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How Your Hus­tle Helps Com­mu­ni­ty Mem­bers Thrive

By work­ing togeth­er, we can make sure that every per­son is con­nect­ed to the resources that they need to live their safest, health­i­est lives. Here are just a few of the ways that your par­tic­i­pa­tion in Ken­neth Young Cen­ter’s Hus­tle for Health 5K Run/​Walk make a big impact in the lives of the peo­ple we serve together.

Help Kids like DeVon Suc­ceed Despite Stress


DeVon is an ele­men­tary school stu­dent who loves watch­ing his favorite super­heroes on TV and build­ing planes with Legos. He was very excit­ed to return to school in-per­son every day this school year, but has expe­ri­enced dif­fi­cul­ty adjust­ing back to being around so many of his peers rather than at home with his fam­i­ly. Since return­ing to the class­room, DeVon has been eas­i­ly dis­tract­ed by con­ver­sa­tions with his bud­dies, and some­times has trou­ble remem­ber­ing to fol­low the teacher’s rules. His par­ents were look­ing for some addi­tion­al sup­port and found the per­fect part­ner­ship with a ther­a­pist from KYC.

DeVon meets with his ther­a­pist every week to spend some time talk­ing through his thoughts on his class­es while he used his pas­sion for build­ing as a con­struc­tive out­let for his extra ener­gy. DeVon is now hap­pi­ly learn­ing in class each day, and has devel­oped a health­i­er rela­tion­ship with both his teacher and class­mates. Your sup­port of the Hus­tle for Health helps youth like DeVon nav­i­gate the chal­lenges of grow­ing up.

Help Old­er Adults like Priya Age Hap­pi­ly In Place


Priya is a retired health­care work­er who was con­sid­er­ing mov­ing into a nurs­ing home when she first con­nect­ed with KYC. One of her friends was enrolled in KYC’s Home Deliv­ered Meals pro­gram, and rec­om­mend­ed Priya give KYC a call.

Work­ing side-by-side, Priya and her KYC Care Coor­di­na­tor devel­oped a com­pre­hen­sive care plan and found that with a few in-home sup­ports, Priya could safe­ly live inde­pen­dent­ly in the com­mu­ni­ty. Her Coor­di­na­tor helped Priya nav­i­gate the ben­e­fits she need­ed to remain in her own home, and con­tin­ues to offer sup­port for as long as she and her fam­i­ly need.

Just recent­ly, Priya called her Care Coor­di­na­tor to express her grat­i­tude for the KYC staff mem­bers in her life. She shared that she feels that KYC has helped her feel dig­ni­ty while remain­ing sup­port­ed, and she was grate­ful for the team’s com­mit­ment to help­ing her. She empha­sized that this is a new begin­ning for her, and that she is mak­ing progress and rein­vent­ing her­self thanks to KYC. Your sup­port of the Hus­tle for Health helps con­nect old­er adults with the resources they need to thrive while liv­ing as inde­pen­dent­ly as possible.

Con­nect Com­mu­ni­ty Mem­bers Like Eddie with Stability


Eddie hadn’t had sta­ble hous­ing for more than a decade. Despite his efforts to gain sta­ble employ­ment, Eddie expe­ri­enced dif­fi­cul­ty keep­ing jobs, and in turn, his apart­ment, due to his men­tal health chal­lenges. After bounc­ing from sleep­ing on friends’ couch­es or stay­ing at shel­ters, he was con­nect­ed with KYC through the Coun­ty’s per­ma­nent sup­port­ive hous­ing appli­ca­tion. When he was accept­ed to the pro­gram, KYC’s Com­mu­ni­ty Liv­ing team helped move him in and made sure he felt at home. While the adjust­ment to the rou­tine of his new liv­ing sit­u­a­tion came slow­ly, KYC staff were there every step of the way to offer sup­port with man­ag­ing emo­tions and devel­op­ing healthy liv­ing habits.

After a few years, Eddie was able to move to a new apart­ment near his fam­i­ly. He now enjoys watch­ing sports and movies with friends, and because of his sta­ble job, Eddie is no longer ner­vous about his liv­ing sit­u­a­tion. Your sup­port of the Hus­tle for Health helps peo­ple like Eddie reach their goals!

Make an Impact: Hus­tle with KYC

You can help write suc­cess sto­ries like these by join­ing in the fun of the Hus­tle for Health 5K Run/​Walk. On June 25, 2022, hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers will come togeth­er to empow­er the more than 35 pro­grams that KYC offers to help local folks thrive. This col­or­ful run event is free to join, and will be a vibrant cel­e­bra­tion of the work we do togeth­er to ensure the health of our com­mu­ni­ties. Click here to learn more about the event or to reg­is­ter today. Learn more about event spon­sor­ship here.

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