Stacy Medrano: July 2021 Volunteer of the Month

Omari* was just six years old when he entered Child Protective Services (CPS). His mother was in an abusive relationship until she fled from her ex-boyfriend with Omari. Together they moved into a shelter in Houston. During that time at the shelter, she had an altercation, in which she used Omari as a shield. As a result, she was arrested and admitted to using drugs. 

 
Stacy came into the picture in January of 2020 as Omari's advocate and quickly hit the ground running in her work with Omari and learned of his parents' long history of legal issues and substance abuse. 
 
Fortunately, Omari's mother is committed to reunifying with her son and turn her life around. But, sadly, Omari's father has not shown interest in taking the necessary steps to regain custody of Omari. 
 
Because of Stacy's efforts, Omari is doing remarkably well. This past year, Stacy was able to help Omari get started in virtual kindergarten after learning he was a grade behind. With remote learning making it almost impossible to make new friends, Stacy knew Omari needed additional help and sought out socialization opportunities. This summer, because of Stacy, Omari learned gymnastics and attended an extended learning camp at his school. Now, Omari is starting first grade, and he couldn't be more excited to see the friends he made over the summer. 
 
Omari is currently living in a loving foster home and is continuing to thrive. Even with Covid-19 restrictions in place, Stacy remains connected to Omari and has not missed a beat.  
 
"Omari had a very good summer and is off to a great start this school year," Stacy said. "I plan on meeting his teacher soon – I'm giving him a chance to get acclimated. I'll stay connected with them throughout the fall and see how he does." 
 
Cassandra, Stacy's Advocacy Coordinator, said, "This volunteer came right in and built a great rapport with Omari. She sees Omari very often, and she's very thorough and very dependable." Stacy's incredible commitment to Omari makes her a worthy recipient of our August 'Volunteer of the Month' award.  
 
Thank you, Stacy, for helping Houston's abused and neglected children have hope for a brighter future. 
 
To learn how you can become a volunteer and make an impact like Stacy, click here.  

*Names were changed to protect the identity of the children we help.

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