catch 22 is much more than an iconic book, movie, or contradictory rule or limitation. In fact, it’s a reality for too many Idaho families experiencing homelessness.
“The ‘Catch 22’ that the clients we work with includes the choice between paying medical bills or paying for groceries,” said Garrett Kalt, director of development at CATCH, the Boise-based organization that helps secure housing for homeless families. heads. “It could be deciding to stay in an unhealthy relationship or losing financial support.”
In a fortuitous campaign, the organization launched CATCH 22, with the aim of encouraging citizens to engage $22 per month to help house 22 additional families by 2/22/22. Kalt joined one of the “graduates” of the CATCH program, along with his 12-year-old son, to visit Morning Edition host George Prentice to talk about what that success looks like.
“There’s something to be said for waking up in your own bed and having breakfast at your own kitchen table, isn’t there?”
Read the full transcript below:
GEORGE PRENTICE: This is the morning edition on Boise State Public Radio News. Hello. I am George Prentice, this February 22, 2022 – 2/22/22. Which brings us to Catch 22. We know it’s an iconic novel and a figurative piece of warped logic that an individual cannot escape because of a contradictory rule or limitation. But this morning we’re going to take Catch 22, literally. Indeed, it is the 22nd day of the 22nd year of the century, and the CATC is the organization that is helping so many families come out of homelessness with a chance for permanent housing. Garrett Kalt is the Director of Development at CATCH. Garrett. Hello.
GARRETT KALT: Hello, George. Thank you for receiving us.
PRENTICE: You bet. We’ll get to the big reveal in a moment. But first, in a few words, tell us what the CATCH22 movement has been.
KALT: Yeah. So we’re a local non-profit that works to house homeless families and individuals and the Treasure Valley, and this campaign is really a pun, we being CATCH in 2022. We thought we’d do a CATCH 22 Campaign a George. We really want to educate our community about the Catch 22 that the clients we work with face every day. This can include deciding between paying medical bills or paying for groceries which could decide whether to stay in an unhealthy relationship or lose financial support, as well as giving people a tangible solution to be part of the movement to help end to roaming here in treasure valley. We’re asking people to join this movement for twenty-two dollars or more a month, and that will help us house twenty-two more families in 2022. It’s no secret that housing is crazy right now, and no, the Treasure Valley is growing exponentially. And so, as rents go up and vacancy rates go down, we continue to see more Idahoans experiencing homelessness than ever before, and this is a tangible way for people to be part of that solution. .
PRENTICE: So let’s bring another voice into the conversation. Garrett, can you do the presentation?
KALT: Yeah. Today we have one of our former clients. Her name is Mindy Wilson and Mindy is also accompanied by her son, Valor. And so I’m really excited for you to get to know her and her resilient story.
MINDY WILSON: Hello.
PRENTICE: Mindy, tell me about the pandemic and the lockdown, and that must have put you in particular danger because I mean, you have a son.
MINDY WILSON: Absolutely. It made. I said I was already in danger. I was going through a divorce. When the pandemic hit this March, I lost my job. I got three days notice at my door when I couldn’t pay the rent. We tried to enter the women’s and children’s shelter here, and they were locked up so tightly that we weren’t ready to enter. So anyway, we ended up staying in this tent in the park. Yes, and it was pretty scary. It was something. And I came across wrestling. And yes, life began to change. I have a must say they are truly amazing at helping. I had gotten a job in a hotel and luckily we were also able to stay there. And things moved on. I mean, my case manager was willing to meet with me wherever we could, and his desire and drive pushed me a lot. I wanted a weekly visit. I wanted to accomplish my goals on the couch. I feel really, I feel really good about it.
APPRENTICE: Wow. Well, then introduce me to this extraordinary young man.
MINDY WILSON: Yes, my son, Valor Wilson…he’s here.
WILSON VALUE: Hello.
PRENTICE: Hello, Valor, what class are you in?
VALOR WILSON: I’m sixth.
PRENTICE So, Valor, I was going to ask your mother about this, but I’m going to ask you this: Tell me about your house.
WILSON VALUE: It’s great. You have your own bedroom.
PRENTICE: Yeah, my God. Big difference with a tent.
WILSON VALUE: Yes.
PRENTICE: Sleep well?
