For Jacqueline, Matrix Head Start didn’t just give her children lessons in early education, the program changed the life of her whole family.
At the time, Jacqueline’s life was full of transition and she felt overwhelmed with stress. After just giving birth to her second child, Jacqueline’s husband started night classes to better support the family with a new certification, while also working full time.
She realized later, she was also suffering from severe and debilitating postpartum depression.
“I truly believe Matrix Head Start and my children’s teachers saved my life and my family.”
Jacqueline knew about the benefits of Head Start.
Once her oldest daughter Rosalinda qualified, she was enrolled in half-day classes in Matrix Human Services’ Head Start program. Jacqueline became familiar with Rosalinda’s teachers and on occasion sat in the classroom as she attempted to overcome her feelings of guilt brought on by her postpartum depression. She was referred for services.
Soon, the depression became worse. Medications and therapy weren’t enough and Jacqueline began to see and hear things. Sometimes she even stayed with Rosalinda’s teachers to avoid being alone. Jacqueline’s Matrix Head Start Parent Advocate offered care and encouragement, and worked quickly to place Rosalinda in full-day classes.
Jacqueline’s mental health continued to deteriorate, and Matrix Human Services was there for her. When a space opened in our Matrix Early Head Start program, Jaqueline’s second daughter, Elisa, was enrolled.
Once Jacqueline’s children were both safe in an enriching environment throughout the day, she was able to spend more time with her therapist and join a support group. There were even times Jacqueline needed the extra support of an in-patient facility. Matrix Head Start gave her the ability to receive care for her health, while her husband could continue working to support the family.
“I was always so worried about traumatizing my children because of what I was going through,” said Jacqueline. “But I knew when they were at school, they were learning, singing and eating with friends, and receiving the love and care I was afraid I was not capable of giving them.”
Eventually, with the support of Matrix Human Services and her medical professionals, Jacqueline began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. “Our future is just getting brighter! The teachers at Matrix Head Start helped me raise my children when I couldn’t. They gave my husband emotional support and my children love and care when I wasn’t able to,” said Jacqueline. “I will forever be grateful for the program and the opportunity it gave me to turn around, heal and keep my family healthy and whole.”
We’ve truly appreciated your support. Seeing our current need, will you consider making a monetary gift to improve the services for these children?
We wish we had the additional resources needed to help more families like Jacqueline’s realize their full potential. With your assistance, we can ensure all of our children receive the proper equipment, support and care needed to thrive.
Kim Cares is dedicated to these children and has committed to matching your first monetary gift through January 30th, 2019!
Now, we need YOU! Please consider donating $200 that will then double to $400 through our match to help more children like Jacqueline’s.
On behalf of the thousands of children and families we work with every day, Thank you.
DO TWICE THE GOOD WITH JUST ONE GIFT!
DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT WITH A KIM CARES MATCHING DONATION!
Through the incredible support of Kim Cares, up to $20,000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar between now and January 30th, 2019.
Please consider sending a meaningful gift to help us provide the supportive wrap-around care needed to move families from poverty and crisis situations into lives of stability, self-sufficiency and hope.
DO TWICE THE GOOD WITH JUST ONE GIFT!
WILL YOU JOIN IN CARING FOR OUR CHILDREN?
MAXIMIZE YOUR IMPACT. YOUR MONETARY GIFT WILL BE DOUBLED!
Matching gift opportunity ends January 30th, 2019. Gifts to Matrix Human Services are tax deductible as provided by law.
Through the incredible generosity of Kim Cares, all donations up to $20,000 will be matched dollar for dollar, now through January 30th, 2019!
Kim, who became a quadriplegic during a swimming accident at the age of 16, went on to dedicate her life to helping others. She believed we should all work to be more caring.
This matching gift opportunity showcases Kim’s legacy by making every year-end contribution from our generous supporters go twice as far toward helping those in our community who need it the most.
Please consider making a meaningful gift to help us provide the supportive wrap-around care needed to move families from poverty and crisis situations into lives of stability, self-sufficiency and hope.