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Savannah was referred to our YES Waiver program in November 2019. At that time, she was engaging in self-harm and was also fighting depression and anxiety.
Initially, Savannah had difficulty attending school and expressing her thoughts and feelings. However, Savannah made the choice to commit to taking control of her mental health.
Along with our treatment team, we discussed with Savannah the type of therapies she might be willing to participate in to promote her growth. Savannah choose equine therapy, community living support and art therapy.
Savannah worked weekly with each provider, and especially loved equine therapy. The results of her hard work are evident. Her school attendance has improved and reports building better relationships with her teachers and peers.
Savannah is living proof of the ability a person has to their goals with team support, commitment and perseverance. Prior to graduating from YES Waiver, Savannah was asked what she learned from participating with the YES Waiver program. Savannah shared the program helped to increase her self-awareness and improved coping skills. Savannah stated, “I’ve learned a lot about myself.”
Janet successfully completed a full protocol of Cognitive Processing Therapy for childhood trauma. She reported feeling uncomfortable with the memories and struggled talking about them.
Joshua* is an nine-year-old boy whose journey we celebrate. He was a client of both the Feeding Clinic and the Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) program. When we met him at age five, Joshua was non-verbal and had periods of aggressive behavior.
Eileen is a 24 year-old woman diagnosed with a severe intellectual and developmental disability. Because of her diagnosis, Eileen has had to endure several unique challenges. One challenge in particular has caused Eileen some distress over the years - not being able to control her urination and defecation, having to wear supportive undergarments since she was an infant.
Anaira noted Maritza’s baby seemed happy and well cared for, but during her observations, she became concerned about Martiza when she noticed changes in Martiza’s self-care.
Javier* was referred to the Respite, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry center by the Coalition of the Homeless. He had experienced chronic homelessness for over 20 years, and also faced substance abuse challenges and bipolar disorder.
On Thursday, February 4th, Have Shears Will Travel began providing free haircuts to our men and women served at our 6160 location. The RV will return on the first Thursday of every month.
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