Chiffon: The Key to a Better Life
When Chiffon Morrison entered the Generations program in 2006, the program had just begun at Northern Children’s Services. As one of the first residents of the program, Chiffon was not sure what to expect when she stepped foot in the newly renovated Buck Building on the beautiful and historic 6-acre campus in Roxborough. To her surprise, it was more than she could have ever expected.
Chiffon Morrison • Former Resident of Generations Program in 2006
“They opened my mind to things I would have never thought of before,” Chiffon said while her now 10-year-old son sat next to her.
Chiffon entered into the program, when she was 16-years-old and her son was 2 ½ years old. Living in a household with limited support and a toxic relationship with her mother, Chiffon had already dropped out of high school for a full year before DHS stepped in.
“I had the motivation to do better but I was living in an environment where no one was doing it,” Chiffon explained.
After DHS presented Northern Children’s Services as an option, Chiffon said she saw it as an opportunity to get her life together and have a fresh new start. That’s exactly what it was for her.
Soon after moving in, Chiffon went back to high school and started a part time job at Wawa. While in school, the staff at Northern provided classes that motivated and inspired her as a young parent, including parenting classes, cooking classes and more.
Chiffon noted that it was the staff members at Northern that truly pushed her to do her best and inspired her. She credits their support for helping her finish high school in just 2 years and instilling certain values in her such as patience and responsibility to help her care for son, while also dealing with the stress of high school and work on her own.
In addition to the relationship with staff, she describes the bond with the other girls in the problem as sister-like, where the only arguments had were if someone did not complete their chores of the day.
When it was time to transition out of the Generations program at Northern Children’s Services, then Northern Home for Children, Chiffon said the support of the staff did not stop there. She was soon put into an Independence Living Program with Pathways, Inc. and attended and graduated from a Medical Assisting Program.
Now, Chiffon is a manager at the New York & Company in the King of Prussia Mall and living on her own in West Philly. At 25, she has overcome some of the hardest obstacles and continues to face the future with a positive attitude. When asked how she would describe Northern Children’s Services in one sentence, she replied, “It’s the place to be if you need help.”