A Tearful “Mother’s Fresh Start” Open House
Young Moms Speak Out at “Mother’s Fresh Start” Open House
On Friday, April 24th, Northern Children’s Services opened the doors of the beautiful Merrick Hall to the community for the first time since its grand opening on July 31, 2014. Two young mothers, who have both lived at Northern Children’ Services for years, opened up their apartments and told their stories to the people who attended.
With tears in her eyes, a young mother named Whitney, told her story of resilience and overcoming great obstacles. Whitney, who is now 22, spent most of her life in various foster care placements. At age 18, she delivered a baby girl and immediately entered Northern Children’s Services residential program. After discharging herself, Whitney had a son and returned to NCS’s residential program. Now, 4 years later, Whitney is living in the brand new permanent apartments in Merrick Hall, and is determined to provide a better life for herself and her children.
Speaking directly to Cherenne Peoples, Director of our Residential Services, Whitney said, “I’m so glad you had faith in me because at the end of the day, you were the only one who believed in me.”
When our young mothers arrive at Northern’s 6-acre Roxborough campus, they often have just a few pieces of clothing and not much more. They are determined to create a better life for themselves and their children. Help us celebrate the young mothers living on our campus, just like Whitney, who were finally given the second chance they deserve. By donating to our Mother’s Day Fresh Start drive, you are not only giving them the tools and resources they need to provide for their children, you are giving them the confidence they need to overcome immediate obstacles and be the young women and mothers they truly want to be.
You can also donate online here: http://bit.ly/1wDUZMi