Foothill Family Shelter1501 W. Ninth Street, Suite D
Upland, CA 91786
Struggles in Reading
Nick, who is 6, enrolled in the Reading Room along with his two older brothers about one year ago. At that time Nick was the youngest child enrolled, making it difficult to engage him in the age-appropriate activities.
He was assessed shortly after his enrollment and he definitely struggled with each test. He was not able to recognize very many letters, did not know the sound of each letter or could blend letters together to make a small word. It was difficult for him to write his name, he got frustrated very easily and would give up. It was very difficult to motivate Nick, as he was discouraged when he could not do something.
Soon after Nick became acclimated with the program, we began to notice significant changes in him; socially, emotionally and behaviorally. He was thriving and eager to participate in each activity; whether he was able to grasp the concept or not.
A family that has been through many daily challenges and can still smile and laugh, truly has the ability to bring joy to those around them.
Roy, a single father with two children, has had his share of tough times. The children were abandoned at a young age by their mother and were placed in foster care. Roy worked hard at different jobs, making good money, and was able to regain custody of his children. Unfortunately, Roy was injured on the job and was unable to work, due to this and other complications, they lost their place to live and were forced to stay in their car. Roy made sure the children got to school on time every day.
A friend referred Roy to a local church, who in turn told him about Foothill Family Shelter. The family applied and was accepted into into our 120 day program at the end of 2007. Roy had a job and immediately started saving 50% of his income. The family participated in all aspects of our comprehensive support services, including counseling, case management, parenting and life skills training classes, as well as other age appropriate activites/programs for children. Goals that the family established were accomplished within the 120-days and the family moved into our 1-year transitional housing program.
Roy now has a checking account, a secured credit card and continues to deposit money in his savings account. The children both want to continue on to college and hope to be able to help others in need.
The family has struggled with many difficulties in their lives, which has served to bring them closer. The love they share for one another is amazing. Because of all they have been through they are stronger individuals and are a great example of how we can all overcome adversity.
Reading Room Making a Difference
“We absolutely love the Reading Room because Josh is able to do his homework, read, and hang out with other children. Josh is in Kindergarten and his reading level has went from a level 2 to a level 7 in a very short period of time. The Reading Room staff is totally amazing.” ---Nicole (mother)
A Sense of Belonging
“I am so grateful for the Reading Room. I’m proud to say that my 5 year old can read and is very good at it. My 12 year old has the highest A.R.P. points in his school and loves to read in his free time. Also my 13 year old is starting to pick up a book when he’s bored. My children look forward to the Reading Room each day as it gives them a sense of belonging. Thank you so much.” ---Kim (mother)
“I like the Reading Room because of the reading and activities and also because we can do fun things at the Reading Room. I also love reading…it is so awesome.”---Jacob age 12
“I love the volunteers. I love the parties. I love the snacks. I like the Magic Tree House books. I like the beanbags. I like the whiteboard. I especially like reading.” ---Joshua age 6