Agency Success Stories

Success Stories from January - March 2015

2-1-1
 
A 45 year old migrant farm-worker called 2-1-1. She had been diagnosed with renal failure, was very sick, unable to work, and had become homeless. In addition, she was without insurance and money for dialysis. 2-1-1 was able to link her to a facility to provide dialysis. However, finding shelter was more difficult. The client mentioned that a farmer for who she had previously worked had several trailers on his property, and, though she was reluctant to ask, finally inquired. When 2-1-1 followed up with the client, they found that the farmer, after hearing her story, agreed that she could live in a trailer in exchange for doing odd jobs around the farm.
Alzheimer's Community Care
 
Marie came to the Ft. Pierce Day Center a year ago. She lives with her daughter and son-in-law. Her daughter was experiencing medical issues of her own and need a structured outlet for her mother five days a week. Marie enjoys socialization with other clients and has improved in many areas.
Initially the family paid for the Day Care services, but found it hard to continue when the daughter could not work due to illness. Alzheimer's Community Care found a funding source to cover Marie's care, which eased the family's financial stress. The daughter's health has improved and she has returned to work. Marie continues at Day Care where she receives beneficial cognitive stimulation and increased socialization. Also, the daughter and family's stress level has improved due to these services for her mother.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
 
Carol and Tatiyana have been matched since September 2012 and have formed an incredible bond. Several months into their match, Carol's husband was diagnosed with cancer received treatment in Philadelphia every two weeks. Even with this challenge the "Big" and her "Little" managed to meet every week. Recently, Tatiyana had to move from her Mother's home to live with her grandmother. The grandmother had very little furniture, but somehow, Carol was able to find a donation of good-quality bedroom furniture for Tatiyana. With the help of volunteers, BBBS and friends provided the "muscle" to move the furniture to Tatiyana's grandmothers house.
C.A.S.T.L.E - High Hopes for Kids
 
Eight year old Landon was depressed and unwilling to communicate his feelings when his parents were in process of getting a divorce. He took part in the High Hopes for Kids, but didn't participate during the first few sessions. During a session on feelings and communication, Landon started to cry. The facilitator assisted Landon in sharing his sadness with the group. Afterwards, Landon told the facilitator that he wanted to learn better ways to share his feelings with his parents. By session #10, Landon was sharing his thoughts and feelings regularly with both the group and his parents. His Mom wrote, "Landon...understands that sometimes in life things happen that we can not control. Landon's life is easier and he has less anxiety about the divorce."

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