Why We Exist
Carol and Bill* were nervous about their first appointment, and understandably so. Both recently out of jail, they were trying to find their way in a world that had not been kind.
They had gone through a detoxification program and had recently received guardianship of Bill’s children. The children, Scott and Bobby, two active boys, ages 10 and 11 had been in the care of their birth mother and various temporary placements for over two years. The younger boy, having some developmental disabilities, was most severely affected by the separation and the whole family was struggling with all aspects of life.
The Registered Social Worker at North East Family Connections, drawing on her personal and professional expertise, knew just how to assist this family and designed both short-term and long-term case plans to assist.
Immediate needs were addressed with access to the NEFC onsite pantry and clothing room as well as referrals to community based Agencies that will assist monthly until the family gets back on their feet.
North East Family Connections also laid out a long-term plan.
This plan included successfully finding tuition funding for the youngest boy to attend a school suited to his special needs. They were also able to recommend enrollment to a partner Agency for a long-term financial assistance program to help with clothing, school fees, sports and opportunities for the boys to reach their full potential.
Bill has been set up with an employment counselor, and though still struggling, has been able to find part time work.
Carol successfully found full work while using the public computers and resume writing assistance available at NEFC.
She continues to embrace her new role as the family earner and Bill has enrolled in parenting classes offered at NEFC. He is also going to attend the Financial Literacy training offered by the staff as well.
With just one phone call and the guidance of a compassionate and caring Agency, this family is well on their way to finding stability for themselves and their children and their new journey to happiness and productivity has begun.
One phone call, one appointment, one path to a better life begins.
North East Family Connections (NEFC) provides insight, referrals, programs and knowledge to assist families on their journey to becoming a stronger, more resilient family.
*These are not their real names (Carol and Bill) as we wish to protect the privacy of our clients.