Serving the Most Vulnerable
Isn’t it enough that Rosie comes from a home where domestic violence is common? Isn’t it enough that Rosie and her mom sometimes find themselves homeless? Each of these situations, alone, is more than enough trauma and stress for any 13-year-old to bear. However, poor Rosie has even more going on in her life—she is understandingly depressed and her teeth hurt.
While Rosie’s school is working on the really big issues of homelessness and domestic violence, Young & Healthy can be of service by providing mental health and dental care services. Rosie’s overall health has been so severely compromised that it has taken three different Young & Healthy volunteer dentists to provide her care!
Life is hard for Rosie and her mom, but thankfully Young & Healthy is available to offer them hope and needed healthcare along their journey.
The Kids Are Stuck in the Middle
We all know that a divorce can be ugly and unfair. It is especially difficult when children get stuck in the middle of grown up battles. As much as Karina, a mother of three children, wants to get her children insured, she is stymied by an ex-husband who is withholding financial information that is needed in order to qualify the children for Medi-Cal. This is a tough case to sort out, but the Young & Healthy team will stay on it until the situation is resolved. In the meantime, we will rely on our network of 350 volunteer doctors to keep these children healthy. We cannot fix what is broken between these two parents, but we can provide compassionate care to the children and be sure that their medical needs are met.
Even When You Do Things Right
It seems like this family should “make it”. The Chung family owns a small business that was started to support their family of nine. Life is busy with four daughters and three sons. Their life was “working” until their business began to fail. Because they technically still have a business on the books, it makes it really hard to get the kids the health insurance that they need. The family is truly between a rock and a hard place. Their business can’t support private family insurance, yet Medi-Cal is also out of reach because of the business. Luckily, Young & Healthy can drive a wedge between that rock and hard place and provide the children with medical and dental care. These are the children Young & Healthy was created for and we are grateful to our volunteer doctors who generously provide that care.
Can you imagine seeking shelter and safety in a completely new country…and doing it alone?
Seventeen-year-old Bianca fled a life of violence, which included watching her own father die. Lucky for her she landed at Blair High School where their amazing team assembled a myriad of support and resources for her. Young & Healthy was called upon to help with her very dramatic needs for mental health services. It seems like such a small thing to do when she has had so many obstacles to overcome in her young life. It is our hope that kind and compassionate therapeutic services will help her move forward in her life. Our services are just piece of the puzzle for Bianca, but we are grateful to be able to help.
One Family at a Time
While Young & Healthy is often known for connecting kids with a doctor or dentist when they are sick or hurting, we have become so much more. We have launched a series of parent education classes that support and build healthier and happier families.
Eleven-year-old Catalina has been attending the sessions with her mom and aunt. When the group was asked if they had anything to share about what they learned and incorporated from previous weeks, Catalina’s hand shot up. She shared that since her mom and aunt have been attending the parent education sessions with her, she feels like they are all talking to each other more. Catalina feels heard and safer because she feels more comfortable sharing her feelings with the adults in her life.
We thank Catalina for sharing her thoughts. Our children are always paying attention and do notice when parents are trying to make an effort. Young & Healthy has always claimed our motto to be “one child at a time”, but perhaps it’s time to expand this motto to “one family at a time”.