Teen Provides Hope

Pregnant and Confused

Having grown up in a caring home with a stay-at-home mom and a dad who worked hard to support the family, my trouble didn’t start until middle school, a difficult time for anyone. Then, I was forced to move at the end of Grade 6 and leave everything familiar behind, and I began to mix with the wrong crowd and it turned my life upside down.  I became angry and stopped confiding in my parents and spent more and more time with my friends, making poor decisions. During my freshman year, I went through even more radical changes: I was moving again to Oklahoma and I found out I was pregnant with a child with special needs. My anger and bitterness towards everyone spiked. My move to Oklahoma didn’t change much…I continued to hang out with the wrong crowd and got involved in drugs and alcohol. I started skipping school and all of these decisions really affected my grades and my relationships at home, which went from bad to worse.

I was brought to Shelterwood in November of 2012 where I experienced ups and downs for fourteen months and graduated in January 2014. The highlights of my time there include activities such as horseback riding classes, being celebrated as I moved up levels, meeting a lot of wonderful young women, and traveling to Haiti twice to work at orphanages. But what stands out the most for me is being baptized with my best friend, which was more than I could over ask for and it brought me closer to God. While at Shelterwood, I learned that I was smart and capable at school, that I was able to love others safely and make wise decisions, and how to have friendships without unhealthy dependency.

Since graduating from Shelterwood I have been busy raising Tommie and working to finish school so I can go to college to be a dental hygienist and travel. My dream is to do missions work and maybe live in a country such as Haiti for a year. Shelterwood was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Crosby C.