30 Years & 30 Stories

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We’ve All Been There

Every year Youth & Family Services helps hundreds of children, their families, and seniors. Difficulties are resolved, children grow up and families move on. Was there a time in your past that you appreciated having Youth and Family Services in the Mercer Island community?

On February 13, 2019 (save the date), Mercer Island Youth and Family Services’ Foundation Annual Breakfast will celebrate 30 years of Foundation support to Youth and Family Services (YFS). Each Foundation Board member and Breakfast Committee Member has his or her own personal story of why they appreciate YFS being in their lives. MIYFS Foundation Board members and Annual Breakfast Committee members are reaching out to the community to gather and showcase a collection of stories from YFS work between 1973 – 2015. If you are interested in telling your story of appreciation for services, the Foundation would like to hear about the role YFS played in your life or the life of your family.

Our collective stories serve as a reminder that as humans we need connection and care.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this question and our best to you and yours,
-MIYFS Foundation Board of Directors and Breakfast Committee Members

One example of appreciation:

“We missed the signs; YFS did not.”

“Imagine the middle school principal calls you after school and asks if you know where your child is? You respond confidently that the child is studying with a friend, and the principal presses to make sure you know for sure – because your child has shared suicidal thoughts with a teacher. That happened to us, but the horrifying moment eventually took a turn for the better with the compassionate support and expertise of YFS counselor, Harry Brown. He developed a strong relationship with our child and referred us to an outside provider for additional help. Over time our child learned to cope with anxiety and to respect the self again. And to love those who showed the way. We missed the signs; YFS did not. Our family is intact and healthy due to their watchful care.” 

 -MI parent of an 18 year old

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Let Us Know:

  • What you appreciated about YFS – i.e. school counselor, family therapist, Diversion services, or Geriatric specialist for a senior family member, etc.

  • When – approximate dates (from 1973 up to 2015 only)

  • What are you doing now and looking back, how was YFS useful to you?

  • Whether you prefer to remain anonymous or to share and provide your name?

Please e-mail your story to sari.weiss@mercergov.org, subject line: YFS Foundation: 30 Years 30 Stories

 Or you can mail or hand deliver your story to:
YFS Foundation 30 Years-30 Stories
2040 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island 98040
Mercer Island, WA 98040