Year End Appeal
In October 2015 the four Anderson* children lost their mother to cancer. At the time, they were just 14, 12, 10, and 2 years old. Two weeks later the family was referred to Youth Services for support. Their father, a small business owner, was in the midst of his own grief and reported different reactions, behaviors, and concerns for each child. School support staff worked to manage academic and discipline issues at school, however the obstacles posed by the family’s deep loss and grief were beyond their scope, which is where we came in as a partner.
The Andersons turned to Youth Services knowing they could find support geared to the unique needs of each child in a safe setting that was affordable for the family’s limited resources.
Each child was paired with a clinician best fit to their needs. Their intention to meet the children where they were in their grief process and where they felt they needed the most support allowed the children to process and explore their profound loss and its affect on their life individually. While keeping their father’s concerns and the school’s input in mind, our highly trained clinicians developed relationships and goals with each family member that felt important to them.
Over the years the family’s needs have changed – as have the services and programs Youth Services has provided for them. From individual therapy to our Boys & Girls Clubs to Study Buddies, the wide range of options has given the family opportunities to heal and move forward with hope in the healthiest way possible. Some of the children have been discharged and then returned when they feel support is needed once again, because they know Youth Services will always be there for them.
A very different family walked through our doors in 2015. Our excellent staff, ability to provide services to anyone regardless of their ability to pay, and the powerful donors and volunteers behind our work played an integral role in this family’s story and will continue to for years to come.
Please consider what you can do to make a difference as we move into another year of more families walking through our door as a beacon of hope. Every day your dollars are put to work. We see the result in incredible ways.
You make this work possible and your support will continue to pave their future.
Executive Director, LCSW
*Name has been changed to protect the family’s privacy.
Your support will ensure each child who comes through our doors has the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy, and with hope.