My name is Sandy. I’m 6o years old and this is my hope story…

I’m single and have no children of my own. My mother is 87 years old and I’m her sole caretaker. My main concern is that Mom doesn’t get lonely and has someone checking on her every day to make sure she’s doing ok.

I’ve been working with a Catholic Charities case manager to get my finances in order. My case manager encouraged me to become part of their financial literacy program, Family Financial Transformations. As part of the program, I worked with my case manager to find my spending leaks. A huge chunk of my income was being spent on daily activities with my mom.

My case manager helped me find new ways for my mom and me to spend time together doing activities for free, helping to free up funds to pay my bills every month. Also I has been looking into services at the Keeler Women’s Center for additional support.

Friendly Visitors, a Catholic Charities’ program that helps home bound seniors, has found a volunteer to meet with my mother as well. My mom’s Friendly Visitors program enrollment means that I don’t have to worry about her being taking care of and I will be able to focus on myself more.

I’m hopeful for my mom’s future and my own as I learn to budget my money and know that I will be able to take care of my financial responsibilities.