GIVING TUESDAY

Carol's Story

Carol's Story

Last year I received a scholarship for a Y membership, available to those with limited income. I joined an exercise group at the Berlin Branch YMCA and I am now in an advanced class and enjoying good health in my 70’s. One day the instructor asked for volunteers to help mentor students at Alta Vista Elementary through the Y-Mentors program. My ears perked up. I was given an opportunity by the Y and I felt I needed to give back. I now tutor four wonderful 1st and 2nd graders. They love to have a person who will work with them one on one, every week. My heart is full with encouragement and gratification because I have helped children read, write, spell, and smile.

Victoria's Story

Victoria's Story

June 10, 2010 was a day she would never forget. That was the day her daughters were sheltered. Her daughters were 7 years old and 18 months old. Victoria knew she couldn’t continue her life this way. She made a decision that day that she would stop using. “I realized that I had to be important to myself—it wasn’t enough to try to do it for my children.” Victoria began working the 12 steps and eventually was reunified with her children. “Children are a blessing and each day I am able to help them with their homework, get involved in their activities…these are all normal things families do.” Victoria emphasizes how blessed she feels with everything the Safe Children Coalition put in place for her and continues to express gratitude toward her case manager, Lisa Hunt. “I suffered from a powerful disease. Although Lisa has not gone through the disease of addiction, she is powerful in her ability to understand and use the tools she has to do her job so well.”