Sydney Donohue is a single mother who was motivated to be the best mother she could be. As a result, Ms. Donohue successfully completed The PROGRAM’s Family Reunification program in March 2022. Ms. Donohue has had to overcome certain challenges and her determination continues to shine through. Ms. Donohue works many over time hours to provide for her family, but, when it came to her participation in the Family Reunification program, she was consistent and committed. Ms. Donohue was early to each session and her participation in discussions was outstanding. Ms. Donohue shared that the Family Reunification program afforded her the opportunity to “open up in a way that [she] had not in a while.” Ms. Donohue spoke often about her son and how much she desired to be everything he needed her to be. She spoke often about some of the sacrifices she has had to make not only for his protection, but also so that he may flourish in his environment. Ms. Donohue was always a pleasure to meet with and her grasp of the concepts was impressive. She is the first client to complete the Family Reunification program in the first quarter of 2022 and we celebrate her success and wish her well in her future endeavors.
When I first came into the program I was very scared. I wanted help. I am a very young mother with 3 beautiful children that need a good mommy. I came here with an open mind and willingness to learn. The last 2 months have changed me in so many ways. I have grown as a woman and a parent. I have formed a bond with the other ladies in The Program, along with the girls in work release. I have learned that I am a person of importance and I matter. I have made mistakes. I don’t need to stay stuck in those mistakes anymore. I also have some guilt for the things I have done but I am finally able to move past them. I now know I am worth having a good life. The Program doesn’t just deal with teaching parenting skills, it’s about having more support systems in your life. Without The Program I’m not sure if I would be able to know my own worth. I deserve to have my children today. I will keep showing up!