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Brittany’s Story

Prior to Catholic Charities, my life was stressful. I mean, it still is, but not nearly as much, thanks to the support of Catholic Charities.

Before working with Catholic Charities, I had recently started my undergraduate studies at MSU. I was 25, with a 2-year-old daughter working a full-time job. After performing as a singer/songwriter for several years, I had just separated from my music partner. I was lost and didn’t know how to move forward.

I had always wanted to go to college, but since it had been so long since I had been in
a classroom, I didn’t feel capable. However, I knew that school was something I needed to do to provide the best life for my child.

We deserved better than I experienced growing up. I wanted to give Lyric the world, or at least a piece of it that didn’t involve struggling to pay the bills. I wanted to thrive, not just survive.

I was introduced to Catholic Charities by my friend and future sister-in-law at the end of my freshman year. She was a client of Catholic Charities and expressed how helpful the organization was in her times of struggle. My Navigator, LeaAnn, immediately contacted me to see what I needed help with.

My experience with Catholic Charities has been nothing short of life-changing. The amount of support I received cannot be quantified, because it has been more than just financial support.

Catholic Charities has blessed me with a laptop, helped financially with mechanical troubles, paid bills when money was stretched, and offered food to my family. But the greatest example isn’t financial, but emotional.

"I am so grateful for Leann. My relationship with her is strong and honest. I feel so comfortable with her, and due to her openness, I feel that I can trust her to support me when I need help."

During my sophomore semester, I was experiencing one of the most difficult times in my 27 years. LeAnn informed me that Catholic Charities would fund therapy sessions for me for a period of time. I immediately jumped at the chance. Soon after I started seeing my therapist, my grandfather was hospitalized and later died from complications due to COVID. Because of how quickly and unexpectedly everything occurred, I was immediately thrown into a severe depression, while attempting to prepare for finals.

Without the support of my therapist, I am sure that I would have had to drop my courses… and honestly, I don’t know where I would be. I am still seeing my therapist, and I know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without the help of my Navigator Leann and Catholic Charities. This is just one of the many examples that Catholic Charities has lifted me out of dark times.

I am so grateful for Leann. My relationship with her is strong and honest. I feel so comfortable with her, and due to her openness, I feel that I can trust her to support me when I need help.

Catholic Charities has helped me accomplish things, but I think the greatest thing is making sure my life is steady enough at home so that I may thrive in school.

I have maintained a high GPA and last year I received the Clark Scholar award, the highest award given to a student who is not a senior. My end goal is to get my Ph.D. in Sociology and become a professor.

I won’t say that I could not have done this without Catholic Charities, because that would imply that I was incapable. But I was not. I just needed help seeing that I was setting the bar too low for myself. That I didn’t have to go through life struggling… that all I needed to do, was ask for help and that it would be given.

So thank you Catholic Charities. I will cherish this organization for the rest of my life, and in all that I do, I will pay my blessings forward.”

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