When I came in contact with Opportunity INC. I was living in a transitional housing program for homeless families. My 20 year drug addiction resulted in my homelessness with no financial resources with a baby to care for. Opportunity Inc. accepted my son at the age of 2 ½. This allowed my son to obtain an early education that I would not have been able to afford while I attended the final stages of my 11 month drug treatment program. My son always came home happy, clean and singing songs that he learned in class. He remained there up until he graduated their Pre-k program. During that time I also welcomed a baby girl whom they made room for at 6 weeks old. My little girl remained in the school all the way through pre-k as well. And now wants to go back and read to the classes. Not only did they provide a scholastic education they also worked on emotional health by having them talk out their feelings. They always provided age appropriate stimulation as opposed to just baby-sitting and provided classes for the parents.
To show the benefits of this wonderful early education and stimulation I would like to give an update on my beautiful children. My son Jerome is now 10 years old in 5th grade and his latest report card shows 2 A’s, 5 B’s, and 1 C. He is an avid Boy Scout and will receive the highest honor a scout can receive called “The Arrow Of Light”. In January he will be joining the ‘Young Marines of Palm Beach County’. He wants to become a Veterinarian or be an Animal Cop when he grows up.
My daughter, Victoria, is 6 years old in 1st grade. She has been on the Honor Roll every semester since entering Kindergarten. She is a Brownie in the Girl Scouts and loves to help those in need. During a Turkey drive at her school she donated her allowance.
As for me, I have been drug free for 9 years in March. I am now The Program Coordinator for a homeless program for persons with a disability, giving back every day the same way I was assisted when I was down and out. Victoria says “When I grow up I want to help people just you mommy.”
I want to thank you all for all that you provide, You are truly making a difference in the future of our children.