Abandoned as a child, Venus Rivera bounced from one group home to another from Queens to White Plains.
“After a while, you’re just like: ‘Where’s my home? Who cares about me? Nobody cares about me. I’m doing this by myself,'” she said.
She and her husband, David Rivera, were determined to build a better life for themselves and their young son, Ares, 3.
But when the gym where Mr. Rivera worked as a custodian cut back on his hours, the mother whose children Ms. Rivera used to care for lost her job and the housing subsidy they received suddenly ended, the Rivera family faced homelessness once again.
“We just have each other,” Ms. Rivera said. “That’s it.”
But, thanks to Catholic Charities, they were not alone.