Some Bay Area families served by nonprofits relieved by stalled healthcare vote

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KGO) -- Some national nonprofits that serve the Bay Area are celebrating the American Health Care Act stalled vote, including Easterseals Bay Area.

Families whose children receive services from this agency, are grateful.

Twin sisters Lyra and Sophia both receive Easterseals Bay Area individualized behavioral services, including trips, summer and camps, which are benefits Matt Cherry fears his girls could lose. "We were very worried about the vote partly because we didn't know what would happen," Cherry said. "Just hearing that it wasn't going to pass this time and hearing that for the foreseeable future we'll continue to get our services was just a huge relief for all of us."

Cherry and his wife drop their children off at Pleasant Hill Teen Center, so they could have a parent's night off.

While they spend quality time together, their children have the opportunity to play, create and make memories. Most recently, their kids took part in an Alice in Wonderland-themed party.

Tahjay is 9 years old and his family is also relieved by the stalled American Health Care Act vote. "Definitely for the children, I think it's a great thing," his grandmother Mea Chapple said.

"His ABA Behaviorist comes out to our house and you know helps him with his homework," his mom Alexis Minix said.

This agency makes some weekend nights easier for some families, especially because of all the other benefits and services they say Easterseals Bay Area provides.

"We appreciate keeping all of our funding," Easterseals Bay Area Senior Program Manager for New Programs Stacey Murphy said.

The Parent's Night Out in Pleasant Hill is a pilot program and organizers say the goal is to expand to seven more cities, which is another reason they say funding is so critical.

Click here, if you'd like to help make a donation to help Easterseals Bay Area.
Copyright © 2019 KGO-TV. All Rights Reserved.