Stacy's Story

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A woman by the name of Stacy* went through a terrible divorce and ended up hospitalized. The husband had had an affair for years. One day, he randomly threw her belongings out of the house, took the car keys, cut off all of her finances and changed the locks on the doors. 

Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center (BHGMHC) counselors met with Stacy in the mental health unit. She was timid and nervous. Their staff made it their goal to make her feel comfortable and help her realize there were services available to her and that she wasn't alone. BHGMHC staff informed her of all the services they had to offer and connected her with their Homeless Services Coordinator, Dave, for housing assistance post-discharge. Stacy was also helped with transportation to and from appointments. 

Stacy went from being shy and timid to outgoing and happy because of the support of BHGMC staff. After discharge, she was able to live at the Salvation Army Woman's Homeless Shelter and received rent assistance for her own place. BHGMHC staff followed up with her to make sure she was taking her medications and staying on top of her appointments, which she successfully attended. 

Stacy strengthened her relationship with her daughters and eventually felt so much better. "I never expected to be treated so kindly, or for there to be so many people willing to help someone like me. Thank you for all you have done for me."

Cedar Valley United Way is proud to support programs like Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center's Care Coordination program that helps people like Stacy.

Together, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. To live better, we must Live United. Because, United We Can!

*Names in the story have been altered to preserve anonymity.