I Care: Tyleasha Williams helps strengthen at-risk families in rough Sacramento neighborhoods

Published: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Growing up in Southern California, Tyleasha Williams watched out for neighborhood kids whose parents were addicted to drugs or otherwise neglectful. Now at age 32, she’s helping to strengthen at-risk families in some of Sacramento’s roughest neighborhoods as an AmeriCorps home-visitor with Birth & Beyond, a family support collaborative funded by First 5 Sacramento.

On a recent afternoon, Williams sat down with Laura Torres, pictured at left, a single mother looking for guidance parenting her 3-year-old daughter. Williams says Torres is a favorite client but many of her cases are not so easy, with referrals coming from child protective services and area hospitals for child abuse prevention.

She says providing families with the resources they need and some education is rewarding. “If we help the parents and we give them the knowledge, then they’re able to set that foundation for their children,” she says.

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