I would like to share how New Morning helped me find my way during a difficult time in my life. My parents divorced when I was in the 5th grade. I split my time between both of their households. By the time I turned 14 I felt lost and like I didn’t fit in in either home. I was learning to use my voice and express my opinion and as a result I was constantly fighting with parents to the point that police were called a number of times. I was fortunate that the same officer had responded to several calls. He was able to see past a troubled youth who had issues and recognized I was in a bad situation. He offered the New Morning Children’s Shelter as a safe alternative to the difficult situation I was in. I was alone and felt as if I had no family support. I felt as though I had no other choice then to go with him and see what the shelter was about.
At first, I felt embarrassed and ashamed but before long, I was comforted by shelter staff. They made me feel at ease and welcomed. They offered me the daily structure that I had longed for. They gave me comfort on nights I couldn’t sleep and listened to what I had to say. I developed trust in the shelter staff which provided me with courage to start counseling services with a New Morning therapist. The therapist valued who I was as person and best of all she saw my potential. I began to believe in myself.
I love the young woman I have become. I am in college working with hopes of continuing on to law school. In 2006, I met the love of my life and in 2012 we were married. My husband is an amazing man who believes in me and supports me every step of the way. Three years ago we were blessed with our beautiful son.
I want to give back and make sure other kids get the help I did. So this year New Morning’s Children’s Shelter is the beneficiary for this year’s Run for Hope on Sunday, Sept. 7. Leather & Lace MC will be collecting donations up till the event date. Even if you don’t ride you are invited to participate in fun activities after the run. This is a family friendly fun event. For more information about event details please contact New Morning at 530-622-5551.