Better Together puts into practice the adage about needing villages to raise children. In Jack’s case, a host family, Ryan, and Chelsea, has taken him in. Like most Better Together volunteers, the couple isn’t rich in finances, only in spirit. Community members help meet Jack’s needs, offering toys, diapers, gift cards, and the like.
With Ryan and Chelsea nurturing her child, Kyrstal has the much-needed time to address her challenges and improve her situation. The couple—and the rest of the Better Together team—cheer her on. Although new to Fort Myers, Kyrstal finds herself thrust into an extended family, the very best kind of safety net.
Unlike the foster care system, this arrangement is voluntary, very personal, empowering relationships, and frequent contact. Ryan and Chelsea, along with Kyrstal’s volunteer coach and our professional team, remain in daily contact with Kyrstal. It is this community effort that, hopefully, will strengthen this little family and have Kyrstal and Jack reunited as soon as possible.