Anna’s parents were incarcerated when she was 12. She lived with relatives, eventually dropped out of high school, and then lived with a boyfriend until they were recently displaced. She came to our Youth Emergency Shelter to have a safe place to stay and hot meal to eat. In the short time she has been with Epworth, we helped her enroll in a GED program and write her resume, which helped her get a job making $13.00 an hour. Anna will soon move into our Transitional Living Program, the next phase of Epworth’s continuum of services, where she will learn valuable life skills and have the support of a case manager while gradually gaining independence.
Marcee has served at Epworth for 19 years in our residential program. Throughout her tenure she has seen her fair share of tragedy, but also great successes. She shared recently about a young woman who received intensive treatment in our Residential Program. She did well for a time and even discharged, but then returned to our Residential Intensive Treatment Program due to additional life circumstances. The young woman discharged again and Marcee didn’t hear anything about her for over 3 years. Out of the blue, the young woman, now a successful marketing professional, sent her concert tickets with a note saying, “I wouldn’t be here without you.”
Michaela was removed from her home at the age of 10 after years of sexual abuse. She entered our Foster Care Program, frequented our Drop-in Center, and participated in our Chafee Foster Care Program for several years learning life skills, attending educational classes such as budgeting, cooking, and job training. She graduated from high school and aged out of the foster care system successfully and is now enrolled in a 4-year college program, has been gainfully employed for the past three years, and now serves in various leadership roles among her colleagues and peers.
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