Neighbor with Betty

Catholic Charities: A Safe Space

Brian Swoze (left) says he appreciates the care and compassion he is shown from Betty Simeth (right) at Catholic Charities

Brian Swoze lives in Wheeling without housing. To meet many of his basic needs, he comes to the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center.

“I come here because it’s a safe space,” said Brian. “There’s no judgment – just people here to help.”

The Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center provides comprehensive social services, including: food and hygiene pantry services; meal delivery services to homebound persons; emergency assistance for rent, mortgage and utilities; and case management services.

The Neighborhood Center also provides a day shelter and on-site breakfast and dinner service, which have been crucial for Brian. He speaks fondly of his relationship with Betty Simeth, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center Food Program Manager.

“She’s [Betty] firm but nice. She doesn’t judge. A lot of people don’t do that for people like me,” said Brian.

Betty and our entire team at Catholic Charities are committed to meeting our clients where they are and walking alongside them in their journeys, living our Gospel call to serve one another.

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