Amy’s Story: Reaching Goals is Possible!
– December 13, 2017 –
Amy* has always struggled to stick with her goals. She didn’t finish high school. She set goals with her case manager but then stopped showing up to her meetings. Something has changed for Amy, though. It all started with a conversation with Raquel, her Coffee Oasis Case Manager. Amy told Raquel, “I need to get back into school. I need to do something with myself.”
“I need to get back into school. I need to do something with myself.”
This past year was tumultuous for Amy. When Amy was 11 years old she lost her mom and her father didn’t want to be in her life, so she lives with her aunt. Instability in the home meant she constantly moved in and out, couch surfing with friends in between. For a couple weeks she lived in a tent with her boyfriend. All their stuff got stolen and she once again had no place to live. When her boyfriend broke up with her in the fall Amy was heartbroken.
Amy was very discouraged and didn’t know what to do next. But when she sat down with Raquel she wanted to set goals and take control of her life. Her biggest goal to was to finish her education. With Raquel’s guidance Amy enrolled at Olympic College and will begin the 21+ GED program next quarter!
But when she sat down with Raquel she wanted to set goals and take control of her life.
In the last few weeks she has moved in with her brother who has provided a much more stable living situation. And she has gained confidence in a unique way: horse therapy. The Coffee Oasis offers young women regular horse therapy at a local ranch. So far Amy has gone to two sessions. As she worked with her horse Breezy she found confidence in her ability to gain his trust and have him respond to her. Amy is seeing that she DOES have the ability to set goals and accomplish them!
The hurt, confusion, and instability of the past can often hinder youth from taking steps forward. When they are ready we will be right there to encourage and support. Thanks for partnering with us to support youth like Amy!
*youth’s name changed to respect identity