Receiving assistance during COVID-19
Stories and letters from our clients remind us of our “why.” It’s easy to set goals, to be encouraged by milestones, and to be motivated by statistics, but at the end of the day, it is the person in front of us – their story, their journey – that matters most to all of us here at Catholic Charities. Below is a letter we have been given permission to share, from a client who benefited from the resources of our Disaster Team:
Good afternoon Mr. Adriansen,
I wanted to share my thoughts about Catholic Charities’ involvement with the City of Plano Emergency Rental Assistance Program. It’s my thought that it is a great marriage. The City of Plano is a well-run organization, and Catholic Charities was the perfect group with whom they could partner the economic relief program.
And, the program is so very important. So many people are caught in the trap of COVID-19 without catching the Virus. I was the Founder and CEO of a 9-year operational nonprofit organization, For the Children, Inc., d/b/a Arts & Education 4 DFW Youths, until March 13, 2020. We were of service to disadvantaged and at-risk youths. And, when they disappeared with the Pandemic, there was no place for us to go, nothing for us to do – for the children.
At 73-years, it was a big shock that I was having to seek assistance from another nonprofit agency to keep me afloat. Thank you for being there. There are hundreds of thousands of stories like mine, maybe millions, and the US Government is doing its best it can to help all of us through these terribly challenging financial times.
As a participant in the Program, I wanted you to know my appreciation for Catholic Charities and your involvement with the City of Plano.
Also, I have to share that I think Ms. Jeri Johnson is an exceptional Case Manager. She provided instructions that helped me get through the paperwork, all of which brought me into the fold to secure economic support from the Rental Assistance Program. YALL are doing an awesome job; thank you!
– James Rosenberg
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