Last November, Our Stories Matter published a letter from a Family Scholar House participant who would soon be moving into our Stoddard Johnston campus. You can read that letter here. Last week, an FSH staffer talked with the participant a little bit about what life’s been like since that letter–and, so, below, in the participant’s own words, an update on what life’s been like since then:
My daughter and I have been in our home for almost nine months now and I cannot believe the difference our home has made in our lives. Prior to being chosen to be a resident, most of my days began with tears and ended with tears. Now more and more of my days radiate with my smile and laughter. I am finally experiencing what I have been struggling to grasp for some years now- “Peace of Mind.” To me, “Peace of Mind” is equivalent to exhaling. When I think of it, when I feel it, I slowly exhale and know my life is good. Waking up every day in our own beds, walking around and living in this beautiful place that was someone’s vision for us–“our home” evidence of an obstacle removed.
Our home, a dream-now-reality was not a gift or a hand out, it is a reflection of the fight in me and the hard work I put in every day.