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Alicia finds that there is always something new to learn in these classes and that they are helping her be a better mother.

Catholic Social Services

Help for young mothers

Alicia Jones needed help. She was a 22-year-old single mother of a 3-year old and an infant. And thanks to the generosity of people like you, Catholic Social Services (CSS) Montgomery County Family Service Center was able to be there for her. Alicia now attends parenting classes at CSS every week. She and the other mothers have learned vital parenting tips such as proper nutrition, potty training suggestions, healthy communication and so much more. She has also greatly benefited from nursing students who provide classes throughout the year. Alicia finds that there is always something new to learn in these classes and that they are helping her be a better mother.

These classes also benefit Alicia and the other mothers socially, helping them establish a network of friends who are going through some of the same things they are. Moms from different parts of the Archdiocese, even different countries, get to meet each other, exchange encouragement and share their experiences. On a more urgent level, Catholic Social Services offers a choice model food pantry where Alicia and others can go if they are experiencing, in her words, “a tight week.” At Martha’s Choice Marketplace, Alicia and her family are able to choose healthy foods they need for their families.

Alicia finds that there is always something new to learn in these classes and that they are helping her be a better mother.

Alicia recently started working on her resume through the sites job readiness program. Her hope is to find better employment opportunities so she can provide for her family.

People, like Alicia, visit CSS sites when they have lost hope and need a helping hand. These vital programs CSS offers would not be possible without your generous donation to the Catholic Charities Appeal. Think of your donation as the answer to the Prayer of Saint Francis — “Lord, make me a channel of thy peace … that where there is despair, I may bring hope.”