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"I feel like I am 16 again"

July 2016

Chelsea is a single mother who works as a restaurant in rural St. Genevieve County. She and her seven-year-old daughter live six miles down a gravel road from the main road. When Chelsea’s car broke down, she couldn’t take her daughter to school, go to the grocery store or get to work without asking family and friends for a ride. She also couldn’t take on extra shifts at the restaurant, so her employer stopped offering them to her and eventually cut her hours.

Local Vincentians helped Chelsea apply for the Society’s Transportation Assistance program and helped her shop for a vehicle that would meet her needs. She found a 2006 Dodge Stratus, which allows her to care for her daughter and offer rides to some of her elderly neighbors. Chelsea says, “This changes my life because I’m actually able to do things with my daughter. It’s uplifting to me that other people have gone out of their way to help me out in such a big way and it’s changed my life.” Chelsea has said having her own car makes her feel like she’s 16 again!

You and our volunteers are the “people” for whom Chelsea is grateful. Every day, our Vincentian volunteers minister to St. Louis’ most vulnerable, giving them access to the basic resources they need to live decent and happy lives. Your support makes their work possible. 

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