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Milly - Young Families

The Best for Her Baby

Like most expectant mothers, Karla wanted the best possible beginning for her baby. But at 22, she was jobless, homeless and in her darkest moments, hopeless. She was young and pregnant and facing a very uncertain future.

Most nights, Karla slept on the floor of a trailer she shared with fifteen other family members. The environment wasn’t safe or healthy. Karla knew her situation had to change if she wanted a better life for herself and her baby.

She came to Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph and worked with an experienced case manager who helped her make those changes. With employment coaching, she found a job. With financial education, she saved her money. And just three weeks before Milly was born, Karla moved into her own apartment. No more sleeping on floors; Milly came home to a crib, clothing and a supply of desperately needed diapers provided by Catholic Charities.

“I have no idea what I would have done without Catholic Charities. My case manager made it possible for me to help myself and Milly.”

By the time Milly turned one, Karla felt she had transformed her life. She had enrolled in college, started work as an in-home caregiver and managed her own budget. And she did it it all while raising a happy, healthy toddler in a place they could both call home.

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