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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Christmas spirit, family spirit

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 15, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Hope and her daughter, Lily (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)

(Editor’s note: The following story comes from Catholic Charities’ CAPA program.)

Mike Schimmels had an empty trailer, “and I didn’t feel like I needed to rent it to anybody,” he said, “so my brother contacted the priest at St. Joseph’s and he referred us to Catholic Charities.” The upshot is that Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) client Hope, along with her baby, Lily, got a free place to stay just before Christmas – a wonderful gift.

Lori Pupo, Hope’s Doula (volunteer mother mentor), says, “The people who are allowing her to stay there are just beautiful people. They’ve had guys there shoveling her roof and deck and walkway. I think she feels really well-loved.” The criteria for Hope’s residency are simple: she must maintain the property, and only she and Lily are allowed to stay there.

The bus line isn’t far away, so Hope is able to get around. And Lori visits her once a week, at which time the two can take care of any errands that aren’t accessible by bus.

Mike says that Hope and Lily are doing well in their new home. Lori believes the sense of having received a gift goes both ways. “The Schimmels are playing the role of grandparents stepping in to care for a young family,” she said. It’s that kind of family spirit, extended even to those to whom we aren’t related, that makes for a heartwarming Christmas season.

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