Children from Catholic Charities Maureen and Craig Sullivan Youth Center.

Children from Catholic Charities Maureen and Craig Sullivan Youth Center.

A recent formerly homeless family of four sent their youngest son, Kenny, to Catholic Charities Treasure Island Child Development Center (TICDC). When Kenny first arrived, he was 4 years old and was experiencing severe anger issues. At any moment something or someone could trigger his anger which caused him to hit other children and throw excruciating temper tantrums. The trained staff at TICDC immediately identified Kenny’s anger issues and started working tirelessly with Kenny’s parents, John and Kathy. With the help of Melissa, a Mental Health Consultant, the group developed a Behavioral Support Plan for the young boy. After several support meetings, Catholic Charities staff was able to teach Kenny to use his words, rather than lash out at other children. If Kenny was sad or angry, he learned to ask for help, instead of running away. After a couple of months, Kenny’s anger issues dissolved. He was able to effectively communicate his emotions to his teachers. Currently, Kenny is graduating from TICDC with the skills to thrive in kindergarten. 

Many of the children we serve have experienced homelessness, have had irregular access to school, and have endured instable family environments with parents struggling with periods of unemployment, poverty, drug and substance abuse, and domestic violence. We believe every child deserves the chance to be a kid and learn in safety, and every day at Catholic Charities Maureen and Craig Sullivan Youth Services, we provide our kids with stability, patience and love.
— Liliana Rossi, PhD, Program Director
 
 

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