There is a five year old girl who has been attending Guided Discovery Learning Center for about two years. Mom has been 'in and out of the picture' over these two years. Dad has been the only contact parent. Last week Dad showed up at the Marietta Family YMCA at 6:15am with tears running down his cheek. One of the teachers noticed his daughter wasn't with him and she asked him if everything was okay. He said he just had to come in and let her know how happy and proud he was of his daughter and how well she did at kindergarten registration the day before.
The Washington County Free Clinic was able to utilize some of the funding to assist a man with the purchase insulin syringes. They had quite the time trying to realize why his diabetes was so poorly controlled despite a healthy diet and adequate exercise program. After numerous conversations and interactions the man finally told them that he didn't have the money to buy all of his insulin syringes and he had been skipping doses of insulin. As soon as this was discovered, they used some funds to give him a full supply of insulin syringes. His blood sugar is back under good control.
A gentleman recently relocated to Marietta with his wife. Soon after the move, his wife passed away unexpectedly and he was left alone not knowing where to turn. His wife provided all of his care including transportation due to him suffering from a debilitating eye disease. He called the O'Neill Center and received an assessment to outline his needs. He was enrolled in several different programs, including medical transportation and living assistance. He is now able to get to his needed medical appointments with the assistance of the drivers.
When Sally first came to S.U.N.S.H.I.N.E. Learning Station (SLS) as a kindergarten age child she did not know any letters of the alphabet, could not write her name and did not understand basic school rules such as sitting quietly, listening and following directions, or lining up properly to go outside. Today, Sally can identify 25 letters of the alphabet in both lower and upper case, as well as tell what sound that letter makes. She knows 5 of the Kindergarten sight words and is learning more each day.
The Cutler Community Center provides assistance with emergency needs (i.e., food, transportation to medical appointments) for local residents. In February, they donated $300 to a family where the Dad is fighting cancer and cannot work, and the Mom has medical issues preventing her from being employed.
This is a story about a husband and wife, whose son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They were overwhelmed with fear, worry, and pressure to find the best resources for their child. However, when they started attending WASH group meetings and events, they knew they were not alone in their journey. Many families share stories and support one another during these monthly meetings. The child care provided during the WASH meetings is another wonderful benefit for these families.
At the beginning of May, O'Neill's Transportation Department received a call from an 87-year-old female who resides in Waterford, OH. She was undergoing cancer treatments and did not have a way to get to Strecker Cancer Center for her treatments. The O'Neill's Transportation Service provided her with a round-trip ride 26 times within a five week period so these treatments could be completed. What a wonderful feeling knowing this individual was able to complete her treatment regimen.
Sensational Summer Camp started out with over 70 campers enrolled and is now up to a daily average of 85. Among the campers are many foster children, again more this year than last. One foster father came to Alice Chapman the first week of camp. He and his wife were getting three foster children-ages 3, 5, and 9. Their current home could not take them any longer and they were in temporary care until this family would take. The oldest child has been in 4 foster homes and the youngest has been in foster care 90% of her life.
The Right Path for Washington County provides activities, prevention services and programs, youth-adult partnerships, leadership opportunities for youth, and county-wide collaborations to promote healthy youth development.
"I don't want to go home and be by myself until my mom gets home from work. I like coming to the Y and have friends around and I really like the Y staff." The Marietta Family YMCA's Teen After School Program addresses two critical concerns: childhood obesity and positive afterschool alternatives for teens. Overweight children have increased incidence of physical conditions including hypertension, coronary artery disease, and type 2 diabetes.