At Brehon we have many wonderful success stories to share. We aim to help at-risk families become healthier and more self-sufficient. In this section you will read some of our amazing and touching stories of success.
Mandy contacted Brehon House in March of 2015. She was a 31 years of age, had a master’s degree and was working full-time. She had just found out she was pregnant with twins and had recently lost her housing. She had no family support in Tallahassee and needed a place to stay. Mandy moved into Brehon House and was able to keep her job have a place to live that was safe and secure. Her twin boys were born full-term in July. She took maternity leave from her job and was able to return to work after 8 weeks. Mandy not only excelled with parenting and caring for her twin boys but she took a real estate course after the twins were born and passed it with top scores. She completed the program in January 2016 and moved south, closer to her family. She recently sent a card to us to update us on her status. She said: “Thank you for your kindness and support through a difficult time in my life. Words cannot fully express how grateful I am for everything. May God continually bless you in all of your endeavors. The boys and I are well and look forward to updating you on our progress soon. Love, Mandy”
Homeless, Pregnant Woman Rescued
Jane (not her real name) was a pregnant, homeless 18-year-old with no family or friends able to help her. Fatherless and once a foster child, she had become streetwise and untrusting. Then someone cared enough to refer her to Brehon House. At Brehon House, Jane's counselor became her best friend. Together they developed a list of goals that included completing her GED, childbirth education, positive parent/child interaction, life skills training, and nutritional education. Jane now has a healthy baby boy and lives in her own apartment. Jane stated, "I want to teach my child about honesty, because truth will set you free."
Young Mother Nears the End of Her Rope
A 19-year-old mother of two was facing a third "unplanned" pregnancy. Deeply depressed, thoughts of suicide seemed her only "way out". Then she turned to Healthy Families Gadsden for services. In time, she developed a lasting, trusting and saving relationship with her Family Support Worker. Mother received counseling for her depression and was given hope for life that she had lost sight of. Spirit renewed, mom and her Family Support Worker established goals to replace the self-esteem and self-sufficiency that mother had temporarily displaced. Mom enrolled in a GED program and obtained her driver's license. That, however is only the beginning. She now has a vision and a plan for the future for herself and her children.