Success Stories

The stories we report here are actual client cases. They are the children, parents, couples and individuals we work with every day. For most, their names, photos and some details have been changed to protect their privacy. But some of our clients are strong advocates for the services they received, and tell their stories through video. All offer their stories so you can better understand how lives can be changed when someone in need asks for our help.

Jalisa Can

Jalisa Can

Jalisa escaped an abusive relationship and had been living with her two children in an unsuitable housing situation. She was put in touch with Heartland Family Service and staff assisted Jalisa in acquiring a safe place to live as a resident in our Heartland Homes residential housing program.

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Jane Can

Jane Can

Nearly four years ago, Jane was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and detained for nearly six months, all while she was pregnant. She also had a one-year-old child, who had been in the foster care system since birth. For Jane, everything felt like a battle from the start.

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Jim Can.

Jim Can.

As a child, Jim struggled with a number of health issues that many other kids his age did not experience. When he was seven, doctors diagnosed him with moderate intellectual disabilities and a seizure disorder. As a result, Jim struggled to make friends and always felt like an outcast. At 15, he wound up falling in with the wrong crowd, who introduced Jim to a life of crime and drugs, and his life quickly spiraled downward.

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Savannah Can.

Savannah Can.

When Savannah was a young girl, she grew up in a home environment that was different from her friends’. Her father was not a part of her life. She was fortunate to have a caring mother and grandparents, with whom she lived and with whom she built healthy relationships. After she started school, she struggled in many of her classes and wondered why she felt different from other people.

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