Our first local recipient is Betty. She is one of the first recipients we’ve ever had that was nominated by numerous people. That just goes to show the impact that she has had on our community. Betty is a nurse who has raised five girls as a single parent and has always put her children first. She is known around the neighborhood as “Ms. Betty,” acting as a second mom to many of the kids. If anyone got injured, they knew to go see Ms. Betty. She’s even volunteered out at the local penitentiary for many years helping inmates with medical needs. She has worked extremely hard, all on her own, to pay off her home, which she has owned and lived in for 47 years. She has never had much money to have a new roof put on. Unfortunately, Betty has been taken advantage of by numerous contractors. Twice, she’s had roofers take her money and run. Recently, Betty lost one of her five children. Earlier this year, her mother passed away. Betty is 72 years old. She has always gone out of her way to help everyone she can. It’s time for her to be on the receiving side of a blessing!
The Non-Profit Organization that we chose this year is Daniel Kids. They seek to ensure that our most vulnerable children and families are provided with the skills and support necessary to become resilient, healthy, contributing citizens. All Daniel programs are necessarily family-driven, culturally-competent, and trauma-focused, taking into consideration that many of the children they’re serving have been exposed to some degree of trauma, including emotional/physical/sexual abuse, violence, neglect, abandonment, and fear. We’re doing a roof replacement at NO COST to them for their Woodcove Cottage. This cottage houses many young females, ranging from the ages of 5 to 17 who are in their Residential Mental Health Treatment Program. The Statewide In-Patient Psychiatric Program (SIPP) is an intensive residential treatment program for children exhibiting symptoms of severe mental health disorders. A team consisting of a psychiatrist, licensed therapist, behaviorist, nurse, and recreation specialist provide comprehensive mental health services including individual, group, family counseling, and psychiatric care. Of the 39 youth discharged during 2016-2017, 38 met their respective treatment goals and were safely integrated back into the community. Their motto is, “improving the odds for kids,” which totally captures the purpose of their mission “to provide quality services for youth and families.”
We’re so excited to bless these families and this organization this year. Thank you to everyone who participated in our Every Shingle Heart Initiative. More coverage to come!