Purpose and Hope in the Midst of COVID-19
Since we spoke with Katelyn in August 2019, she has remained working for Visiting Angels and continued pursuing her degree in Early Childhood Education with a graduation date of 2022. Though much of her work has been sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, she is still going strong and pressing toward her goals. All along the way, The Farmington Hills Corps Community Center has remained a support for her.
“This past winter, the corps helped me fix my car,” she shares. “It was in the middle of winter, and for a while I had to walk to the corps and to work while I got an Uber for my kids to get to school. Now, I’m able to drive again.”
Another form of support comes from Cornelia Matthews, her close friend and Pathway of Hope caseworker.
“Cornelia was one of my first friends from the corps. We have spent a lot of time together, and when we first met I talked with her for hours. If I’m ever going through anything, I know I can call her for help.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, not only has Katelyn received help from the corps food pantry, she has told some of her neighbors about it as well.
“The Salvation Army of Farmington Hills is so fortunate to have Katelyn as part of our corps,” says Cornelia Matthews. “Whether she is in the corps or in the community, she shines her light and is a blessing to others.”