CATHRYN & HER DAUGHTER
What does “home” mean to you?
Home is where I can find comfort, where I am sheltered. Where my daughter can play and grow up and learn that no matter what she will always have a home to come home to.
Who or what inspires you?
My mother and grandmother are the most important people in my life, other than my daughter. They have inspired me in so many ways, they have always been so strong and humble, as well as loving and caring. I just always learned to do good by others and to walk with God.
What was your life like before Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area?
I was living with my mother and grandmother, sleeping on a couch. I was leaving my toxic relationship and I came from a family that is not family oriented. I saw my mother battle with drug addiction and today she has been clean for 5 years. I have a alcoholic brother and just experienced a lot of tragic events due to circumstances that made me feel really alone growing up. I really didn’t have support from any other family members and it is just me and my daughter who lives with autism. I was working as a temporary nurse aid and going to school for a career in the healthcare field. I always take care of my responsibilities but I just need help on budgeting my finances better.
Where do you want to see yourself and your family in the next one to two years?
I see myself graduating with my Associates Degree and working in the healthcare field. I want to remain single and work on my priorities like building a tighter bond with my family/siblings, owning a home someday, having money saved and paying off my debt. I want to grow personally as a woman and learn more about autism to help my daughter. I want to remain hopeful.
What is your family’s greatest strength?
My Family’s greatest strength is the support we have had from my daughter’s therapist, to the Bridge of Hope, and those family members that helped us along the way. I have learned and grown within the process. I believe my willingness to learn has brought my family in greater situations and with that is my strength.
How would you describe your family’s personality?
The personality of me and my family is that we are always humble and positive. We as well remain optimistic on the future God has planned for us.
*Names have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the families.
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