In January 1993 I was a resident at Newhouse. My two children and I stayed there for about three weeks. Today, I am approaching my third anniversary with Hallmark Cards, Inc., I am buying my own home, and I have a newer car which I secured the loan for myself.
When I first entered your shelter, all my worldly possessions were packed into two black garbage bags. I had no home, no money, no job skills. I have come a long way. More importantly, my children are happy, well-adjusted and very bright. My son is in first grade; my daughter is a fifth grader. Each child makes excellent grades in school. My daughter is in her third year of the gifted program; she plays violin and softball. My son is very artistic and enjoys writing stories and illustrating them. He is a very gentle and kind boy.
The purpose of this letter is to show that life can go on and will get better if we just try. It is not easy and it certainly is scary, but it can be done. Yes, I have made a great deal of progress BUT I did not do it alone. The help I received started at Newhouse and continued with my family and friends. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because there are a lot of people who are more than willing to extend their hand. Surprisingly, the world is not such a bad place!
Not too long ago, I had no hope left in my heart. Today, I have a future and my children have a future. We have peace of mind and security. You cannot put a price on that!
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