In a matter of months, this shy, quiet, young girl’s life fell apart. When Danielle was fourteen, her mother was struggling with drug addiction and eventually landed in jail. Later that same year, her father was deported.
Everyone she knew and loved was gone.
Danielle was sent to live with her grandparents, but is soon became apparent that it was not a safe place for her to live. She started to cope with her situation and traumatic losses by acting out. She began skipping school and hanging out with an older crowd. When she started running away from home, she was taken into state custody and placed in foster care.
The trauma continued for this young woman.
Danielle had hit rock bottom. Her social worker referred her to Family Services’ youth programs. At Family Services, Danielle was matched with a staff mentor and assigned a case manager. She began attending group activities designed for kids just like her…kids who have experienced trauma, exposure to drugs, and loss of family. “She was so nervous and shy. It’s as if she was locked inside of herself and had no voice,” says Danielle’s case manager.
It appeared that she would have to overcome insurmountable odds to find happiness.
Despite all the challenges Danielle had faced, she slowly started to come out of her shell and find her voice. With the support of her case manager and her peer group at Family Services, she branched out and soon started managing the basketball team at school.
Now there is hope.
When Danielle came to Family Services, she was attending a school for students who have learning disabilities and emotional challenges. Last spring, she transitioned to Lawrence High School and she recently completed an internship at the Mayor’s office. In September, Danielle was chosen to become a “Peer Leader” at Family Services, a position she earned by demonstrating leadership, maturity, and responsibility.
She inspires her peers with her commitment to the Lawrence community. She organized a canned-goods drive at Family Services and, when completed, she personally delivered the items to a local food pantry.
Please help us ensure that kids like Danielle have a place to turn for help… and a reason to hope.
Your contribution to this year’s Annual Fund will help us to make a difference in the life of someone like Danielle. Join the movement to change one life at a time. Give today.
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If you plan to make a gift of stock to Family Services, please first call the Development Department at 978-327-6636 to get the necessary account information. Then your broker can transfer securities electronically into Family Services' account. If you prefer to send stock certificates, please contact Family Services' Accounting Department at 978-327-6614.
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