The United Way has enabled The Relief Zone to serve many children and families within the Frewsburg community. One specific family was a single mother that was juggling work and caring for her elementary age child. United Way funding made it possible for this child to attend TRZ before and after school programs, including tutoring and homework help. The child has ADHD, which made it difficult for the child to focus on school work, and caused some behavioral outbursts at times. Through participation in the tutoring and homework help components of our programming, the child was able to develop good study habits, improve academic skills, and gain confidence in his academic abilities. Through interaction with staff members and other students, the child was able to develop positive relationships and self-esteem. It was such a blessing to see this child step out and begin participation in youth sports, where the child was able to interact with and engage peers. The mother was so appreciative that she could go to work with the assurance that her child was not only safe and well cared for, but loved, encouraged, and challenged to be the best person they could be. ; She stated many times that if it were not for TRZ programming she would not have been able to continue working. United Way funding enabled this mother to continue working so that she could provide for herself and her child.
UWAYSCC 100 Years, 100 Stories blog submission by Lisa Lyon, The Relief Zone Executive Director. Affectionately known as TRZ, The Relief Zone, Inc is passionately committed to impacting and service the youth of our region with year-round, high-quality programming that meets the educational and social needs of area families. For more information about TRZ, visit thereliefzone.org. (the child in this photo is an attendee of TRZ however, isn't the child referenced in this story)