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A Son is Safe. A Mother is Grateful.

December, 2018

We wish you could see the peace on Julie’s face, now that she knows her six-year-old son will no longer be wandering the streets in the middle of the night in danger of being struck by a car.

Julie’s son has autism and he has run away “more times than I can recall,” she says. She usually finds him on her own, but the police have had to help, too. Child Protective Services gave her “jingle bells” to put on the doors and, although money was tight, she installed dead bolts and chain locks. “But there was nothing my son couldn’t figure out. I felt helpless.”

Enter Family & Children Services and our donor-supported HANDLE WITH CARE annual fund that provides a source of hope to hundreds of people like Julie and her son each year. The agency used HANDLE WITH CARE funds to help Julie install an electronic security system (and six months of prepaid service) that alerts her when her son bolts from the house.

“I can now sleep better knowing if my son wakes up at 5 a.m. and finds my keys, I will be alerted and can stop him,” Julie says. “I was shocked to come across people who really cared and were willing to make an investment in my family that has made a major impact. It really does take a village to raise a child!”

HANDLE WITH CARE is unique to our agency in that every dollar of every gift goes directly to meet critical client needs and services that cannot be met by other sources in our community. No dollars go to support our bottom line, just as it’s been throughout the 30+ years that we’ve operated this fund.

We wish you could see the smiles you put on the faces of Family & Children Services’ staff, board members, volunteers, and clients when you make a generous gift to HANDLE WITH CARE. We hope it puts a smile on your face, too.

Julie and Son

Julie and Son