Edith Nowicki and her late husband, Raymond, came to Catholic Charities as newlyweds dreaming of a family. It was the mid-1950s and medical reasons left them unable to have biological children. After they had been married four years, they got the news they had been waiting for.
With a smile on her face, Edith remembers that 1959 phone call. “They called us and said we have your baby! Because of Catholic Charities, we were able to have a family.”
That was Curt; daughter Jeanne joined the family in 1961.
After her children were grown, Edith volunteered with Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services program. From the mid 1980s to the early 2000s, Edith assisted with the employment program and updating refugee case files.
Edith continues to make a difference in the lives of those most in need. Edith is a member of our Legacy Society, designating Catholic Charities as the beneficiary of one of her annuities. After her death, Catholic Charities would have received her generous gift. But Edith was too excited to wait and wanted to see her dollars put to action.
Recently, Edith decided that she would like to do something now to impact the people served by Catholic Charities. After consulting with her professional advisor,she decided to terminate the annuity and give the proceeds in person.
“It gives me satisfaction that I can do this,” Edith said.
“They were deliberate, kind, treated each person with dignity,” she said. “People at Catholic Charities make people feel welcome and important.”