Are you cultivating an attitude of gratitude? In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we asked Catholic Charities clients and supporters, “What are you thankful for this year?” Here are their answers.
The children at St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional Housing:
Kayla wrote, “I’m grateful for St. Margaret’s and the staff” with her picture, seen above, of the place she calls home.
A single mom living at St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional Housing:
“I’m thankful for St. Margaret’s for putting a roof over our heads and for the stability we have here. I am about to nish my job training program and start an internship. My daughter received an award at school for her grades this year, and I am beyond proud—we’ve been through a lot, and she’s everything you could ask for in a daughter.”
A student at Hogar:
“I’m thankful because I feel more comfort- able communicating with people I work with and speaking to others in stores or other places. I’ve learned a lot of new words so now I can have more conversations. The classes are helping me get closer to my goal of starting my own business.”
A couple who adopted a child through the Center for Adoption and Pregnancy Services (CAPS):
“We are grateful to Catholic Charities and to the CAPS staff and volunteers for their roles in helping us adopt our son, James Alejandro.
“We had been in the waiting pool with Catholic Charities for more than three years and had begun to give up hope.
“We thought, “It’s too late; we’re too old.” The staff at Catholic Charities was tremendously comforting and encour- aged us to not give up hope.
“The day we received “the call” was really an answer to years of prayer. We brought James home on April 22, 2014 when he was 15 days old.
“We are grateful for the way he has rearranged our priorities. He is our first child and has turned our world upside down—in a good way! Whereas we both used to be committed D.C. workaholics, we have been fortunate to rearrange our work schedules so that one of us is home with him most days. If it is a day when we’re at work, coming home to play with James is a powerful incentive to leave the of ce as soon as possible!
“This adoption has inspired such joy in our families, friends and neighbors! We were caught completely off guard by the well wishes and enthusiasm his arrival prompted—and that was from people who had not even met him yet.
“James is now eight months old— a delicious age! We look at him, then look at each other and say, “We won the baby lottery. This is the best baby there is!”“
A Catholic Charities counselor:
“Each day I am thankful for the opportunity to be a source of God’s grace and love in the hearts of those I serve as a counselor. I see this come to life by practicing the Beatitudes: serving the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who thirst and hunger for justice and those who suffer persecution. It is truly a gift to work for CCDA!”
A job seeker at Christians are Networking:
“Before I came to Christians are Net- working (CAN), I was managing a res- taurant six days a week. I was stretched thin emotionally and mentally, and barely able to take care of my nancial obligations, despite working week in and week out.
James, one of the volunteers, was a godsend to me. We met during my sec-
ond week, and he took me under his wing and helped me with my resume and elevator pitch. But what was really invaluable was his belief in me. When I came to CAN, my self-esteem and hopes were low, but he made it clear that he believed in my abilities and potential.
He helped me get my new job with a D.C. non-pro t. For the past two years, I have not been able to afford insurance for my 2-year-old son. Once I started this job, I was able to obtain an insurance plan for both of us.
As a father and as a man, it feels great to be able to provide for my son. I could not have done it without the help of CAN.”