I was introduced to Monroe Harding more than 15 years ago and have supported them in different roles since that time. Many in the community may not understand the desperate lives of the youth that are served by MH. If they did, they would do everything in their power "change the system." I've read letters from teens who have move from hopeless (in their minds) to viable citizens who have learned the value of work, the importance of integrity, and (occasionally) the purpose that God has for their lives. I'll never forget the words of a former MH participant as he encouraged those in the MH program to cut the ties that connect them to a life that will probably lead to jail or death. He shared how satisfying it has been to be enrolled in college, have an apartment and own a car. Independence and self-worth are two consistent themes that run through the halls and programs of Monroe Harding. Everybody deserves a chance . . .
I learned about Monroe Harding two and a half years ago. As I have gotten better aquainted with the organization, I have been able to see the changes this organization makes in the lives of children and youth. Clients served are given good role models and structure in their lives. They learn that they are valuable and that they are capbable of achieving and never to put limiations on their abilities. Children and youth of all ages are encouraged and valued through this organization.
Monroe Harding not only benefits the children and families served but has also impacted me in a very positive way. I have a better life by being part of Monroe Harding. I am able to see different types of perspectives of youths in custody, families of the youths, staff working with different types of services and all the good things happening through a change process through one child at a time.
Monroe Harding gives youth a new start and a better chance at success in all aspects of their lives.