United Way Stories
Gail, Paul and Brandon
Brandon is 4-years old and has uncontrollable aggressive behaviors that have gotten him in trouble with his parents as well as schools that he has attended. He has previously been expelled from three preschool classrooms, and it was time for a change to happen. He was referred to the Village Family Service Center where he and his parents met weekly with a therapist to acquire tools that would help him decrease his explosive behavior.
With the help of the therapist, Brandon’s parents reported:
- significant changes in his behavior
- received less calls from their childcare provider
- and he even started developing friendships.
Allison and Gary’s Family
Allison and Gary’s children have attended Boys & Girls Club programs for the past 14 years, since their oldest daughter was age five. They have watched their children grow up in Club programs and recognize that the Club has made a significant contribution to the success of their family. Even as working parents, the cost of raising six children (ranging from a 18-months to age 20) can be daunting. The Club has always been a safety net while they’re working.
They know that their kids are:
- in a safe, fun place
- receiving healthy snacks and meals
- developing good character
- and gaining valuable experiences.
“The Club is so much more than just child care for my family,” said Allison. “The Club is a one-stop shop for my kids. I’m incredibly grateful to this community for supporting my kids’ Club!”
Tianna and Thorn
Tianna found herself homeless with her 14-month old son, Thorn, after leaving an abusive relationship. She took the first step in changing her life. She called 2-1-1 (211) and found The Salvation Army. Securing a safe and stable environment for Thorn was one of the biggest obstacles Tianna wanted to get past.
- Utilized Child Care Choices to secure child care
- Used Tri-CAP to help with the first few months of rent in her new home
- Secured employment
- Enrolled in Imagination Library to receive free books for Thorn
Tianna is very thankful to have found community resources. It wouldn’t have been possible without United Way. Tianna says that she is proud of the progress that she has made in her life not only for herself but her son’s life as well.