My Catholic faith has always been a part of my life. I was blessed enough to attend Catholic schools throughout my education, even through college at Benedictine. However, I’m not sure I appreciated it nearly as much as the children that benefit from the Catholic Education Foundation scholarships and CEF Futures Guardian Angel Fund. The fire in their hearts for Catholic schools is practically palpable and truly inspiring!
CEF's Guardian Angel Fund recently helped two siblings remain in the CEF school they have attended since preschool after an injury kept their father out of work for a year. Due to medical issues, their mother has been unable to work consistently, and without the father's income the family was unable to afford their tuition payments. They sold their home near the school and moved to another home further away in an effort to reduce their expenses, but were unable to keep up with the housing costs and moved in with a relative.
The Guardian Angel Fund recently provided scholarship assistance allowing two siblings to remain in their CEF school after their parents separated and their grandmother became ill, leading to a decrease in their family's income. Although their mother was working full-time, she was unable to afford the children's tuition when her husband left. The children's grandmother initially helped with tuition, but was unable to continue her payments after she become ill and was hospitalized.
CEF's Guardian Angel Fund recently provided scholarship assistance for an 8th grade student who has had significant health issues, resulting in surgery, hospitalization and large medical expenses. Shortly after the student's surgery, her mother became seriously ill and was unable to work. The father, who had been working 2 jobs, had to reduce his work hours to help care for his wife and daughter. As a result of the medical expenses and decreased income, the family was unable to pay the daughter's tuition.
The holiday season is upon us and soon our schedules will fill, to-do lists will seem endless and with the hustle and bustle we can easily forget the joy that comes with giving back. There is no better way to celebrate the season than by fellowship with loved ones, gratitude and giving back.