United Way of Grant County Vision for Health
Health: all people to have access to quality, affordable healthcare with support to maximize their physical, mental and emotional health leading to productive lives.
•Recovery is possible. In 2014 a young mother started her journey. She struggled with additions from opiates to heroin. She has tried to get help and relapsed several times. In 2015 she was arrested on a probation violation and introduced to the Drug Court system and in 2016 graduated from the program, though the road was not easy. She is now enrolled in college to become an addiction counselor, in a healthy relationship and raising her 2 children.
•It is more than a hot meal that you receive at St. Martin’s. In this place everyone receives their dignity and respect as a human being. A young woman was noticed in the lunch line one day. Frail, visibly abused with a broken spirit. The volunteers and staff of St. Martin’s reached out to her not to push or pry but to learn her story and meet her needs where they were in that moment. She was in the clutches of an addiction. Homeless, in an abusive relationship, separated from her family, the woman was cold and hungry. Though she wasn’t ready for deeper assistance the team was able to make sure she had a safe place to be feed physically and emotionally. She was given warmer clothes and blankets that she could call her own. The hope is that then leads her to return and slowly begin to re-engage in society and a place she could turn on her journey.