At a special ceremony held in the community room, residents and staff gathered to share their thoughts and experiences with the girl who became an inspiration to them all. One by one, they addressed the graduate and she responded in kind. “We are not victims, we are survivors” and “we don’t have to be that statistic” were a couple of the many words of encouragement spoken.
But perhaps the most memorable moment came when Jess’ father, who sat by her side the entire ceremony, thanked the staff at Megan’s House. “I have my daughter back” he said, before embracing Jess and bringing tears to the eyes of everyone in the room.
The road to recovery is long and difficult. For Jess, the next phase has begun. The treatment and relationships established at Megan’s House have created a solid base from which she can continue to grow. The support system remains intact, should she ever need to call on it again.
Everyone associated with Megan’s House and the Foundation, from the staff and board members to the donors and volunteers, played a role in this success story. For their efforts, we are eternally grateful and proud.