Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS) is a not-for-profit social services organization serving the State of Missouri. The organization provides services such as counseling, adoption services, crisis assistance, foster care, child care and more. The following story was provided by LCFS.
Sally is a 21 year-old single mom who inspires all who have the privilege of meeting her. She works full time at a local day care, and she goes to college part time. She became a client at LFCS over 3 years ago when she found out she was pregnant with her son. At that time, Sally was in her senior year of high school.
At first, Sally was devastated by the idea of becoming a teenage single mom. She began to reach out to the community for support. That is when she found Lutheran Family and Children Services. Sally searched out for resources because she wanted to give her child advantages that she never had. Sally spent time in foster care as a child and never had the emotional or physical nurturing that she needed.
As a result of her childhood experiences, Sally understood firsthand the isolation and devastation of living in poverty. She used the anger she felt from the past to fuel her focus on getting her education and creating a better life for herself and for her son.
As a client of LFCS, Sally was able to get assistance with rent and utilities on several occasions, which allowed her to meet her goal of maintaining a safe home for her son. She also received counseling, baby supplies, a mentor, tutoring for the ACT and help with applying for Section 8. Sally has always been very independent, but is open to getting help when a need arises that she cannot overcome alone. That ability to be resilient, accept assistance, advice and learn from past mistakes has become the foundation for her success.
This outstanding young woman is an example that adversity can produce amazing outcomes when we invest in young people who want to create and change their life circumstances. Not only has Sally changed her life through her persistence, but she has also changed the life of her son. She is an excellent role model for her peers, and she always takes the time to share her story when it will help others.
There are many young parents like Sally, who can make the changes needed to triumph over their circumstances if given a hand up not a hand out. They need to be given the tools to finish their education which will give them hope for a better life for themselves and their children.
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