Meet the Elliott family who, thanks to Carizon’s help, is tackling their mental health battle: Jordan, a 10-year-old boy, Ada, his 8-year-old sister and their Mom, Christine.
Jordan often acts out by throwing tantrums, hitting his sister and being sent home from school. He has been labelled a trouble-maker. But let’s dig a little deeper:
When Jordan was 6 years old, the family struggled financially. Living in a one-bedroom apartment, Jordan and his sister shared a room while his parents slept on a pull-out couch in the living room. Then, the unimaginable happened: both parents were laid off. Jordan’s father, overwhelmed and distraught, attempted suicide. Jordan was the one who found him and called for help. Two years later, Jordan’s parents separated, and his father moved out. Mom, Jordan and Ada moved to a neighbourhood where Carizon has targeted services for families.
It was there that Jordan and his family were connected to Carizon and finally able to re-write their story…
- The family began to participate in Carizon’s programs in their neighbourhood community centre.
- Jordan was referred to trauma treatment services and the family accessed counselling services at Carizon, using the sliding scale fee based on Christine’s income.
- Christine met regularly with a Carizon Community Resource Worker to learn how to help Jordan manage his big emotions, develop social skills, and stay in school.
- Ada attended a Girls’ Group where she built new relationships and learned new skills, like sewing.
Because of donors like you, Jordan’s family has settled into their new community, feels supported and is able to manage life’s challenges with confidence and resilience.
With your support, we help families when life is tough. We assist 13,000 individuals each year, delivering counselling, children’s mental health and community services programs in over 70 locations throughout Waterloo Region. It costs $6,000 per year to support a family like Jordan’s. Please consider helping your local neighbours with a donation this year. Your financial support will help families in our community reach their true potential.