Marcus (whose name is changed to maintain privacy) had a rough beginning. He dropped out of high school to support his pregnant girlfriend. Eventually they got married, but with no education, they could only find minimum-wage jobs that barely paid the bills and provided for their daughter. Tragedy struck when opioid addiction claimed the life of his young wife. Marcus and his daughter suddenly found themselves homeless with very poor prospects for improving their lives.
Then someone introduced them to Catholic Charities. First, we helped Marcus earn his GED. Then we connected him with Stay the CourseTM, our free program for low-income students designed to help them earn a community college degree and greatly enhance their earnings potential. He received case-management services from one of our navigators who helped him eliminate barriers, persist through hard times and graduate with a marketable degree. Now with a bright future ahead, Marcus’s daughter has joined the ranks of Generation Zero.