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The Forever Place


By Gregory Kepferle

CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and President, Charities Housing Development Corporation

The other day I heard a story of a Catholic Charities client, who survived the Coyote Creek flood who said this was the third time he was rescued by the Catholic Church. First as a child in Vietnam in 1954 when the French fell, he and his family fled from North Vietnam to South Vietnam, where they were housed, clothed and fed by the Catholic community. Second, when he fled Vietnam as a refugee in 1975, he was resettled by Catholic Charities in the U.S. Third, as a survivor of the Coyote Creek flood of 2017, once again Catholic Charities came to his rescue, providing housing and support.

You know those “Forever” stamps that keep their value over time? Catholic Charities is the “forever” place, where people will always be welcomed whatever their circumstance, no matter how many years later.

When so many people’s lives seem in such turmoil, it is comforting to know they will always have a place to go where they will be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

Catholic Charities is like the inn and the innkeeper in the story of the Good Samaritan. We will always welcome the wounded, the desperate, the rejected, those who are poor or are in any way suffering from exclusion by society. We belong to them. Whether they are children or youth trying to develop new skills to break out of a cycle of generational poverty, or adults seeking to improve their lives with jobs, housing, and legal status, or seniors or people with disabilities seeking dignity, food, healing and a sense of community, we will always be there for them. Thanks to our staff, volunteers and donors, their lives are forever changed for good.

To learn more about how to help Catholic Charities change lives for good, go to www.catholiccharitiesscc.org.