Poverty is complicated; gratitude is not.
One of our food pantry staff members saw that first-hand recently as she checked a new client in to get groceries.
The client, a young woman, had come to Catholic Charities through our Housing Ministry because she needed stable shelter. The case manager in housing arranged for her to move into an apartment and referred her to our Driving the Dream Program, which helps move people from poverty to self-sufficiency with the help of a dedicated care coordinator.
After meeting with the new client, the care coordinator referred the young woman to the Catholic Charities food pantry, understanding that she would need help stocking her own pantry in the new apartment.
Following the usual routine, our food pantry staffer who works the front desk gave the new client a form to fill out with her name and address. The woman entered her name and then she stopped and looked at the form for a moment.
Our staffer repeated, “You just need to put your address in this spot.”
The client looked at our staff member and said “I have an address. Today, I have an address.”
Her face was glowing, and she proudly told our food pantry staffer that she was moving in to her own apartment that day.
“I have an address.”
Sometimes, it can be that simple.
When you look at the address on your mailbox, think about that. You have an address today. Poverty is complicated; gratitude is not.