I don’t think there will ever be a way for us to fully express the gratitude we have for The Teen Project staff. Our daughter was a heroin addict living on the streets; we were praying every day for her safety and for her to find a way out of this deadly lifestyle. When we learned of her addiction, we tried everything with our means to help her. We got her into multiple detox programs and rehabs, but she always went back to the drug and subsequently we kicked her out of the house, we were out of options. The miracle came when she was arrested and was given court ordered rehab. After she spend 2 weeks in jail, we were able to send her to The Teen Project. Not in a position anymore to afford the very expensive facilities, this was a godsend. Our daughter thrived in the program. She learned a lot about herself and what led her to the addiction. The programs, support and opportunities provided were amazing! We believe this was the best place for her to be. She is almost 1 year clean and is back at home, she continues to go to meetings, check in with her sponsor and do service work. Our daughter is alive today because of the miracle that is The Teen Project. We are beyond fortunate to have her back in our lives. Thank you all! You are forever in our hearts.
Our daughter was a quiet, sweet, loving, honest child, who sometimes seemed to be in her own world. Teachers would accuse her of “Not paying attention,” or “Not trying hard enough.” When it came to math, she could mentally solve the problem in seconds and write down the answer. Teachers accused her of “cheating.” She suffered from misdiagnosed mental illness.
Before we knew it, she started self-medicating… meeting the wrong friends and boyfriends who were providing drugs and a dangerous lifestyle. It was a short hop to being a drug addict and a jailed criminal. We were constantly in fear that our quiet, sweet, loving, honest child would lose her life to drugs, or drug-induced street violence. We were emotionally prepared for that phone call, or the finality of that “knock on our door.”
The final time she was arrested, the judge ordered rehabilitation and requested “The Teen Project.” We did not know what this program was, but we were literally on our last hope. The Teen Project was clearly sent to us by Angels from the Heavens! It took a while, but The Teen Project helped our daughter understand she is a valuable human being, and she is on this earth for a reason. She has learned social skills, study skills, and the value of work. Our daughter finished high school with an “A” average and national awards. She now is in college continuing with top grades and 3-1/2 drug-free years. Our quiet, sweet, loving, honest child is alive, sober, healthy and happy, on a great educational path and we thank The Teen Project for this incredible accomplishment and their support! We also thank The Teen Project on behalf of all the young women the group has helped. The Teen Project saves young women daily by giving them a second chance at a decent quality of life. The Teen Project is a truly amazing enterprise, with an equally amazing group of helpful professionals.
Thank You Teen Project! The Stern Family