VALOR WILSON: Yeah, definitely. There’s something to be said for waking up in your own bed and having breakfast at your own kitchen table, isn’t there?
PRENTICE: Valor, I understand you have an affinity for animals. Is it true?
WILSON VALUE: Yes.
APPRENTICE: Wild animals or pets?
VALOR WILSON: Wild and domestic.
PRENTICE: So tell me about something that more than a few people have as pets and more than a few others are terribly afraid of… snakes. What can you tell me about snakes?
VALOR WILSON: Well, the Australian taipan is one of the most venomous in the world. It’s fast. It bites the victim several times. They’re not people killers, and they don’t come out for people, and they only have venom to protect themselves and hunt.
PRENTICE: So it’s a defense.
VALOR WILSON: It’s very defensive and hunting.
PRENTICE: Mindy, what I hear between the lines here is a passion and a love for creatures… as they say, big and small.
MINDY WILSON: That’s right. He received an animal encyclopedia when he was quite young. It’s quite incredible. I changed my favorite animal because of the knowledge he imparted to me. My new favorite animal, if anyone asks, is the pink fairy armadillo. It’s the cutest thing.
PRENTICE: I’m sorry. The what? The Pink Fairy Armadillo?
MINDY WILSON: It’s pink, and it can change the color and temperature of her body.
VALOR WILSON: It’s also like a triathlon. They can swim and run…except for cycling…but they can swim, run and do so much more.
APPRENTICE: Wow. Talk about life lessons this morning. Mindy, how are you spending your days? So what does work look like now?
MINDY WILSON: Well, I have to achieve another one of my goals. I am a certified fitness instructor. And so I reached out. The pandemic started to hit, and I got the job at a local gym in town teaching kids…and they range from five to 12 years old. So Valor fits right in.
PRENTICE: So another life goal. So what kind of fitness?
MINDY WILSON: Basic body movements. But then you include a swinging ladder and you have to swing on it. Ninja Warrior is the TV program that many people have seen. And they have like a gym in the jungle…and on the water and everything. But we have to start with these kids with basic movement skills and strong basic movement skills, so they don’t hurt themselves. So we really start with squats, pushups and jumping jacks.
PRENTICE: I’m upset. Garrett This is it, the 22nd of the 22nd year. So how did CATCH 22 do it?
KALT: It has worked very well since we launched our campaign in January. We have secured approximately 60 community members who are part of this coalition
APPRENTICE: 60? Six… Zero?
KALT: Six Zero and George, we’re going to hit 600 by the end of this year. And that would be enough to house another 20 two families like Mindy and Valor under our rapid rehousing program here at Catch. Each year, Catch typically houses around seventy-five families a year. And so we hope to shoot between 20 and over seventy-five. And so even though our model looks like it is, we provide rental assistance while people are in our program and help them work on their goals and when they graduate they support the total amount of the rent. And anyone listening to this today, if they want to join this campaign and join this movement, it’s a tangible way to help and be part of the solution. And I would also encourage if there are responsive landlords or property managers. If you are interested in working with cash and providing a home for a family in our program, we would be more than happy to partner with you as well.
PRENTICE: Valor, how do you spell your name?
WILSON VALUE: VALUE,
PRENTICE: I assume you know the meaning of that name, the meaning of that word.
WILSON VALUE: Yes.
APPRENTICE: Bravery, strength. Perseverance. Valor, what is your middle name?
WILSON VALUE: Torque.
PRENTICE: So it was COUPLE…right? So tell me about this choice.
MINDY WILSON: When I saw that name, I knew that one day if we had a baby boy, that would be his middle name, whether we shortened it or not. And no, that’s all. But I have two other children who are girls, and I knew exactly when I was going to have a boy. He was much more energetic from the womb. Even so, anyway, we weren’t quite sure about Valor until he came along. But…then there was Torque.
PRENTICE: And there’s another analogy, isn’t there? The couple… as movement, as forward movement, as energy.
MINDY WILSON: Absolutely.
PRENTICE: Mindy, congratulations. Good luck to you this year. You have a handsome young man there and another handsome young man on your side with Garrett Kalt and for all of you, thank you so much for giving us some time this morning.
MINDY WILSON: Thank you.
KALT: Thank you, George.
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