An evening of celebration to benefit Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
SAVE THE DATE:
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Fund a Need – Silent Auction – $2000 Raffle Prize – Virtual & Safe
Thank you to all who supported and participated in our 2020 Mardi Gras Gala! With your support we were able to raise nearly $50,000 to help the families in our community. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Fund A Need, Change a Life
Your Fund a Need donation inspires hope and changes lives. Here are stories of some of the clients who received assistance from our programs.
Mrs. M is 96 years old with dementia who lives with her son. Her husband of 67 years passed away a few months ago. She is bedridden and cannot perform the basic necessities for herself so hospice is there to help her with bathing, dressing and such. Her son is there for all of it and when he does get out, a Respite Worker comes in and sits with her. The Worker, Mrs. B reads to her, talks with her, they listen to music together. Her son says that Mrs. B is pretty much the only one who gets a response from his mother. Mrs. B has been with Mrs. M for almost 4 years and she says that it is one of the most rewarding things she has done in her life.
One of our Parenting Support clients, Ms. S, started case management services in fall of 2019 to receive clothing and diapers for her children while working towards self-sufficiency. The client, a single mother of two special needs children, was working full time as a CNA while putting herself through nursing school. When the pandemic hit, her hours were largely cut at work and she could no longer cover her bills. Thankfully, Catholic Charities provided the client assistance with two months rent and referred her to the Salvation Army for utility assistance so her family could remain housed while she finished school. Ms. S recently passed her NCLEX exam and began a new career as a registered LPN. Now, she has a new, full-time nursing job and began the Aspire Mobility Mentoring Program. She plans to continue her journey towards self-sufficiency by saving towards purchasing her first home.
Financial and Housing Counseling
One of our clients, Ms. C., was referred to the agency seeking financial assistance, to help pay her rent. The client was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though she was given the option to work directly with patients, suffering from the COVID virus, she declined the offer, as advised by her physician, because of her underlying health conditions. Since then Ms. C. was approved and began receiving unemployment benefits, as did her daughter. Their combined income allowed them to pay minimum amount on their bills. She was five months behind with her rent. After submitting all of her intake paperwork to CCEVA, Ms. C was approved to have all of her rent paid, $4,991.91, through the United Way Peninsula HEPP Program, which brought her rent current. Her Housing Counselor also informed Ms. C about the Eviction Moratorium and encouraged the client to read, sign and give a copy of the document to her landlord for future use. Counselor also encouraged the client to call the Salvation Army to receive help with her utility bills.