How Kateryna found her voice once more with the help of JRS Poland

16 October 2023|JRS Europe

In the vibrant city of Odesa, Kateryna led a life filled with diverse experiences. From the bustling corridors of a hospital to the hustle and bustle of meat production facilities, her youth was marked by hard work and determination. Eventually, she retired and found herself taking on the most important role of all – caring for her parents.

Once the war erupted, Kateryna and her daughter made the hard decision to leave their home and move to Poland. Before finding JRS, the burden of concern for her children and grandchildren, who had stayed behind in Ukraine, was taking a toll on Kateryna; yet, she couldn’t bring herself to burden them with her fears. Concerned for her mother’s well-being, Kateryna’s daughter sought help. With JRS’ support and the help of their psychiatrist, Oksana, she managed to unlock the vault of bottled-up emotions. Thanks to Oksana, Kateryna has found her voice once more, and the tears that once flowed uncontrollably now find release in words.

Kateryna recalls social events organized by JRS to bring Ukrainians together with great gratitude. Her eyes shine when she talks about it. While she has decided to stay in Poland with a kind host family, her daughter returned to Ukraine. That is why Kateryna dreams of the day when the family can reunite.

JRS is working together with the Xavier Network, Concordia Moldova, the Society of Jesus in Europe, local civil society, and NGOs in a coordinated Jesuit response. Together we help thousands of people like Kateryna. You can read more about The One Proposal: the coordinated Jesuit response to support the Ukraine Crisis here.