For tenants at St. Francis Center who have lost their jobs and can’t pay rent, Sister Christina Heltsley is the woman keeping them housed through the pandemic. But after waging a battle mostly by herself since March, raising emergency funds and signing checks to families, the center’s bills are reaching a dangerous level.
Now, Heltsley, who goes by Sister Christina, is the one asking for help. This month, she launched a fundraising campaign to make up for the $230,000 her tenants owe in rent.
“They live paycheck to paycheck, but they pay their rent when it’s not a pandemic,” said Sister Christina. “This time, the assistor needs some assistance.”