Delaware’s Ministry of Caring: Improving the Lives of Delaware’s Poor and Homeless
From the Emmanuel Dining Room to the organization’s numerous integrated programs, the Ministry of Caring seeks to improve the lives of the state’s underserved communities.
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Giving Hope and Homes to Those Who Have Nothing
Christina Sanchez has come a long way in the past two years. In 2011, she hit rock bottom with her alcoholism, lost her home and was denied access to her three daughters. She entered detox, then rehab and began living at Mary Mother of Hope House I, one of 13 Ministry of Caring emergency, transitional and permanent houses. Currently in transitional housing with the Ministry of Caring, Sanchez plans to move into permanent housing within a few months.
“There are many more ‘Christinas’ out there,” says Annie Mountain, director of Hope House I and Bethany House. And they come to the ministry’s housing programs for a wide variety of reasons beyond addiction. Some have lost their jobs and homes; others have experienced a devastating divorce, have escaped domestic violence or have exited foster care at age 18.
Sanchez was determined to improve her life, and she has. With the support of the ministry, she earned her GED and is now enrolled in the early childhood care and education program at Delaware Technical Community College. She also sees her daughters regularly. Alcoholism and poor dental care had taken a toll on teeth and her ability to chew, so the Ministry arranged for her to have extensive dental care at its Pierre Toussaint Dental Office.
“Christina was always smiling. She’s beaming now,” Mountain says.
“Just having the feeling that someone cares, that gives you hope. The Ministry of Caring makes women stronger,” Sanchez says. “Even if there are obstacles along the way, I know that I’m going to make it.”