As Elizabeth Starr Academy site coordinator Amy Gibb recently learned, the problems encountered by families can seem almost overwhelming. “Eric” and his brother “David” had severe behavior problems due to mental health issues. In addition, their mother was recently incarcerated, their Medicaid was cancelled, and Dad, a full time truck driver who was frequently on the road, was trying to cope. Amy reached out to her community connections for help. She got Dad signed up for parenting classes offered by The Children’s Bureau. She got the boys involved in group mental health sessions through Meridian, in weekly sessions with school counselor, Mrs. Cate, and she got new shoes for them through Reid Hospital. She secured temporary assistance for much-needed medications through Open Arms Ministry while she helped Dad to reapply for Medicaid. Last but not least, she helped the boys make cards to send to their mother in prison. One step at a time, one connection at a time, things are improving!