I am grateful to be working for LSF since last April. Recently I watched a video testimony of a 16-year-old foster teen about her time living in an LSF group home. Her years have been fraught with challenges, abuse and rebellion, including a dark, hopeless period of being trafficked. She was destined to become a statistic; just another difficult teen sliding through “the system” and growing up to become a troubled adult. But for most in her situation, what they are looking for—what they really need—is for someone to pour genuine love and support into their lives.
Here's what she had to say:
"It’s honestly, changed me completely. I was definitely headed down the wrong path and when I got placed [in Grace Place] everybody there has been the biggest support team I’ve ever had. They motivated me to get a job. They make sure that I attend school every day. There’s not a day where they don’t wake me up in the morning smiling, telling me to get ready. They’ve encouraged me in ways that I can’t even explain. They have boosted my self-esteem.
Out of everybody, Miss Sabrina (a Grace Place houseparent) is that person to talk to and come to if you need anything. She’s been my biggest cheerleader. She’s definitely motivated me to get my life together and pushed me harder than anybody else. I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now if it wasn’t for her.”
If you're looking for a great organization to support this Christmas season, I'd appreciate if you'd consider LSF. We are a leading, life-changing human services organization working to transform the lives of people in need regardless of age, background, or belief. Every day, we work to impact struggling folks throughout Florida...foster kids and troubled youth, families experiencing poverty, human trafficking victims, refugees, adults in need, and more.
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