This month resident Ruth moves into her own apartment and looks forward to reuniting with her children. Ruth has much to celebrate now, but she didn’t always. In the process of leaving an abusive husband and being hospitalized for severe depression, other living arrangements were made for her children. Ruth, unemployed and homeless, found short-term solace in a new relationship that also turned violent. After finding refuge at the Domestic Violence Shelter in Gastonia, she was referred to Catherine’s House.
Catherine’s House is not just a house; it was my home. I walked through the door after being discharged from a medical facility. I had been in an abusive marriage for 17 years. During that time, I was a financially secure stay-at-home mom until my divorce 14 years ago. I suffered from clinical and situational depression. I had no job, no money, no food and no place to live – other than my car.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you,” says the LORD, “plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” Evora, a single mother of three young girls, once wondered if she had a purpose. She asked God, “Why am I still living?” A car accident that left two of her daughters in the hospital was her wake up call.
After retiring from 32 years of public service with the Federal Government, I was bored out of my wits. My neighbor suggested that I volunteer at Catherine’s House. Living in New York City for most of my life, my view of the homeless was somewhat stereotypical. I frequently saw homeless people in subways or on the streets, often with a substance abuse problem.
Our annual fundraiser is underway! Tickets to win a new 2017 Honda Civic are $5 each or $25 for a book of 6 tickets.