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Bill’s Hope Story: Prayers Are Answered

Bill is a 54-year-old single male. Life was good until his chronic health issue of diabetes overtook his life. He found himself needing weekly dialysis, and without savings, he no longer had the luxury of choosing between paying his rent or paying for his ​much-needed medical care. Eventually, he was evicted from his long-term rental on August 31st, 2021. He started to live in his car at that time, thinking it would just be temporary. The loss of his home caused him to suffer mentally, and eventually, he lost his job, too. Bill’s first interaction with Catholic Charities revolved around getting weekly transitional bags of food.

While at Catholic Charities, Bill noticed people putting prayer intentions in the prayer box in the lobby. Bill decided to place his own prayer intention in the prayer box, asking God to help him get a place to live. Due to living in his car, Bill’s physical health kept deteriorating, and he was admitted into the local hospital on December 11, 2021. The hospital social worker reached out to the case manager at Catholic Charities, stating that she knew that Catholic Charities was Bill’s best hope.

Bill met with the case manager at Catholic Charities on December 13, 2021. It just happened to be noon on that day, and the case manager asked him to pray with the staff and volunteers. Bill was eager to participate and started to cry because he realized that God was answering his prayers. Bill now receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) every month, and he has completed the initial paperwork to participate in the Homeless Emergency Solutions Grants (HESG) housing program. The hope is that Bill will soon once again have a place to call home.


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