Caseworkers from Catholic Charities agencies submitted the following examples of how proceeds from last year’s Christmas Appeal were used:
* A couple who moved to Rochester received $50 to purchase household items while the were awaiting Social Security benefits.
* A young mother received $69.99 to purchase life-saving medicine for her child while she was awaiting her Child Health Plus health-insurance plan to become active.
* A man, who had previously been homeless and entered a treatment program, became employed with an independent contractor and received $49.99 so he could purchase work boots.
* A young working mother received $10 so she could get police clearance report in order for her to enter a new subsidized-housing program so she could get housing that was safer and more cost-effective for her family.
* A single mother of two small children received $400 so she could move from a drug- and crime-infested neighborhood to safe and affordable housing. The money was used to turn on the utilities in her new home. The mother is now employed, receives no Department of Human Services assistance and the children are thriving.
* A woman who lost her job received $120 so she could keep her car insurance active, which enabled her to pursue other job opportunities.