Client Stories

"The Esperanza Center changed my life"
Ana Herrera, a client of the Esperanza Center, was invited to speak to the parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Buckeystown, MD on February 14. She described growing up amid poverty, violence and desperation after being abandoned as an infant.

A Very Brave Step Forward
Through the help and support of Our Daily Bread Employment Center Yvette took some of her first steps toward rebuilding her life.

Alvin Davis' Remarks at the Leadership Breakfast

American Dream One Step Closer
Originally from Ecuador, Marco Ordonez-Sanchez has dreamed of becoming a United States citizen since moving to this country with his wife Maritsa and their two children more than 5 years ago. With the help of Citizenship Classes offered at the Esperanza Center Marco's dream has recently become a reality.

An inspired CP graduate will become a social worker
This is the story of how Alvin went from a life of drugs and crime to become a graduate of Christopher Place Employment Academy and then on to become a social worker to help others like himself.

Arbutus woman crochets 100 scarves for children

At CPEA, Alan Learns to Have a Normal Life

Basilica Place Celebrates 30 Years

Becoming Myself Again

Belle of the Ball

Benevolent Baskets
The Benevolent Basket program at My Sister's Place Women's Center allows women to rebuild their self-esteem and develop skills to become more self-sufficient.

Beth and Madison: A HOPE Program Success Story
Beth and Madison are fraternal twin sisters who were referred individually to the HOPE program while still in the hospital following their birth.

Catholic Charities Develops Community Leaders with Head Start Male Involvement Program

Catholic Charities' Clients Share Why They are Thankful
Clients of Catholic Charities share some of the things they are particularly thankful for during this season of thanks.

Christopher Place Men Paying it Forward
It is part of the Christopher Place philosophy to consistently give back to the community.Year round the CP men are involved in various community service activities to others who are in similar situations as themselves or to mutually support those who have supported them with in-kind donations.

Client Becomes Volunteer and Moves into Permanent Home

Client Thanks Volunteers

Commitment to Change Yields Brighter Futures
Ronald, Clifton, and Paul entered Christopher Place Employment Academy like most men before them - homeless, lost, and without a plan to get their lives back on track. Today, after much hard work and dedication as well as the opportunities afforded them through Christopher Place Employment Academy, these three men have found a path towards a brighter future with new careers at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

CPEA Graduation

Creating a Path Toward Stable Employment
Every Friday the sounds of accomplishment and congratulations can be heard humming from the classroom at ODBEC which hosts the weekly Work 4 Success Employability Workshop.

Dana's Letter of Appreciation to Christopher Place Employment Academy
Dana, a Christopher Place Employment Academy participant shares what the program had helped him to accomplish and the new life he has been able to build.

Darnell Taylor
When Darnell was released from prison, he had no where to turn, but then he stopped in for a meal at the Our Daily Bread Employment Center. "Without Our Daily Bread Employment Center, I could be back to prison,” he says. Read about how he rebuilt his life.

Deja's Extra Efforts Pay Off

Diligence Pays Off

Dollars and Money Sense

Donna Street--My Big Sister

Dre's Story
Holden Hall helps Dre’, a 38-year-old man with multiple physical handicaps and an addiction history, turn his life around.

Early Intervention at St. Jerome's Head Start

EarnBenefits: Parish-based program helps families in financial crisis

Edward Bruz Is Learning English at the Esperanza Center

Emmeline Finds Friendship at the Esperanza Center

Entering the Green Industry
This fall Our Daily Bread Employment Center entered into the green industry by implementing a Weatherization Learnership Training Program.

Eulogy for Adan Guevara

Faces, not Numbers: We Change Lives, One Person at a Time
Catholic Charities is experiencing a significant increase in the demand for services and assistance. But through this rise, we continue to uphold the core mission to love, serve, and teach Marylander's in need. This goes beyond just our numbers and reaches out to the individuals that we work with daily to serve with dignity and respect.

Finding the Right Path
From a young age, Ashleigh had struggled with her mental health wellbeing and finding the right path in life. Until she found help through My Sister's Place Lodge. See how the assistance and support of the Lodge has help Ashleigh to learn how to be self-sufficient and cherish the divine within herself.

