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United Way St. Croix Supports Have a Heart, Inc.

The mission of Have a Heart, Inc. is to strengthen families by providing respite care for their disabled loved ones. We are grateful to the United Way St. Croix for donating generously toward our respite care programs for several years.

If it were not for United Way, a young man named Tony would not have been able to avail himself of our services. Tony was born in 1983 and diagnosed immediately with hydrocephalus/Dandy Walker Malformation. He had multiple shunt surgeries in the first five years of his life. He is a dual sensory impaired quadriplegic and needs to be fed through a feeding tube.

In 2012, Have a Heart, Inc. opened a group home for four and passed that information on to social workers in Western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Tony’s respite facility in Minnesota closed in 2012 and the family’s social worker told them about Have a Heart in River Falls, WI. The family made a visit and decided to try the weekend respite program with the help of funding from United Way St. Croix. After a while, the director told the family that there was a bed open in the group home if they were interested. By then, the family had become comfortable with the respite program and their funding stream had been confirmed. Tony was able to move into the Clarke Damon Villa Family Home in River Falls shortly thereafter. Since then, three members of Tony’s family have become actively involved in the mission of Have a Heart by serving on the Board of Directors.

Have A Heart, Inc.
W10356 State Rd 29, River Falls WI 54022, 715-425-7754
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