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- More than 4,000 adults and children received needed mental health services.
- 494 senior adults received nutritious meals to help maintain health.
- Children’s Mercy served 3,680 children in the United Way of Greater St. Joseph service area, totaling 14,537 outpatient and inpatient visits
- 1,135 people worked through alcohol and drug addiction recovery.
- United Way Agencies provided legal assistance and advocacy to nearly 250 victims of domestic violence.
- 247 women and their children who were victims of domestic or sexual violence received emergency shelter.
- More than 700 youth participated in organized sports and activities.
- 118 therapeutic items were borrowed by 61 families for children with disabilities.
- 118 pregnant and parenting teens and adults were engaged in programs to help them and their children thrive.
- 631 people who were in crisis were able to access a mental health clinician for a crisis screening
Before Lou was born, a routine ultrasound revealed that his heart was not healthy. His parents, Joe and Annie, went to Children’s Mercy for a fetal echocardiogram, which led to the discovery of several congenital heart defects. They transferred prenatal care to Children’s Mercy, and made plans to deliver in August 2016. At five days old, Lou’s multiple heart defects were repaired during an 8-hour open heart surgery. After five weeks in the hospital, baby Lou learned how to eat and breathe on his own. Today, Lou sees his cardiologist twice per year and his heart is strong. He says he wants to be a scientist when he grows up.