December 7, 2016

Catholic Charities Advent stories: Believe in blessings

An estimated 7,539 San Franciscans lack stable housing. The lack of permanent housing often compounds numerous challenges: medical, social, psychological and vocational. Thankfully, for many struggling families, there is hope when they need it most.
“At Catholic Charities, our residential care facilities, distribution of housing subsidies and wrap-around case management services provide vulnerable individuals and families with the freedom to focus on restoring stability and hope that comes with stable housing,” said Jeff Bialik, Catholic Charities executive director.
Catholic Charities serves as a lead agency in the Family Eviction Prevention Collaborative (FEPCo) of San Francisco, which represents a cohesive community of service providers that streamline the rental assistance intake process for low-income, at-risk families and individuals in San Francisco.
People like Cecilia, a single mother with a full-time job who found herself suddenly owing thousands of dollars in back rent. Given two weeks until she was evicted, Celia came to Catholic Charities where case managers helped connect her to programs to take care of her back rent and help her get back on her feet.
“I felt overwhelmed. I thought me and my son were going to be out on the streets,” Cecilia said. “I’m glad I found out about Catholic Charities, it has been a blessing.”
“We believe that if we provide homeless families with a safe and supportive place to live, then we can rebuild lives and break the cycle of homelessness,” said Bialik. “Thank you to everyone in the archdiocese whose gifts of time, talent and treasure have made our work possible.”


This is the second of three Advent stories focusing on clients and volunteers served by Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.