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Helping Neighbors Starts at Home

Off to a Great Start

September 6, 2015

Imagine finishing up your first day of school without a home to return to: No kitchen table to sit around with your family, no place to get ready for bed, nowhere to rest up before the next school day.

Eight-year-old Jill was at risk of experiencing this as her first day of second grade approached. Her mother Elizabeth had lost her job in May and quickly fell behind on rent and utility bills, which eventually totaled more than $2,300. A single mother, Elizabeth had no other source of income and nowhere else to go. They received an eviction notice a week before Jill’s first day of school.

Luckily, Elizabeth got in touch with the Vincentian volunteers at St. Cletus just in time. The Vincentians got Elizabeth caught up on rent and utility bills, keeping her and Jill off the streets. When Jill got off the bus after her first day of school, she was greeted by a warm hug from her mother at the front door of their beloved home.

Thanks to the Society's person-to-person services, children all over St. Louis are starting the school year with nutritious food to eat, warm beds to sleep in and places to call home. These resources empower children to learn and grow and eventually build good lives for themselves.

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