About Brant United Way
Crossing All Bridges
All that kids can be.
Change starts in our community when people come together through Brant United Way to support programs and services that offer children in our community a better future. Together, we continue to help kids be all they can be.
In November of 2003, a young man named Derek joined the Crossing All Bridges program for three days a week. Derek has Down's syndrome and lives at home with his mother, father, sister and grandmother. During grade and high school, Derek was described as being shy and passive. He often hesitated to ask questions and was seen as irresponsible. He did not like to read or write or have any computer skills. He had minimal responsibility at home except for making his bed.
After taking part in this program for several years, Derek has completely transformed and is becoming more independent each day. Derek is now extremely outgoing, friendly and eager to participate in all of the Centre's activities. He is thoughtful, considerate, and talkative. He has become more hands on at home, writing down appointments and events for his family, helping in the kitchen and cleaning his room. It is clear that Derek is much more comfortable in his own skin which is demonstrated through his eagerness to participate in activities, confident in making a speech and helping his peers use a computer.
Brant United Way is proud to have made a difference Derek's life. We continue to invest in people throughout our community to strengthen their individual capacity and that of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River.