Date Posted: 07.21.2021

Connie

Connie turned 100 last week, so we threw her a birthday party!   “This means a lot because I know they went through a lot of trouble. I didn’t expect anything like this. I used to attend events [hosted by Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Senior Wellness Services], but I can’t anymore. It’s hard for…
Date Posted: 07.16.2021

Hallie

“I saw a lot of families, and I think it’s always of a reminder of how pain is universally human. My pain is differently than these people’s, but they’re still in pain, and if I can do something to alleviate that, then I want to do it. Hunger is such a basic human thing—most people…
Date Posted: 07.16.2021

Eliecer

“I spent seven days sleeping in the jungle in Panama. It was very hard for me because I never went through this. I had to sleep on the floor with the ants biting my skin. You try to be calm because you cannot move. If you move, basically any animal can bite you—like a snake.…
Date Posted: 07.16.2021

Michael

“I see agape in the distribution of food freely without any return. That is an expression—a manifestation—of agape, and it’s beautiful. I think what you’re doing here is a wonderful service to the community, and I tell people about you. During the pandemic, I relied on the food pantry very heavily because I’m a musician,…
Date Posted: 07.16.2021

Arianna

“During the pandemic and during quarantine, we were all just at home pretty much not doing anything, and it was the same endless cycle over and over again. My mom was the one who told us about this, and she was telling us like, ‘We should do more. We have so much, we should be…
Date Posted: 06.24.2021

Kemissa, José, and Maria

“It’s been a long journey! When I found this program, it changed my life a little bit ‘cause I was going through depression, and Ms. Kim came by one time a week to check on me. Nobody else cared, but she was the one who came to check up on me or text me, “Are…
Date Posted: 06.24.2021

Alexis

“Catholic Charities was helpful in a time when I needed it the most. I had gone through a very rough year, and in addition to being quarantined because of the pandemic, I lost a baby at 20 weeks and had to deliver him prior to moving to a new state a week later. I also…
Date Posted: 06.24.2021

Jeniffer

“When we arrived, we had a hard time with the process for me to start high school. The school did not want to register me. The school requested certain classes from me, that I did not have. Thanks to the Catholic Charities staff, they were able to help me with the school situation. Maria helped…
Date Posted: 06.02.2021

Amarilis

“I was forced to have [my daughter]. I was forced to conceive her, so it wasn’t something that I wanted because I was already a single parent with [two toddlers]. I was barely making it with them. Having a third child I felt was going to be too much because I could barely provide for…
Date Posted: 05.19.2021

Maria

“I am from Brazil, and I married a US citizen. I had some difficult times with him… domestic violence. Truly, it was very difficult for me, but I always put God first. I went to a shelter who first helped me. Many times in the shelter I cried. Many times in my car I cried.…
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