In Time of Need
After the loss of her husband, Mrs. Gregoria was struggling to raise her two children, a 2 ½-year-old boy and a 14-month-old girl. Living with her husband’s parents, Mrs. Gregoria had a part-time night job to provide for her children so she could care for them during the day.
Nevertheless, she was still having trouble making ends meet. After reading a Drew CDC flyer, she came to the Baby 2 Baby donation program to pick up essential items like diapers, clothes, and car seats. She was so grateful for the help, and when she shared her challenges with the staff, they immediately told her about our child care services. After referring her to the enrollment team, Mrs. Gregoria was able to get child care, freeing her up to find a better job to support her family.
Three siblings were assigned to a Drew CDC mental health therapist after the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) had removed all five of the family’s children from their parents due to drug use and negligence. The therapist worked with the siblings and their mother, in particular encouraging her to complete her mandated classes so she could be there for her children again. Additionally, through Drew CDC, the family was connected with crucial community services, like housing, employment, and drug rehabilitation.
Through the emotional and material support they received, in time the parents were able to recover from their drug use and improve their parenting skills. And then, after three long years of hard work, the family was finally able to reunite and live together again.
The Value of Volunteering
Growing up as a first-generation person of color, I know the struggles children and families have in accessing critical support services. Fortunately, there are organizations like Drew CDC.
Drew CDC’s compassionate mission inspired me to volunteer and help with their annual Backpack and Toy Drive. To play a small part in Drew CDC’s mission and give back to the community was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. To make someone’s life a little bit easier is important, but to show them there is an entire organization dedicated to supporting them is critical.
Volunteering for Drew CDC gave me perspective and showed me the importance of its cause.
-Samuel Aguilar, Graduate UC, Berkeley
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