United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County works to ensure access to efficient and effective healthcare services and healthy choices.
Health goes beyond personal diet, exercise, and the many other individual choices we make. The foundation for a healthy life is in the neighborhoods we build and environments we inhabit. When people have access to parks, bike paths, safe playgrounds, healthy foods, and good medical care, they are more likely to succeed in school, work, and life.
United Way is creating solutions that help everyone thrive and creating healthier communities that improve our collective quality of life. We’re focused on expanding access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity and quality health care. To do this, we partner with local schools, governments, health agencies and other community-based nonprofits.
Funding Objective: Our community is able to access healthy choices and high quality mental healthcare.
Funded Partners in Health:
- Bay Area Turning Point
- Bay Area Rehabilitation Center
- Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center
- CASA of Liberty & Chambers Counties
- DePelchin Children's Center
- Unlimited Visions Aftercare
Making An Impact:
Unlimited Visions Aftercare (client story)
I love UVA! The counselors at UVA have taught me coping skills that has helped me improve my behavior. The positive atmosphere that they provide has helped me tremendously. My sessions have been very impressive. This program has helped me realize that I do care about what happens to me. It has taught me about how I need to take care of myself, my family, and others. I cannot let them and myself down.
Treatment has helped me realize that I do not want to lose the important things. I have been working with UVA Recovery Team. I have two excellent Coaches that I work with: Joy and Rena. I would like to be a good role model for my community and UVA is helping me reach this goal. This program has taught me how to take responsibility for my actions for the first time in my life. It is imperative that the Baytown community continue to have a program like UVA. UVA really does care. I hope my story inspires you and others to get help if you have an addiction.
DePelchin Children's Center (client story)
DePelchin received a referral for an elementary-aged student who was having trouble paying attention in class. The student was receiving disciplinary infractions from the school on a daily basis and would frequently act out.
Upon meeting with the Clinician, it was determined the child was experiencing high levels of anxiety and anxious thoughts. Once the youth began receiving counseling services to help manage anxiety and focus on emotion regulation, the child was able to explore and articulate fears and negative thoughts that would lead to outbursts.
Throughout counseling, the Clinician assisted the child with interventions to learn, challenge, and reframe anxious thoughts and promote positive self-talk. At the end of the services, the child was also able to identify healthy coping and calming skills that could be used in the classroom instead of yelling or getting up. The youth reported increased ability to focus in class as well as less frequency of anxious thoughts.
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters (3rd quarter client success story - name withheld for privacy)
The Bridge assisted a 19-year old female that experienced domestic violence assault by her boyfriend. The survivor and her young son came to the Baytown office for help, disclosing that her abuser had strangled her within the past 24 hours and needed a safe haven. The Victim Advocate provided emotional support and completed an assessment to assess the level of danger the client was experiencing.
Because of the survivor's answer on the assessment, she was deemed high risk and was immediately accepted into the shelter. Additionally, medical concerns were addressed by the local hospital. The Advocate assisted the client by informing her of her rights as a victim and advocating for those rights within law enforcement, the education system and other community services.
She was assisted with a variety of resources and financial education. The family is currently safely housed and the survivor has started a new job, attends counseling and works on maintaining safety, and achieving financial and personal goals with the support of the Bridge.