Stories of New Hope
Bobbi and her three children came to Doorways; three times. A survivor of childhood abuse and trauma herself, and having grown up in multiple foster homes, Bobbi lacked the life skills to be independent and provide for her children. In addition, Bobbi did not know it at the time, but she suffered from a severe cognitive disability, leaving her with limited understanding of adult concepts. As a result, Bobbi and her children lived in multiple homes, often with abusive partners and in overcrowded conditions. Her children never attended the same school for more than one year, lacked nutrition, and regular health care.
Each of Bobbi’s children struggled with significant educational and behavioral challenges stemming from the trauma and disruption they routinely experienced throughout their young lives. Jonah (age 9) was several grade levels behind when he arrived at the Family Home. Brianna (age 11) was mentally delayed and had significant emotional and behavioral issues both at home and at school. Jasmine (age 12) was also diagnosed with severe learning disabilities and had recently joined a gang. Both Brianna and Jasmine were obese and suffering from related health issues and concerns.
After three years of intensive, holistic services including Doorways Children’s Services Program, Bobbi and her children are thriving. Bobbi has sustained permanent housing for four years and counting, with all three children progressing in all aspects of their wellness. Jonah is an honor roll student. After receiving more extensive medical evaluation, Brianna was diagnosed with Lupus and is now connected with an appropriate array of medical, nutritional and mental health services. Jasmine is engaged in socially positive extracurricular activities which support her physical health and keep her interacting with positive peers.
Out of respect for the privacy, safety and confidentiality of our clients, fictitious names and nuances have been used.