Before Amanda entered the recovery home for young women, giving up was a far more likely outcome than giving back. Her mother had not only kicked Amanda out of the house, she also took away her daughter Athena.
“I was a walking disaster,” she recalled on graduation day. “I’d lived half my life addicted and I didn’t want to live anymore. But I was afraid to die.”
Instead, Amanda entered Megan’s House and became a model resident from day one, with staff raving about how little trouble she was.
“You came here with a mission,” said one Success Coach. “You came in with a purpose. You came in with a goal. And you accomplished it.”
The other young women in recovery at Megan’s House also complimented the latest graduate, with one referring to Amanda as “an inspiration to people in recovery and for mothers.” Another even told her; “you give me hope that I can get my daughter back.”
“The best decision I ever made was coming to Megan’s House,” Amanda now says. “I have a whole new family and 25 new sisters. But the greatest gift was getting Athena back.”
With her loving daughter back in her life, Amanda has one more goal in her sights; to give back to the place which first gave her hope.
“I’m going to make you proud,” she boasted to Program Director MaryBeth Murphy. I’m going to come back here and apply for a job a year from now!”
As Murphy and staff basked in their latest success story, they also took great pride in knowing they’d soon be welcoming a new team member who understands the importance of giving back to those who need it most.