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Settlement houses offer support, structure during life’s ‘storms’

The CRC’s 12 Days of Giving — DAY 11 (Dec. 29):

Most of us strive to be in a comfortable, stable situation: steady income, good health, solid roof over our heads and food on the table.

As children are added to our lives, the pressures of providing those things increase exponentially.

So when the storms come, and they almost always will, it’s important to have an effective support structure around us so we can weather the tough times and get through them.

For a growing number of people, the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center can be that structure. The support can come in many ways.

Recently, Stacy (not her real name) assumed primary care for a young relative. While her life was fairly stable, Stacy knew this was the best decision for the little girl.

But there was a problem. Stacy worked full-time and needed to continue doing so, despite the fact her niece would be let out of elementary school several hours before Stacy’s work day was finished.

High quality afterschool programming for elementary school students is difficult to come by, with spots filled months ahead of time. But Stacy heard about the CRC’s Kids Club program, which fortunately had an opening.

The sliding scale fee (based on family income) and the convenience (staff meet students at the school and walk as a group to the Kids Club location) were just what Stacy needed. What she has been most pleased with, however, is the excellent programming – especially for a little girl whose life had been stirred up.

She quickly learned that the child loves the staff and “playground time.” Stacy has shared that she loves the enriching programming as well as the social interaction with students in other grades from other schools.

She certainly is thankful for CRC’s Kids Club and the important structure it has provided as her family has become accustomed to its new situation.

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Programs such as Kids Club would be impossible without your support. During these final 12 days of the year, we’ve shared stories of how your dollars are changing lives. If you’d like to make a contribution to the CRC before the end of this tax, please send a check to 3222 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43202 or click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/hzj8bka

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