On the eve of this past Thanksgiving, 44-year-old native Alaskan Brenda Kolerok-Schott of Anchorage walked unannounced into the offices of Catholic Social Services to write a $10,000 check to the organization. Never before had she written such a large check. But this gift to Catholic Social Services' pregnancy support program and Brother Francis Shelter was a deeply personal one for the once pregnant, homeless teenager.
Young, homeless - and pregnant
In 1983, 16-year-old Kolerok-Schott was pregnant. And her family was homeless. After a house deal fell through in Wasilla, they passed from hotels to friends to even the crawl space in a relative's house. Finally, the family - with four children - moved into a one bedroom, one bath apartment. It was 'heaven,' Kolerok-Schott told the Catholic Anchor.