At the beginning of Summer 2014, 6-year-old Zion was in the ICU and listed for a heart transplant. Surgery was reported to be complex, yet he is now doing very well and even “surprised” the medical team. The parents have two other children, ages 13 and 16, and the father recently started a new job. Harboring Hearts assisted with their July rent payment of $800 and covered their stay at the Ronald McDonald House post-discharge until they were medically cleared to travel home to upstate New York. In November, Harboring Hearts coordinated efforts with social work staff at NYP to help the family locate, fund, and transition into a long-term, affordable housing situation.
“We have been able to heal better because we have had less stress on our minds. If I had to worry about where we were going to stay, I wouldn’t be able to focus on healing, I’d still be hurting.”