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Grandpa reads to his new grandbaby
The Welcome Baby program visited a new teenage mom who has a 7 month old baby. Her family was an intergenerational family who primarily spoke Spanish. The young mother's grandpa came in and sat through the visit. Julie, the Welcome Baby visitor was just getting to the part about reading to your baby when she asked the young mom if she read to her baby.
The young mom said she didn’t have any books to read. That's when Julie handed her a ABC book in English. Julie read the book to the baby. After she was done reading, the grandpa motioned for the book. He then started trying to read it to her, too, stopping often to ask how to say certain words in English. He enjoyed reading the book as much as the baby enjoyed hearing it!
When Julie got up to leave, the Grandpa tried to hand her the book. She clarified that it was his to keep and the grandpa's eyes lit up.
Every year, thousands of employees in Northern Utah get involved in workplace giving campaigns to support local United Way solutions that improve education, financial stability and health.
Welcome Baby Volunteer, Melissa worked with a family whose child had delayed speech. Because of home visits and early interventions the child's language skills were improved in less than one year.
Representatives from local nonprofits, public agencies and businesses met as part of the United Partnership Council. The partnership added health and housing as new areas of focus. The geographic area started in Ogden City and has now expanded to include all of Weber County.
Attending preschool not only improved Kanstin’s social skills, it further developed his fine motor and language skills. It also helped him adapt to the routine of going to school and instilled in him the rigor needed to be successful academically.
After a debilitating car accident that almost left her paralyzed, Destiny is now on track to graduate with the help of a United Way Community School Coordinator.
After attending 12 different schools, Mary didn’t have the attendance or credits she needed to graduate. Help from an AmeriCorps mentor at Bear River High School got Mary back in school and ready to put on her cap and gown to receive her diploma.
Jenniffer was a good student who was struggling to stay motivated in school. It only took one person to help her get back on track so she could be the first in her family to graduate from high school.
The wrong group of friends led David to start missing school. He didn't care about his grades anymore and graduation wasn't important. A school program that targets at-risk youth helped David get back on track.
Kaitlyn found herself homeless and in debt. Having a six-year-old son to look after, she turned to SparkPoint Center for help. Kaitlyn found the help she needed and was able to start building her low credit score and savings.
Tis Olesko is a Welcome Baby Volunteer that loves to pay it forward. She helps provide mothers with the resources and support they need. A past experience in her life ignited her drive to help others.
Monica's quadruplets were born at just 28 weeks old in 2016. Having four newborns who were born prematurely required many trips to the doctor and a massive amount of help. Monica found the help that she so desperately needed through the Welcome Baby Program and her community. The quadruplets have now graduated from the Welcome Baby Program with their third birthday this March of 2019.
In a little over a decade, 2-1-1 has become a critical part of Utah's service delivery system, connecting people to resources and support that meet basic needs in times of difficulty.
Sherry is always looking to give back. Her experiences as a very young single mother drive her to help others in need. Through her workplace campaign, she is able to encourage people to donate and contribute to United Way’s mission.
Jason spent most of his adult life in jail until he found help at the SparkPoint Center. He was able to get a job, start college, and turn his life around.
Patrice is a new volunteer for United Way's Welcome Baby home visitation program, but United Way had been a part of her life long before she signed up.
Angel had a rough childhood and little family support. In high school, he got involved with the wrong crowd, turning to drugs and skipping school. He turned his life around when he met Ariana, a Family and Youth Specialist for United Way of Northern Utah.
Emily was a single mom with no car and a lot of debt. A class on finances from Cottages of Hope changed the direction of her future with her son, as she worked to become financially independent.
Twin daughters keep Yessica busy, but she knows how to use playtime to help them develop skills like sorting colors, thanks to United Way's Welcome Baby program.
Ogden High School’s Achievement Club helps at-risk students raise their grades and prepare for graduation, through group support and one-on-one assistance. Now the students in the group can add one more achievement to their list: helping families who are in dire circumstances.
Makenna is a high school student who in a moment of need found the support she needed through Ogden United Promise Neighborhood. With the help of Ariana, a Family and Youth Specialist for Ogden High and other faculty in her school, she was able to get back on her feet and keep focus on her studies.
Sarah had one young daughter and was pregnant with her son when her husband took his own life over six years ago. No one is truly prepared for something like this and it can be even harder for children to understand. Sarah has found the support she needs for her children through the Center for Grieving Children.
Anisay realized she was pregnant just before she turned 18. Still in high school, she wasn’t ready to become a mom. Though unsure of what was ahead, she went to the Pregnancy Care Center in Brigham City (PCC) and found resources to help her give her baby a good start in life.
Arturo had pretty much resigned himself to spending his life homeless. He had dropped out of school and started to get involved in drugs and illegal activities. Luckily, Arturo was able to find the resources he needed to turn his life around through the Youth Build Program run by Ogden-Weber Technical College.
Negin moved from Iran to Ogden with hopes of a better future and to continue her college education. Language and cultural barriers made it a challenge for Negin to adapt to her new home and navigate the complexities of college enrollment. Negin found the support and resources she needed to enroll in college at the Weber State University Community Education Center.
A criminal record and low credit score kept Vickie from living a financially stable life. SparkPoint Center at Cottages of Hope was able to help Vickie clear her criminal record, find a better job, and learn how to manage her finances.
EnableUtah has helped John find jobs and learn new skills. John has Prader-Willi Syndrome, which affects his mind and body. EnableUtah has helped John earn wages and live a more independent life.
Despite attending two years of preschool, Dashton was unable to make the connection between letters and sounds, or even recognize the letters in his name. Dashton was able to catch up to his peers with the help of Box Elder School District's summer pre-kindergarten program.
A lack of stability in Mercedes past did not help fully prepare her for parenting. Having two kids both a year and a half apart kept Mercedes busy. After participating in the Welcome Baby Program for just a year, Mercedes has learned a lot about parenting and is now better prepared to help her kids learn and grow.
Despite being fluent in both Spanish and English, Jeni struggled to catch up to her classmates in reading ability. Through AmeriCorps reading tutoring, funded by United Way of Northern Utah, she doubled her improvement and got back on track in school.
Finding himself homeless and a single father, Duane ended up at Lantern House in Ogden. There, he got help from caseworkers and was able to secure housing and a more stable future for himself and his young son.
Gabe was failing his junior high classes and had no motivation to improve. Through community service and performance with the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, he managed to dramatically change course toward graduation and future success.
The Welcome Baby program at United Way of Northern Utah helps mothers like Ranelle make sure their children's development is on track, and provides support and connections to additional needed resources.
SparkPoint Center at Cottages of Hope, a project supported by United Way, helps people like Vanessa take control of their finances and work to achieve financial stability.
Through United Way support, Youth Impact provides after-school programs and tutoring to help students like J.J. have a chance to succeed in life.
Mariel, Marcus, and Kylee all struggled with learning to read. After participating in AmeriCorps reading tutoring at Garland Elementary, they were able to catch up to their classmates and change the course of their efforts in school.