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Review for Ark of Hope for Children Inc, High Springs, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I'll never forget the day my teenage son's best friend came to me and asked for help. I'd known him for years, he had spent countless hours at our house, and I thought I knew him. But I had no idea that he was being severely abused at home...nobody did. He never told anyone, and no one--including me--saw the signs. It wasn't until he discovered the Removing Chains website online that he told anyone what was going on. On Removing Chains, a program of Ark of Hope for Children, this boy was made to feel comfortable enough to share a little bit of his story with a mentor. He was then introduced to Ark of Hope's Executive Director, Blair Corbett, and for the first time ever told someone what was happening to him every day of his life. The very next day the boy came to me, terrified but determined, and told me about Blair and asked if I could help him report his abuse. Blair was there on the phone with him when he talked to the authorities. He helped him understand what was being asked, why it was important for him to answer, and to feel safe doing it. He did the same thing for him when he saw a doctor for some of his injuries. The boy was placed in foster care and for the first time in his life, he was free of his abusers.

That was almost 4 months ago. I now have the honor of being this boy's foster mom. While he has escaped his abusers, he has continued to face unimaginable challenges. His abuse caused severe medical issues that went unnoticed and have threatened his life multiple times in the past few months. Through it all, he has talked to Blair every single day. While this boy is now surrounded by love and support, it is Blair he truly connects with. He is learning to trust more and more every day. But the trauma he has lived through has made that very difficult. Blair saved him. He knows he knows he is there for him, he trusts him. When no one else can console him, Blair can. When we get bad news about his health, Blair is there to make sure he understands it and doesn't lose hope. When he has night terrors, Blair is there to walk him through it and get calmed down. All of this is done over the phone or internet from thousands of miles away.

If it weren't for Ark of Hope for Children, this boy would still be in a horribly abusive home and, quite literally, would no longer be alive. Because of Ark of Hope he is free and he continues to grow leaps and bounds. He has a very long road ahead of him, both physically and emotionally. But Blair and Ark of Hope will be there through all of it. I thank God for them every single day.

Role:  Client Served
Blair C. (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you so much KTKM! We applaud you for being willing to share about your foster sons difficult yet inspiring journey from hopelessness to true hope. It is a testimony to what true trauma informed mentoring and coaching can do. We thank you for opening doors with his doctors, hospitals, rehabs, schools and therapists to allow us to help him express his fears and needs in what was a safe way for him. We commend you as well for being possibly the most dedicated foster mother we have ever known. Through 11 surgeries you never left his side, always helping him feel well cared for and not alone anymore. Bless you! Blair Corbett,