Most of the moms at Mary’s Home never finished high school. Maybe their families didn’t value education. Maybe they got in trouble and dropped out. Or maybe they had children and had to quit school to work or care for their child. Many grew up without permanent homes and didn’t have anyone to make sure they got to school every day.
That’s why one of our main priorities in the first year is to help these women pursue a diploma or a GED. For the moms at Mary’s Home, this is more than just taking and passing a few tests. It’s resilience. Hard work. Courage. It means rewriting their stories.
For one mom, it means choosing to believe positive thoughts about herself. I can do this. I am smart. I am enough. It means preparing and studying and trying again. It means relying on and trusting a God whom she is just getting to know.
For another mom, it looks like reawakening a dream that has long lied dormant. It’s taking a risk, applying for college again, years after numerous rejections. It looks like tears of joy as she shares her acceptance letter with friends. It looks like celebration and hope, believing that God has a bigger story for her.
The Family Advocates at Mary’s Home get to speak words of truth over these mothers every day. They get to be their cheerleaders, their confidantes, their friends. They get to celebrate with them when they pass their GED tests, when they get their high school diplomas, when they are accepted into college. They get to listen to their fears and dreams and remind them that there is a God who longs to walk with them through it all.
The most beautiful part of this job is watching hope being restored. It is watching women who have been told “they can’t,” who have never had the opportunity, who have believed lies and experienced defeat rise up and overcome. It’s watching them step into confidence, experience pride, do the hard work, and see it pay off. The most beautiful part of this process is seeing the transformation, seeing these women step into their glory, and watching them become the women they were always meant to be.