Nexus-Gerard Family Healing
Because you care, children will have a brighter season right here in our community.
This time of year is particularly hard for children and families coping with mental health challenges. While many of us may be looking forward to celebrations and get-togethers, others are simply trying to get themselves through the day or desperately searching for help for their struggling child.
They come to Nexus Family Healing looking for a path forward and we are determined to be there, available and accessible with support and resources they need most, regardless of their financial situation. As Dena’s story demonstrates, having access to the right services can make all the difference in the world to a youth or family that is struggling.
Dena has three children – her seven-year-old twins, Dylan and Dane, and Betsy who is nine. When her children were younger, Dena and her husband struggled in their marriage. Her husband was in and out of jail and they argued a lot. When Dena and her husband got a divorce, Dena needed to enroll her children into daycare. It was around this time her children started to have lots of emotional and behavioral issues. Betsy and Dylan would scream at and scratch others, and Dane would throw things.
After her divorce, Dena and her children moved in with Dena’s mom to get back on her feet. Moving in with her mom wasn’t any easier—her mom struggled with alcoholism and violence. It was chaos at home and at school – they cycled through five or six daycares because no one could handle her children’s behavior. Her children started to talk about suicide and hurting themselves and others. Dena was at a complete loss on how to help her children.
“I was this close to giving my children up for adoption because I couldn’t give them the support they needed,” Dena shares with tears streaming down her face.
A daycare provider was able to provide a glimmer of hope and referred Dena to Nexus-FACTS Family Healing’s Preschoolers Achieving School Success (PASS) Program. PASS therapists worked with both Dena and her children on how to understand, express and work through their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Dena quickly learned that she needed to learn and develop these skills for herself before she could help her children. Dena and her children have been seeing Nexus-FACTS therapists for four years individually and together in family sessions. All three children have been diagnosed with several mental health issues. “We’re still working on it. There will be good days and bad days, but seeing my children four years ago compared to now, it’s night and day. We’ll always come back to Nexus-FACTS.”
“Nexus-FACTS gave me the tools I needed so I could keep my kids.” - Dena, Mother of Three
DENA’S FAMILY’S SUCCESS – AND THE SUCCESS OF OTHER CHILDREN AND FAMILIES – IS MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE GENEROUS COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS WHO CARE AND CONTINUE TO REMEMBER US EACH YEAR. PEOPLE LIKE YOU!
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