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"I’ve been in foster care all my life. The statistics say that when you aren’t raised with your parents, you won’t be as exceptional as everyone else. They also predicted that I would end up pregnant by age 16, on drugs or in jail. I wasn’t supposed to be the success story that I am.
"I enrolled in Waterbury Youth Service’s 'Career Builders in Health' Program to earn my CNA certification so that I can help people who are sick. My mom is sick, my father was sick and passed away, my grandmother too. If there’s a way for me to help other sick people, I want to do it.
"By becoming a CNA, I will show that statistics are just numbers. They don’t define you unless you let them. Some days, class is really challenging. You have to put in a lot of extra effort. But I think of everything I want to achieve for myself and the people I can help and I know I GOT THIS!"
Casandra Nazario, Student in WYS's new "Career Builders in Health" program.
In the fall and winter months, many of the kids who come to our Homeless Youth Resource Center don't have basic winter protection, including coats, hats, gloves, scarves and mittens. We always try to have extra supplies on hand for them to take, but we are completely out of winter gear. If you can donate new or gently used winter clothing--or wish to organize a drive in your community--please contact Marianne Malanaphy at WYS at 203-573-0264.
When to organize a drive:
Now through the end of December
Ways to organize a drive:
Share our flyer with your social networks and ask friends/family to donate winter gear directly to us or you
Approach your church, club or civic group to which you belong and ask if they'll host a drive
How to get the donations to Waterbury Youth Services:
Contact Marianne Malanaphy at WYS at 203-573-0264 to arrange drop-off or pick up.
Heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to Waterbury Youth Services during Give Local sponsored by Connecticut Community Foundation. By supporting WYS, you affirmed your confidence in our efforts to guide youth to discover their unique talents and potential for success. Thank you for being a partner in strengthening our community! We are so grateful for your support.
Never give up and pay it forward is the message from CJ, WYS student since 2014. "Kids go through a lot at home, at school. It’s easy to give up. WYS has been a big support system for me. Once you start there, you feel like family. WYS has always given me somewhere to go, kept me out of trouble, kept me in the right state of mind. It’s just been a really big help. I love music. I love dancing, especially Hip Hop and R&B. I love working with kids. So now, I’m a volunteer dance instructor at WYS. I hope to have the same effect on the kids that WYS had on me."
Special thanks to the Waterbury Mayor's Office for proclaiming March 18 - 24, 2018 as National Safe Place Week to bring attention to the programs in place to assist youth in crisis. Safe Place is essential as it connects youth to services when they are in crisis and need help the most. Waterbury has 14 sites, including the city’s fire houses, throughout the city designated as sites for young people experiencing crisis, whether it be homelessness, abuse, neglect or physical violence.
Pictured (from left): Joseph Geary, Waterbury Youth Services staff, including Youth & Family Emergency Services Director Marianne Malanaphy, Director of Program Operations Laura Cummings and Executive Director Kathi Crowe, and on the right, Waterbury Assistant Fire Chief Michael Couture.
Waterbury Youth Services normal hours of operation Monday & Friday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; and Saturday - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. In the event of inclement weather, Waterbury Youth Services will follow the schedule of the Waterbury School District. If Waterbury District closes due to severe weather, all after school programs for that day will be canceled.
You can find the most up to date information regarding Waterbury Youth Services on Channel 3 News-WFSB, Channel 8 News-WTNH, Channel 61 News- FOX 61, Channel 30 News-NBC CT.
Information regarding club closures will also be posted on our website at www.waterburyyouthservices.org and our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/WaterburyYouthServices .
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving."~W.T. Purkiser.We have many reasons to be thankful this holiday season! Because of the generosity of our supporters and our caring community, we were able to provide a Thanksgiving feast for all of our youth and their families and distribute Thanksgiving baskets with everything needed to cook a complete turkey dinner to 90 families. A heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make it possible for all of our families to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal:
- Ginny Ciochetti and the Marie & Pat Ciochetti Foundation donated 40 turkeys to give out to our families.
- KBE Building Corp in Farmington and their staff collected and delivered 50 boxes full of everything needed for a complete Thanksgiving dinner to our Agency.
- LaBonne’s Market in Watertown allowed Waterbury Youth Services to collect donations for our Thanksgiving food drive at their store.
- The coaches, parents and students of the Sacred Heart Soccer Team cooked and severed dinner to 100 of our youth and their family members.
- Waterbury Youth Services staff, interns and volunteers collected, sorted, packed and gave out donations.