Imagine spending the first 12 years of your life surrounded by drugs, alcohol and crime.
It’s what you come home to every day after school. You call it home, but it doesn’t feel like home. Your family ignores you. They neglect you. They abuse you.
You meet a boy who listens and understands. He makes you feel loved and special – something your family has never done. You’re 13. A time when you should be preparing for high school, you discover you’re pregnant. Your mother abandons you, says you’re an embarrassment to the family and doesn’t look back.
Where would you turn? Who would you trust? Would you be able to find the strength to persevere and build a future for yourself and your child?
That’s the beginning of Christy’s story 29 years ago. It’s also when United Way-supported Epworth Children & Family Services became a part of Christy’s life.