I can’t sleep on the park bench no more, was something Sarah expressed to Tristine. She had asked for help and asked for help, but no one would listen, until she found Tristine, a staff member at one of Catholic Charities’ Community Homeless Facilities.
Sarah suffers with some mental health troubles. She has struggled to find housing on her own. She went on foot for months trying to talk to people and find help. When it turned colder Sarah spent all her money on hotels until she became homeless.
Through many phone calls together, Tristine and Sarah were able to find an apartment. With the help of staff and other formerly homeless guests, Sarah moved in. It has been one month and she is settling in well. Sarah expresses her heartfelt gratitude every time she sees Tristine. She said, “You listened and you helped. I will always be grateful that I don’t have to sleep on the park bench no more.”
This is just one story of how a life was changed through one of Catholic Charities’ Community Homeless Facilities, but there are still so many in our communities sleeping on park benches or underneath bridges. There are so many who need someone to stand up and help them make phone calls and connections; someone to offer a listening ear and a compassionate heart. We urgently need you to make a gift of love this holiday season. Your gift is vital to helping us continue to provide service to those in our communities who are dealing with or living on the edge of homelessness. It will help us continue to train staff such as Tristine, to recognize when someone needs to talk; someone who knows the community resources available to help get the services and support they need. Your gift will also help us keep the centers open so we can provide a place to sleep, shower, get a hot meal, but most importantly, your gift will provide dignity and hope to those in need.
The Sojourner House is place of hospitality and hope to homeless members of our community.
The Franciscan Hospitality House and the La Crosse Warming Center are places of hospitality and hope to homeless members of our community.
The Wausau Warming Center and Beyond Shelter are places of hospitality and hope to homeless members of our community.
Without your help Sarah might be still be one more homeless woman sleeping on a bench in our backyard. Thank you for your generosity!