Basic Needs Vital Relief Ministries

Heather is a young mother, exhausted and desperate for sleep lies awake. The holidays are coming, and she worries her family will be evicted soon. Her dream of putting a few simple gifts under the Christmas tree for the children seems impossible. Restaurant work used to be reliable and steady. But now the best she can do is cobble together three different part-time jobs. She prays she doesn’t get Covid. Keeps fingers crossed that the children’s schools won’t close. The mother, Heather, is one of our neighbors. She is thinking, should she pay the rent and not the utilities? Could a food pantry be the next step, so that her dollars can go for other bills? Should she get a fourth job?

Heather is one of our neighbors. She is thinking, should she pay the rent and not the utilities? Could a food pantry be the next step, so that her dollars can go for other bills? Should she get a fourth job?

Our caseworkers helped moms like Heather every day of this year with Basic Needs:

  • Paid utility bills so that she could get on solid ground again
  • Found housing that was better suited to her family’s needs and financial resources
  • Life skills counselors coached her into believing in herself and really walking the walk of the love of Christ
  • Support groups helped her see that she was not the only one with money woes and inspired her to have hope
  • When things improved, she volunteered to serve meals at our feeding sites, like Loaves and Fishes, to pay it forward. That’s healing.

Your gift to Catholic Charities Basic Needs program will ensure that Heather and everyone like her can feel safe and supported this holiday season.


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Catholic Charities Development Office

Gene Gillespie

Director of Development

2806 McGavock Pike

Nashville, TN 37214

ggillespie@cctenn.org

(615) 760-1028