|12/7/2011 10:14:00 AM|
Catholic Charities hosts lunch for homeless women
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Jesuit Volunteer Claire Niemet and Housing Transitions Program client Deborah Johnson share a moment at Thanksgiving lunch.
Catholic Charities Housing Transitions Program hosted more than 40 women at a Thanksgiving potluck. Existing clients brought guests who may be new to the program and could benefit from services.
“We met two new women in need of housing today,” said Katherine Parkinson, and outreach advocate for Housing Transitions. “For existing clients, today was an opportunity to take advantage of our regular drop-in services: take a shower, use the computer, check their voicemail, but also and have a chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. For many of them this will be their only opportunity for that.”
Deborah Johnson, a client, explained that the lunch was the first time she had visited the program since she moved into a new apartment just last week.
“I’m still getting used to having heat,” said Johnson. “I have been living in a tent in a friend's back yard and coming to Housing Transitions every single day to take a shower and warm up. I feel so grateful for the staff here; they feel more like a family than a social service agency.”
Johnson remarked her gratitude to Catholic Charities Executive Director Pietro Ferrari, who attended the lunch. “Thank you for making me feel like a person and not just a number,” she said.