Residential Success Stories

The stories below are real stories. Names and other identifying information have been changed for privacy protection. We are proud of their great success despite difficult circumstances.

"Sandra"

LIKES:  Animals, learning to play guitar, video games

WHAT SHE’S OVERCOME: Sandra and her siblings suffered abuse and neglect; this was compounded by various developmental disorders. Not understanding things and getting “picked on” by other kids, needless to say, led to a lot of frustration for Sandra in general but in particular while she was at school. She struggled with intense anger and at times, became physically aggressive to externalize her painful feelings. In addition, she felt worthless and thought of harming herself.

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE: One of our volunteers, Teresa Wilson, who owns a salon, graciously cuts and styles all of the girls’ hair. Soon after Sandra’s admission, staff scheduled a time with Teresa and this began paving a path to Sandra’s learning how to take better care of herself, and in turn, began to build her self-esteem. With staff’s ongoing support, encouragement and love, she believes that she IS special; she is worthy of love. She does have a reason to live. Sandra has worked very hard and despite developmental delays, she is truly overachieving. She is eager to learn and takes advantage of the “A plus” educational credit and content recovery software at the group home. She loves reading books about animals.  In the fall of 2011, she was very proud to make the “A-B” honor roll. She now BELIEVES that she can have a better life; she can set goals and achieve them. She never really explored an interest in hobbies, most likely due to surviving day to day in a rough environment where her basic needs were not always met. Now, she is eager to learn how to play guitar. This is just the beginning of a new life, one that allows her to dream and feel confident that she has the skills to turn her dreams into reality!

"Janice"

LIKES: Running, being outdoors, talking on the phone and reading

WHAT SHE'S OVERCOME: Janice learned at a young age that she had to be strong-willed and independent in order to survive her circumstances. Despite having a difficult childhood, Janice was able to graduate high school and now attends a university majoring in Early Childhood Education. She recently obtained her driver's license. Because of her background, while placed at the group home, she struggled with fully trusting adults and her peers, as well as with getting along with others. However, during her time at the Girls' Home she began to learn what empathy is and became more comfortable with forming bonds with others.

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE: Janice had this to say:
"Living at the Girls' Home helped me to become responsible with making decisions for myself. You can't use your situation as a crutch but instead have to have a backbone for advocating for yourself and making the best decisions. At many points, it was so hard to adjust, but I learned a lot of lessons at the Girls' Home that other places didn't teach me. I feel that I have really matured a lot. I would recommend this placement for others; staff was helpful, supportive and acted interested in me. They wanted what was best for me. It wasn't just a job for staff; they really cared. They sometimes came in on their off days to spend time with you."

Janice has made friends at college and gets along well with her roommate. She looks forward to building a life for herself and now believes that a happy future is within reach.

"Natalie"

LIKES: Natalie likes things to be neat. She takes great pride in decorating her room with her favorite things and in organizing the common areas of the group home. Her peers have voted her the manager of the home because of her great administrative skills. She is a hard worker, making the honor roll this past year. Recent test scores showed her testing two grade levels above her current school grade. Natalie also shows a lot of care for her peers, often being the first to welcome in a new resident.

WHAT SHE HAS OVERCOME: Natalie entered foster care at the age of fourteen. Her mother died a few years before she entered care and the Department of Social Services removed her from her father's care. When she was removed, she lived with her father in a drug house where a great deal of prostitution of was taking place. She was addicted to multiple drugs, had poor grades due to poor attendance and it was suspected that Natalie was being prostituted out. Many of these behaviors continued when she first entered foster care. After multiple placements, Natalie entered the Girls' Home and has made amazing strides as evidenced in her likes and her hopes for the future.

HOPES FOR THE FUTURE:  Natalie tested and received her GED and now has plans to enroll in college. Natalie wants to be a nurse - a great way to use her compassion for others, intelligence and strong administrative skills!

"MONICA"

LIKES: Our current featured resident, Monica, loves to work with her hands. She used to help her dad work on cars and quickly learned the enjoyment of creativity and hard work. Monica is also very social and enjoys spending time with friends. Monica loves to listen to music and to create it - she plays the cello.

WHAT SHE HAS OVERCOME: Monica is in care due to abuse and neglect by her parents.  Her father was not actively involved and her mother regularly used illegal drugs in the home, often leaving Monica unsupervised and exposed to other addicts. At a very young age, Monica's mother prostituted her out for drug money.

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  Monica recently became a Junior Scholar.  This program, developed by the South Carolina Department of Education, identifies students with academic talent. In order to become a Junior Scholar, Monica had to achieve an above average score on the PSAT. Along with receiving an Award of Merit from the SCDE, she may also be invited to attend summer opportunities at participating South Carolina colleges and universities.

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