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Meet the Faces, Hear the Voices of New Yorkers with Lives Transformed

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Across New York, Mapping Catholic Charities in Your Neighborhood

 

David, 57, worked two full-time jobs — security guard by day, maintenance man by night — to make ends meet.

But his independence came to an abrupt halt on February 18, 2012, when David was hit head-on by a car as he crossed Westchester Avenue in the Bronx. Since then, he has had his spleen removed, pins screwed into his right shoulder and a plate pushed into his ribs.

Multiple operations remain, including a left knee replacement. He alternates between wheelchair, walker and cane. His memory is impaired by the concussion and his altered life leaves him often depressed.

Fully disabled, David behind on his rent and faced eviction.

“I never asked nobody for nothing, and now look at me,” he said, choking back tears. Fortunately, David reached out for help to our Catholic Charities HomeBase Homelessness Prevention Program.

The senior adjusting to recent blindness. The developmentally disabled child. The emotionally challenged adult. Through a network of specialized services, Catholic Charities cares compassionately for the most vulnerable New Yorkers — providing the intensive care and support for them to live in safety and dignity.

Catholic Charities helped David cover the debt and find a roommate to share rental expenses. He also received a sturdy kitchen table, chairs, dresser and medicine cabinet. David still faces more surgeries and a long recovery.

But, thanks to the support he’s received from Catholic Charities, he no longer faces them alone.

David’s life, like the lives of others we introduced in this special series, has been changed by compassionate neighbors like you.


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These aren’t just stories. These are our neighbors. Please give generously to Catholic Charities 2017 Annual Fund so we can continue to look after the most vulnerable among us — now, and for years to come.