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!
The Program has helped me develop avenues essential to my successful re-entry into society. They have done this by working with my Parole Agent for referral purposes, thereby granting me my mentor, who through his own area of expertise, knowledge and resources has provided opportunities that have helped me sustain healthy relationships as well as helped me create goals imperative to success. The Program has helped me develop a savings plan through their housing assistance program as well as provided me with financial knowledge with their Finance class.