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Center offers help for families on hard times

The West Side Catholic Center helps local families during hard times. (Source: WOIO) The West Side Catholic Center helps local families during hard times. (Source: WOIO)
Jevonna Wells and her three children playing at the center. (Source: WOIO) Jevonna Wells and her three children playing at the center. (Source: WOIO)
It's been an emotional journey for 31-year-old Jevonna Wells. She was left homeless after losing her job a few months ago, unable to pay rent. The single mother of three had nowhere to turn.

"It's depressing but they give me strength to keep going," said Wells.

She found that strength at the Westside Catholic Center's Women and Children's Shelter in Cleveland. Wells and her kids have found hope during a difficult time in their lives.

"You do have that support here. You can talk to a staff member. You can do a lot of things. They will put you in different programs fit for you," said Wells.

The center has been around for more than 20 years.

In 2014 alone, they provided facilities and programs for more than 150 people including veterans.

Jennifer Highfield is the Director of Advancement. She says the number of families falling on hard times is growing.

"We're not here to tell them what their dreams are. We're just here to help them in whatever that might be for them. So if it's a safe home that's their dream, that's what we're here to do," said Highfield.

Wells says she is starting to live her dream. She is working on her GED and trying to get a job, so she can get back on her feet to provide for her family with the help of the center.

"It did save our lives in so many ways," Highfield.

If you want to help donate to the shelter, Friends of the West Side Catholic Center are hosting a special fundraiser this Sunday.

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