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Nowhere To Go, But Up

Roger is a single father who lost his job, the home he shared with his two children and the majority of their belongings in a string of bad luck that can happen to anyone at any time.  

Roger had a good job and was able to take good care of his children. He provided a home, the basic needs and the toys and games all kids like to have. It was the company for which he worked moving out of state that started his downward spiral. 

He felt bad when he lost his job. He felt worse when he and his children got evicted because he couldn’t pay the rent. He hit an all-time low when most of the family’s belongings and clothing from the home got thrown out.  

“I felt terrible knowing that my kids used to have enough food, a place to live and good things that kids want,” Roger said. 

He was ashamed of not being able to take care of his family but he didn’t let his pride stand in the way. He sought help from Catholic Charities in Dunkirk and was able to get assistance with the immediate needs of food and medicine.   

Roger relocated his family to the South Buffalo home of his mother temporarily and almost immediately was told about the Bishop Edward U. Kmiec  Food Pantry and Outreach from a friend who volunteered there. When he learned the food pantry also had some clothing items for people in need, he went there.   

He received food and some clothing for himself and his children. Staff at the pantry connected him to the Ladies of Charity which provided school clothes for one child and diapers for the other. The Ladies of Charity also gave him a Fresh Start bundle and a microwave.  

“The staff and volunteers always made me feel welcomed,” Roger said. “They’re all nice and I never had any problems.”  

Roger’s luck has begun to change with the assistance he was given and new employment at a nearby hospital. He’s beginning to feel like stability and independence is within his reach.  

“I want to thank Catholic Charities, the volunteers and donors for everything,” he said. “I just thank them because they helped me and my kids to stay a family!”