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Mitzi Judd gave free haircuts to some of our residents at Buder Haven.
blessings at THE SISTERS HAVEN
news from FATHER BACH HAVEN
President & CEO
Dr. Robert J. McCann
Vice President of Housing
Fr. Bach Haven Resident It’s been my privilege to be a tenant at the Father Bach Haven Apartments for 1 year. Without Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I was homeless and struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. I had tried to apply for jobs and was turned down because of my “personal situation.” After I signed a lease at the Father Bach Haven Apartments, I began to look for new opportunities. I had tried to complete an employment programwith the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) but just did not have the stability to complete it. But in November of last year, I enrolled again under the Order of Selection Act. I completed 3 weeks of training to become a certified nursing assistant. I received qualifications in mental health and several other areas. The DVR contracted Ability Employment Services to provide me with job coaching and job placement. I had an excellent coach who believed in me from day one. He found a position for me with Providence Health & Services at St. Joseph’s Care Center, the sub-acute care unit for the greater Spokane region. I care for those recovering from surgery to severe trauma victims. I enjoy my new career and will be beginning my premed degree next year. But none of this would have happened without Fr. Bach Haven. From the very beginning, I was surrounded by the caring staff at Fr. Bach Haven who believed I could succeed with my dream of independence and a career. It was ambitious, but thanks to the incredible support of the social service coordinator, apartment manager and others, I’ve succeeded in starting my medical career. If there has been one big lesson over the last year, it’s believing in myself. If you can dream it, you can build it with enough hard work. Accept setback!
Regional Maintenance Manager
Regional Operations Manager
Catholic Charities just celebrated the dedication and blessing of The Sisters Haven, our 75 newest units of affordable housing for families and individuals who have experienced homelessness. We were honored to have Bishop Skylstad and Sister Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities USA, offer the blessing. We also appreciated our partnership with Project Beauty, which provided gifts to all of our residents.
Sponsored by Catholic Charities Eastern Washington PO Box 2253 Spokane, WA 99210-2253 www.cceasternwa.org Sponsored by Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
To read more about the opening of The Sisters Haven go to cceasternwa.org
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