Maya’s journey to Project Home Indy began when she was just a baby. Because of the dangerous environment her mother created, the state removed Maya and her older siblings into the foster care system when Maya was a newborn. Soon after, her mother was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and Maya was not allowed to have contact with her mother.
Maya stayed with a foster family until she was 3 or 4 years old. Those early years should have been a time for learning and growth with caring adults, but instead, young Maya’s life was a nightmare. Her foster parents locked her in the dark and wouldn’t give her dinner. Instead of nurturing her, the foster parents locked Maya in the garage with the dog.
The trauma Maya suffered as an innocent, young child likely caused a shift in Maya’s universe, setting her on a path that ultimately led to her pregnancy as a high school freshman, a physical altercation with her father, and later being placed at Project Home Indy.
When Maya arrived at Project Home Indy, her path shifted again. This time, her path led her to growth, maturity, and adulthood.
In the safe, structured, supportive environment at PHI, everything was new for Maya. She had to get used to going to school, participate in programming, and live with many rules. While at PHI, Maya graduated from high school, participated in a community leadership program, and later earned her medical assisting diploma.
More importantly, PHI helped Maya make a deep and lasting change within herself. Maya saw the path that her own mother took, and she didn’t want to make the same mistakes. PHI helped Maya realize that another path existed and that she was capable of taking it. PHI helped her understand that she is a mother with another life to think about.
Maya explained thatProject Home Indy made a difference in her life by helping her to feel worthy. PHI taught her that she has so much potential. We supported her, while pushing her to do better. Maya learned that she was capable of being the role model that her child deserves.
Maya was able to become her best self because of Project Home Indy’s life-altering program. We are proud of Maya and the amazing mother that she is today.