Catholic Charities has given me Hope. Unfortunately, I lost my oldest son through “gun violence,” “attempted robbery” stick-up twenty years ago. It’s been a cold case. He was a grade school student at the old Holy Name Cathedral School. We had his mass at the Holy Name Cathedral Church, Queen of Heavens Cemetery.

The Lord has blessed me with two sons. My youngest son is a successful limousine chauffer. He also attended the Holy Name Cathedral Grade School. I’m a disabled Tex-Mex American single parent. I was married by the Catholic Religion – church wedding in 1969, legally divorced Catholic of about 40 years. I’ve held several jobs to support my two sons. We all have formal education.

I receive my food and clothing at Catholic Charities – along with Legal Aid counseling when needed. The Catholic Charities Organization has helped my family tremendously. I have a lot of respect for Monsignor Michael Boland. He’s doing a great job in helping families like mine through his “After Supper Visions” photography program. This program for the last 16 years has helped me pay some of my small bills to maintain my apartment.