Andrea was in a desperate situation and needed help fast. When her daughter Samantha began showing signs of autism, her husband denied there was anything wrong. He started berating their daughter. Having experienced his abuse in the past, Andrea knew she had to leave.
Unfortunately, with a low-paying grocery job and no family nearby for support, Andrea had nowhere to go. A friend suggested she call Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) for help.
An FCA case manager gave her the confidence to change her life. She helped Andrea find a place she could afford to live and connected her with other community resources. Her daughter received a proper diagnosis.
Samantha’s developmental problems were challenging and overwhelming for Andrea. But an FCA parent educator helped her learn about autism and find services for her daughter. She also provided activities to help them bond.
Thanks to the encouragement of her FCA case manager, Andrea attained certification to open the home daycare she always dreamed of. She and Samantha grew very close, and Andrea’s daycare dream finally came true.
Now she has four employees and is getting ready to buy a house.
“I want to tell other women they can do it. There are people out there like FCA to help you,” Andrea said.
Over the past year, thousands of people in our community received the services and counseling they needed. Over the next few months, hundreds of children, families, adults, and seniors will depend on us for assistance during critical times in their lives. That’s why I’m writing to ask for your donation to help.
Through more than 30 programs, FCA serves thousands of children, families, adults, and seniors each year. We can only help so many neighbors with the support of kind friends like you.