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I cannot believe I am this close to reaching my goal! It has been refreshing to watch myself learn and grow at Catholic Charities Kansas City-Saint Joseph. I am so pleased with the progress I have made; whether it was learning how to budget money, stand out in resumes and gain confidence in interviews, building up my children, find Christmas gifts for my kids, understanding the process of gaining long-term housing, and securing permanent housing. I feel so much more confident than ever before to make a difference in the world around me!

The one of many people I am so thankful for is my case manager, Heather. She has helped me understand the important things I need and made sure established housing is a reality for me. Heather helped me make a goal list and made sure that I stuck with it on the days where it was easy and the days where it seemed like nothing worked out. Once I began tracking my spending, I understood the value of a credit card and the dangers of debt. It was then, Heather saw my spirit and knew I was finally feeling in control of my life. Everything just finally started to fall into place and make sense.

I am never going to lose control of this ever again!

I am now able to provide food and shelter for my kids and a consistent roof over their head. I am so happy to feel like my kids are proud of me again! I feel secure that no matter what, Catholic Charities is by my side, and will never be homeless again so long as I follow through with the housing contract given to me.

We are only a week in 2022 and the dream life I prayed for has only just started.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the support. Because of all your generous support, I am creating the life I have longed for and no longer enduring the life that had been seemingly made for me.

Marie is living in the dignity of self-reliance.

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