Laura (name changed for confidentiality), is a single mother of three who lost her job due to COVID-19 and recently overcame homelessness. Laura contacted Casa Youth Shelter concerned for one of her daughter’s mental health. Arguments between them were escalating and Laura’s daughter began exhibiting symptoms of depression. Managing life with unstable income, living in transitional housing, and maneuvering long lines at drive-thru food pantries to put food on the table had taken its toll on the family. Fortunately, our case manager was able to provide some immediate relief to Laura and her family with a few hundred dollars’ worth of grocery gift cards, allowing them one less thing to worry about as they focused on their emotional and mental health.
Laura’s daughter participated in our Residential Shelter Care program, where she received support and guidance through individual, group, and family counseling. Laura also participated in our parenting classes and, in time, was able to secure more stable income. Today, Laura and her daughter continue to participate in counseling and parenting classes through Casa Youth Shelter’s aftercare services and have recently reported that their relationship and mental health status have greatly improved.
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