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Michelle's Story

For 20 years, Michelle Crawford struggled with severe mental illness, PTSD and addiction.

For 20 years, Michelle Crawford struggled with severe mental illness, PTSD and addiction. Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens knew she shouldn’t have to face this journey alone. We not only helped her get sober, we helped her with the support she needed to stay that way. Michelle’s Peer Coordinator provided the guidance she relied on during her outpatient treatment. “They were always there when I needed them, especially in the midst of my addiction. It was a process but he always encouraged me to try again and never give up.” Today, Michelle is proud to be sober for several years and is also active in a Military Trauma Veteran’s group to help her cope. When Michelle was recently diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, her Peer Coordinator ensured that she received medical and financial support and accompanied her to chemotherapy appointments to provide positive encouragement.  With the help of neighbors like you, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens provides struggling New Yorkers with life changing mental health services and recovery programs.

Each day, thousands of New Yorkers must decide between paying rent and putting food on the table. For 120 years, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens has been providing solutions for New Yorkers in urgent need. Every day, Catholic Charities feeds the hungry through food pantry networks; serves the lonely and elderly with volunteer services and senior centers; and provides more than four thousand units of affordable housing for low-income seniors, families, and veterans with a deep commitment to alleviating poverty, Catholic Charities is changing lives and building communities through our 160 programs and  services. But we can’t do it alone. 

It takes all of us working together. With your support, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens will be able to help for the next 120 years.

To help your neighbors in need, Be the Solution: volunteer, donate or connect with Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. 

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