January 11, 2017

Holiday Cheer for an Uptown Teen

holiday-cheer-uplift-agelessJordan Kyser lives with his mom and sister at Sylvia Center, one of Uptown’s family shelters. Having fallen on hard times, they moved in a few months ago, the family settled in, and Jordan was enrolled at Uplift. He’s been a model student ever since. He had a very serious need for glasses and was one of 27 students given a free exam and glasses by Ageless Eye Care which comes to Uplift several times a year to serve all the students with poor vision.

Going beyond their stated purpose of meeting CPS students’ vision needs, an Ageless staff member contacted our Uplift Health Center’s Community Advocate who coordinates the vision screening program, asking for a recommendation of a student in particularly great need, one who’d be willing to write a Dear Santa letter. Jordan was game and asked for a bike or a World Wrestling Entertainment belt.  Lo and behold, a cool green bike was delivered to Uplift right before winter break on Friday, December 23, 2016, and Jordan rode home a very happy boy.