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Profiles of Charity

Profiles of Charity: In the Extraordinary Year of Mercy
Pope Francis declared 2016 as an Extraordinary Year of Mercy and asks “that the season of Lent be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.” Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and caring individuals like you, help fulfill God’s mercy each day. We invite you to join us on Google+ and see brief profiles of some of the people who have been helped through Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, as we continue to live out Pope Francis’s reminder that in this Year of Mercy we are called to “feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger.”
Read stories like Michelle’s:
“On the streets, you are just surviving. Here, I am living.”
– Michelle Matthews
After years of struggle and hardship, today life is good for Michele Matthews, a resident of the Catholic Charities John J. Farrell Residence at Most Holy Trinity since 2009. After struggling with alcohol and living in a shelter, the West Indies native was diagnosed in 2012 with alcohol dependence. Determined to overcome these obstacles, Michele entered the Woodhull Substance Abuse outpatient treatment program and graduated the year-long program in 2014. Today, Michelle helps those who struggle with substance abuse and works hard to create community within the residence by visiting the ill, feeding the hungry, and spending time with her neighbors and staff. “Catholic Charities has given me a feeling of safety after being in the shelter system,” says Michelle. “The staff members here are warm and caring, and I feel that I am understood and supported. I feel like my future is bright.”
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