Courageous Stories

Highlighting community stories of courage, strength and resiliency


Helping Older Adults Live their Best Lives with Adult Day Health

Twice a week, 81-year-old Jerry Castle spends the day chatting with friends, painting, gardening, playing trivia, exercising and joining in other activities that engage his mind and body at Wilder’s Adult Day Health program. Read this story »

How a Caregiver Found Support to Help With Her Husband's Dementia

One caregiver shares her journey of finding Wilder's Healthy Aging & Caregiving services to help with her husband's dementia. Read this story »

It's Grown to Be Our Home: A Whole-Family Focus at the Child Development Center

All four of this parent's children attended the Child Development Center, where she found the specific academic, social and emotional support she and her family needed to succeed and thrive. Read this story »

Kofi Alum Inspires Next Generation of African American Youth

Army veteran, college graduate and pursuing graduate studies in social work, a Kofi alum shares his experience and success with the school-based program for African American youth at Wilder. Read this story »

Youth Leadership Initiative Alumna Draws on Leadership Lessons in School and Life

Already a leader, this first-generation Hmong American embraced her multicultural identity in the Youth Leadership Initiative program, became the first alum to earn a master’s degree and launched a career in intercultural communication. Read this story »