Becca has been a Youth Matters client since May of 2018. Becca is a 16-year-old female that had been referred to Aspen’s Youth Matters Program by a school counselor. Becca has five siblings all under the age of 18. Two of her siblings are on the autism spectrum and require more support from Becca’s mother which has prevented her from providing adequate income for the family. Becca’s father was providing a steady income for the family, however in June of 2018 he was diagnosed with a debilitating illness. Due to his illness he has been unable to work.
Becca’s family had spent the latter part of 2018 struggling to pay for basic needs, utilities, and rent. The financial strain has impacted each member of the family greatly. Becca felt that she needed to take time off school to take care of her brothers and the infant in the home. If Becca took over her mother’s role in the home, her mother would be able to pick up more shifts during the week.
The Winter Breather Program was able to provide grocery support for Becca’s family for the month of December, allowing the family to pay their rent on time. Winter Breather also provided Becca’s family with utility support, this allowed Becca’s parents to put more money toward basic needs and rent. Winter Breather lessened the financial strain that was so deeply effecting Becca’s family.
Becca’s family has since been connected with more resources to assist in alleviating the financial strain.
*To preserve confidentiality, the names in this story have been changed.