william’s story

Though he is only five years old, William has seen a lot before he became involved with Blueprints. Parental substance abuse brought William into Blueprints’ Foster Care program in March 2017. He was placed with his paternal grandparents, Melanie and John W. Though they did their best to help William adjust to his new home, the first four months were rocky. When William’s grandparents started feeling overwhelmed, they called Blueprints. Stacey, a Blueprints’ caseworker, visited their home and helped William’s grandparents work through their emotions. Stacey worked with Washington County’s Children and Youth Services to secure a behavioral specialist to help William with his trauma and problematic behaviors. Within a month, William made tremendous progress. Melanie and John formed a tight bond with him. As time passed, they decided William needed to be a permanent member of their family and successfully adopted him.  On April 27, 2018, William found his…

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jamie’s story

In July 2016, Jamie and her family welcomed the arrival of their second child, a baby boy weighing less than 2 pounds. Because he was born prematurely, he spent 48 days in the NICU, fighting for his life. This was an incredibly stressful and scary time for Jamie and her family, but happily, she was able to bring him home in September. According to Jamie, one of the biggest blessings that helped her through the ordeal was the Blueprints WIC program. WIC provides breastfeeding support, nutrition education, supplemental foods, and health care referrals for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and to infants and children until the age of five. Like many people who come through Blueprints’ door, Jamie’s knowledge of WIC was limited. “I was nervous for our initial appointment because I was afraid the staff at the WIC office would be cold, unfriendly or even mean. I could…

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rashaia’s story

Rashaia had a lot on her plate when she came to Blueprints in March 2017. Not only was she the single mother of a one-year-old daughter, but her son was due in July and she was having some minor health issues with her pregnancy. She had no driver’s license, no high school diploma, past debts and no childcare for her daughter. Rashia was completely unmotivated to make any changes. She admits now that she was very angry that she was referred to Blueprints for its Work Ready program. “I tried everything to try to get out of attending,” she said. Once Blueprints helped coordinate daycare for her daughter, she had no choice but to attend the program. Once she began Work Ready, Rashia was also enrolled in Blueprints’ Adult Education program. She also attended driver’s preparation practice and participated in community service projects. With the assistance of her Adult Education…

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mark’s story

Mark V. always struggled with managing his money before he came to Blueprints. If he could give any advice to his younger self, it would be to save part of his income when he was a truck driver. When he lost his job as a truck driver, Mark had nothing to his name.  He became involved in criminal activities and was incarcerated for nine months. After his release, he was living at the City Mission’s homeless shelter when he came to Blueprints for help with getting an apartment. Mark participated in Blueprints’ Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program funded by Washington County Human Services through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development.  Through ESG, some homeless clients can have their rent and/or utilities paid for them as they work towards housing self-sufficiency. While Blueprints was able to pay Mark’s rent, Mark would deposit the amount that would normally go toward…

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brent’s story

Brent, a local high school student, wanted to build his future. His OVR transition counselor and school district referred Brent to Blueprints’ Work Based Learning Experiences (WBLE) program, which Blueprints offers in partnership with The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Work Based Learning Experiences are designed to assist 14-21 year old high school students with disabilities with 90-hour paid placements with local employers in the community.  The students receive valuable work experience, along with an hourly stipend and realize their potential to succeed upon high school graduation. Next, Brent’s caseworker Lee, scheduled an initial appointment with Brent and his family.  When they met, Brent was willing to try any type of placement because it was going to be his first time working on his own.  Lee had recently met with a company called Sunny Bridge Natural Foods. Brent’s family was interested in this placement because it was close to Brent’s high…

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Shelly’s story

Though she grew up in Washington County, Shelly traveled a long way to get to Blueprints. A single mother of a one-year-old boy, she returned home from St. Louis, Missouri, and moved in with her family in Washington County after separating from her child’s father. While in St. Louis, she had completed a culinary training program.

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Richard’s Story

Richard B., former Blueprints client, single father, and longtime resident of Washington County, Pennsylvania moved out of a local public housing community, Jollick Manor, after five years and purchased a new home in the City of Washington on September 29th, 2017.

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Faithlynn’s Story

Blueprints would like to introduce you to Faithlynn. Not only is Faithlynn a former student from our Head Start Program but her parents were the first graduates of our Assets for Independence Program. Her family received a $4,000 match for the $2,000 they saved to purchase their first home. In this picture, Faithlynn is standing next to her family’s SOLD sign!

Taylor’s Story

When Taylor first started Pre-K I was not concerned about him academically, what concerned me was his social interaction with the other children. He tends to play by himself or his brother and usually hesitates in group work projects. I am happy to report that at the end of this school year he has become more interactive than I could have ever imagined.

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Darren’s Story

When I resigned from Blueprints in 2008 because I had just given birth to my son, Darren, the Pre-K program was brand new to the agency. I kept my eye on the program as he grew from infant to toddler to preschooler and was convinced that we would absolutely take advantage of the program if the opportunity arose. Fortunately, my family was given that chance and we were thrilled to get our acceptance letter last spring. I knew first hand of the quality programming that Blueprints had to offer and was excited for Darren to start.

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