"Darren" and his CASA volunteer, "Mary" have a good relationship and have done a great job staying connected virtually through COVID-19. Darren started High School in September and Mary noticed an almost immediate decline in his academic progress.
United Way of Puerto Rico fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community. UWPR is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthen health services and social welfare on the Island. We promote teamwork and dynamic collaborations among a diverse group of stakeholders ranging from volunteers, social investors, charities, the private sector, government, other non-profit partner organizations and professionals from a wide range of industries.
When Jonathan Armer enters a room, you know it. He is full of life and greets everyone with a resounding hello. But he hasn’t always been that way. Jonathan has Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. His mom, Lori Armer, never wanted his disability to limit him. So she enrolled him in VersAbility Resources’ Transition to Work program for high school students.
When Albert returned home after three months in jail, he had hoped to make a new start. But from the moment the senior citizen stepped foot in his front door, he found that his life had been upended in more ways than one.
His home had been broken into and burglarized. “It was a culture shock coming home after three months of staying in there, to nothing – to a house that’s been broken into,” said Albert. Everything of value was gone.
The mission of Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental disabilities, in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. Each year, MHAS provides free legal advice and representation to more than 3,000 low-income people, like Jaime, whose story is highlighted below.