When I first met with my mentor from My Mother's Voice, I was confused, hopeless, and very depressed. I had tried to find help from my school, but what was offered was not what I needed. My counselor wasn't interested in what I was dealing with and the referrals she gave me were not helpful I would call and get voice mail and no one called me back. My own mom was struggling with staying sober and had problems with my younger brothers and sisters. I didn't know what to do and sometimes didn't want to try anymore. I was in deep trouble. Another student told me about MMV and I was able to talk to the woman who started the nonprofit that very afternoon. Right away I felt better. I could talk to her, and we made some plans from the first day. There are things that I have to do and goals I have to keep, but I am doing so much better. I know I will be able to continue with college and have a career. My daughter is safe and always has clothes and books. We are putting her in preschool soon and I feel so good about that. I will be giving her a better life and won't feel ashamed like I used to feel. Whether it's confusion about my classes, or needing food or diapers, or being able to get a haircut--anything--I know I can talk to my mentor and something will be worked out. I am so happy now because I know that someone really cares what happens to me. I can't thank My Mother's Voice enough for that. I hope more people support this good work that they do.
As a single teen mom who has had many interactions with government agencies, school services and nonprofits, I was hesitant when I first heard about My Mother's Voice. I have been struggling for so long that it was hard to believe that there was someone who would actually be able to care about making a real difference for me and my baby. It turned out to be a life-changing decision to meet with them. I have someone who knows me and doesn't forget me as one of the many. I am connected to an advocate who is there for me every time I need her. Sometimes it's real things like diapers or clothes or sometimes it's just someone who isn't judging me when I'm in a panic mode. I'm staying on track and learning how to be a good mom and role model for my little girl. I'm attending classes at the community college, and I am learning to avoid old patterns and be responsible. Thank you to everyone at My Mother's Voice for giving me a better life!