Real Stories

The dedicated individuals at our member organizations work tirelessly to improve our community. Below are a few examples of the positive results these efforts produced. These are the stories of some local people whose lives have been changed through contact with our member organizations. We rotate these stories regularly, so please visit this page again soon.

Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart stepped in to help residents of a local nursing home who could not afford professional hair care. After a visit to the organization's salon one resident explained that, "Now we can feel good about ourselves again."

(Franciscan Haircuts from the Heart)

In the first six months of operation, the UCAN Spay/Neuter Clinic performed 3,000 surgeries. Based on reproductive capacity formulas constructed by the U.S. Humane Society, it is estimated that we have prevented the birth of 5.5 millions dogs and 20.2 million cats in our region over the next four years. That is over 25 million animals that may have gone homeless, become feral and/or further crowded already over-burdened public shelters, where the majority would have to be euthanized for lack of homes.

(The United Coalition for Animals (UCAN))

Excerpt from "First Step Home Saved My Life," a graduation speech.

"I would like to first and foremost say Thank You to each and everyone that supported me...

How did my stay at the First Step Home assist me in my road to recovery? Well, by working with the counselors and attending classes I was able to learn more about myself. I was given the tools to learn how to deal with my emotions that in the past would have caused me to use drugs... FSH showed me there is a different life than being an addict. They taught me to be a mother, a friend, a reliable employee... ... since leaving First Step... I have held a job for seven months... I take care of my son (with a lot of help from Julie and Kenny). Before FSH I could have never stood here today and talked but with the support and the confidence of what I have learned at FSH I am able to do this and stay sober."

(First Step Home)