Senior Citizens Centers

LUNCH, LAUGHTER, AND FOND MEMORIES

Ruth is the type of person who will brighten your day without saying a word. She is a well-known member of the community and has called Richmond her home for all of her life. Since 2010 she has been coping with grief from the loss of her late husband, Paul. Personal aging has required some getting used to. She has severe arthritis, suffers pain from bone spurs, and has to rely on a cane to maneuver gingerly through her home. Her three children often worry about her. Read more

Head Start

A STANDOUT SUCCESS

Autumn believes a child’s first experience in a structured classroom sets the tone for early education years. She also believes that the first five years of a child’s life are profoundly important. They are the foundation that shapes children’s future health, happiness and development, and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general. That’s why she enrolled her daughter, Daylee into Head Start as soon as she could after moving to the area several years ago. Read more

Transportation

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

One of the toughest challenges an adult faces is realizing they shouldn’t drive anymore, especially someone as independent and successful as Guy. A Korean War Veteran, Guy has seen and done a lot in his life. He fondly remembers being stationed in Alaska for nearly two years. Read more

Adult Day Care

PROVIDING DIGNITY, RESPITE

The first thing you notice about Stephanie is her bright eyes. She’s imaginative and thoughtful; and in many ways a typical woman in her mid-twenties. She enjoys reading and watching Netflix. Some of her favorite books include The Harry Potter Series, The Twilight Saga, and The Shadowhunter Chronicles. One of her favorite shows is NCIS. She also enjoys shopping. Recently she’s taken up writing Fanfiction – her new favorite hobby. Fanfiction writers take either the story or characters (or both) of a certain piece of work, whether it be a novel, TV show, or movie, and create their own story based on it. Stephanie always has her laptop with her; and has written seven stories so far.

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Youth Investment Project

MAKING THE TRANSITION

In many ways, Shilo is a typical college freshman. He rushes from class to class and studies until midnight. He listens to Imagine Dragons, plays video games, collects unusual pop bottles, and reads science fiction. He has never thought of himself as different from anyone else. As a child, Shilo was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism characterized by social awkwardness that affects a person’s ability to communicate effectively with others. His mother, Laura, was taken aback with his diagnosis but never let that define him. Over the years Laura and Shilo have struggled with many issues, including losing several close family members and living on a fixed income. Shilo has always enjoyed school and made good grades. When he heard about Foothills’ Youth Investment Program it caught his attention. Read more

Community Collaboration for Children

FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE

When Crystal was pregnant with her second child she didn’t expect anything to be different, new or challenging. She was excited to welcome her newborn daughter, Willow. She had recently separated from her boyfriend, but had a tremendous amount of family support. Due to extraordinary circumstances at the hospital, social services stepped in and Crystal’s world was turned upside down. She was using harmful coping skills that were inappropriate. At the time, a Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) caseworker decided that both children would be placed in foster care unless Crystal agreed to intensive services. Read more

Liberty Place

NEVER TOO LATE

Falling into addiction is like falling into a bottomless, dark pit. Loved ones are left at the edge, trying, but often failing, to rescue the addict. Thankfully Christina was able to pull herself out of her pit of addiction and despair. In high school Christina loved socializing and partying with her friends. She quickly began drinking alcohol and experimenting with drugs. It was something she looked forward to. Read more

Energy Assistance

KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON

Like many of Foothills’ clients, Michelle faced a crisis and needed emergency assistance to prevent a more costly disaster. A single mother of three, she ran into some hard times due to a bad back that ended her career. She also suffers from Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. She lives on a fixed income and fortunately is able to work-part time at The Salvation Army, a job she loves. The extra money helps, but she struggles every month. Two years ago she found herself unable to pay her utility bill. Her service was about to be shut off and she was desperate. She had her utilities cutoff once before and knew what it was like to sit in the dark. Read more

Health & Wellness Center

HEALTH CARE WITH DIGNITY

Gary is not the kind of guy who goes to the doctor at the drop of a hat. As a matter of fact, he’s always shied away from physicians even though he was struggling to manage his overall health. He reports having diabetes, high blood pressure, a touch of asthma and COPD. Due to a disability, he had to give up driving a truck – something he truly enjoyed for 33 years. After that he was also struggling to afford his prescription medications and was barely making ends meet. When he started having heart problems he knew he needed serious help. After having a couple of mild heart attacks, he found the Foothills Health & Wellness Clinic and has been a regular patient since 2006. During one of his early office visits he actually had a heart attack at the clinic. Read more

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