Posts Tagged ‘New Rochelle’

After Sleeping with Her Baby on the Subway, Homeless Woman & Child Rebuild Their Lives

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 9.37.33 PM‘Amina Gilmore spent one of her first nights of homelessness on the No. 1 train, guarding her 1-year-old son as he slept,’ writes John Otis in this New York Times Neediest Cases story published on Sunday. ‘The next day she went to class. Even as her life shifted and balances wavered in a few short years, Ms. Gilmore kept her eyes fixed on her goal…’

Unsure of where to turn, Ms. Gilmore (a college student thrown out of her mother’s home) spent the night riding the No. 1 train to the end of the line and back.

‘I was sleeping with one eye open,’ she said…

The next morning, they made their way to a storage center, where they changed clothes in the locker unit she rents. She dropped him off at day care and went to class. There, she broke down and cried. Her professor took her to a social worker at Monroe College who helped her find a hotel that night and then a spot at the Elinor Martin Residence for Mother & Child in New Rochelle, an affiliate of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York.

Read the full New York Times story here.

   

Pregnant and Homeless, Teenage Mom Finds Help. Read her story in The New York Times.

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

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.