The road to recovery
Seven-year-old Bobby and his brother, Matthew, 10, were removed from an abusive home in the middle of the night with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Typically, kids like Bobby and Matthew were forced to sleep in an empty jail cell until a foster home could be found. During the day, they would sit in the Sheriff's office among strangers, or be driven around the county to be examined by doctors and social workers. In most cases, the siblings would eventually be separated―losing the one familiar face they had left in the world―because there wasn't enough room for them in the same foster home.
The Lazydays House at A Kid's Place turned this unhappy ending into a happy one for the brothers. Thanks to a $400,000 donation from the Lazydays Employee Foundation, they were taken to a caring environment where they could stay together until a foster home was found that could take them both.
On the night of their arrival, the housemother greeted them with a teddy bear and a warm hug. Here, the doctors and social workers could come to them. In fact, Bobby, who had a long scar from a previous open-heart surgery, received some long-overdue medical attention.
One night, as his housemother tucked him into bed, Bobby asked, "Can I live here forever?" Although Bobby can't live at the Lazydays House forever, he will be allowed to stay until he and Matthew can be placed into a foster home together.
Glass Shop Manager
& Foundation Board Member