Food for Life
The Christopher Place program prepares its graduates to return to stable, productive, independent lives. This includes being able to cook for themselves and look after their health, so the curriculum includes the Food for Life program.

From Client to Cook: Anita's Journey to Stability with the Help of My Sister's Place Women's Center
Anita came to My Sister's Place Women's Center seeking support to make changes in her life. What she found has made a profound impact. Today, Anita is the evening cook for My Sister's Place Women's Center feeding hungry women and children in the same dinning room where she once sat.

Grant Winner Restarts Project Documenting Home Remedies

Head Start is a Family Affair for Ed Wilson

Helping Families Stay Together
Mr. and Mrs. Bloom struggled to keep the older home where their four children had grown up. Unable to pay for the major repairs needed it was deemed uninhabitable and they were forced to leave. The family was required to split up and live in separate homeless shelters until they were referred to Sarah's House. See how Catholic Charities reunited the Bloom Family and helped them get the support they need.

Hope In My Darkest Hours

In My Own Words, by Elsie Hartlove
I’m quite content at St. Elizabeth’s. I’ve made many friends here. I’m cared for by a wonderful group of staff people, friends and family.

Jeff's Story
When Jeff entered the Our Daily Bread Employment Center looking for a change he was unshaven, in soiled clothing, and was living in dire survival mode. Years of alcohol abuse had left him homeless, friendless, and without support of his family. Read about how Jeff has turned his life around.

Jermin Laviera's story on WYPR
“The Lines Between Us” is a thought-provoking series that airs each Friday on WYPR. On October 17, we heard the story of Jermin Laviera, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to Baltimore in 1987. Jermin learned English in classes at Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center (then known as the Hispanic Apostolate), and 25 years later she is still an employee there.

Josh has run 500 miles

Juan Thanks The Esperanza Center

Justin Challenges Us to Rekindle the Flame

Keith's Story
“I feel like I let the community down a little bit when I was using drugs. Now that I'm here I want to give something back to all the people that come here - the groups that tour, the volunteers, the new guys in the program, everyone,” says Keith. Read Keith's story about how the Christopher Place Employment Academy has helped him build a new life.

Kevin Found Support and Stability at Holden Hall
Kevin has found the stability and strength he needed at Holden Hall to maintain his sobriety and build a better future.

Kitchen Internship Program is a key to a future of independence

LaShaun's Story
Two of Lashaun’s children completed the St. Jerome’s Head Start program and now attend Baltimore City schools.

Leadership Council Campaign Breakfast
My Sister’s Place first annual Leadership Council Campaign Breakfast summary of the event and guest speakers.

Learning the Skills to Find Employment

Leonor Finds Hope at the Esperanza Center

Lincoln Resolves Past Issues

Living the Good Life at Everall Gardens

Lodge Client Reaches Her Goals

Lodge resident lands new jobs with help from job readiness training
My Sister’s Place Lodge resident Carol Spark was staying at a shelter when she learned about the My Sister’s Place Lodge and she knew right away it was the right program for her. Carol is now looking forward to moving into permanent housing as soon as she completes the Lodge program.

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Loretta Finds Stability and Support at My Sister's Place

Luis Feels Welcome at the Esperanza Center

Manna Gives Thanks to Sarah's House
Manna shares with us the gratitude she feels towards Sarah's House for the support she and her child have recieved.

Margaret Cunningham Lives Like a Princess at Owings Mills New Town

Margaret's Story
Margaret overcomes addiction and earns her GED

Mario Candia-Espinobarros Hopes to Teach English

Mark's Story
Ready to make a chage in his life and looking for the right program to support him in this journey, Mark came to Christopher Place Employment Academy. Today, he is learning the keys to success, rebuilding relationships with his family and planning for his future.

Markita Became a Certified Nursing Assistant
Markita Floyd found herself homeless and unemployeed. With help from My Sister's Place, she rebuilt her life.

Martin Can Hear!

