Community Partners in Action
Six-year-old Stacy was referred to Young & Healthy by a community partner, Vision to Learn, for help getting a vision exam. Stacy’s mom, Gina, is a single mother of three and had been living with her children in a shelter for 8 months. Despite having active health insurance for Stacy, Gina was unable to get an appointment for a vision exam because most optometrist offices were closed due to the COVID situation. At the time, we were not able to assist Gina and Stacy for the same reason.
In a follow-up call a few weeks later, Gina informed us that she had transitioned out of the shelter and was living in an apartment. By that time, some doctor offices had reopened and we were able to assist with the vision exam and glasses for Stacy.
Also during our follow-up conversation with Gina, she explained that her children did not have clothes and that they needed some learning materials, since they were at home due to the virus. With the partnering help of The Assistance League of Pasadena, we were able to support the family with clothes for Stacy and her siblings. Since Gina does not drive, Young & Healthy delivered the clothes and picked up school supplies from the Altadena Library for the children. Gina was so grateful for the assistance and delivery because she suffers from migraines and Stacy has multiple health problems. Gina did not feel comfortable taking public transportation, in light of the current pandemic.
Working together as a community, we were able to assist this family when they needed help the most!