Meet Lauren

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“I am a single mother who works hard to manage my depression and anxiety so that I can provide my children with the best life possible.  Recently, out of commitment to my healing and to the well-being of my children, I ended a relationship with my daughter’s father, who was abusive and violent. His abusive treatment of me undermined my confidence and motivation and created a frightening home environment for my kids.

As I work toward continued healing for my children and me, I am careful to avoid isolating myself from others. Social isolation makes my depression worse. Josh, the Child and Family Specialist who counsels me, helped me to recognize the harmful impacts of social isolation. He connected me to mental health resources and helped me secure a job, through which I have been able to build a community and achieve financial stability. I am so proud to be a working mother and continue to strive to make improvements for my family.

The Child and Family Program has nurtured me and my children in many ways.  I have gained skills to better communicate with my children. And, the program has helped my daughter and son set and pursue their own goals. My daughter is intent on completing her education and my son is making plans for his future.

I am so thankful for the Child and Family Program, which has helped me emotionally and spiritually. I don’t know where I would be today without the help of Josh. Thanks to this program, I have a more positive outlook on life and have even started giving back to my community as a regular volunteer.  By helping to heal and strengthen my family, the Child and Family Program has allowed me to make life better for others in my community.