The New York Times Neediest Cases Campaign kicked off its 101st year of profiling the people Catholic Charities serves.
Lataja James, 18, for example, planned to attend an all-expense-paid volunteer program in Nicaragua the summer before her senior year of high school. But when she went to her doctor for the required vaccinations, a simple blood test revealed that she was pregnant.
The following day, Lataja’s mother bought her a suitcase. But it was not for the trip Lataja had planned.
“‘I don’t know where you’re going,'” Lataja recalls her mother saying, “‘but you’re going to get out of my house.'”
Click here to read about the home and help Lataja found at Catholic Charities affiliate Elinor Martin Residence for Mother and Child in New Rochelle, NY and the future she and her baby son, Dillyn, have begun to build.