Millions of people in America live in poverty. Catholic Charities clients, such as Theresa and Pasty Marino, are no strangers to this struggle. As documented in the latest issue of St. Anthony the Messenger, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens works to relieve hunger, homelessness, loneliness, and other obstacles of life.
Seventy-three year old Patsy lives with end-stage chronic obstructive lung disease; he cannot breath without a ventilator. His wife Theresa must provide him with around-the-clock care because he can no longer walk, bathe, or dress himself. Pasty can die if his ventilator comes undone for even a moment; Theresa must be with him constantly to make sure this doesn’t occur. Aside from medical appointments, Mr. Marino is confined to their home at all times.
The Marino’s live off of the limited help they receive. They get money from social security and food stamps. However, this has not been enough. The Marino’s sought help from Catholic Charities. CCBQ provides the family with food from our Brooklyn Community Center Food Pantry and they also receive food from the Mary Queen of Heaven Food Pantry in Brooklyn. This lessens the burden on Theresa who must now manage the house. The Marino’s reached out to Catholic Charities once more when their refrigerator broke down and their landlord refused to replace it. Catholic Charities assisted them with purchasing a new one. CCBQ also helped them with electricity charges when their income just couldn’t cover it the high costs incurred by using his life-saving medical equipment. St. Anthony Messenger, which published the Marino’s story, writes “despite the help-for which they are grateful- it’s still a rough road.”
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