Every day while working at the LPCS, I am reminded of the reasons I’m here. Beyond the desire to assist people as they improve their lives and end their homeless situation, the guests I work with constantly inspire me with they way they are making progress.
Like many guests, Dee has overcome some odds to improve herself. She recognizes the need to take the steps to get to where she wants to be, even though a leap or jump is preferable. We referred Dee to the CARA Program for job readiness and job training, where she has excelled in the classroom and in self discovery. At the CARA program, the class participates in daily inspiration, where someone will share about themselves with the group. One of these inspiring assignments was to write a letter to yourself. Here is what Dee wrote:
Guess what girl, I just love you. You have really made me proud. You have [come] a long way. You have really shown me that if you put your mind on something that Dee wants to do, that she can accomplish it. When you said that you [were] going to quit using drugs, you succeeded, regardless of how you did it. No only that, you also stopped smoking cigarettes. Dee, where things went wrong and you thought there wasn’t hope, you stuck in there and you never gave up, even when you had to move from staying with your significant other because he left you after you had been in a 25 year relationship. I thought you were not going to make it, just coming out of recovery. After the death of mother and grandmother, you’re still keeping your feet on the right path. After staying with daughter did not work out, Dee, you know that you are a strong lady. Girl, you just don’t know how strong and determined you are....
Dee, I love you just for who you are. I even love you for making a change in your life. Staying at a shelter is a big step, but you have to start somewhere to get somewhere. All you have to do is to get out of your own way and do the right thing....
Dee, I am proud of you. Now you are at this program called CARA, and you have been staying motivated. You have been transformed all over again. Girl, you make me want to cry everyday because I see you doing something positive with your life.”
Dee's story serves as inspiration not only to herself, but to those around her. Keep up the good work, Dee. It will all pay off in the end!
--Brianne Spresser, Case Manager