We were so excited to share the stories of two of our strong moms during the Speakeasy Speakout. Check out this video to learn how Project Home Indy has supported these young moms in achieving their goals.
Transcript of video:
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“Nichole”: [Meet “Nichole,” current resident at PHI. She’s live at PHI for about a year.] One year ago, I didn’t really have a plan or a goal for myself or what I was going to do later on in life. Being here, I have people that have helped me […] to discover myself and find out what I was going to do in one year, or years from now, profession-wise and inside myself.
Nichole: It has helped me to get a better relationship with my child. Like things I didn’t know, I’m learning here. And I’m still learning things. I got a good support system.
Nichole: What brought me here was my mom lost her home, so I had to find something. You know, I’ve been in several different placements, but no placement like this. No one ever acted like they cared about you.
Nichole: You go through your ups and downs in life, but here, it’s like you have someone to guide you and help you through everything that you go through.
“Joy”: [Meet “Joy” Should joined our residential program in 2012. Joy now participates in our alumnae program.] Well, I don’t know how to describe it. Me and my family, we’ve always had a traumatic relationship. I’ve dealt with depression, anxiety, and sexual abuse… I was definitely a very angry and hostile teenager, and I don’t think my mother, at the time, was equipped to deal with some of those issues.
Joy: I mean, I was a runaway, at first. And then, after a while, I don’t think my family was able to handle me, so then I went into the DCS system. And that’s what led me to PHI. I found out I was pregnant and didn’t have anywhere to go. And thank God I found Project Home Indy and they were able to take me and my daughter in.
Joy: [Joy describes how she felt before she arrived at PHI in Oct. 2012.] I was so scared. I just didn’t know what my future was going to be. I didn’t know if I would ever have a relationship with my family. The father of my child wasn’t involved. I just felt extremely lonely and isolated.
Question: So fast forward… Now, you’ve been a part of Project Home Indy’s program for four and a half years, first in the residential program and now in the alumnae program. How do you feel now?
Joy: I feel great! I feel like anything is possible. I’ve just accomplished so much with PHI’s help. I feel like I can do anything. I feel like me and my daughter will always be OK because of Project Home Indy and what they have done for us.
Joy: [Joy's accomplishments since arriving at Project Home Indy.] I got my GED while I was here at Project Home Indy. I got my certification in phlebotomy, drawing blood. I’ve been able to take care of myself. I’ve had my own apartment since I was 18. That was something Project Home Indy definitely helped me with. They taught me money management, how to cook, how to clean, how to be a mom, basically. If it was not for them, I honestly don’t know where I would be and what I’d be doing right now.
Joy: Project Home Indy gave me a safe place to be pregnant at, basically. And that is something I will forever be grateful for because I just don’t even want to think about what the alternative would have been.