December 3, 2015 The Blessings of the Sisters of St. Benedicts and Their Foundation Lives On Ogden was blessed for many years by the amazing presence and hard work of the Sisters of St. Benedicts. It is impossible to recount all of the ways in which these wonderful sisters touched and changed so many hearts and lives for the good. Even though they have moved back to Minnesota, their legacy through the funding provided by the St. Benedicts Foundation continues to make a huge difference to the clients of many of the non-profits in this area, YCC Family Crisis Center being one of them. The funding received this year from the St. Benedict’s foundation was used to purchase items for the shelter including new linoleum for the kitchen, carpet in the hallway, new security cameras and computer monitors, 100 conference chairs and 12 buffet tables and kitchen supplies. Items for clients included housing application fees, steel toed boots, clothing, vital documents, transportation, personal supplies for clients, prescriptions. St. Benedict grant also helped supply the Sisters of St. Benedicts Children’s Ed. room at YCC with a Wii Gaming System, floor puppet theater, cognitive and manipulative toys, emotional cushions, cabinets and shelving units. Our children love the room and put it to very good use. A huge thank you to the Sisters of St. Benedicts and their amazing Foundation that continues to help YCC save and change countless lives. Thanks to Wells Fargo, YCC Now Has Much Needed New Stove A huge thanks to Pamela Hayes and Wells Fargo Bank for assisting us in purchasing a new commercial stove for YCC’s main kitchen. The present stove is around 30 plus years old and is on its last leg. Our Food Preparation Specialist, Eric Beysson prepares 38,400 nutritious meals a year for the children in our child care center, on-site Head Start program, staff and volunteers. We all surprised Eric when we announced he was getting the new stove! Children at YCC Move! Junior League of Ogden were here in November to do a children’s Zumba and nutritional class. The children in our Child Care Center , Shelter and Transitional Housing were all invited to attend. They taught the children the importance of taking care of their bodies by eating right and exercising. Thanks to everyone from Junior League that participated. The children had a wonderful time! Community Support The Masonic Foundation of Utah, established in 1929, is the charitable arm of the Masons in Utah and a long time supporter of the YCC Family Crisis Center. The foundation distributes grants twice each year to support children, youth, special needs individuals, basic human needs and education. In July, the foundation awarded scholarships to assist undergraduate students across the country and in October they made grants to qualifying charitable organizations throughout the state. This year, the foundation gave more than $250,000 to worthy individuals and local non-profit organizations. YCC received $3,000.00 specifically for our medical assistance program and we are so very grateful for their generosity. The Masonic Foundation of Utah, established in 1929, is the charitable arm of the Masons in Utah and a long time supporter of the YCC Family Crisis Center. The foundation distributes grants twice each year to support children, youth, special needs individuals, basic human needs and education. In July, the foundation awarded scholarships to assist undergraduate students across the country and in October they made grants to qualifying charitable organizations throughout the state. This year, the foundation gave more than $250,000 to worthy individuals and local non-profit organizations. YCC received $3,000.00 specifically for our medical assistance program and we are so very grateful for their generosity. Success Story To begin to explain this journey, first I need to tell you where I was… I ended up back in prison for giving my medication to my wife. I was taken away from my kids, my wife, and thrown back in the life I obviously kept choosing for myself. Well I did 120 days on top of a prior 31 month commitment, before being released. While I was in prison I got the news my children had been taken into DCFS custody. I chose to not return to the place I grew up and decided to go to a half-way house in a new city to start over, to begin working to get my babies back. I had been in the same cycle for so long something had to give. So I made it to NUCCC the half-way house in Ogden, and put my nose down and got to work. I was greeted by Cottages of Hope the next day after getting to NUCCC. I was skeptical about getting help or whether they really could help, but I went in anyway. I got set up with a job coach that deals with helping offenders transition back into life and to find and obtain gainful employment. I had all the odds against me when I started, with 8 felonies on my record, in a half-way house, children in a foster home, no family backing me, and on my own 3 and a 1/2 hours from my home town of Price, I didn’t see an option to fail. My children are foster care and I won’t let that fly. So, I began going to Cottages of Hope every day, they helped me register with the Department of Workforce Services to to build my resumes and apply for employment. With the help of my Shift Leader I got myself into numerous treatment programs and figured out how to take a plethora of UA’s a week. Cottages of Hope helped me find employment and I began saving money after a few months of working with Cottages of Hope, working at my job, and attending my treatment classes and handling everything else on my plate, my hardest challenge was finding a ride back and forth to Price each week to visit with my children, who are currently staying with a foster family with no license or car was exhausting. I felt like giving up on more than one occasion, but I couldn’t. I wanted more out of my life and more for my children. So, I earned my way out of the half-way house into a motel room. Hey, it was progress. I kept working with Cottages of Hope and began working with YCC, which Cottages of Hope turned me onto. Thank god for them, and the wonderful people who helped me get into my own apartment and put me one step closer to getting my children back. As of today, I live a 2 bed room apartment, in which the cool people of Ogden helped me out with stuff for my apartment, with a full time job and my own vehicle. I have been working closely with my DCFS case worker and I’m finally at the beginning the process of my babies coming and staying the night with me. I am working my programs every week, I’m clean and sober, working and progressing. It’s a struggle everyday but I am standing here to tell you that if I can flip my life style around and do this than anyone can. Find what gives you that drive, the determination, and the want to be more and have more out of life. Even if it’s for yourself. Truly with the people and the amazing community support I have gotten, and the people I have backing me has been a true reason I am as far as I am. If you put in the work and don’t give up, even when everything is so hard and you think you will never get anything done, keep going and great things will happen. I was alone, with nothing, and today I am building a legacy for me and my two children it is our time to take back our life. Thank you Cottages of Hope, DWS, YCC, DCFS, Weber Human Services and all the individual people that never gave up on me along the way. For helping me see the important side of life and the things that matter, you’re all truly amazing and I will continue to fight on! Start off your Holiday Season with the Spirit of Giving We are over the 500 mark for sponsoring children this year! Thank you to everyone that has helped us get this far! Since the expansion of the shelter, YCC has been able to accommodate up to 61 clients at a time in our domestic violence shelter. This is more than double the capacity of the prior year which means that there will be more clients that will need our help this holiday season. We still have families that need help this holiday season and new families that have been admitted into the shelter in the last week. With your help, we can make sure that no child goes without Christmas this year. You can sponsor a child by donating $150 (or more) to YCC’s Spirit of Giving project and we will handle the shopping for you. Each child will receive a new outfit including a coat, shirt, pants and shoes and one to two things from their wish list. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring a child this Christmas or if you would like additional information, please contact Kelsey Askea at (801) 689-1706 or via email at [email protected] Checks can be mailed to YCC Attn: Spirit of Giving 2261 Adams Avenue, Ogden, UT 84401.