Mary Finds a New Apartment In Her Neighborhood

Mary Gets Her Own Apartment
Ms. Mary Gets Her Own Apartment and works on her job search

Mary Moves from Underemployment to Financial Stability
Mary is a Sarah’s House client whom we are continuing to help on her life’s journey to self-sufficiency and financial stability

Melkin Learned to Speak English at the Esperanza Center

Michelle's Story
When Michelle came into the Our Daily Bread Employment Center she was nine months pregnant, distressed, angry, and with feet so swollen her shoes could barely be removed. Read her story of hope and new life.

More Blessed To Give Than Receive
Monte is just one of a handful of volunteers who regularly volunteer to serve meals that they themselves rely on as their main source of food each day.

Moving Forward and Up
Antonio Hammond complete his Capstone event to become "job ready" and enters a six-month program that prepares individuals to work as laboratory associates in various fields.

Ms. Diane Asta Finds Hope and Gives Back
A recent widow found her self living on the streets. Through the help of My Sister's Place Women's Center, she has been able to regain stability in her life. Now she gives back by volunteering in the dinning room each day.

Ms. Jerrie Celebrates 5 Years with MSPWC

My Constant Safe Haven
Cathy, a former client of My Sister's Place tells the story of her transition from being homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol to being independent and self sufficient through the help she received from My Sister's Place.

My Cousin Ricky
The story of Ricky Breitenbach, Gallagher Services client, as told by his cousin

My Sister's Place Lodge was there for me...

News Conference rallies support for suspending federal budget cuts for Head Start

Otis Morse: True stage presence

Our Lady of Fatima II, A Catholic Charities Senior Community

Owings Mills Senior Housing Resident Shares Her Experience

Ray's Story
Ray spent most of his life in and out of prison. Today, Ray has graduated from the Maryland Re-Entry Partnership, is a member of the Christopher Place Employment Academy, and can be seen riding his new scooter to Carrabba’s Italian Grill where he has been employed since May 2008, and will begin classes this fall at Baltimore City Community College where he will major in computer technology.

Reggie and Gloria Find Love at Basilica Place
Reggie and Gloria did not expect to find love in Catholic Charities senior housing, but when their friendship took this unexpected turn, the two were soon wed.

Reister's View Resident Runs Her Own Santa's Workshop

Residents are building healthier communities, and nurturing a spirit of purpose, wellness and harmony

Robert Gets a Second Chance at Life
Through the help of Christopher Place Employment Academy, Robert has found the support he neeeds to overcome his addiction and is now persuing a Masters degree in Social Work.

Ronald Discovers Recipe for Success at ODBEC

Ronnie Feels Blessed to Have Found MSPWC
"Ronnie", a 60 year-old woman who had spend her life working and building for the future, found herself alone, homeless, and with no where to turn.

Rose Receives Kindness and Care at the Esperanza Center
Rose came to the Unites States after fleeing persecution in Africa. Looking for help with her asylum application, Rose came to Esperanza Center. Here she found the legal resouces she needed as well as health services and kindness like none she had ever known beofre.

Sammy Advances to an Independent Life

Samuel Burris Got His Head Start at St. Jerome's
Sam credits his leadership skills and commitment to his education to his from his experience at St. Jerome’s Head Start.

Sarah's House Helps Amber and Earl Get Back on Track
This season, Amber her husband Earl and their son Johnny have so much to be thankful for and with the help of Sarah’s House they are looking forward to a brighter New Year.

Sarah's House Helps Kianna with a Fresh Start at age 19

Seizing the Opportunity
After six months in Christopher Place Employment Academy, Stephen has gained the skills and confidence to begin his job search and continue on the path towards self-sufficiency.

Seniors at St. Luke’s Place Are Ready to Roll

Single Father Rebuilds the Life of His Family Through the Help of Catholic Charities’ Sarah’s House

Spiritual Retreat Guides Christopher Place Men on Their Journey
The men of Christopher Place Employment Academy renew their spirits by participating in a three day reflective retreat at Seneca Rocks in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forrest this summer.