Finding Strength in Adversity
Monica faced some difficulties as a child, and during her teen years she struggled to make positive choices which left her with few options.
The 16 year old brunette from Long Branch was faced with either juvenile detention or a group home.
“Not for one second did I want to come to Center For Family Services,” recalls Monica. “I expected bad food and a messy living environment. I also couldn’t image being away from my friends.”
Center For Family Services’ provided Monica with a safe, home-like environment where staff focused on her specific needs while also rebuilding her confidence and spirit through extensive counseling and advocacy.
While it wasn’t easy, slowly Monica started to build close bonds with both the staff and four other girls in the program. Her homesickness faded and she began to focus on herself and her future.
“Center For Family Services helped me see the importance of an education. Now one of my goals is to graduate high school. Before Faith I never thought I had a shot, I never went to school. But now I feel like it’s a real possibility.”
In addition to educational supports, Center For Family Services was able to help Monica work through her anger and reconnect with her family.
“When I was younger I didn’t have a good relationship with my family. Center For Family Services helped me see that my family was just trying to protect me. Now, because of Center For Family Services, I thank my family for what they’ve done for me. They’ve always just wanted the best for me.”
After a year at Center For Family Services, Monica was to move on and move back in with her family.
“Center For Family Services has wonderful programs. They saved me and showed me things I’ve never seen before. This staff will do anything for you to stay on the right path.”
In June 2016, Monica graduated from high school and is enrolled in college for the fall semester. She is interested in working in the medical field, possibly as a phlebotomist.
“My dad always said, ‘You have to get through the hard times to get to the good times.’ I have definitely learned that things don’t come easy but living at Center For Family Services has made me stronger as a young lady and stronger as an individual.”