“They just gave me the opportunity”: helpful program putting families on the road to success

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — With his back against the wall, Edgar Schofield was able to hit the reset button and put his family on the path towards success.

With three children as his top priority, single parent Schofield was just trying to figure out a way to provide for his family after a string of bad luck.

As researching the Bethany House which is a service offered through they were able to find room for his family but even after finding a place, when moving in he didn’t know what to expect.

“I was scared at first. I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Schofield. “I didn’t know these people. I don’t trust people very much. Especially when it comes to my kids. I’m a big poppa bear.”

Food insecurity continues to be a major problem for many in the region. Catholic Charities partners with Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger organization in the country, to help provide nourishment to the area. Homelessness adds to the ongoing fight against hunger and Catholic Charities is helping knock down those barriers.

From the Catholic Charities Food Bank, the Ryves Youth Center helping with after school care to making sure his children were provided a great holiday season through the Christmas Store, Schofield was able to utilize different avenues of the program to get him where he is today.

“They just gave me the opportunity as far as staying here. The preschool across the street, all the little programs they have here,” Schofield.

With the Bethany House helping provide childcare, Schofield was able to work on creating a path forward. As Catholic Charities works to help feed America, they also work to feed the mind by providing tips and budgeting classes that will help people prepare for their futures.

“We’re not here to make people feel bad about their situation. We want to offer help and through that help try and create hope for people, maybe to find a better path,” John Etling, Terre haute Catholic Charities Agency Director said. “To get out of their current situation.”

Schofield says he has a secured a good job and his family is doing a lot better.

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