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“I want everyone to know about this,” the May graduate of Weatherford College said, after describing the practical and expansive help she received from Catholic Charities Fort Worth. “It made me a better mom. It helped me be a better student, it helped me be a better nurse.”

The Peaster graduate, now 25, had known she wanted to be a nurse since one of her four brothers, Zachary, landed in the hospital — and their mother felt intense guilt over his burst appendix.

“She was really beating herself up about it, and the nurses were so kind to her,” Heard recalled. “To see their compassion and kindness toward my mom, toward our whole family — it just affected me deeply.