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“Thankfully, I don’t feel the chaos coming anymore,” Monya says of her current life. Since graduating from the program at […]
Her story begins in Ireland, where she was born and raised by a “large, devoted Catholic family.” She entered religious […]
“Since ending my term on the board in 2000, I have found my place as a volunteer. I came to […]
Volunteer Margaret Portal talks about her experiences at Catherine’s House
Pam D’Agostino talks about her experiences at Catherine’s House
Delta Sanders talks about her experience at Catherine’s House
Originally from a small farm town in North Carolina, DeAndra came to the Charlotte/Gastonia region in search of “personal and professional growth.” She developed a strong interest in medical practices after taking care of her diabetic grandmother who eventually lost her sight. She enrolled in a local college’s Medical Assistant Program while working several part-time jobs. Even though DeAndra excelled academically, the struggle to find affordable housing made her “want to give up.” As a single mother with no family to help her, DeAndra turned to Catherine’s House.
Many residents of Catherine’s House became homeless when an already fragile living situation was threatened by illness or the need for surgery. Former resident Dawn’s story is one example. Dawn’s job was going well, however, she needed to have a total knee replacement. The recovery from this surgery was more challenging than anticipated, and Dawn could not work for 3 months. During this time she lost her job and eventually her housing when she could not make rent. Increasingly, she also became concerned she might not regain full mobility following surgery.