BENEFITING: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana
Ebone’ and Josef are amazing children, but growing up has not always been the easiest for my two children. As a result of my husband’s and my own working positions, we have moved quite a bit. Ebone’ and Josef have had to adjust to meeting new friends and learning new schools. Sometimes this was hard for them as both have a hearing impairment immediately marking them as “different.” When we moved to Valparaiso, my children started attending the Boys & Girls Clubs. They were accepted instantly for whom they are, and staff reiterated all the qualities that I feel are important in raising my children. Today, I am proud to say that Ebone’ was named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, and Josef was named Junior Youth of the Year for the Valparaiso Unit. That’s what the Club is – a place of hope and opportunity for thousands of children just like my own!