Published December 01, 2015 16:39
Giving Tuesday will help people like Cassandra Golondrina survive and her son, Victor thrive! Victor’s mom came to Gilbert Park Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg as a single parent. Separated, she had five mouths to feed. There was very little family support and Victor was ripe to be recruited by one of the gangs.
Boys and Girls was a safe place. Victor met role models. He worked as a summer intern and assisted in a summer learning prevention loss program.He gained confidence and the skills to thrive! Victor became a member of the Winnipeg Youth Council and has evolved into a leader. Victor just turned 18 and is now at Red River College, enrolled in the Youth Recreation Activity Worker program. He is now a mentor to others. Full circle!
“This is an important milestone in my life,” says Victor. “The transition from being what some would describe as ‘at risk’ to a successful adult finding his place in the world.”
Kelvin Sheppard, Chair of the United Way campaign says, “There are thousands of stories like this in our city. Your dollars go a long way to help people like Cassandra.”
Cassandra is very appreciative. “Our family has had many contacts with United Way agencies,” she says, “they have made a tremendous difference in our lives.”
The United Way supports Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg and so many other agencies making a difference in the lives of Winnipeggers. You can make a difference for people like Victor.