When Andy's father got word of a year long deployment, he was devastated. Aware of the complications of deployment, Andy was fearful for his father's safety. His mother, Midori, enrolled him in YMCA Child Care and found a community of support.
"The staff has helped Andy develop a sense of responsibility and helpfulness," said Midori.
Andy struggled with sadness through the deployment, but he found support from friends at the Y.
"The only way to deal with my feelings was to be with friends because they let me know that is was going to be OK," said Andy.
The Hardwick family made it through the long separation with the help of the Y and a caring community. The Y continually strives to provide support, encouragement and assistance to families with a variety of needs.