Pedro and Eva Garcia have supported Catholic Charities since 2017. Pedro is a member of Catholic Charities’ board of directors. Eva serves on the National Charity League for mothers and daughters and is involved in the family’s local school district. (Courtesy Catholic Charities)
Pedro and Eva Garcia have supported Catholic Charities since 2017. Pedro is a member of Catholic Charities’ board of directors. Eva serves on the National Charity League for mothers and daughters and is involved in the family’s local school district. (Courtesy Catholic Charities)

My husband, Pedro, and I were inspired to be more involved with Catholic Charities after attending our first Celebration of Hope Dinner in 2017, where we heard a touching story from Jewell, a Kenton Women’s Village client.

Jewell’s story of struggle and hope was incredibly moving, and it inspired us to dig deeper into the programs and services offered by Catholic Charities. We took a tour of their facilities and learned more about the various programs, and we immediately said yes to becoming more involved. What stood out to us, in particular, were the diverse programs Catholic Charities offers to the community, from housing needs and financial wellness to legal services and case management.

We have our own experience of vulnerability and struggle for hope. One of our sons was born with a rare digestive disorder, and his journey to health took a toll on our family. For years there were dark valleys and fear of the unknown as we tried to help our son experience normalcy and good health.

Hope is believing in the unknown, even when you cannot see it — believing the day will get better and that you will be OK. It was our faith in God, love and the charity of our strong family and community that supported and helped us through the years of hospital stays, surgeries and treatments for our son. Had we not had that amazing support, it certainly would have been a much more difficult time for our family.

We see that Catholic Charities is that support for people in need. It is a beacon of light to our vulnerable neighbors most in need of hope. We believe in faith in action and that together with God we can do great things, meeting the needs of others one person at a time.

We see that our core values align with those of Catholic Charities, and that is why we are thrilled to be a part of Celebration of Hope 2020. Join us in celebrating and continuing the work of Catholic Charities and stand with us in support of those who need hope, now more than ever.