Impact Stories

Impact Stories

At Catholic Charities we often see how a single life event can turn a seemingly normal person into a person in crisis. Melvin Yearby, a former Hall of Fame Minor League Baseball player, is no exception. Melvin had a good life that was turned upside down with the loss of a significant other just a few short years ago. He lost all faith, all hope and left everything behind. As he fell deeper and deeper into depression, Melvin became homeless in March of 2018. After months of sleeping in his car, Melvin stepped back and realized he didn’t like the way he was living. Finally, he asked God for help. Read More.

“An Associate’s Degree but no job– that’s what I had before taking the Office Preparation class at the Catholic Charities Career & Education Center. I had graduated from college several years before, and the only work experience I had was as a field laborer. Who would’ve hired me? I lost both my motivation and my direction in life. If not for this class, I would have still been lost. That was before I took the Office Preparation class. I was receiving food services from Catholic Charities and there it was– a flyer posted on the classroom doors. I applied to the class and soon started attending. I also began volunteering at Catholic Charities at around the same time. Read More.

“I was a drug addict in a residential treatment program and came to Catholic Charities in the Fall of 2016 looking for help. It was not an easy path to get there and 2015 was especially hard for me. My 25 year old son died in a motorcycle accident, my boyfriend left me when I enrolled in a treatment program, and I suffered a massive heart attack all in the same year. With the support from another recovering addict, I enrolled in classes at Catholic Charities and I let my heart and mind be open to the possibilities. In two weeks, I learned basic computer skills and received job readiness training. In two months, I received a certificate for a job readiness course, passed the TAPE assessment test, passed 1 of 4 GED tests, and received a certificate of RADT (registered alcohol and drug technician). Read More.