After falling upon hard times, Ron J. lost income and a secure place to live, but he never lost his faith in God.
“I came from a religious background,” he said. “My circumstances were hard, but I still believed.”
He is among the thousands of people assisted by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland.
Ron’s positive outlook helped him find St. Joseph Overnight Shelter and eventually St. Elizabeth Center, part of Catholic Charities in Lorain County.
For nearly a decade, Ron took advantage of the many services offered by Catholic Charities. “My caseworker, Stephanie, helped me so much,” he said. Through Catholic Charities, Ron found the behavioral health care he needed and, eventually, his own home. His goal is full independence.
“It feels good,” Ron said about having his own place. “It’s what’s called living the dream. I thank God for that.”
While he lived at St. Elizabeth Center, Ron made a point of helping out however he could. Now that he has permanent housing, he considers volunteering at the center his way of saying thanks.
“I’m a long way from St. Elizabeth now, but every chance I get I come down and make my presence felt,” he said. On certain days at the center, Ron can be seen unloading the food truck, sorting produce or helping in the kitchen. “That’s the best I can do and the least I can do to show my appreciation,” he said.
Next up for Ron is securing his social security for retirement. “That’s the last piece of the puzzle,” he added. Catholic Charities remains a source of guidance and information as Ron makes his way toward full independence.
“My hat’s off to Catholic Charities for believing in me and opening the door for me,” he said.
Those who contribute to Catholic Charities make it possible for people like Ron to get the help they deserve. And Ron wants donors to know he appreciates them. “It’s something challenging,” he said of making financial contributions, “but it’s a good thing.”
The parish appeal for the 2020 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal will take place during the weekend of Feb. 8-9. The central theme for this year’s appeal is “#FacesofHope: Though We are Many, We are One in Christ.”
For more information on this year’s appeal, to make a secure online donation or to view video stories of those helped by Catholic Charities, visit CatholicCommunity.org/2020Appeal or call Karen Joyce, 216-696-6525, Ext. 1910.
Catholic Charities also offers a new, more convenient option for donations, text-to-donate, which can be done with any smartphone. Create a new text to send to 41444 and type CCHOPE in the body of the message. A link will be texted that donors can click on and follow instructions to make a donation to the 2020 annual appeal. Donors can select a pre-determined amount or enter their own donation.
A tutorial video to walk prospective donors through the new text-to-give option can be viewed HERE.
Click HERE to watch a short video about Ron and how he was helped by Catholic Charities.