New path and new heart

by | Dec 10, 2019 | CCHO Stories, Children's Residential Center, Stories

You have changed Emily’s life. She’s heading down a new path that’s healthy and filled with hope. Her emotional wellbeing looks much different than when she arrived on the CCHO campus in May. Her heart has been transformed because of Jesus, because of safety and mental health treatment, because of your support. Thank you for being part of her story.

Emily has an extensive trauma history. Physical abuse. Neglect. Feeling unwanted and unloved. She was referred to CCHO because of her defiant and aggressive behaviors while in the care of a foster family. Her personal safety was at risk as she frequently threatened suicide and attempted self-harm multiple times. This was her eighth foster home before coming to CCHO, not including respite homes. Her broken heart needed healing.

She had a few bumps in the road during her time here, but Emily did well overall. On July 11, she was baptized after coming to a saving faith in Christ. She consistently earned cottage and campus-wide outings for good behavior. She regularly helped her peers in the young girls cottage when they were struggling and she learned to use positive coping skills when frustrated. So much growth in a short time.

Emily discharged from our residential program in late November to live with a foster-to-adopt family. She left us as a changed child—a true CCHO success story! Emily now has a sense of hope and the ability to trust adults again. She left with a deep appreciation and love for the staff here. Emily was truly filled with the joy and peace that only Christ can bring.

“We expect great things from Emily in her future,” said Alison Bartholomew, LSW, Emily’s Clinical Case Manager. “We are so thankful for the time that we were able to impact her life here at CCHO!”

God has made Emily’s heart new and that’s a reason to celebrate. She is a beautiful #OneHeartOnTheRise. Would you pause and thank Him for transforming her brokenness into joy? Would you also pray for her transition back into the community? Your support means so much to Emily and her family.


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