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Meet Sylvia

Overcame childhood abuse and neglect

Experienced love, structure, and family through UCAN's 
Therapeutic Youth Home
Survived homelessness twice

Enrolled in college and rented an apartment with
UCAN's support


Now a mother and wife, pursuing her passion as a successful
cosmetologist, and giving back as a mentor to youth

"UCAN has been a driving force in my life. Thanks to UCAN, I had the best upbringing, and the best education possible. I learned life skills and leadership skills that I use to this day. I have been through so much trauma, but I have always been determined and strong. I knew I would be somebody despite what I have been through. Thanks to UCAN, I was able to go to college, pursue my passion, and excel." -Sylvia, 35

Dear Friend,

Homelessness. Abuse. Violence. Neglect. UCAN helps transform these experiences into Hope, Courage, Love and Strength for more than 13,500 youth and families each year. Sylvia is a shining example of our vision that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders.

We cannot fulfill this vision without your support. Please consider a gift to UCAN this holiday season. Your donation supports our work to implement solutions that break the cycles of violence, abuse and neglect, and build safe and healthy communities for Chicago's youth.

Your gift matters and makes a difference.

Happy holidays to you and your family!

Thomas C. Vanden Berk
Chief Executive Officer

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