Lending a Helping Hand
LENDING A HELPING HAND
Life isn't always easy, and we know there are many families all across our country, including right here in Chester County, struggling with challenges such as opioid use, depression, suicide and more. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine believes in nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility; and with that in mind, and as a service to our community, here are four community resources that could not only improve our community’s well-being, but can be resources in times of need.
• The Depression Portal, www.thedepressionportal.org. Depression strikes one in four Americans. This site was created by the father of a talented 45-year-old son who took his life after suffering from chronic depression for 25 years. This resource site consolidates most contemporary treatments, knowledge, and resources for those who suffer from depression and their family and friends who support them.
• Kacie’s Cause, www.kaciecause.com. A group dedicated to spreading the word locally and nationally on heroin use, creating awareness and lobbying to have current heroin laws changed. Kacie was a 23-year old from Kennett Square who died from a heroin overdose in 2013. She was a good student, involved in sports and cheerleading in school and attended Penn State until her life was cut short. This invaluable resource provides information on support groups and hotlines, educational support, and sponsors a recovery scholarship.
• La Comunidad Hispana (LCH), www.lacomunidadhispana.org. This center features a diverse, bilingual team that is dedicated to helping adults, teens and children to be and stay healthy. The non-profit, federally qualified health center was founded in 1973 and believes in person-centered, integrated, quality, affordable health care for all.
• The Garage Community & Youth Center, www.garageyouthcenter.com. An after-school and youth development program serving middle and high school students in Kennett Square and West Grove. The mission is to empower youth to pursue their potential academically, relationally, and spiritually. The original location began as a vacant car garage until 2001 when a local business leader and youth pastor envisioned more. In 2011, a second location opened in West Grove. Students can get academic and tutoring help, participate in art and gender-specific programs, get help for career goals and participate in community service.
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine neither endorses nor sponsors the organizations listed. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is not responsible for the content or accuracy of these sites, events or programs.