paths of recovery for folks you may never meet but – who like Jeffrey and his family – will be forever grateful.
Chris Jowell, Catholic Housing Services, Agency Director
P.S. This CHS brochure outlines the breadth of our commitment to homeless individuals and families across Western Washington. Whether temporary or permanent, everyone needs and deserves a safe and secure place to lay their head…a place to call home. Your gift, no matter the amount, will have real impact on moving low and no-income families, veterans and elders from heartbreak and homelessness to housing and hope!