I have had a rough life, I would say. I’ve been emotionally abused and I’ve never had a mother there to support me and help me with the things I need for my future. I’ve really only had a mother that wanted to be my friend, and who exposed me to things that I shouldn’t have been around. I’ve moved more then I can remember, and I had to help take care of my younger brothers. I never knew my father until I was ten years old and now I don’t really have the most normal relationship with him.
But in the past few months I have had people who have helped me and who have had such an impact on my life for the better and I’m thankful. CIS has helped me with things that I needed to start the beginning of my future. They helped me find an apartment that was affordable. They helped me get away from a bad environment and get started with food, dishes, towels, book supplies, pans, pots, and a lot more. They personally raised money for me to get started ($750) and that is something that I think about every day.
I appreciate everything that was done for me and I’m so thankful CIS exists. Without CIS I would still be today where I was about a month prior to this. CIS is very special and I will never forget this. This is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you, you are much appreciated and you are very special to me and will always be in my heart.
2010 High School Graduate
* Note: This students letter was condensed for space.
UPDATE – this young man is currently enrolled in college!
“Thank you so much for everything you have done. You really are cool, nice, funny, talented and awesome. You may drive me crazy for not doing my best. Also, I will always accept you as a friend. No matter what and remember you’re my best friend in the world!
Garrison Elementary student to their CIS coordinator.