For example, we worked with a 7 year old little girl who lost both of her parents and had no living relatives. In order to find a safe place to live, she was going to lose her home, school, neighborhood and friends on top of losing her parents! Everyone who worked with this little girl agreed that the one thing that has been helping her cope with her loss has been her dance classes. But since dance is not considered a therapeutic service—no agency was able to fund the classes.
COSY’s unique position in the community allowed us to pay for those dance classes and help one child become a little more resilient, a little more capable of growing into a productive member of our community. This kind of creative problem solving has become the hallmark of the COSY collaborative process.