Anabel is a first grader, enrolled in New Futures’ after-school program. Bright and sweet, when Anabel first arrived at New Futures she had extremely low self esteem. Her school teachers were worried by Anabel’s negative feeling about herself, because they kept her from improving, or trying new things… (click to read more)
Yvonne, her husband Charles, and their four daughters had been living at Vintage Park for a while when two of the daughters began attending the After School Program. The family had gone from crisis to crisis, and soon after they started working with New Futures, the family suffered a great loss when the family’s eldest daughter passed away suddenly. New Futures was able to help coordinate raising funds for the funeral and provide structure, routine and loving support for the two girls in the program. In addition, a Family Advocate met with the family at least weekly to provide emotional support, help the family provide for their basic needs, and discuss how the death of the oldest sibling was affecting the younger three children and how to approach these issues with the children…. (click to read more)
Community is often invisible on a day-to-day basis, but in times of emergency it becomes palpable – and essential. In December 2006, the Seattle area was hit with record breaking storms, and a million homes around the region were left without power. Families in our complexes were among those who found themselves in the dark and the cold.
Neighbors and New Futures staff members were quick to lend helping hands… (click to read more)
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