Kids who go through the youth programs at FamilyMeans always leave with stories to tell. We are fortunate to share some of these stories with our donors. Browse through them below to learn more about how your support makes a difference in the lives of kids.
The Landfall youth program has been a familiar place to Krystina Rothenberger for as long as she can remember. As a young girl, about three or four years old, she would accompany her mom who volunteered for the program. Krystina became involved in activities throughout her childhood and, as a teenager, she herself had a job working with the program.
"It was always fun," Krystina said. "You could do pretty much anything. I was involved in a lot."
Krystina fondly recalls bike trips and the days spent at Twin Cities wave pools. She took part in most everything that was offered to the youth from cooking to music to art, the latter being one of her favorite activities.
"One of the neat things about the program was that the activities -- all of them -- were funded. We could go on field trips and not have to worry about having enough money to participate," said Krystina, noting that some of the activities allowed kids to have experiences they wouldn't have had the opportunity to have otherwise.
Today, Krystina is married and living with her husband, Nathan, and their daughter, Tallya, in San Antonio, Texas, where she is a stay-at-home mom. Krystina is currently taking online classes and plans to become a kindergarten teacher. The family comes back to Minnesota about once a year to visit friends and family, including Krystina's mom who still lives in Landfall.
Although Krystina now lives 17 hours south of the Minnesota border, her memories of fun-filled activities and being part of the youth program will always keep her close to home, in Landfall, that is.