HOPE at St. Pius V Staff, from left: Veronica Flores, Maria Cardenas, Luis Chavez, Magdalena Galván, Dolores Tapia, Dulce Cira, Carlos Lopez
For reasons of economic necessity, Maria and Vicente Ramirez lived apart for 11 years, Maria and their four children in Mexico, Vicente in Chicago where he worked three jobs to support his family. Worn out by the separation, Maria decided a few years ago to come to Chicago with their children. Soon after arriving her dream of being reunited with her husband began to fray. Her teenage son was not doing well at school and he and his father barely spoke.
Counselors at the school referred the teen to Magdalena Galván, St. Pius V’s child and adolescent counselor, who, implementing a parish model that integrates family services, worked with his parents and two of his siblings to get the help they all needed.
The counseling team supported the whole family. After initial counseling the parents participated separately in the women’s and men’s weekly support groups run by Carlos Lopez, Veronica Flores, and Maria Cardenas, then took advantage of the parish’s 30-week parenting course, never missing a session. The couple wanted to reinforce the skills they learned so they took the course a second time. Veronica commented, “They resolved their marital problems, drew more closely together, and helped their children feel better about themselves and do better in school.” Our program for family services, HOPE at St. Pius V, helps hundreds of families like the Ramirezes each year to strengthen their love and find peace.
We Need Your Help
The challenge we face now is assuring other families benefit from the excellent parenting support our parish staff has been providing at St. Pius V for twelve years. This fall we learned that the City of Chicago, because of a change in focus, will no longer fund our parenting services, leaving us with a $32,000 budget shortfall.
Can you help keep families healthy through HOPE at St. Pius V? Thank you! Use the easy and secure online giving button below, or make checks payable to St. Pius V Parish with the word “parenting” in the subject line. Your gift will help families find their way to healthy, loving relationships!
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