This past week I have been contemplating what I wanted to write about in my column. I had several ideas, but then I received an unsigned letter in the mail and I felt compelled to share this with my readers. I have worked for Culpeper Community Development Corporation (CCDC) for the past 16 years. Helping families in need can be very gratifying, but when you receive a letter of appreciation from someone you have helped it is a priceless gift.
Dear Mrs. Carter,
Several years ago I was fortunate enough to meet you. Unexpectedly my husband of seven years told me he no longer loved me and wanted a divorce. He moved out of our home and in with another woman. I had always been a stay at home mom with two children. I had never worked and was suddenly faced with becoming homeless. I was alone, afraid and depressed. A lady I met in the grocery store gave me your name and number.
I contacted you and you were able to immediately put me and my children into the Culpeper Shelter. Your kind words put me at ease. I cried so many tears in the weeks that followed and you were always there to listen. With your help I was able to find a job and eventually with financial assistance from CCDC, for security deposit and first month’s rent, we were able to move into a small apartment.
But the help didn’t stop there. You were my biggest cheerleader. You had confidence in me when I had none. You helped me with budgeting, job hunting, apartment searching, Christmas gifts for my children, but more important than anything you made me feel like I really mattered.
I can’t thank you enough for being there for me and my children during one of the most trying times in my life.
I have since remarried and we have another child (a little girl). I have gone back to school and have one semester left. The field I have chosen is Social Work. I want to be able to help others the way you have helped me. You always told me that God doesn’t put more on you than you can handle and there is always a reason for the trials we go through in life. You were so right. Thank you for caring and keep doing what you do so well.
Blessed and Thankful
This letter brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. I too feel blessed and thankful to have been a part of this family’s success.
CCDC has been a vital part of the Culpeper community for the past 25 years and helps hundreds of families and individuals each year through various homeless programs.
If you would like more information on the services CCDC provides or would like to donate your time, talent or treasure please feel free to contact me.
Cheryl Carter is Executive Director of the Culpeper Community Development Corp. She can be reached at 825-7434.